Lost and Found

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Responsible University Administrator: Vice Chancellor, Business & Finance

Responsible University Office: Police

Policy Contact: Police


This policy applies to all property found or abandoned at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

Policy Statement

The University recovers many items that are left behind throughout its daily operations. UNL departments will turn over items of significant value to UNL Police for secure storage and to attempt to find the owner. Other items should be maintained by the departments who find the items and held for 30 days.

The UNL Police Department will accept the following items as having significant value:

  • Calculators and electronic equipment in working order
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Prescription medication with identifying information
  • Purses, wallets, cash, identification cards, or charge cards
  • UNL and personal keys
  • Jewelry
  • Backpacks that include any of the above items or are valued in excess of $100
  • Bicycles

Contact the UNL Police Department (402-472-2222) with questions concerning the above items.  The UNL Police Department will keep lost and found items for 30 days. Attempts will be made to locate the owner. After 30 days the property will be deemed abandoned and disposed of in a manner according to statutory guidelines.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to register electronics and bicycles  with the UNL Police Department at http://go.unl.edu/property to facilitate returning lost property to the owner.

Reason for Policy

Procedures for safekeeping and attempting to return items of value to owners aids in the efficiency and trust in University operations. Having an inventory of property on hand or registering them with the UNL Police Department can help return the items more quickly or ease the report process in the event of theft.

Additional Contacts

UNL PD - Emergencies





  • This policy was reformatted in 2021. Grammatical updates made at that time.