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Lost & Found FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there any other Lost and Found collection sites on campus?

A: No. The only official Lost and Found collection site is located in the University Police building.  

Q: What do I do when I find an item?

A: Please turn the item in to the Lost and Found office. The Lost and Found office is located in the University Police building. 

Q: Where can I drop off Lost and Found items after hours?

A: You may call Police Dispatch at 760-750-4567 or if you are standing outside of the University Police building, you may press the red call light button and a University Police representative will assist you. 

Q: What do I do if I lost an item?

A: You may contact the Lost and Found office during office hours and report your item lost. We will contact you if your item has been identified in Lost and Found inventory.

Q: What happens when items are turned in to Lost and Found?

A: Items are logged into the Lost and found database and stored per University policy. We make every effort to identify and return items to their owner(s).

Q: What should I bring with me if I am picking up my found item?

A: You must bring a valid photo identification card. Valid photo identification cards include: a driver’s license, passport, etc. 

Q: Can I pick up my friend’s found item?

A: No. The owner must pick up their found item and bring proper identification.

Q: Can I pick up my found item after hours?

A: No. Lost and Found items can only be released during regular business hours.

Q: Are there any exceptions when picking up found items after hours?

A: Yes. Keys are the only item that will be released after hours. You may call dispatch at 760-750-4567.  If your keys have been turned in and can be identified, a University Police representative will release them to you.

Q: How long are found items held in Lost and Found?

A: Found items are held for a minimum of three (3) months. Unclaimed items are disposed of per University policy.

Q: Does Lost and Found accept water bottles?

A: No. Water bottles and perishable items are not accepted.

If you have any further questions, please email lostfound@csusm.edu or call 760-750-7530.