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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

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Policy on lost or abandoned property

 

Items lost or intentionally abandoned on College property (other than in bedrooms)

Items should be handed in to the Porters’ Lodge. The Porter receiving the items will record the item, where it was found, who handed it in, their contact details and the time and date it was handed in.

The item will be stored safely by the Porters, who will attempt to contact the owner if identifiable, until it is re-claimed by the owner or until the owner, if identifiable, has provided written permission for the disposal of the item. If the item is not re-claimed after one month and the person finding it has expressed an interest in the item, the Bursar will decide whether to release the item to the finder. Items which are not claimed after three months will be disposed of or donated to charity as appropriate at the discretion of the Bursar.

Items lost or intentionally abandoned and found in bedrooms

Items found by housekeeping staff in bedrooms following the students’ or conference guests departure will be handed in to the Housekeeping Office. The Accommodation and Domestic Manager or the Assistant Accommodation Manager will record the item, where it was found, who handed it in, their contact details if appropriate (eg for Casual staff) and the time and date it was handed in.

The items will be stored safely by Housekeeping, who will attempt to contact the owner if identifiable, until re-claimed by the owner or until the owner has provided written permission for the disposal of the item. The item will be disposed of at the Accommodation Manager’s discretion. Items with an approximate value of over £100 will be disposed of at the discretion of the General Manager Residences, Catering and Events. Disposal could include for example the item being offered to the finder or donated to charity.

Clearly low or nil-value items

Items which are clearly of low value or perishable are not deemed to be lost or abandoned property and therefore do not need to be handed in and recorded but employees must consider very carefully whether the item is in fact lost or abandoned. These items would include: soft drinks and food. Alcoholic beverages must be handed in (to the porters or housekeeping respectively) and recorded. Alcohol will be disposed of at the discretion of the appropriate line-manager.