Code of Behavior for Users of the
James W. Miller Learning Resources Center
St. Cloud State University
The standards of conduct governing the behavior of users (university community, general public, LR&TS faculty/staff, etc.) of St. Cloud State University’s James W. Miller Learning Resources Center (LRC) are published here as the Code of Behavior for the Miller Center (MC). The Code, as it may also be referred to in this document, does not replace or reduce the requirements of civil or criminal laws, nor that of the SCSU Student Code of Conduct
Members of the University community, and by extension those non-University people using the Miller Center and its services, have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of the rights of others who use its resources.
- MC users will adhere to federal, state, local, MnSCU Board, and SCSU laws/regulations that govern individual actions and relationships among university members and university guests.
- MC users will respect and protect privacy, rights, and safety of others with regard to physical space and personal contact, possessions, electronic accounts and academic endeavors.
- MC users will refrain from disruptive behavior defined as any action or combination of actions by an individual or group, which unreasonably interferes with, hinders, obstructs, or prevents the regular and essential operation of the MC or infringes upon the rights of its users to freely participate in its programs and services. Disruption can take many forms including the disruption of the academic environment, services, and equipment and communications. The following list of examples of disruptive behavior is meant to be descriptive and not exhaustive:
- Loud outbursts or persistent noises which are not consistent with that of an academic setting
- Viewing, accessing, or reading material that is or may be objectionable to other MC users, such as graphic, violent, sexually explicit, or obscene imagery
- The use of devices, products, or behaviors, which could potentially annoy or otherwise disturb MC users by producing intrusive sensory stimuli (sound, odor, lighting, etc.). Examples could include cell phones, pagers, personal stereos, laser pointers, excessive fragrances, cooking aromas, etc.
- The use of athletic equipment inconsistent with the normal conduct within the MC (skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, scooters, etc.)
- The use of MC equipment in such a manner as to preclude its proper functioning for others
- The use of MC equipment in a manner that doesn’t respect the privacy of others
- Destruction, mutilation, forgery, alteration, or misuse of MC documents, materials, records, identification cards, or paper
- Unauthorized entry into or use of MC facilities or equipment
- Theft of, damage to, or unauthorized use of property of the MC or property of any of its members or visitors.
Violation of local, state, or federal law on University property may result in the summoning of appropriate campus security and/or law enforcement.
If an MC staff person observes or an MC user reports the possibility of disruptive behavior, the MC staff person will investigate. If disruptive behavior is occurring, the MC staff person will take appropriate action based on the policies and procedures outlined in this code.
Appropriate action may include one or more of the following:
- 1. The user will be asked to move to a different area of the MC where the behavior is permitted or not an infringement on the rights of others (e.g. move to the lobby to use a cell phone).
- The user will be asked to cease the disruptive behavior(s).
- The user will be asked to leave the MC.
MC staff may contact campus public safety and/or local law enforcement to address a situation involving disruptive behavior, especially where there is a concern about personal safety, property loss or damage, or if the MC user has repeatedly failed to comply with the directives of the MC staff.
If the user is an SCSU student, the MC may pursue disciplinary action through the Student Conduct System (http://www.stcloudstate.edu/studenthandbook/code).
The user may have his/her access to the MC and/or St. Cloud State University facilities and services suspended.
If none of the above seems to be appropriate, contact the MC Dean’s Office.
Approved by LR&TS Dean’s Advisory Council: June
Last reviewed: February 26, 2008
Last revised: February 26, 2008