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Policies and Procedures

Wayne G. Basler Library Policy and Procedures

Library User Conduct & Study Atmosphere

As an integral part of a dynamic educational institution, the Wayne G. Basler Library endeavors to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, research, and relaxation.  For this reason, library users, at all campus locations, are expected to conform to certain standards of conduct to maintain the use and enjoyment of the Library by others.

The following conduct is not permitted within the Library or Learning Resource Centers (LRC):

  1. Smoking or use of tobacco products
  2. Loud talking or laughing
  3. Running
  4. Blocking or interfering with the free movement of other individuals
  5. Bringing animals of any kind into the library, other than service animals
  6. Use of restrooms for anything other than their intended purpose
  7. Use of library or Learning Resource Center (LRC) telephones by anyone other than library personnel, unless approved
  8. Soliciting or selling of any kind, unless for a pre-approved college activity
  9. Distribution of leaflets or flyers without prior approval by the Dean of the Library
  10. Theft, mutilation or defacement of library property, including books, periodicals, encyclopedias, or anything else contained in the library’s collection
  11. Removal of any library property, including any items from the library collection, without the authorization of library staff or through the library’s lending procedures
  12. Overt sexual behavior
  13. Behavior that appears to be due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or other chemicals
  14. Possession, display, or use of weapons of any kind
  15. Offensive or obscene language or actions
  16. Entering a non-public area without permission of the library staff
  17. Any other behavior that interferes with the right of others to enjoy and use the Library and Learning Resource Centers (LRC)

 

In the event library users are disruptive to the learning environment and/or exhibits behaviors that are disrespectful, belligerent, rude or harassing to other students, faculty or staff, they will be asked to stop such behavior immediately.  If the behavior does not stop or they have to be called on again for disruptive behaviors, they will be required to leave the Library or Learning Resource Centers (LRC) for the remainder of the day and the student conduct officer will be notified. In the event a library user has repeated and continued disruptions the student conduct officer and campus administration will be alerted and library privileges may be revoked.

 

Procedure

Problems with Adults

  1. Seek confirmation of the problem from another staff member, if possible.
  2. Identify yourself to the library user as a staff member.
  3. Do not physically touch the library user.
  4. Request the individual(s) stop the disruptive behavior. Tell them "You are disrupting the learning environment by _________, please stop this behavior".
  5. If the library user does not cooperate or continues the disruption, give a verbal warning. Tell them "This is the second time today I have had to speak with you about disruptive behaviors. If you do not stop immediately, you will need to leave the Library/LRC".
  6. Report to the BIT team and provide any helpful details such as student name, date, time, and articulate the specific behavior. Review the policy 03:05:03 and note where the disruption applies.
  7. If the library user again does not cooperate or continues the disruption, order them to leave the Library or LRC. Tell them "This is the 3rd time I have had to address you for disrupting the learning environment. Based on your lack of cooperation you need to leave the Library/LRC now".
  8. If the library user refuses to leave and becomes belligerent and there is an immediate threat, notify the Campus Police immediately.

  9. If the library user refuses to leave but there is no immediate threat, document the incident with the BIT form and email the Student Conduct officer (VP of Student Affairs).

  10. Report the incident to the Dean of the Library.

Also see Northeast State Policy 03:05:03 Disciplinary Offenses

Minors on Campus

Northeast State Faculty/Staff Policies and Procedures Manual 05:04:05.

For the purposes of this policy, minor children are defined as a person who has not completed the junior year in high school and under 18 years of age.

NeSCC maintains the following policy regarding children on campus, which would include the Library:

Northeast State Community College is an institution of higher education and as such must preserve conditions which will permit a proper learning and working environment at all times. Students, faculty, and staff are not approved to leave minor children unsupervised on campus. It is not the intent of this policy to prevent children in the accompaniment of an adult from visiting the campus. However, consideration for the learning environment of the students, the work routine of staff, and the safety of children requires that children may not accompany adults into classrooms, offices, or other work spaces as a childcare function nor be left unsupervised in the halls or grounds of the College.

In certain circumstances, children may be on campus for classes held for their benefit (field trips, etc.). At such times, it is expected that the instructor or responsible adult will supervise the activities of the children, and before and after the class an area will be designated for the children to await their parents' arrival. It is the responsibility of the supervisor/instructor of these activities to explain these restrictions to the children and to monitor the enforcement where feasible.

In all circumstances related to children on campus, it is the expectation of the institution that good judgment be exercised in preventing disruption of the office routine or learning environment while at the same time exhibiting concern over the safety of children who are visitors to our campus. Where conditions exist which do not appear to be covered by this policy, inquiry should be made to the appropriate officials of the College.

If a child is present and behaving inappropriately:

  1. Remind the child to lower his/her voice and exercise appropriate behavior if he/she is noisy or unruly.
  2. If the child continues with unacceptable behavior, ask the child’s name and then locate his/her parent.
  3. Accompany the child to the parent and tell the parent that the child is disturbing the other library users and that he/she must be supervised. Do not physically touch the child.  Cite the college’s policy if necessary.
  4. If the child continues with disruptive behavior and the parent refuses to control him/her, see steps 5, 6, and 7 above under “Problems with Adults”.
  5. If the child is unsupervised, ask the child his/her name, age, and phone number and contact the parent(s).
  6. Inform the parent of the college’s policy and ask the parent to come and get the child.
  7. If the parent does not cooperate or cannot be contacted, contact the Dean of the Library for further measures.
  8. Make sure that the incident has been properly documented with the Dean of the Library, if necessary.

Minors and the Use of Learning Resource Centers

Northeast State has Learning Resource Centers (LRC’s) located at the following campuses: Elizabethton, Gray, Johnson City, and Kingsport.

The Learning Resource Centers (LRC’s) are for current students, faculty, and staff use only. Minors are not permitted in the Learning Resource Centers (LRC's) but they may use the main Library on the Blountville Campus with proper adult supervision.

Community Use of Learning Resource Centers

Northeast State has Learning Resource Centers (LRC’s) located at the following campuses: Elizabethton, Gray, Johnson City, and Kingsport.

The Learning Resource Centers (LRC’s) are for current students, faculty, and staff use only.

Members of the surrounding community may use the Library only on the Blountville campus and register as a community borrower.