Policy on Mutilation and Theft of Library Materials

Penfield Library treats the mutilation and theft of library material as a serious problem. We are supported in this view by the Library Council, University Police, and the Office of Judicial Affairs. All concur that University Police will be more actively involved. This policy is written, and supported by, University Police and Library Administration.

The 2002-2003 STUDENT HANDBOOK, under the Code of Student Rights, Responsibility and Conduct, states, "Students are free to pursue their educational goals; appropriate opportunities for learning in the classroom and on the campus shall be provided by the College." (Page 14, Article 3. B.) Some of these appropriate opportunities are embodied in the many library texts and periodicals provided in Penfield Library.

Increasingly, many of these texts and periodicals are being stolen and/or mutilated by those who show disregard for other person's rights. The college takes a very strong position that any person apprehended stealing and/or mutilating library materials shall be charged under the student conduct code, and may also be prosecuted to the full extent of the law through the New York State criminal courts. Section 43.F. of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, clearly states, "theft from or damage to College premises or property, or theft from or damage to property..., library books and materials" shall be a violation subject to disciplinary action.

It shall be the policy of Penfield Library that, in the event library materials are stolen, mutilated, or articles removed, University Police shall be immediately notified to investigate. Anyone who, through malicious behavior, denies other students their right to library materials shall be dealt with accordingly.
Students have been arrested, charged with mutilation and theft of library materials, and have been found guilty by the court.