V. EVICTIONS

1. EVICTION PROCEDURES

Library patrons may be evicted for certain non-disruptive and disruptive behavior by the Person-In-Charge or Branch Manager. Causes for eviction are identified within the manual. If the behavior that caused the eviction is classified as "non-disruptive", file a "Non-Disruptive Incident Report" (PUF-02); if the behavior that caused the eviction is classified as "disruptive", file a "Disruptive Incident Report" (PUF-01). Reports should be forwarded to the Branch Services Manager.

First/Second Eviction

The patron will be evicted for a period of no less than the remainder of the day to not more than six months. He/she will be told the police/sheriff and, if applicable, parents, may be notified. The patron should be told that they will not be permitted to use any member library of the Jackson-George Regional Library System during the period of their eviction.

If the patron refuses to leave or makes threats against the library or library personnel, the police/sheriff should be called immediately. If the police/sheriff are called, the Person-In-Charge/Branch Manager may implement procedures identified below as "Subsequent Evictions".

The Person-In-Charge/Branch Manager must file a "Non-Disruptive (or Disruptive) Incident Report" with the Branch Services Manager.

Subsequent Evictions

If a patron has been evicted twice within the preceding twelve month period, the patron may be evicted for a period ranging from six months plus one day to one year or more. Evictions of more than six months must be approved by the Library Director. Evictions of more than one year must be approved by the JGRLS Board of Trustees.

Patrons evicted for more than six months will be notified of this action by mail.

If the patron refuses to leave or makes threats against the library or library personnel, the police/sheriff should be called immediately.

The Person-In-Charge/Branch Manager must file a "Non-Disruptive (or Disruptive) Incident Report" with the Branch Services Manager.

Appeals

Patrons have the right to appeal all evictions to the Regional Library Board of Trustees at

a regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The Person-In-Charge/Branch Manager who filed the incident report, along with those employees directly involved in the incident, should be present at this meeting to present pertinent testimony.

The decision of the Board is final. The patron will be notified of the Board's decision by registered mail. A copy of the Board's decision will be forwarded to the Library Director, Branch Services Manager, and the Board’s Legal Counsel.

It is presumed that the Person-In-Charge/Branch Manager and/or Library Director/Branch Services Manager acted in good faith , with just cause, and in the best interests of the Library System when he/she evicted a library patron. Therefore, the Person-In-Charge/Branch Manager and Library Director/Branch Services Manager shall be held immune from any punitive personnel action that may result from any eviction procedure or appeal.

V. EVICTIONS

2. PATRON BEHAVIORS IN EVICTION

Non-Disruptive Behavior

IX.3. Animals - Pets

IX.5. Bicycles, Skateboards, Roller Skates

IX.6. Changing Clothes and/or Bathing in Public Restrooms

IX.9. Food/Beverages in Library

IX.10. Gambling

IX.11. Improper Use of Furniture (Tables/Chairs)

IX.12. Patron-Owned AC/DC Radios, Cassette Players, Televisions, Typewriters, Lap-Tops, etc.

IX.13. Patrons in Non-Public Areas of Library

IX.15. Sleepers

IX.16. Smoking and Other Tobacco Products

IX.17. Soliciting, Panhandlers, Petitioners, and Distribution of Election Campaign Literature on Library Premises

 

Disruptive Behavior

X.2. Alcohol/Drug Abuser

X.9. Dangerous Weapons, Non-Aggressive Behavior

X.10. Emotionally Disturbed or Psychotic Behavior

X.13. Noisy and Rowdy Behavior, Individuals and Gangs

X.14. Sexual Misconduct

X.19. Verbal Abuse

Other disruptive behaviors may also result in eviction, contingent on action initiated by staff and/or law enforcement officials and upon the actual outcome of the incident.