Lost and Found

Lost Item Report

Need to report a Lost Item.  Please complete the easy Lost Item Report and MUPD staff will check the inventory for a match.

Miami recovers many items that are left behind throughout its daily operations. Most items are maintained by the departments who find the items but items of significant value are turned over to Miami University Police Department (MUPD) for secure storage immediately at the Police Services Center (PSC).

  • MUPD does not accept clothing, including coats and jackets. Clothing will immediately be donated to the Family Resource Center.
  • MUPD does not accept food or drinks nor food/drink containers. They will be discarded immediately
  • Medication will be disposed of in the prescription drug drop box located at PSC immediately.

The following is the Department’s policy on Lost and Found items:

Lost Property

Lost Property refers to any item which the owner has lost unwillingly or without their knowledge.  Upon locating lost property, the owner will be notified and required to show picture identification (MU ID, State ID card or valid driver’s license) and sign for the property, showing that they have received the property.  Individuals can submit a Lost Item Report   

Found Property

Found Property refers to any item found by an individual or (finder) which does not belong to the finder. Items found of significant value on the Oxford campus should immediately be turned into MUPD. The property will be logged into an inventory system and will subsequently be held for a minimum of sixty (90) days. Persons who have lost property begin to call immediately after the loss. For this reason, please do not collect it and wait to send it long after it is received, i.e. the end of the semester. This dramatically reduces the chances of it being returned to the rightful owner.

Items maintained in Found property include:

  • Books, notebooks, and planners
  • Sunglasses, prescription eyewear
  • Cell Phones
  • Keys (MU keys will be send immediately to PFD at Cole Service)
  • Driver’s Licenses, State ID's, Passports (MU ID's will be sent to the HOME Office at Shriver Center)
  • Jewelry
  • Backpacks
  • Radios / iPods / Walkmans / MP3 players
  • Computer equipment
  • Other miscellaneous items of value

Anyone wanting to turn over such items should call MUPD's Communications Center at 513-529-2222 to arrange for a police officer to pick up the property or drop off the item between  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ninety (90) Day Holding Period

All property found and turned into MUPD will be held for a minimum of ninety (90) days. Property not claimed by the owner during the holding period, will be purged from inventory by one of the following methods: donated, recycled, sent to university auction, or destroyed.  Cell phones will be recycled at the nearest electronics recycling locations, eyeglasses will be donated to Kiwanis Club, and data sensitive materials are destroyed if unclaimed so to prevent unauthorized use of confidential information.   Bicycles are sold at the annual fall MU Bike Auction after being held for a minimum of ninety (90) days.

Thank you for your help in reuniting people with their valuable property.  Should you have questions about Lost and Found items, please contact MUPD at lostandfoundproperty@miamioh.edu or Lost & Found message center at 513-529-8135