Unattended Child Policy

Children under the age of 16 may not be left unattended in UMW Libraries and must be directly supervised by a responsible adult or caregiver aged 18 years or older.

If a child under the age of 16 is found to be unattended in the library, staff will attempt to locate or contact the child’s parent/guardian. If the staff cannot locate a parent/guardian, campus security and/or law enforcement officials will be notified.

Children over the age of 16 may use the library unattended provided that their behavior is not disruptive. Disruptive behavior is any form of behavior that seriously or constantly disturbs patrons or staff; damages library property; interferes with library services; or endangers the well-being of the disruptive child or others. Parents/guardians are response for the actions of their children in the library whether or not the parent/guardian is present. Parents/guardians will also be responsible for any damages by their child.

Disruptive children may be asked to leave the library. Parents/guardians will be contacted and campus security and/or law enforcement officials may be notified.

If any child is left unattended at the library at closing time, campus security and/or law enforcement officials will be notified.

Library staff reserves the right to approach children for information regarding his/her parents’/guardian’s availability and to request contact information for the parent/guardian.

This policy goes into effect as of Tuesday, February 12th 2013.