New tools for turning lost into found

A number of visitors to campus this summer will leave something behind. Phones, bags, watches, wallets, water bottles, keys, sweatshirts and glasses are the inevitable byproduct of a summer's worth of academic and sports camps, conferences and special events.

The revamped lost-and-found website provides some new tools for individuals and departments attempting to reunite visitors -- as well as students, faculty and staff -- with lost possessions.

Here are some new features of the site:

Users guide

The "Guide" describes how departments should handle found items and how long those items are kept. The guide also offers tips for individuals posting lost or found items.

Visitors can post

Traditionally, only faculty, staff and students, using their Net-IDs, were allowed to post items on the lost-and-found site. The updated site allows those beyond the university community to register and post lost or found items, too.

Upgraded search

A more versatile search engine should make it easier for individuals or departments to locate specific items that have been reported as lost or found.