Patron Conduct Policy

Magale Library provides resources and services in support of the instruction, research, and service missions of Centenary College of Louisiana. Users have the right to expect a safe, pleasant and productive environment for research and study. Users are expected to abide by the rules established by Centenary College and the Code of Student Conduct as defined in the Student Handbook. An extension of these ideals is reflected in this Conduct Policy.

Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to:

• Creating a disturbance or behaving in a manner which interferes with normal use of the library, such as rowdiness, noise, loitering, and offensive interpersonal behavior.

• Disruptive use of cell phones or other electronic devices (See Cell Phone Policy).

• Violating policies concerning food, drink, tobacco products, and/or alcohol or drugs (See Drink & Snack Policy).

• Failing to follow library circulation policies and procedures (See Circulation Department Policy).

• Mutilating, defacing or misusing library materials, equipment, or property.

• Removing or attempting to remove library materials or property without checking them out or without proper authorization.

• Concealing or otherwise restricting access to materials in the library for the exclusive use of an individual or group.

• Possessing a weapon or hazardous substance / item.

• Engaging in sexual activity.

• Harassing or stalking library staff or users.

• Tampering with emergency mechanisms (fire alarms, alarms in elevators, opening emergency exits in non-emergency situations).

• Being in an unauthorized area of the building or remaining in the building after closing or when requested to leave during emergency situations or drills.

• Obtaining entrance to the library via unauthorized access (e.g. propping exterior doors), especially when the library is closed.

• Bringing animals into the library that don’t provide assistance or leaving animals unattended on library premises.

• Violating Centenary College and Magale Library rules regarding computer use (See Computer Lab Use Policy).

Individuals or groups who do not follow these guidelines may be accountable to both civil authorities (city, state, or federal) and to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) of Centenary College. DPS will be immediately contacted by library staff if any of the above behaviors are exhibited or for any other reason deemed necessary by Magale Library staff.

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