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Makerspace: Policies for Makerspace use

User Agreement

Makerspace User Agreement

All users of the Makerspace must review print and sign a Makerspace User Agreement. Pre-printed copies of the User Agreement are available in the Makerspace.

User Agreement

Makerspace Policies

The Makerspace strives to provide access to a wide range of useful and well-maintained equipment and trainings, as well as project space. The Makerspace seeks to provide a safe and secure environment and facilities suitable for design, fabrication, collaboration and learning activities.The Puget Sound Makerspace is open to all students, faculty and staff. Users should abide by the University Code of Conduct. If you are a community member, interested in the Makerspace, please contact makerspace@pugetsound.edu.  

Users will:

  • Use email or online resources within the guidelines of the University of Puget Sound computer use policies.
  • Adhere to policies governing Student Code of Conduct
  • Present identification upon request.
  • Comply with specific Makerspace policies.
  • Respond to emergency alarms and other situations as instructed by staff; leave the building at closing and limit use of the Makerspace to authorized areas only.

Behaviors that infringe upon the rights of other Makerspace users or staff are prohibited. Prohibited activities and behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following.
Users will not:

  • Engage in behavior that is potentially unsafe or harmful to self or others.
  • Create disturbances with disruptive noise beyond what is necessary for normal activities in the space, e.g., shouting or loud music when a workshop is in session.
  • Obstruct use of Makerspace equipment or facilities, or deny access to Makerspace tools through theft or deliberate misplacement.
  • Deface or damage Makerspace equipment or tools.
  • Borrow or otherwise remove Makerspace equipment or tools from the Makerspace.
  • Have food or drink in areas where they are prohibited

Equipment and Computer Use

Equipment and Computer Use Policy: 

1. Use of computing resources is a privilege that depends on individuals using the resources appropriately and in accordance with University policies and local, state, and federal laws. These laws and policies cover such areas as illegal access to computer systems, networks, and files, copyright, and harassment issues.

2. At times, the demand for equipment and computer usage could exceed availability. You are asked to be sensitive to the needs of others and limit equipment and computer use during times of heavy demand. The MakerSpace may take additional steps to regulate equipment and computer use, such as requiring reservations and setting time limits.

3. Users should demonstrate respect for individuals’ rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation or harassment. You are asked to be sensitive to the fact that some on-screen images, sounds, or messages create an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment for others. The MakerSpace may take steps to maintain an environment conducive to its intended uses.

4. Use of computers for recreational purposes such as game playing deters others from using these workstations for their intended purposes to support design and fabrication activities. The MakerSpace may intervene to ensure optimal access to computers for these purposes.

5. We welcome the use of laptops and other personal computing devices in the MakerSpace. Users may connect personal equipment only to the wireless network, or to ports designated for such use. Use of personal equipment, such as extension, adaptor, or power cords must not pose a safety hazard for others.

Users who fail to comply with these policies may have access privileges suspended or revoked.

Prohibited Activities

Weapon Making and Tools for Vandalism are Prohibited

In alignment with university policy, weapons, weapon accessories, any objects that could endanger anyone and replicas are banned from being produced in the Makerspace. For more information, please see the university's weapons policy

Children

Policy on Children:

Due to liability issues and limited staff, we ask that children under the age of 13 always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

Children over the age of 13 may visit the Makerspace, but we request that the parent or guardian contact the Makerspace at makerspace@pugetsound.edu to make an appointment to assure that the activity can be supported, is age appropriate and that we have adequate staff to support the activity.  For example, use of soldering or wood burning tools would not be considered appropriate.  An appointment system provides us with the opportunity to manage our staff and resources.