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Library Code of Conduct

Library Mission

The University of Washington Tacoma Library creates community by engaging with student learning and connecting researchers to resources that foster discovery.

Library Vision

The Library provides spaces where people and scholarship meet. Our physical and online presence advances the teaching mission of UW Tacoma. Through strategic partnerships within and beyond the university, we enrich campus and local communities.


The Library requires that users adhere to the University of Washington Tacoma Student Code of Conduct, the policies and procedures of the Library and the University, and to all local, state, and federal laws. In order to support the Library’s mission and provide an environment conducive to study, library users are expected to abide by the following guidelines and policies.

Respect for others

  • Library users will respect the personal privacy, rights, and safety of others.
  • Behavior that contributes to excessive noise levels is prohibited, including talking in designated quiet areas, loud talking anywhere in the Library, audible electronic devices, voice over IP conversations, or making other loud noises.
  • Cell phones are to be set to silent or vibrate in the library and phone conversations are to be limited to designated areas; texting is allowed throughout the library.
  • Threatening, intimidating, or disorderly behavior of any kind will not be tolerated, including verbal abuse, threats or acts of violence, harassment, or carrying or displaying weapons.
  • Behaviors that are potentially unsafe or harmful are prohibited, including running, skateboarding or rollerblading, fighting, or throwing objects.
  • Library users will not engage in any sexual activities including unwanted or inappropriate touching, unwanted or inappropriate advances, harassment or indecent exposure.
  • Users may not prevent or limit access to Library resources or equipment through monopolization, theft, vandalism, or deliberate misplacement.
  • Users may not disturb others with strong, pervasive odors, including perfume, cologne, body odor, or alcohol.

Respect for library property

  • Removing or attempting to remove library property without official library authorization is not allowed.
  • Defacing or damaging library materials (including marking, underlining, highlighting; removing pages, portions of pages, binding, or electronic security devices; folding pages, using sticky notes or paperclips) is not acceptable.
  • Misappropriating, misusing, damaging, stealing, or obstructing use of library equipment, resources, or facilities is prohibited.
  • Use of the Library is limited to areas authorized for public use and patrons are not to enter restricted areas.
  • Users are required to leave the Library promptly at closing time.


  • Users must leave the library when instructed to do so during emergency situations and drills.
  • Personal belongings should not be left unattended in the Library at any time; the Library is not responsible for patrons’ personal belongings.
  • Library staff reserves the right to place unattended belongings in the Lost and Found and/or turn them over to UWT Campus Safety.
  • Sleeping is not allowed in the library.
  • Users will not create unsanitary conditions or health hazards.
  • Animals, with the exception of identified service animals, are not allowed in the Library.

Use of computers and equipment

  • First priority for computer use is always given to UW students, staff, and faculty.
  • Academic uses of computers and equipment have priority over other uses; non-academic use of computers and equipment is discouraged.
  • Users must respect any time constraints that may be placed on use of computers and equipment.
  • Online activities that may slow down the computer network are discouraged.
  • Computers and other equipment may not be used for destructive or illegal purposes, including loading file-sharing software, releasing viruses, using computers for network attacks, making illegal copies, etc.
  • Tampering with the Library’s computers or other equipment is prohibited, including disconnecting or unplugging cords, opening panels, etc.
  • Use of personal equipment, such as extension, adapter, or power cords, must not pose a safety hazard for others.


  • Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult who is solely responsible for their safety and behavior.

Food, drink, and tobacco

  • Drinking beverages from covered/lidded containers is permitted in the library.
  • Food consumption is allowed in the library as long as it does not create a mess or hazard. Deliveries are to be met outside the library.
  • Vendors and marketing are not allowed inside TLB or SNO buildings.
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or controlled substances in the library is strictly forbidden.

Soliciting, posting, and distributing materials

  • Vending, peddling, soliciting, and petitioning are not allowed in the Library or at its entrance.
  • Postings must be pre-approved and stamped by the Student Services Office before being submitted to the Library for consideration.
  • Only Library staff may post materials in the Library; please give items you would like posted to staff at the Circulation Desk.
  • Materials posted without the Library’s approval will be removed.

Copyright compliance

  • Users are responsible for complying with all applicable copyright laws when photocopying, printing, downloading, or disseminating content.

Proper use of identification

  • Users will adhere to policies governing appropriate use of University identification by not allowing others to use their UW identification card or UW NetID.
  • Users will present identification upon request.

Response to non-compliance

Library users found to be in violation of this code of conduct will be asked to stop non-compliant behavior.  Continued failure to comply with the Library’s rules, regulations, and policies may result in removal from the premises or other disciplinary sanctions.  Criminal behaviors will result in immediate action from Campus Safety or law enforcement without prior verbal warning.

Last updated October 2016.

TLC Code of Conduct

Access to Services

The Teaching and Learning Center offers its services to all UW students, with priority given to currently enrolled UW Tacoma students. Students who use the TLC facilities and services are expected to follow the UW's Student Conduct Code. TLC staff may ask users to leave if they create conditions that impede the work of students or staff.

  • The Quantitative Center primarily supports the instruction of UW Tacoma curricula; limited resources prevent us from routinely providing support to courses outside UWT. Students of UW Tacoma who are also enrolled at other campuses or colleges should first check with us to see if we can support instruction in their non-UWT courses. 
  • In the Writing Center, applicants to the University of Washington may access TLC services and resources to work on their application materials. Recent graduates may access services for applications related to graduate programs, fellowships, and job-seeking (e.g. resumes, cover letters, etc.).

Quantitative Center Use

QSS offers drop-in tutoring only. One exception is for SPSS projects, when you can schedule an appointment with  Instructional Consultant Su-Miao Lai.

  • You must check in at the front desk by swiping your student ID each time you visit the TLC.
  • Drop-in sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. During peak times, you may have to wait for a tutor to become available.

Writing Center Use

Make an appointment or drop in

  • Make your appointment or visit the TLC during the day without an appointment for a drop-in consultation.
  • Fill out all of the required information--instructor, course number, and what you would like to work on.
  • You are allowed to schedule or drop-in for up to 3 hours of consultations per week, with a daily limit of 50 minutes, including eTutoring and drop-in consultations.
  • Drop-in sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. During peak times, you may have to wait for a consultant to become available.

Canceling an appointment

  • Advanced notice of cancelations are appreciated, not only by staff but other students who would like to use this limited resource.
  • Please call 253-692-4417 or use the online system if you need to cancel an appointment.