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Code of Conduct Overview

The UW-Madison Libraries support the teaching, research, and outreach mission of the university by providing access to and delivery of information. To that end the libraries acquire, organize, make accessible, and preserve sources of knowledge in all formats. They also provide instruction on how to find and evaluate knowledge resources. The libraries provide safe, respectful environments for collaborative and individual study and learning.

In order to provide safe, respectful environments for collaborative and individual study and learning, patrons who enter UW-Madison libraries agree to abide by this Code of Conduct.

Approved and adopted by the UW-Madison Library Services Council on September 21, 2006.

Expectations

Individuals are expected to:

  • Obey all laws of the local, state and federal government.
  • Abide by Chapter UWS 18, Wisconsin Administrative Code, which governs all conduct on University Lands.
  • Use email or Internet resources within the Guidelines for Appropriate use of University of Wisconsin-Madison Information Technology Resources.
  • Adhere to policies governing appropriate use of university identification.
  • Present identification to library staff upon request.
  • Comply with library policies.
  • Respond to emergency and security gate alarms and other situations as instructed by staff, leave buildings at closing, and limit use of the library to authorized areas only.
  • Respect library policies regarding noise.
  • Comply with library policies regarding food and drink within the library.

Approved and adopted by the UW-Madison Library Services Council on September 21, 2006.

Violations

Certain behaviors, detailed below, are in conflict with the mission of the UW-Madison Libraries. Behaviors that infringe upon the rights of library users or staff are prohibited. Prohibited activities and behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following.

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, 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.
  • Possess, use, or be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Misuse, misappropriate, damage, steal, or obstruct use of library equipment, resources or facilities.
  • Allow others to use their nontransferable UW-Madison identification or UW-Madison NetID network authentication.
  • Use restroom facilities for purposes other than which they are intended.

Approved and adopted by the UW-Madison Library Services Council on September 21, 2006.

Sanctions

Any patron who commits or attempts to commit any of the offenses listed as Violations - or any other behaviors illegal under the laws of the state or federal government - is subject to sanctions, which may include:

  • Being asked to leave the library premises.
  • Being reported to the Dean of Students.
  • Having library privileges suspended or revoked.
  • Being banned from the UW-Madison Libraries.
  • Being reported to the police.
  • Legal prosecution.

Incidents which result in a ban may be appealed to the Library Services Council. Appeals must be written and sent to:


Director's Office

Room 279 Memorial Library

728 State Street

Madison WI 53706


The Council will consider the appeal and respond in a timely fashion.

Questions or comments can be directed to the Library Director.

Approved and adopted by the UW-Madison Library Services Council on September 21, 2006.

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