Library Code of Conduct
Mott Library Mission
The Mott Library provides access to reliable information and expert services that support student and lifelong learning in a welcoming environment.
The needs of MCC students have priority over other patrons who are granted library privileges for the purpose of research, quiet study, or personal enrichment. All library users are expected to respect the rights and property of others and to treat library resources and facilities with appropriate care and respect. Children are welcome to visit the library, but for their safety they must be supervised by an adult at all times. Minor children (under the age of 18) are not allowed in the library computer lab.
Library users will:
- Comply with library and college policies.
- Present photo identification upon request.
- Limit cell phone use to short and quiet conversations. Conduct extended conversations outside the library.
- Use headphones when watching and listening to multimedia.
- Use email or Internet resources within the guidelines of Mott Community College Acceptable Use Policy and Student Code of Conduct.
- Respond to emergency and security gate alarms and other situations as instructed by staff; leave the library at closing and limit use of the library to authorized areas only.
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:
- Making excessive noise, including loud conversations, cell phones, failing to use headphones for audio/video files, etc. in a manner that disturbs others.
- Excessive odors or scents of person or belongings which cause discomfort to other library users.
- Consuming food or beverages in such a manner that jeopardizes the library's collection and furnishings.
- Refusing to show ID or submit possessions for inspection to library or security staff upon request.
- Defacing or damaging library materials including underlining, highlighting, writing, using paper clips, removing pages, pictures, or security devices.
- Monopolizing, misusing, or damaging library furniture, building or equipment.
- Violating copyright or digital licensing agreements.
- Loitering, including refusing to leave the library promptly at closing or as directed during an emergency.
- Denying others access to library materials through theft or deliberate misplacement.
- Using alcohol, tobacco or controlled substances.
- Selling, soliciting or petitioning in the Library; posting or distributing materials without permission.
- Bringing animals, other than identified service animals, into the library.
- Exhibiting any threatening or intimidating behaviors, e.g., abusive language, threats of violence or harassment.
- Engaging in any sexual activities including, but not limited to: consensual touching, unwanted or inappropriate advances or touching, harassment or indecent exposure.
- Any conduct that constitutes a violation of a federal, state, or local law, the Mott Community College Student Code of Conduct or the rules and regulations of the Mott Community College.
Library users found in violation of the Library Code of Conduct may be:
- asked to present photo identification to library staff;
- subject to a search of backpacks or bags;
- directed to leave the premises and not return, and reported to Public Safety.
Disciplinary or legal action may also be taken in accordance with applicable laws and policies.
Federal and Michigan State laws, local regulations and Mott Community College policies, including the Student Code of Conduct, Acceptable Use Policy, and Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment policies, apply within the Mott library. All referenced campus policies may be found at www.mcc.edu.
- Step 1
You will be given a copy of the Library Code of Conduct and the issue will be identified. You will be asked to take corrective action. If you comply, no additional action will be taken. Your cooperation with library staff is expected. Library staff will be polite and non-threatening toward you. You are expected to be polite and non-threatening to the staff, and to respect other library users. If you do not cooperate with staff or fail to comply with the request, the process moves to Step 2.
- Step 2
If the offending issue needs to be addressed a second time on the same day or a different day, or you do not cooperate with the request politely and quietly, you will be asked for your photo identification, an incident report will be completed, and then you will be asked to leave the building. Step 2 may include a referral to meet with the Library Director or a college representative. If you refuse to comply with the staff request, the process moves to Step 3.
- Step 3
Public Safety will be called, a Code of Conduct Violation will be reported, you will be escorted from the Library, and your library privileges will be revoked.
Serious offenses will be handled accordingly.