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About the Library

Library Policies

Borrowing Privileges 

Library Card

A valid MVCC library card must be presented to check out library materials or to use any reserve material. A card issued at the Utica Campus Library may be used at the Rome Campus Library and vice versa. Students, staff and faculty use the College's ID Card as their library card.  You will need the card to borrow books, media, and reserve items.  College ID cards are issued at Campus Safety on the Utica campus.

Members of the community may register for a library card at the Circulation desk; borrowers must present identification which includes a picture and a current address. You will need the card to borrow books, media, and reserve items. 

 

Loan Periods

The loan periods for general materials are as follows:

MVCC Students  End of Semester
MVCC Faculty & Staff  16 Weeks
Community Borrowers  30 Days

 

The following exceptions exist for these other materials for all users:

Reserve items    3 hours in-library use only
Feature film DVDs    7 days
Bestsellers    30 days
Magazines & Journals    Non-circulating
Reference books    Non-circulating

Periodicals (e.g. newspapers, magazines, journals) cannot be checked out of the library.

A photocopier is readily available to allow library users to copy articles.

 

Borrowing Limits

Students and MVCC Faculty and Staff may borrow up to 25 items.

Community residents, high school students (16 years or older), and students from other colleges may have a total of 5 items checked out at any one time.

The following limits, based on format, apply to ALL borrowers:

Feature film DVDs    4
Educational DVDs    4
Books on CD    4

 

Inter-Campus Loan

Books can be requested from either campus.  Please see the Reference Librarian or Clerk on duty to place the request.  Delivery of the requested material is generally available the next day.  

If you have any questions please feel free to call either of the libraries at 315-792-5561 (Utica) or 315-334-7728 (Rome) or send us an email at library@mvcc.edu.

 

Fines

  • MVCC Libraries do not charge overdue fines.
  • Users will be charged a replacement fee for any unreturned or lost items.
  • There is a $10.00 fine for damaging periodicals.

 

Returns

All borrowed materials should be returned to the Circulation Desk at either the Utica or Rome Campus Libraries. A drop box is available outside the quad side of Payne Hall (Utica Campus) and outside the north end of the Plumley Complex (Rome Campus) for returning items when the libraries are closed.

 

Renewals

In general, renewals are permitted, unless the item has been requested by another library user. No renewals are permitted for best sellers or feature film DVDs.

 

Recalls

All items are subject to recall if needed for reserves. Notice of recall may be made by telephone or mail. Please return recalled material promptly.

 

Financial Responsibilities and Loss of Borrower Privileges

You are financially responsible for all materials checked out on your library card. Should you lose an item, you will be charged a replacement fee.

Your borrowing privileges will be suspended if you owe fines or have overdue material. In addition you will not be permitted to register for classes, or receive copies of your grades or transcript, until all financial obligations to the Libraries have been met. Comments and questions can be directed to Geri Sultenfuss, Senior Office Specialist.

MVCC Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct and Commitment to Civility

MVCC believes in the core values and ethics that are so vital to all local, regional and global communities. Being a member of the Mohawk Valley Community College community requires a commitment to these valuse including, but not limited to civility, personal accountability, professional and academic ethics, personal integrity, dignity for self and others, fairness, honesty and respect for self and others.  Based on the Student Code of Conduct and Commitment to Civility, the following rights and regulations govern the relationship between students and the College.

MVCC defines "Student" as:

Student is defined as persons currently registered for credit courses at Mohawk Valley Community College, either full or part-time.  Students are subject to all of the rules, regulations and procedures of the College including but not limited to the Student Code of Conduct.  The status of student becomes null and void upon withdrawal from the institution or any administrative revocation fo this standing.

College Rights:

  • To establish criteria and standards for accepting, advising, counseling, teaching, evaluation, graduating, and as necessary, disciplining students.
  • To establish and enforce standards of acceptable behavior for anyone associated with the College.
  • To bring legal or judicial action against any student violating College regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • To provide guidance and direction about student rights.
  • To take action to continue its work as an academic institution.

The Student Code of Conduct is subject to change.  Refer to the Mohawk Valley Community College website.

Student Rights:

  • To access services offered by the College.
  • To participate on College committees where Student Congress representation is required.
  • To due process in situations involving judicial action.
  • To access an appeal process.
  • To have reasonable privacy except in situations involving personal safety or well-being.
  • To benefit from the educational process, free from harassment or disruption.

The Student Code of Conduct is subject to change.  Refer to the Mohawk Valley Community College website.

Visitors:

The Rules of Public Order govern the conduct of students, visitors, licensees, organizations, invitees, and anyone else present on the campuses or other property used for educational purposes by MVCC.

*MVCC Employee Handbook, 2010-2011, p. 38-39.

Regulations:

Forms of misconduct that may initiate judicial procedures include, but are not limited to:

  1. Any crime or threat of crime against an individual because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability, religion or religious practice or sexual orientation.
  2. Dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism, forgery, furnishing false information, stealing.
  3. Obstruction, disruption or prevention of orderly classes, meetings, and other College activities.
  4. Damage to or unauthorized use of private of College property.
  5. Unauthorized presence in College facilities.
  6. Intimidation, harassment, inflicting emotional distress (e.g. bullying), physical harm, or threat to anyone at the College.
  7. Abusive, obscene, indecent, or lewd conduct.
  8. Use, possession, distribution, or sale of controlled substances at the College.
  9. Use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages except when authorized by appropriate College administrators.
  10. Use of possession of firearms, explosives, and noxious chemicals or other items at the College that could be considered or simulate a weapon except where authorized by the College.
  11. Failure to comply with reasonable instructions from authorized College personnel.
  12. Claiming to speak or act in the name of the College without authorization.
  13. Any action with threatens the mental, psychological, or physical health of another person at the College including those actions for the sole purpose of initiation into affiliation with an organization (hazing).
  14. Recording, broadcasting, streaming, or otherwise sharing of private information without authorization of any involved party.
  15. Non-permissive recording of another person ("Stephanie's Law").
  16. Use of social media or other technology to defame, trespass, assault, or inflict emotional distress upon another person to that is otherwise illegal (cyber-bullying, sexting).
  17. Violations of other college regulations and policies.
  18. Failure to provide student identification upon request.
  19. Violations of other college regulations and policies.

The Student Code of Conduct is subject to change. Refer to the Mohawk Valley Community College website.

Food and Drink Policy

The MVCC Libraries permit light snack food and beverages to be consumed in the common and study areas of the library at the discretion of the library staff. No food and beverages without a proper lid are permitted in the library computer lab or at any reference computer station. 

Food which includes, but is not limited to, the following types is not permitted in the Libraries:

  • Hot items
  • Greasy items
  • Items with a pungent odor
  • Items that would constitute as a full breakfast/lunch/dinner meal

Group Study Room Policy

  • Group study rooms are available to be used for academic purposes only.
  • Group study rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Study rooms cannot be reserved.
  • Users should request permission at the Library Circulation Desk to use a group study room.  A library staff member will unlock the study room.
  • Group study rooms will be checked out for 3 hours.  If you need longer then you can ask the Librarian for an extra hour.  It is up to the Librarians' discretion and demand of the study rooms, whether you are granted the extra time.   
  • Library staff members reserve the right to refuse or limit the use of the group study rooms.  
  • In the event that a group study room is reserved for college or library business, a sign will be posted informing users in advance.
  • Covered beverages and light snacks are permitted in the study rooms (foods with minimal risk of causing a mess or damage to the study room and its furniture).
  • Individuals using the group study rooms are responsible for disposing of all trash and recyclables, and removing any library materials and personal belongings from the group study rooms upon exiting.
  • Personal items and library materials should not be left unattended in the group study rooms for extended periods of time or overnight.  Materials and items will be removed, if left unattended for too long.
  • The Library is NOT responsible for loss or damaged items.
  • Users are expected to conduct themselves in a proper manner.  To minimize distraction to other library users, discussions should take place at quiet conversational levels.  If a group is repeatedly disruptive, they will be asked to leave the group study room. 
  • Study rooms are to be vacated ten (10) minutes prior to library closing time.

Mobile Devices in the Library

Mobile devices (cell phones, tablets, etc...) are allowed in the library with some restrictions. Remember to:

  • Keep phones on silent or vibrate
  • Take phone calls outside of the library
  • Listen to music with earbuds and at lower volumes
  • Be respectful of others studying around you

Library staff reserve the right to ask you to leave the library if your device usage becomes too loud and/or is disrupting others in the library.

 

Smoking Policy

The Mohawk Valley Community College Board of Trustees has approved the following policy:

Smoking and all tobacco and tobacco-related products are prohibited on all College premises, which are defined as all buildings, facilities, and grounds owned, used, leased, operated, controlled or otherwise supervised by the College – effective August 15, 2016.

MVCC Visitor Policy:

5003 Visitors Policy (approved 3.19.12)

Visitors are welcome on campus. However, they are expected to abide by the same rules that apply to students, where applicable. Action, including expulsion, may be taken against any and all persons who loiter and have no proper or acceptable reason for presence on campus.

Borrowing Privileges:

Community residents, high school students (16 years or older), and students from other colleges may have a total of five (5) items checked out at any one time.

The following limits, based on format, apply to ALL borrowers:

Feature film DVDs       4
Educational DVDs    4  

 

Computers and Technology:

Community members are allowed to use the computers located near the Reference Desk. Printing and scanning are available from these computers. To use the computers, community members will need to ask the Librarian on duty for assistance in being logged on to the computers.

The libraries' resources can be accessed on campus; however, there is no off-campus access to articles or eBooks for community borrowers. 

Guests who wish to use MVCC Wi-Fi can ask a librarian for the password. The password is issued by the IT Department and changes monthly.

Rules of Public Order

Applicability

These rules govern the conduct of students, faculty, staff, visitors, licensees, organizations, invitees, and anyone else present on the campuses or other property used for educational purposes by MVCC.

*MVCC Employee Handbook, 2010-2011, p. 38-39.

Rights and Responsibilities:

  1. The College has the right and responsibility to take any action it deems appropriate in order to insure the maintenance of public order on its campuses, the continuation of its work, the protection of its resources, and the rights of the member os this academic community.  Such actions may be administrative, civil legal action, criminal legal action, or any combination thereof.
  2. These actions will not restrict the rigths of an individual consistent with the maintenance of public order to enjoy the right of freedom of speech, the right of peaceful assembly, the right of petition, and the right of procedural due process.

*MVCC Employee Handbook, 2010-2011, p. 38-39.

Violations of Public Order:

  1. Theft, damage, unauthorized use, or removal of private or College property or threatening to do so.
  2. Unauthorized entrance to, or presence in, or obstruction of College facilities.
  3. Causing or threatening physical or mental harm to anyone.
  4. Inciting, encouraging or committing acts, or conspiring to do so, which obstruct or disrupt the functioning of the College or the normal processes or activities of the College.
  5. Abusive, obscene, indecent, lewd, riotous or self-destructive conduct.
  6. Unauthorized or illegal custody, possession or use of firearms, explosives, noxious chemicals, or other items that could be considered weapons.
  7. Failure to comply promptly with the reasonable requests, directions, or orders of a College representative.
  8. Failure to comply promptly with the reasonable requests, directions, or orders of law enforcement officials.
  9. Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or affiliation with any organization (hazing).
  10. Unauthorized use, possession, distribution, or sale of controlled substances.
  11. Use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages except when authorized by the appropriate College administrator.
  12. Any crime or threat of crime against an individual because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability, religion or religious practice, or sexual orientation.
  13. Gambling is prohibited and violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

*MVCC Employee Handbook, 2010-2011, p. 38-39.

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