Students at the J. Reuben Clark Law School are expected to comply with all of the requirements of the BYU Honor Code, the Dress and Grooming Standards, and the standards of conduct established for the legal profession. These include “maintain[ing] the highest standards of honor, integrity, morality, and consideration of others in personal behavior … ‘at all times, in all things and in all places’.” To foster a professional atmosphere, demonstrate respect for others, and protect the Law School’s large financial investment in providing each student with a personal space conducive to study, BYU law students are expected to comply with the following rules:
- Noise: Noise should be kept to a minimum in the carrel areas and in the library at large. Conversations should be conducted in quiet tones and in locations that do not disturb others.
- Group and extended conversations are appropriate only in study rooms, the Rex E. Lee Conversation & Popular Reading Room and outside the library.
- Cellular phones should be silenced within the library (alternative ring modes such as vibration are permitted), and all telephone, Skype, Facetime, or other video/web chat conversations should be conducted outside the library or in the Rex E. Lee Conversation Room.
- Decorations: To maintain a professional atmosphere, avoid physical damage to furnishings (and the expense of refinishing) and for other aesthetic reasons, all carrel decorations should be conducive to “an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (BYU Honor Code.)
- Decorations must be kept within the confines of the assigned carrel space. Unoccupied carrels may not be decorated.
- Nothing may be stored or displayed on top of or underneath your carrel, on outside carrel walls, or on building walls next to carrels.
- The library strongly recommends that decorations not be physically affixed to the carrels, but any decorations a student chooses to affix may only be attached using non-permanent, residueless methods. Students will be billed for any damage or marking to the carrel resulting from the use of any adhesive material (including those claimed to be safe) or other method of attachment.
- Furnishings: Safety regulations (such as campus and municipal fire codes) prohibit the placing of unauthorized chairs, equipment, or personal furniture in the carrel areas.
- Library chairs are provided for each carrel. These chairs may not be replaced without written approval from the Law School Dean of students. Chair cushions may be used to improve personal comfort.
- Appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, personal coolers, hot plates or other electrical devices are absolutely prohibited in the law library carrels. Any appliances found on the premises may be confiscated by library staff without prior notice to the carrel occupant.
- Other items (including, but not limited to, sofas, lamps, fans, personal trash cans, etc.) are also prohibited in the carrel areas unless required for ADA, medical or pre-authorized family support needs. All such items must be pre-approved in writing by the Dean of Students.
- Library furniture (including, but not limited to, soft-seating and items from the Lee Reading Room) may not be rearranged or moved to the carrel areas.
- Food and Drink may be consumed by a law student in the library at his/her assigned carrel and under the following conditions:
- No food or drink is to be consumed in the stack areas or study rooms at ANY time.
- Only law students are allowed to consume food within the law library premises, and then only at the student’s assigned carrel. For this reason, any food or drink carried into the library should be concealed.
- Additionally, food or drink consumption should be discreet. (Group festivities of any kind do not meet this condition, and should be moved to the student commons or other similar locations).
- Smelly foods of any kind are prohibited in the library.
- All evidence of consumption must be cleared afterwards. Cleaning supplies are available at the Circulation Desk. Any drips, crumbs, food residue or trash found at an unattended carrel could result in a fine and/or loss of carrel privileges. Students will be held liable for any damage to library materials, furnishings or premises resulting from the transportation, storage and/or consumption of food or drink.
Penalties (charges will not be waived)
|Unauthorized use of library materials
(keeping books or other items at a carrel without first checking them out):
|Lost Key/Key not returned at End-of-Occupancy:||$50|
|Reserve Room Resources||$25/item||End-of-Occupancy Cleaning Charge:
(applies only if the carrel is left in disarray)
|Reference Resources||$10/item||Missing/Damaged Ethernet Cable charge:||$5|
|General Collection Items||$1/item||Any personal items left at a carrel after the check-out deadline will be sent to the BYU Lost & Found.|
Violations of Food & Drink, Noise, Decoration or Furnishing Policies
1st Time: Warning
2nd Time: Meet with a Library Administrator
Repeated Violations may result in the loss of carrel privileges.