Acceptable Use Policy

The electronic resources at Marquette's Libraries provide access to local, national, and international sources of information including periodical indexes, online catalogs, full text databases and the Internet. The Marquette University Libraries share the American Library Association's commitment to providing an atmosphere that promotes research and intellectual freedom, encourages access to knowledge, challenges censorship, and allows sharing of information. The Libraries also support the mission of Marquette University, a Catholic, Jesuit, urban university dedicated to pursuing truth, discovering and transmitting knowledge, promoting a life of faith and developing leadership expressed in service to others. Its educational mission reflects a commitment to intellectual rigor, social justice and an active engagement of contemporary issues.

The Internet is one of the resources available from Marquette's Libraries. It is a global electronic network with a highly diverse user population. The Marquette University Libraries do not routinely monitor and have no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Comments on the contents of any home page should be directed to the appropriate page authors Internet users should bear in mind:

  • There are materials and other information resources that users may find controversial, inappropriate or offensive.
  • Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information found.

Access to all information resources, including the online resources at Marquette University Libraries is a privilege and must be treated as such by all users of the system to protect the rights of the community. Use of these resources, including computing equipment and software, must be in a manner consistent with pertinent University and library policies, procedures, and codes of conduct, in addition to applicable international, federal, state and local laws. The unauthorized reading, copying, altering, or destroying of files, configurations, software or hardware to which the user has not been given authorized access; the intentional or negligent altering or destroying of files, configurations, software or hardware provided by the University; or actions which interfere with computer or network access by others are serious abuse of the system that may result in sanctions.



Marquette University Libraries provide computer equipment and network/Internet access to support the research needs of its students and employees. Registered guests are welcome to use the computer equipment in public areas but are required to yield access to Marquette users when the library is busy. Use of the library's electronic resources by registered guests is a privilege extended by the library and can be revoked.


Priority Given To Academic Use

The main purpose of the computer equipment in the Libraries is to support the research, learning and teaching activities of the Marquette community. Use of this equipment for personal and leisure activities (such as game playing, chat rooms, e-mail, and leisure-related web sites) is allowed only when the equipment is not needed for academic purposes. Users engaged in personal or recreational use of the equipment must yield access if the equipment is needed for academic purposes.


Sexual Harassment

The display of some sexually-explicit material on library workstations where others can see it may be construed as creating a hostile environment, a form of sexual harassment prohibited by law. Marquette students and employees are protected from sexual harassment by law. If a library employee witnesses such displays, or if a complaint is registered, users will be asked to discontinue displaying material of this nature.


Related Links:
Marquette Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources Policy
Proper Use of University Resources (campus restricted)