Student government hopes to improve and publicize the Lost and Found program – The Lafayette

When someone loses a personal item in Lafayette, they may believe it is lost forever. However, they may not be aware that their item may have ended up in one of Public Safety’s lost and found bins. An ongoing initiative led by the Student Government’s Student Services Committee hopes to increase awareness of lost and found trash cans and eventually change their location.

Currently, there are three main lost and found bins: one at the Skillman Library, one at the Allen P. Kirby Recreation Center, and one at Lower Farinon.

According to Director of Public Safety Jeff Troxell, his department collects the contents of the bins from Skillman and the recreation center once a week, brings the contents back to their office and categorizes them. The Lower Farinon bin is collected on a monthly basis, Troxell said.

Students, faculty and staff can currently report lost items to Public Safety using the lost property form on their website. If the item is already in the possession of Public Safety or becomes so in the future, the owner will be notified and may pick up the item at the Public Safety office at 901 Bushkill Drive. If someone finds a possibly lost item, they can return it to a lost and found location for storage by Public Safety, who will hold the item for up to three years before it is donated or disposed of .

Many students did not know about garbage cans.

“[It was] very small and didn’t stand out,” Lauren Karwacki ’26 said of the lost and found bin in Lower Farinon. “I wouldn’t have known [it was] the.”

The lack of awareness surrounding the lost and found system is something that Kelsey Wong ’25, director of the student government’s student services committee, is working to address. Wong said his committee is cooperating with Public Safety to change the pickup location for lost items. Currently, students must go to the Public Safety office – about a 10-minute walk from the Quad – to pick up lost items.

“Most people won’t really want to… go down the hill or up the hill,” Wong said.

To encourage more frequent use of the system and prevent students from having to walk that far, Wong said she and her committee were trying to establish lost and found stations at a more central location on campus that would, in part, controlled by the student government. .

“Whether [a student] reported that something was missing, then [Student Services] could look to see what we have, and after [some] number of weeks we could give it to Public Safety,” Wong said.

While these changes may make the lost and found system more accessible, they are not without operational challenges. According to Troxell, one of the biggest challenges with changing the current system is staffing.

“If we were to get a new system [on campus] … someone should handle this,” he said.

Finding a new location that has enough space for the lost and found station presents another challenge.

Public Safety supports improving the efficiency of the lost and found system.

“We want to reconnect people with their lost things,” Troxell said.

With a system better known and available, Wong hopes proper etiquette for lost products will be established.

Ryan H. Bowman