40. Lost, Found, Stolen or Abandoned Property
Lost or found items should be reported to the University Lost and Found Office located in the MSC Student Programs Office Suite 2240. Any item that is presumed stolen should be reported promptly to the University Police. Abandoned property of nominal value or size collected by the University Police will be reported to the Lost and Found Office. Larger items such as bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles and articles of considerable value will be held by the University Police. Within a 90-day period from the date any lost or abandoned property is reported to the Lost and Found Office, the rightful owner must make a claim thereon; upon proper proof, the article will be returned to the owner. A nominal charge may be levied for handling and storage of all property. After said 90-day period, the university may, at public auction, sell any property that has not been claimed, with proceeds derived from the handling, storage or sale of such property to be deposited in the MSC Hospitality programming account, said funds to be used for the benefit of the student body.
For campuses located outside of Brazos County, a Lost and Found will be established and protocols put in place that are not in conflict with the above.
For items of value that are specifically lost, found, or abandoned in Residence Life maintained facilities (Residence Halls, University Apartments, Corps of Cadets Dormitories, or Commons/Activity Centers), stated items will be kept at the nearest Area Office and held for a period of 30 days. The Department of Residence Life (DRL) will inventory, label and store items of value, and will send notification, through TAMU email, to the respective resident(s), if known, requesting instruction as to whether items will be retrieved or if items may be disposed of by the Department. After the 30 days have expired, labeled items of value will be transferred to the University Lost and Found Office for the remainder of the 90-day period.
Additionally, this rule includes any items that are abandoned during the move-out process at the end of a semester, or when a student vacates their on-campus residence during an academic term. These items shall be similarly collected and inventoried by DRL staff, stored at the Area Office, and will be categorized as abandoned property. Notification will be sent through TAMU email to the resident(s) detailing the retrieval process. Any items left unclaimed within 30 days shall be disposed of by approved procedures and/or donated to local charities accepting items.