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Rippey Library Sex Offender Policy Amended July 25, 2016

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the Rippey Public Library is in compliance with Iowa Code Chapter 692A.113(1.f).

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER POLICY

 

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the Rippey Public Library is in compliance with Iowa Code Chapter 692A.113(1.f).

The Rippey Library Board of Trustees prohibits the presence of sex offenders convicted of offenses against minors upon or within 300 feet of library property without written permission of the Library Director.

 Offenders wishing to attend an open public meeting must apply for written permission to do so. Whether or not permission is granted is at the discretion of the Library Director.

 Offenders seeking permission to have access to the library for the purpose of checking out items, using library equipment, etc., must do so in writing to the attention of the Library Director. Any appeals for a denied request or annual review will be reviewed by the Board.

 Written notice requesting an appeal must be sent to the Library Board within seven days of receiving the Director’s written decision. If no appeal is made within this time frame, the individual waives any further rights to appeal to the Library Board of Trustees. 

Permissions for access that have been granted will be reviewed annually by the Library Director at least three weeks prior to the anniversary of the date it was granted.

Persons barred from library property under the law remain entitled to library services. It is the responsibility of the patron to arrange for a courier to select, check out, and return materials to the library through possession of the patron’s card.

Violations of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement and the patron's right to library access will be suspended as follows:

1st offense: Two weeks suspension of rights 

2nd offense: Four weeks suspension of rights

3rd offense sixty days suspension of rights

4th offense One hundred and eighty days suspension of rights

5th offense One year suspension and must reapply in writing for permission to come onto library property

State law provides for an exception if the library is a polling location, for the purpose of voting. Persons prohibited from being on library property will be allowed on library property solely for the period of time reasonably necessary to exercise the right to vote in a public election, if the library is their designated polling location.

The State also allows an exception for dropping off and picking up of one's own child(ren) from the library solely during the period of time reasonably necessary to transport the offender's own minor child(ren) or ward to or from the library.

Privileges may be restored to any offender whose name has been removed from the Sex Offender Registry upon written proof of said removal. Proof may include presentation of a copy of the written notice or removal. Removal must be verified by a search of the Sex Offender Registry completed by the Library Director. The Library Director will have up to 24 hours to verify said removal from the registry. Upon verification all rights will be reinstated.

Adopted: April 25, 2016

Amended: July 25, 2016

This policy was  approved as amended by Mandy Easter, Law Librarian, Iowa Library Services Law Library on July 12, 2016.