In keeping with the American Library Association (ALA) Code of Ethics, GCC librarians "protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted." Therefore, it is not the Library's practice to monitor the content being viewed on computer workstations.
The Maricopa Community College District has established Technology Resource Standards that prohibit certain behaviors. The viewing of pornography may fall within two of these standards:
- activities that would constitute a violation of any policy of Maricopa's Governing Board, including (but not limited to) Maricopa's non-discrimination policy and its policy against sexual harassment;
- transmitting, storing, or receiving data, or otherwise using computing resources in a manner that would constitute a violation of state or federal law, including (but not limited to) obscenity, defamation, threats, harassment, and theft.
Therefore, library staff may ask a library user to cease viewing pornography, especially in cases where a complaint has been made. If the library user fails to comply with this request, campus security may be contacted.
The librarian will contact Security, who will call the Police, if someone is viewing child pornography.
Arizona Revised Statutes: 13-3507.
Public display of explicit sexual materials; classification; definitions
A. It is unlawful for any person knowingly to place explicit sexual material upon public display, or knowingly to fail to take prompt action to remove such a display from property in his possession or under his control after learning of its existence.
B. A person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a class 6 felony.
C. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Explicit sexual material" means any drawing, photograph, film negative, motion picture, figure, object, novelty device, recording, transcription or any book, leaflet, pamphlet, magazine, booklet or other item, the cover or contents of which depicts human genitalia or depicts or verbally describes nudity, sexual activity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse in a way which is harmful to minors. Explicit sexual material does not include any depiction or description which, taken in context, possesses serious educational value for minors or which possesses serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.
2. "Public display" means the placing of material on or in a billboard, viewing screen, theater marquee, newsstand, display rack, vending machine, window, showcase, display case or similar place so that material within the definition of paragraph 1 of this subsection is easily visible or readily accessible from a public thoroughfare, from the property of others, or in any place where minors are invited as part of the general public.