Library Code of Conduct
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- Obey all federal, state, and local laws including Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter UWS 18 which governs conduct on university lands.
- Comply with applicable university policies and with all library policies including, but not limited to, food and drink, noise, mobile device usage, and photography and filming.
- Use computers, online resources, and all other library technology within the guidelines of the UW System Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources policy.
- Adhere to policies governing appropriate use of university identification and present identification to library staff upon request.
- Respond to alarms and other emergency or security situations as instructed by staff.
- Limit use of the library to public areas and leave library spaces at closing.
- Treat all library users and staff with respect.
Individuals will not:
- Exhibit any threatening or intimidating behaviors, e.g., abusive language, threats of violence or harassment.
- Engage in behavior that is potentially unsafe or harmful to self or others.
- Create disturbances or disruptions, or behave in any manner that is inconsistent with the UW-Madison Libraries’ mission.
- Engage in any sexual activities outside the limits of applicable laws.
- Vend, peddle, solicit or petition in UW-Madison Libraries.
- Post or distribute materials without permission in UW-Madison Libraries.
- Misuse, misappropriate, damage, steal, deliberately misplace or obstruct use of library equipment, resources or facilities.
- Violate copyright laws, including systematically downloading, printing, scanning or disseminating content in violation of copyright laws.
- Deface or damage library materials including, but not limited to, underlining, highlighting, writing, removing pages or security devices.
- Use library areas for prolonged sleeping or as living quarters.
Any violation of our code of conduct is subject to sanctions, which include, but are not limited to:
- Being asked to leave the library premises
- Being reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (Division of Student Life)
- Having library privileges suspended or revoked
- Being banned from the UW-Madison Libraries or Campus
- Being reported to the police
- Legal prosecution
Incidents that result in a UW-Madison Libraries ban may be appealed to the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Public Services.
Appeals must be written and sent to:
AUL for Public Services
Memorial Library, Room 372J
728 State Street
Madison WI 53706
Appeals will be considered and responded to in a timely fashion according to the written appeals process. Questions or comments can be directed to the AUL for Public Services.
Approved and adopted by the UW-Madison Library Code of Conduct Task Force on September 21, 2016.
Approved and adopted by the UW-Madison Libraries Coordinating Council on October 23, 2017.