User Conduct Policies
The library strives to provide an inclusive environment—a place where community members of all backgrounds feel comfortable working, reading, and learning. To ensure this, all library users are expected to interact responsibly with library staff, other users, collections, and facilities. Please respect others in the library, and refrain from any behavior that disrupts learning. Learning activities include collaboration, consultation, research, and study.
The library prohibits any kind of disruptive behavior on its premises, including the following:
- Threatening, intimidating, or abusive language or behavior
- Any form of harassment, including sexual harassment
- Excessive noise
- Fighting or other violent behavior
- Bringing any weapons into the building
- Overt sexual behavior
- Failure to leave the library at closing time
- Using skateboards or skates in the library or on library porch or steps
- Bringing bicycles into the building
- Bringing bedding into the building
Shepherd University Computer Use Acceptable Use Policy
From Shepherd University's Code of Conduct:
1000. Computer Misuse is prohibited. (Class I or Class II Offense)
A student who is found responsible for any of the following acts involving misuse of Shepherd University computer resources shall be subject to the maximum sanction of expulsion or any lesser sanction authorized by Shepherd University. Violations include:
- 1001. Intentionally compromising the privacy of computer files or attempting to breach the security of any computer system to which the individual has not been authorized to access;
- 1002. Violations of law, including but not limited to copyright or other intellectual property law, obscenity law, defamation law, etc.;
- 1003. Violations of software licensing agreements;
- 1004. Harassing or threatening other users (e.g. sending abusive, voluminous, obscene or unwanted messages or files, loud/disruptive conduct in or near computer labs or the library computer resources, etc.);
- 1005. Using University computing resources for personal profit;
- 1006. Use of the University's computing resources in the furtherance of any act listed as prohibited in the Student Code of Conduct;
- 1007. Disruption, destruction, defacement, damages to, unauthorized possession or use of, or other abuses of University-owned or controlled computing facilities, property, equipment, or resources.
Food & Drink
Please help us keep the library clean and orderly by following these simple guidelines:
- Snacks may be eaten. We consider snacks to be chips, pretzels, cookies and similar foods. Pizza, tacos, salads, fruit, and sandwiches are NOT snack foods.
- Foods other than snacks must be eaten in the 24 hour study room or outside the library.
- Food delivery to the library is prohibited. Library special events must be coordinated through Nancy Cowherd.
- Only NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES are permitted in the library.
- Please use sturdy, spill-proof beverage containers with covers to minimize damage to library materials and facilities.
Shepherd University buildings are smoke and tobacco free environments. In accordance with university policy, the use of any form of tobacco is prohibited in all areas of the library.
Smoking tobacco within 25 feet of a building or smoking on library steps, porch or walkway is prohibited.
Mobile Phones & Pagers
Please set ring tone to silent or vibrate and be considerate of others.
Do not use cell phones in designated Quiet Study Areas.
Library users will be paged only in the case of emergency.
The library does not take responsibility for theft of personal property in the library. It is up to users to safeguard their property. Please do not leave valuable items unattended in the library.
Children under the age of 12 may not be left unattended anywhere in the library including the 24 hour room. For their own safety, children should be accompanied at all times by a parent or other adult. Parents are entirely responsible for children's use of library materials, including access to online resources. The library provides complete, non-filtered access to the Internet for learning and research purposes.
If unattended children are found in the building, library staff will take appropriate action, which may include contacting parents, campus security, and/or juvenile authorities.