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Lost & Recovered Property


Policy Name:

Lost & Recovered Property 

Issuing Office:


Policy Author:

Richard D. Hinkley, Chief of Police 

Contributing Offices:


Affected Parties:

All Students, Faculty, & Staff 

Location where Existing Policy can be Viewed:


Complete Wording of New or Revised Policy:

It is the policy of the Liberty University Police Department (LUPD) to provide for the handling, retention and disposal of recovered property at Liberty University (LU), Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC), Liberty Christian Academy (LCA), and related ministries. Additionally this policy applies to all persons who report or find lost, stolen, or recovered property, or wish to claim any lost personal property recovered by LUPD. 

Policy Rationale:

Policy is required to ensure that recovered property is processed in a manner that is consistent with University policy and in accordance to the legal requirements found in the Code of Virginia. 

SACS Criteria:


Other Regulatory Criteria:

Code of Virginia 

Definition of Glossary Terms:

Finder is defined as anyone who receives, discovers or locates any lost, abandoned or unclaimed personal property on the property of LU, TRBC, and LCA or at other locations owned, operated or leased by the same.

Receiver is defined as those locations at LU, TRBC, and LCA designed as “Lost and Found areas” appropriate for the receipt of any lost, abandoned or unclaimed personal property.

Personal Property is defined as all property except land, that which grows on the land, and structures on the land.

Tangible Personal Property is defined as all personal property that has physical form and substance (i.e., may be felt or touched) except for intangible personal property.

Intangible Personal Property is defined as personal property that includes, by way of illustration, moneys, orders, drafts, interest, dividend income, credit balances, overpayments, gift certificates, security deposits, refunds, credits, unpaid wages, unused airline tickets and unidentified remittances, stocks, and other intangible ownership interests in business associations, moneys deposited to redeem stocks bonds, coupons, and other securities that make distributions; or similar types of property.

Policy Keywords:

Lost, Found, Abandoned, Recovered, Stolen, Property 

Implementation Description:

The implementation of this policy is an “event driven” policy where those individuals


Policy Administrators:

Richard D. Hinkley, Chief of Police

Policy Review Cycle:

5 year review cycle


Initial contact processes are required on the part of the reporting individuals within the University community. Field units (ie, Police Officers, Emergency Services Officers) and Procedures: Front Desk Staff are responsible to respond to the event covered by this policy and making the necessary referrals or filing the appropriate reports. Compliance with this policy is monitor through the report review process of Command Staff.


Disciplinary action



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