In and Around the Library
The Ellender Memorial Library is an academic library charged with supporting the instruction, research, and study needs of Nicholls State University’s students, faculty, staff, and administration.
To ensure the comfort and safety of all University students, faculty, staff, and administration … as well as that of faculty and students from other colleges and universities in their academic pursuits and that of members of the general public seeking reasonable assistance with their educational needs … the Ellender Memorial Library at Nicholls State University requires all individuals inside the library building, on the library’s outside porch, or the steps, sidewalks and parking lot-and-spaces serving the library to strictly obey the following Code of Conduct:
Any conduct or presence that interferes with, disrupts, or otherwise hinders the principal mission-and-purpose of this Academic Library … that is, serving the instruction, research, and study needs of the University’s students, faculty, staff, and administration in an atmosphere free from assaults, harassment, obstruction (active or passive), threats, or violence … or might reasonably be expected to do so, is absolutely prohibited.
Such prohibited conduct or presence includes, but is not at all limited to:
• Making or causing any noise which disturbs the peace or good order of the Library,
including without limitation the “ringing” of cell phones and other communication devices, the use of any listening device audible beyond the user’s person, and the detonation of fireworks (though talking in an unobtrusive voice for short periods is permitted in areas NOT designated as Quiet Areas, as is employing a device properly used by or otherwise to accommodate an individual in dealing with her/his declared,
• Consuming drink and food, except as permitted by the Library’s “Drink and Food” Policy;
• Using tobacco products (such as, smoking, chewing and dipping and auxiliary aids such as spittoons and other containers for similar use), alcohol products (such as, beer, wine and liquor), drugs (other than over-the-counter or prescribed medications), and other controlled substances;
• Game-playing or accessing-and/or-viewing pornography on or through the Library’s computers or any other University resource;
• Producing or maintaining an odor(s) on, in, or about one’s person, clothes, backpack, purse, accessories, or other belongings … including, without limitation, body odor, hair gel, oil or spray, perfumes/colognes, and sachets … so unpleasant that the odor(s) interferes with, disrupts, or otherwise hinders the normal studies, research, or other academic or educational pursuits of Nicholls students, faculty, staff, or administrators (though the Library will, upon proper request and proof of disability, attempt to make some reasonable accommodation for any Nicholls student, faculty, staff, or administrator who has a disability-caused body odor);
• Bathing in the Library (other than splashing water on one’s face to stay awake or washing one’s hands);
• Sleeping in the Library (other than the occasional cat-nap);
• Conducting any business in the Library … commercial, professional, retail, trade, or otherwise and for profit, pro bono, or otherwise;
• Conducting interviews, taking photographs, operating a video-camera, and the like without the express permission of the Library Director or her/his representative [which permission is granted, so long as and only so long as interviews and/or photo/video-taking do not interfere with, disrupt, or otherwise hinder (1) the normal educational process of the University and its students, faculty, staff, administrators, and Library and/or (2) the reasonable expectation of all Library patrons, visitors, and personnel that they can read, study, work, and visit in an atmosphere free from assaults, harassment, obstruction (active or passive), threats, violence];
• Bringing cats, dogs, and other animals into the Library, with the exception of animals trained to assist the disabled;
• Using bicycles, pogo sticks, roller blades, scooters, segways, skates, skateboards, unicycles, and any other item reasonably believed to have a more than slight potential to cause injury or death to any person, a disturbance in or around the building, or damage to books, carpet, equipment, furniture, or other personal property;
• Carrying a firearm, knife, other dangerous weapon, ammunition, explosives, or other dangerous item, material or substance in or around the Library;
• Interfering with, disrupting, or otherwise hindering the normal educational process of the University and its students, faculty, staff, administrators, and Library;
• Interfering with, disrupting, or otherwise hindering the reasonable expectation of all
Library patrons, visitors, and personnel that they can read, study, work, and visit in an atmosphere free from assaults, harassment, obstruction (active or passive), threats, violence, including without limitation –
- Unwanted name-calling, obscene language, stalking, and other abusive or unwelcome behavior,
- Intimidation through direct or veiled verbal threats of physical harm, vilification, or other injury or damage to person, reputation, employment, and the like;
- Physically intimidating others, to include without limitation such acts as obscene gestures, “getting in your face,” fist-shaking, or throwing an object,
- Physically touching another individual in an intimidating, malicious, or sexually harassing manner, including without limitation such acts as hitting, slapping, poking, kicking, pinching, grabbing, or pushing,
- Unwelcome conduct directed against an individual (including, without limitation,
action or inaction based on one or more of an individual’s characteristics or status) which is so severe or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for that individual and/or those persons around her/him; and,
- Willful destruction, defacing, disfeaturing, disfigurement, or otherwise damaging the property of any individual, corporate person, the Library, or the University; and,
• Engaging or attempting to engage in any conduct prohibited by the University’s Code of Student Conduct (as amended from time-to-time), including, without any limitation whatsoever, failure to present identification to a Library or other University employee in response to a request.
Any person who  does not follow this Code of Conduct,  otherwise interferes with or hinders the instruction, research, and study needs of the University’s students, faculty, staff, and administrators, or  otherwise interferes with or hinders the reasonable expectation of all Library patrons, visitors, and personnel that they can read, work, and visit in an atmosphere free from assault, harassment, obstruction (active or passive), threats, or violence must immediately leave the Library, will be asked to do so, and will be reported to the University Police at once for assistance if said individual does not so leave or, in leaving, threatens the Library, its personnel, or its patrons and visitors or their property with physical or mental harm.
• The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left in Library materials or in or about the Library building; and,
• Children under the age of 12 may never be left unattended in the Library and must at all times be with a parent or other responsible adult. The Library and its personnel are not responsible for the safety or well-being of any child left on library property, for baby-sitting/child-care purposes or otherwise. Unattended children will be reported to and placed in the custody of the University Police.
As of and before 15 September 2011
Revised February 22 & March 4, 2013