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MVC Library 101: Policies

This guide will provide information on MVC Library's hours, location, mission, policies, and more!

Mountain View Library Computer Use Policy and Guidelines

Computer usage in the academic library is available primarily for research, accessing and completing coursework, and library instruction sessions. Mountain View users must adhere to the current year DCCCD Catalog: Computer Use Policy, Code of Student Conduct, and Guidelines for Minors in the Library. Misuse of computer services and computer peripheral devices can include, but are not limited to:

Obscenity:

According to the DCCCD Computer Use Policy, viewing "obscenity, child pornography, and the use of harassment based upon race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sex" is considered a criminal and illegal act and is prohibited. Texas State Law Penal Code Title 9: Offenses Against Public Order and Decency Subchapter B: Obscenity/Public Indecency states, “A person commits an offense if s/he intentionally or knowingly displays or distributes an obscene photograph, drawing, or similar visual representation or other obscene material and is reckless about whether a person is present who will be offended or alarmed by the display or distribution.”

Minors:

Minors, and adults accompanied with a minor, are prohibited from all computer areas. Individuals needing to use the copy machines are given a 10 minute window to complete services when with a minor.

As outlined in the general information shared by all colleges manual, Dallas County Community College District’s Catalog: College Policies and Procedures states, “Minor children should not be brought into classrooms, laboratories or other facilities of the college. This practice is disruptive to the learning process.” Furthermore the catalog states, “For reasons of security and child welfare the institution will not permit unattended children to be left anywhere on the premises. Parents who have problems with childcare should visit the Counseling and/or Advisement Center to receive referrals to childcare services in the area.”

Minors are defined as those individuals under the age of 18. Guardians are defined as those individuals who have financial and legal dominion of the minor. Mountain View College Library will allow an exception to the policy for guardians who are seeking library services that do not include computer usage and for those instances when an adult may need to copy items taking 10 minutes or less. Minors enrolled or participating in a DCCCD sponsored activity/course work may use computer services with verification of enrollment.

Mountain View College Library upholds the principles of Intellectual Freedom, and supports college curricula for adult users by providing unfiltered Internet access. The parent or legal guardian is solely responsible for the intentional or inadvertent viewing of such resources by their minor(s) when entering the Library.

Other Unauthorized Use:

Library computer usage must be in compliance with college, district, state and federal laws. The computers may not be used for commercial purposes, anonymous or identity-masked messages, or illegal activities. Users must respect the rights of other computer users by using communal resources without disruptive behavior or excessive use of the computing facilities.

Consequences of Misuse:

  • A library representative will inform user of the misuse and explain the college, district, state, and federal guidelines prohibiting the act with the understanding that the infraction will immediately cease.
  • If said action continues, or if any other disruptive action is demonstrated by the user, the library representative will notify campus police immediately.
  • Users may be removed from the Library and may have their Library privileges revoked. Illegal acts involving the Library's Internet and electronic resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal laws.
  • If a child under the age of 18 who is not a registered DCCCD affiliate is found to be unaccompanied in the Library, staff will call campus police.