Reconsideration Policy

CWUP 5-120-130 Request for Reconsideration of Library Resources

Brooks Library resources are selected to support the instructional, research, and service needs of the University community.

Resources included in a Request for Reconsideration will not be removed automatically from the collections. These resources will be evaluated based on the documented objections. Library collections should reflect different philosophies and points of view. Appearance of a resource does not mean that the Brooks Library advocates or endorses the ideas or statements found in that resource.

Academic Freedom is protected by the Central Washington University Faculty Code (section 1:A.3).

When a request for reconsideration of resources is submitted, the Brooks Library will take one of the following actions: removal of a resource because it is inappropriate, the addition of a resource to balance the collection by providing alternative views, a combination of the above, or no action at all.

American Library Association (ALA) Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

  1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
  3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
  4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
  5. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, or disability.
  6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

[Responsibility: Library Dean; Authority: Marilyn Levine, Provost/VP for Academic and Student Life; Reviewed/Endorsed by Provost’s Council; 09-11-2013: Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 02-05-2014; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]