Behavior Policy

UMW Libraries are open to members of the University of Mary Washington community and the general public.  All people using the UMW Libraries are expected to behave in a manner consistent with the UMW Statement of Community Values and the UMW Honor System.  All users of the UMW Libraries will adhere to the policies and procedures established by the University and the Libraries, and to local, state, and federal laws.

Both Simpson Library and the Stafford Campus Library are each committed to maintaining a safe environment that is conducive to research and study.  UMW Libraries do not permit any behavior that is disruptive to staff and patrons or that may cause harm to one’s self or to others.   Staff members at both libraries reserve the right to make decisions as to which behaviors are disruptive.

Anyone deemed to be acting in a disruptive manner may be asked to leave.  Library staff will contact security and/or campus police if disruptive behavior does not stop, or if a user refuses to leave the premises when requested to do so.

All Library patrons are asked to please be respectful of others using the Libraries and to choose a location that is appropriate for the type of work they are doing.  The first floor of Simpson Library is for computer use, group study, and social interaction. The second floor is for quiet study (noise and conversation should be kept to a minimum and groups should study in study rooms).  The third floor is for silent study (no noise at all).

Simpson Library users can use their cell phones in the first-floor coffee area and stairwells, but they are asked to refrain from using them at the Circulation and Reference desks.