Disturbance Policy

Florida Atlantic University students, faculty and staff are the Libraries' primary clientele. The needs of FAU users take priority over other patrons who are granted library privileges for the purpose of engaging in research or quiet study. An environment conducive to quiet study and research can occur only with the cooperation and support of all users.

Social activities should take place in other campus facilities or off campus, not in the library. Accordingly, persons determined by the library staff to be disruptive to a quiet study atmosphere may expect to be asked and are required, to remove themselves from the library immediately.  In some instances, the Florida Atlantic University Police Department may be called to handle a disturbance.

Disruptive behavior includes making excessive noise that disrupts the use of the library by others, loitering, offensive body odor or use of perfume or cologne which elicits general complaints or causes discomfort to other library users, verbal or physical abuse, intimidation, or harassment on account of race, religion, ethnic or national background, gender or sexual orientation.

All cell phones should be set to ring in 'silent' mode and all conversation should be carried on in areas that will not disturb others.

The actions which will result in the disciplinary or legal action are disorderly conduct, misuse or destruction of library resources and materials, abusive language or threats toward library staff or other users of the libraries.

Questions regarding public service policies should be directed to Dawn Smith, Assistant Dean, Public Services.

Last modified at 07/11/2019 - 08:14 AM