Subject: EVICTION PROCEDURE Date Approved: 06/25/97 Effective: 06/25/97 Approved By: Executive Director File Code: 20.142 Visitors or customers who fail to abide by the Library's policies are subject to having their library privileges suspended and/or being evicted from premises of the Columbus Metropolitan Libary. Evictioin or suspesion of library privileges will be based upon the attached administrative procedural guidelines. Evictions and suspensions may be decided upon and imposed by the Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director, Director or Assistant Directors of Extension, Extension Branch Manager, Director or Assistant Director of Main Library, Main Library Division Manager, Manager or Assistant Manager of Security Services, and Security Officers. In cases where the patron refuses to comply with an initial verbal warning to cease their inappropraite behavior, they may be evicted according to the attached guidelines recommended under the second violation for infractions. Security Officers and Branch/Division Managers may exact evictions *up to 7 days*. Periods greater than this will require approval of the Manager of Security Services, or one of the above listed Directors. If in the opinion of the Security Officer, or Branch/Division Manager, the infraction of the individual justifies an eviction for more than 7 days, they will advise the person that they are not permitted on the premises pending review of their case. The Security Officer, or Branch/Division Manager, will then refer the matter to the Manager of Security Services for review, and decision on the final terms of their eviction. When possible, the patron being expelled, or in the case of juvenile, his/her parents/guardians, should be provided with written notification about the reasons for, and length of their eviction. All staff should warn patrons immediately when improper conduct is observed or reported, so the person has the opporunity to correct their behavior. Whenever possible, warnings and evictions issued to a patron should be witnessed by another staff member. Staff should attempt to identify the patron being evicted by name. If additional information can be obtained, such as address, telephone number, and patron number, staff should record these as well. Such particulars are to be forwarded to the Manager of Security Services with detail about the eviction, including date, time and location of the situation. The Manager of Security Services will ensure this material is kept on file. The Manager of Security Services, or his/her designee, will furnish a monthly report listing currently evicted patrons to the Division Managers of Main Library, the Branch and Division Managers of Extension, the Department Directors, Assistant Department Directors, the Assistant Executive Director, and Executive Director. In some instances, the repeated misbehavior of individuals or the seriousness of their actions, may indicate that a longer eviction than that indicated in the administrative guidelines is appropriate. In such circumstances, the patron committing the infraction should be advised that they are evicted until their case is reviewed with the Manager of Security Services. The Manager of Security Services should then be contacted and consulted about the problem patron. The Manager of Security Services is authorized to extend an eviction period up to one year, where justified. Eviction periods of more than one year require the approval of the Executive Director. Eviction Guidelines -------- ---------- Patrons and visitors must behave in a socially acceptable manner while on the premises of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Guidelines for addressing infractions and evicting persons from library property are: Infraction Type 1st Violation 2nd 3rd 01 Inappropriate dress, to WARNING, AND SAME SAME include but not be limited ASKED TO LEAVE to: no shirts and no shoes. PREMISES TO Presenting offensive and CORRECT THE pervasive odor or odors PROBLEM. which constitute a nuisance to other customers or staff. . . . 03 Creating any unreasonable WARNING 1 DAY 7 DAY noise, including loud EVICTION EVICTION talking, singing, running, boisterous activity and the playing of audio or video equipment which disturbs other customers or staff. . . .