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Customer Code of Conduct

Behavior that interferes with the rights of others includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:

Profane, obscene or abusive language; racial or ethnic epithets

Viewing pornography

Harassing library staff — deliberate repeated behavior that is intimidating, hostile or offensive or adversely impacts staff work performance

Intentionally damaging, destroying or stealing any property belonging to the library, another customer or library staff

Use of the internet for unlawful purposes as defined by federal, state and local laws

Unreasonable noise including: loud talking, singing, boisterous activity; cell phone or audiovisual equipment usage


Distributing and/or posting unauthorized materials (all materials must be submitted for review and library approval prior to posting and distributing)

Abuse or improper use of furniture, equipment or materials

Monopolizing or obstructing space, available seating, tables or equipment to the exclusion of others

Trespassing, violating an eviction or entering upon banned library property

Fighting, challenging someone to fight, physical abuse or assault 

ossessing or selling alcohol or drugs Being under the influence of, possessing or selling alcohol or drugs

Improper dress — lacking a shirt or other articles of clothing

Vandalizing facilities or equipment

Engaging in or soliciting a sexual act; indecent exposure

Roller skating, roller blading, ball playing, skateboarding, cycling

Bringing animals, other than service animals, into the library

Smoking or chewing tobacco

Offensive body odor

Possessing weapons or other items deemed dangerous by library staff, including violation of the posted concealed weapons prohibition

Gambling, panhandling, soliciting money or any activity for personal profit

Other acts disruptive to customers and library staff


Library employees have the authority to bring inappropriate behavior, as defined by these and other rules, to the attention of the individual demonstrating such behavior. If that person will not alter his or her behavior, that individual will be asked to leave Library property. Failure to leave if asked will result in the police being called and a possible charge of criminal trespass per section 2911.21 of The Ohio State University revised code.  Multiple incident reports and/or an arrest on the property will result in a lifetime ban from the Health Sciences Library.