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Guidelines for Minors in the Learning Commons

Purpose

The Eastfield College Learning Commons supports the academic goals, cultural pursuits, and personal development of students, faculty, staff, and the neighboring community. In order to provide a safe and welcoming environment conducive to learning at a college level, the Eastfield College Learning Commons adheres to Eastfield College’s Operational Memorandum No. 4501 (“Minors on Campus”) as well as the Dallas County Community College District’s Children on Campus Policy and Computer Use Policy. The Learning Commons understands that adult users may occasionally need to bring their minor children (all persons under 18 years old) with them to the Learning Commons. While minors are permitted, the Learning Commons expects the full cooperation of adult users and their minor children to abide by the following guidelines.

Guidelines                                                                                         

  • Minors must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or legal guardian (i.e., a person legally responsible for the minor) at all times. Learning Commons staff are authorized to request proof of legal guardianship from adults accompanied by minors.
  • Minors are never to be left unattended in the Learning Commons, areas adjacent to the Learning Commons, or any other campus area. This is a violation of Operational Memorandum No. 4501 (“Minors on Campus”) and the Children on Campus Policy and may result in both the adult(s) and minor(s) being asked to leave the Learning Commons as well as Campus Police being notified.
  • Adults accompanied by minors are exclusively responsible for the safety, comfort, behavior, and activities of the minor(s), as well as ensuring that the minor(s) adhere to the Learning Common’s User Responsibilities Guidelines.
  • Minors exhibiting inappropriate and/or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to: loud or excessive noise, running, and any other conduct that interferes with normal college activities. If disturbances continue after one warning, both the adult(s) and minor(s) may be asked to leave the Learning Commons.
  • Adults accompanied by minors are liable for any damage caused by the minor(s).
  • Adults accompanied by minors are exclusively responsible for the use and intentional or inadvertent viewing of Learning Commons resources by minor(s). Learning Commons resources are intended to support the college curricula of adult users and may not be appropriate for minors.
  • Students, faculty, and staff accompanied by minors are welcome to use Learning Commons computers in the “Parent Zone” area of the Learning Commons. This area is located in the West Wing/Reference section of the Learning Commons and contains Computers 17-19 (See Appendix A). Computer usage is limited to research and educational purposes only.
  • Community users accompanied by minors are prohibited from using Learning Commons computers.
  • Students accompanied by minors are permitted at tutoring centers located within the Learning Commons, including the Link Writing Center and the Science Corner. If the student requires computer access for tutoring services, they are limited to their personal computers or Learning Commons computers in the “Parent Zone”.
  • Adults accompanied by minors are permitted to use Group Study Rooms. Adults accompanied by minors are responsible for ensuring that the minor(s) adhere to the Learning Commons' Guidelines for Group Study Room Use.

Learning Commons Staff Responsibilities

  • Learning Commons staff will enforce these guidelines.
  • Learning Commons staff will contact Campus Police for assistance with enforcing these guidelines.
  • Learning Commons staff will immediately notify Campus Police of unaccompanied minors or minors not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Appendix A. Eastfield College Learning Commons Parent Zone Location

Learning Commons Parent Zone Location Map

 

Effective Date: 03/2013
Revision Date: 09/2019

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