Systems and Procedures
A Division of The Corporate Controller's Office


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In accordance with Policy AD13 Lost and Found, finder's claims may be honored if the finder provides contact information to the office to which the items are turned in, and completes the Lost and Found Finder Claim Form indicating they wish to maintain their rights as finders.

General Information:

Finders are eligible to claim the lost item if the owner is not located or does not claim the item after the stated time period as indicated in Procedure AD2001 Lost and Found Items. The finder must assert this claim at the time the item is turned in to the repository by completing a Lost and Found Finder Claim Form indicating they wish to maintain their rights as finders, and provide complete contact information and sign as appropriate.

Employees may not claim items found while performing their job or at their primary work location.

After 60 days, if there is a finder's claim, the repository is responsible for contacting the finder and coordinating delivery. Items that are not claim by the owner or finder, and are still held by repositories after 60 days, should be forwarded to Lion Surplus.

NOTE: All electronics must be sanitized by Lion Surplus before being transferred to a finder. Items such as checks, credit cards, driver's license, passports, access devices (keys, id+ cards) and other items with personally identifiable information are not subject to a finder's claim.

Exhibits and Instructions

No associated exhibits.

Form Requirements:

No form may be used that substitutes for an approved official University form without prior review and approval by the steward of the form/central office, as facilitated by the Office of Systems and Procedures (designated representative of the Corporate Controller). See Policy FN17 - Required Use of Approved University Forms Appearing in the General University Reference Utility (GURU) for full details.

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Number of Copies and Ultimate Distribution:

Table of distribution and retention of the Lost and Found Finder Claim form
Ultimate Distribution: Retention Period and Disposition Method:
Original White Repository Location 365 days after item has been released to claimant, then shredded

Where to Send Completed Forms:

The finder wishing to assert their right to claim the found item, must assert this claim at the time the item is turned in at the repository.

Contact Information

For questions, additional details, or to request changes to this form, please contact the Office of the Associate Vice President for Auxiliary and Business Services.

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