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Unacceptable Conduct Policy - Library Privileges    

No person shall engage in unacceptable conduct when using the library facility or participating in events.

 The Maharishi University of Management Library serves students of all ages, and the community at large. The library also holds events. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that everyone is able to experience the library environment safely and productively.

 A. Definition

Unacceptable conduct shall include:

  • Any individual or group activity which is disruptive to other persons using library facilities and/or the library staff.
  • Any individual or group activity that is inconsistent with activities such as reading, studying and other similar conduct normally associated with an academic library.
  • Any individual or group activity which violates any federal law, state law or municipal ordinance.
  • Any individual or group activity which is determined by a library employee to be unsafe.

 B. Examples of unacceptable conduct

Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Excessive and disruptive conversations / discussions in the library building.
  • Usage of cell phones that disrupt others in the library from their duties.
  • Bringing any animal into the library building, except working animals which assist the disabled.
  • Stealing, damaging or vandalizing library property, including removing protective covers or barcodes from books, magazines and other media with the intent to steal library property.
  • Damaging computers and other IT items, internet connection, electric wiring.
  • Illicitly downloading or damaging software
  • Downloading and printing books that are meant for the students to be bought as textbooks.
  • Exhibiting abusive, obscene, or profane conversation and/or behavior toward library staff or patrons, or being in a general intoxicated state.
  • Engaging in behavior that is harassing or threatening in nature to library staff or patrons.
  • Knowingly entering non-public areas of library facilities without permission.
  • Leaving children unattended in the premises of the library
  • Staying in the library after library hours.
  • Viewing and downloading publications as well as audiovisuals, inconsistent with the culture of the Maharishi University of Management.
  • Non-compliance with the warnings of the library staff

 C. Treatment of offenses (Depending on the severity of the offense. Staff who feel threatened by a patron’s behavior should call the security and/or 911 for assistance)

  1. Offenses will first be addressed by library staff that witness the behavior or are involved with the behavior in question.
  2. Staff will document behavior using a library incident report.
  3. If the behavior continues, the Library Director will speak to the patron.
  4. Visitors who do not follow the Library’s Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be asked to leave the building and can lose their Library privileges. They can also be arrested or subject to other legal action. The director will determine the length of time privileges will be suspended depending on the nature of the offense, the extent of damage or disruption, any history of prior infractions of library policies and other relevant circumstances.

 D. Library Privileges

  • Library privileges shall include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Access to the library building
  • Access to the general academic collection
  • Access to the Vedic collection
  • Borrowing materials from the library as per the circulation policy
  • Use of the Internet as per the Internet policy
  • Use of the microfilm reader and reader/printer
  • Access to materials from the Watertown History Case
  • Obtaining help from the staff
  • Reserving and using library meeting rooms as per the meeting room policy
  • Attending library story hours or other library programs

 

Patrons Confidentiality and Privacy Policy    

The Maharishi University of Management Library supports the principle of freedom of inquiry for library patrons and has adopted this policy to outline the privacy rights of library patrons. The Maharishi University of Management Library protects the privacy of library records and the confidentiality of patron use of the library as required by relevant laws. The relevant Iowa Statutes concerning the confidentiality of library records and Fair information Practices are §22.7    para. 13 and 14, and 22.11. In general, records of patron use of library resources, materials and services may not be disclosed except with the consent of the individual, by court order or under operation of law, or to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library, collection of delinquent accounts, or a federated library system. The Maharishi University of Management Library, being supported by public funds, must disclose to a custodial parent or guardian of a child under 16 any records relating to that child’s use of the library’s documents, materials, resources or services per Iowa Statute Chapter 22.7  para  13.

Records of patron use of library resources, materials and services protected as confidential under Iowa Statute Chapter 22.11.include the following types of information:· Information sought or received· Materials consulted, borrowed or acquired

  • Circulation records
  • Workstation logs
  • Database search records
  • any other such records with personally identifiable information pertaining to the use of library materials, facilities, programs or services

Library staff is authorized to request identification from library users as necessary and appropriate for the use of library services, such as issuing a card, reserving materials, registering for a program or using meeting rooms. Information communicated under these circumstances is authorized under Iowa Statute Chapter 22.11. Library staff is authorized to request identification from library users as necessary and appropriate for safety and security or when laws or library policies have been violated. Information about the identity of persons whose behavior in or about the library violates the law or library policies is not inherently protected or confidential. If the library has cause to believe that a criminal act has been committed on library property or with library resources, library administration will cooperate with legal authorities to obtain court orders for the release of protected library records as may be necessary for criminal investigations and prosecution. 

 

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