Libraries' Conduct Policy
- All staff and visitors must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth per USG policy and follow social distancing guidelines.
- As a required part of USG and UGA policy and a critical public health measure, the wearing of face coverings is not optional and those who are unwilling to comply or repeatedly violate this policy will be asked to leave the building.
- Face covering may only be briefly removed to actively eat or drink while stationary and socially distanced from others.
All patrons are expected to be courteous to library staff and to comply with library employees in accordance with the conduct policies as well as any other direction staff deem necessary to maintain the safety of all patrons. Failure to comply with staff requests, directions, or instructions can result in loss of privileges, including removal from the building.
The University Libraries provide collections and services in support of the instruction, research, and service missions of the University of Georgia community. Users have the right to expect a safe, pleasant and productive environment for research and study. Users are expected to abide by the rules established by the University and the University of Georgia Code of Conduct. An extension of these ideals is reflected in this Conduct Policy.
Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to:
- Creating a disturbance or behaving in a manner which interferes with normal use of the Libraries, such as rowdiness, noise, loitering, and offensive interpersonal behavior.
- Disruptive use of cell phones or other electronic devices.
- Violating policies concerning food, drink, tobacco products, and/or alcohol or drugs .
- Failing to follow library circulation policies and procedures.
- Mutilating, defacing or misusing library materials, equipment, or property.
- Removing or attempting to remove library materials or property without checking them out or without proper authorization.
- Concealing or otherwise restricting access to materials in the library for the exclusive use of an individual or group.
- Possessing a weapon or hazardous substance / item.
- Engaging in sexual activity.
- Harassing or stalking library staff or users.
- Tampering with emergency mechanisms (fire alarms, alarms in elevators, opening emergency exits in non-emergency situations).
- Being in an unauthorized area of the building; remaining in the building after closing or when requested to leave during emergency situations or drills.
- Soliciting or pandering is not allowed in the Libraries which includes the entrance (porch and steps) of the Libraries.
- Leaving children unattended within the Libraries. Any unattended children will be turned over to the custody of the University of Georgia Police Department.
- Bringing animals into the building that don't provide assistance; leaving animals unattended on library premises.
- Violating University and Library rules regarding computer use.
Individuals or groups who do not follow these guidelines may be accountable to both civil authorities (city, state, or federal) and to The University of Georgia.