Abandoned Student Tools

Section: 
Instruction
Policy Number: 
738
Effective: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Last Revised: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Policy: 

Student tools abandoned at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) for longer than 30 days + two quarters will become the property of SPSCC, which will assess the market value of the tools and sell them to other students in professional-technical programs at a discounted rate. Proceeds will be returned to the relevant SPSCC program/department.

Purpose: 

This Abandoned Student Tools Policy addresses the need for SPSCC personnel to establish a clear set of communications and outcomes to each professional-technical student who abandons their tools/toolbox in a professional-technical shop or classroom.

Procedure:

Upon observation by SPSCC staff and/or faculty members in a professional-technical program that a student has abandoned their tools/toolbox in a shop or classroom after the student leaves the program, the staff/faculty member(s) will communicate with the division administrative assistant. Then, the division administrative assistant will attempt to contact the student/tool owner as follows:

  1. First an email will be sent to the student requesting that the tools/toolbox be collected during business hours from a SPSCC representative at the earliest convenience.
  2. After 30 days from the original email sent to the student, if the tools/toolbox remain unclaimed, the division administrative assistant will send a letter (on college letterhead) to the student’s last known address to request that the tools/toolbox be collected during business hours at a scheduled time.
  3. After two quarters have elapsed since the letter was sent to the student and the tools/toolbox remain unclaimed, the tools/toolbox will be defined as “abandoned” and thus the tools/toolbox will become the property of SPSCC.
  • The College assumes no liability for the loss or damage of students’ personal property if property has been abandoned.
  • After ownership has transferred to SPSCC, the college will assess a nominal sale price on the set of tools/toolbox, if available, based on the tiers of $25, $50, $75, or $100 depending on the market value of the tools/toolboxes.
  • Designated college personnel will then work to offer the tools/toolbox for sale to relevant professional-technical students in need. Only professional-technical students who meet all the following criteria will be eligible to purchase an abandoned set of tools/toolbox (if available):
    • successfully completed 60 credits towards degree completion;
    • vocalized economic/financial need for assistance purchasing tools to secure relevant employment; and
    • actively seeking employment in the relevant professional-technical industry.
  • Proceeds will be returned to the relevant SPSCC program/department and/or the SPSCC Foundation to support students/student needs.

 

To Whom Does This Policy Apply: 

Professional-Technical faculty, staff, and students. An agreement to this policy will be distributed to students at the onset of each quarter for introductory professional-technical program courses (e.g., AUTO 100). Students must read, sign, and return this policy to the professional-technical department office/program manager at the onset of the introductory course. If a student does not take the introductory course due to credit for prior learning (and/or instructor permission), then they will need to read, sign, and return this policy at the onset of the first professional-technical course they complete. This policy will be posted on relevant SPSCC professional-technical webpages (e.g., AUTO, WELD, CMT, etc.).