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Hello,

With a phone, flash drive, or other electronic device, I personally open it just enough to see if I can find identifying information without violating anyone's privacy.  If I'm able to do so and can immediately reach the student, I call and e-mail and ask the person to come within a few hours to retrieve it.  If I cannot reach the person immediately, I bring items of larger value (laptops or phones, for example) to Campus Police and send the student an e-mail and let my receptionists know where to direct the students.

Less valuable items such as books, flash drives, and notebooks go through the same protocol but are ultimately kept in our in-house lost and found.

Sincerely,

Debbie Malewicki, MA
Director, Center for Learning Resources
Director, Peer Tutoring Program
Safe Zone Ally
116 Marvin K. Peterson Library
University of New Haven -- "A Leader in Experiential Education"
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West Haven, CT  06516
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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Doyle, Christopher
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 10:43 AM
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Subject: Lost items protocol

Hello All,

I'm curious if anyone's school or center has specific protocol in place for lost items. Specifically, what you do when a student leaves behind a cell phone or flash drive. Do you access the files or phonebook to attempt to find an identity, or do these items just go to either a departmental or central lost and found? This discussion has popped up recently in our department, and while I understand the value of trying to find an identity, I worry that it can open us up to a lot of liability. 

Christopher Doyle
Director, Academic Support Center
Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street
Gardner MA 01440
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978 630-9856

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