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Rippey Library Sex Offender Policy, Adopted April 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).

Rippey Public Library

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.

The Library Director may only give written permission to registered sex offenders to come unto the real property of the library or to loiter within 300 feet of the library, as the result of a majority vote decision at a meeting of the Board of Trustees with a quorum present.  This written permission will be reviewed annually.

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.  Violators will also lose all library privileges.

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

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.

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