University Library

Policy on Behavior in the Miller Center

Purpose

The Policy on Behavior for Users of the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center (Miller Center) establishes a standard of conduct for Miller Center users that extends throughout the entire building. Miller Center users include the St. Cloud State University community (students, faculty and staff) and members of the general public. The policy does not replace federal, state and/or local laws, nor does it supersede the SCSU Student Code of Conduct. If the user is an SCSU student, disciplinary action through the Student Conduct System may result. Failure to adhere to the above policy may result in suspension of access to the Miller Center and/or St. Cloud State University facilities and services.

Policy

Filming and Photography in the Library

Anyone wishing to take photographs or film in the Miller Center for classroom projects or University business must contact the LRS Dean’s Office (8-2086) before doing so. Individuals who are not part of the university community should contact University Communications to explore whether they can film or photograph. Capturing content must not disrupt library patrons, and subjects must be verbally asked to provide consent.

Food and Drink

Both are allowed in the Miller Center. Patrons are asked to use care when consuming food and drink while using computers and library materials, clean up spills, and place any garbage in trash receptacles. The Archives may have additional restrictions.

Conduct

Miller Center users are required to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of the rights of other Miller Center users and does not interfere with the customary business of St. Cloud State University or the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center.

  • Miller Center users will adhere to federal, state, local, Minnesota State, and SCSU laws/regulations that govern individual actions and relationships among university members and university guests.
  • Miller Center users will respect and protect the privacy and safety of other users with regard to physical space and personal contact, possessions, electronic accounts and academic endeavors.
  • Miller Center users will refrain from disruptive behavior. Disruptive behavior is any action or combination of actions by an individual or group that unreasonably interferes with, hinders, obstructs, or prevents the regular and essential operation of the Miller Center or infringes upon the rights of other users to freely participate in its programs and services. Disruptive behavior can take many forms, including: disruption of the academic environment, disruption of communications and/or services, and equipment damage or destruction. The following list of examples of disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to:
    • Loud verbal outbursts or persistent noises that are not consistent with an academic setting.
    • Viewing or accessing potentially objectionable imagery that is clearly visible to other Miller Center users, whether with personal devices or university resources. Examples include, but are not limited to, imagery that is graphic, violent, sexually explicit, or obscene.
    • The use of personal devices in a way that is annoying or otherwise disturbing to Miller Center users. Examples include, but are not limited to, excessively loud ringtones or using devices for video or audio playback without the use of headphones.
    • Behavior that produces annoying or intrusive odors or other sensory stimuli. Examples include, but are not limited to, wearing excessive fragrance, excessive body odor, and cooking or food aromas.
    • The use of athletic equipment inconsistent with the normal conduct within the MC and/or potentially damaging to Miller Center property (skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, scooters, etc.).
    • The use of Miller Center equipment in a way that might preclude its proper functioning for others.
    • Destruction, mutilation, forgery, alteration, or misuse of Miller Center documents, materials, and records.
    • Unauthorized entry into the Miller Center and/or unauthorized use of MC equipment. This may include, but is not limited to, unauthorized entry after normal operating hours, unauthorized intrusion in Miller Center areas that are reserved for SCSU employees during and after normal operating hours, and/or any unauthorized attempt to reconfigure, add or alter software to Miller Center computers.
    • Theft of or damage to Miller Center property or the property of staff or users.

Minors

Persons under 13 years must be accompanied (defined as “within sight”) and directly supervised at all times by a parent or responsible caregiver 18 years of age or older.

Action

Miller Center employees, Public Safety, or law enforcement will investigate reports of disruptive behavior, and may take appropriate action, including one or more of the following:

  • Ask or require the user to stop the disruptive behavior(s).
  • Ask or require the user to move to a different area of the Miller Center where the behavior is permitted or not unduly disruptive. For example, a Miller Center user speaking loudly on a mobile phone may be asked to move to the Miller Center lobby to complete the call. A Miller Center user viewing imagery that is potentially offensive and clearly visible to other users may be asked to move to `a less crowded or more discreet areas.
  • Ask or require the user to leave the Miller Center.

Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to the LRS Dean’s Office at (320) 308-2022.

Reviewed and approved by the Special Advisory to the President: January 2014; September 2015
Reviewed and approved by Public Safety: September 2015
Recommended by the LRS Dean's Council: January 2014; November 18, 2015
Approved by the LRS Dean: January 22, 2014; November 18, 2015
To be reviewed in: September 2018