Do not eat, drink or smoke in the Media Lab or near any equipment.
Do not unlock any of the doors or prop them open, even if you are occupying the room onto which the door opens.
Do not step on any cables, pull cables out by the plug or pull cables out by the wire, or change the pre-set control levels or wiring on any equipment without permission.
Do not use equipment until you've passed the appropriate lab test.
Do not mess with other people's stuff. Don't open, move or delete other peoples' files; don't record on tapes that aren't yours; etc.
Unless you've made special arrangements, always take your supplies with you. We will not be responsible for the care or condition of materials left behind.
Be considerate of others and begin finishing up/saving projects before the next person's reservation time.
Clean up the Audio Suites when you are finished working: Throw away trash, coil cables, turn off computers and all equipment, and make sure the door is locked behind you.
If you have lab-related problems, first see the lab assistant and then contact the director of technologies or your instructor. If s/he isn't around, any School of Communications Design faculty member who is available will try to help you resolve the problem.
Always sign the schedule, in pencil, whether your time was reserved well in advance or you've just walked in to use the lab. If you work in the lab for different periods of time than those for which you were scheduled, adjust the written schedule.
Please do not sign up for more than any three-hour block of time for the Audio Rooms. You will be limited to six hours of reserved time per week; after that, you may use the lab on a walk-in basis only. Groups may not sign up as individuals and block large amounts of time.
If no one has signed up for equipment, you may—on a walk-in basis—schedule additional time. After two hours of lab time (reservation and walk in), you can be asked to forfeit the equipment if someone else walks in.
Sign up for lab time in person. You may call the lab assistant to reserve time for you only when that is not possible.
If you find that you do not need or cannot arrive for your lab time, cancel your reservation (in person or by phone—we have voice mail) at least one hour before your scheduled time. If you will be more than 15 minutes late for a reservation, call and give us a revised arrival.
A student who has paid a lab fee in a School of Communications Design course has access to all of the school's equipment for use related to that class.
Students who wish to check out production equipment must pass the test on the equipment they wish to use. This is required every semester, regardless of when a student took a production course.
Students may only check out a single camera and light kit.
Equipment may only be checked out for a maximum of 24 hours or until the lab opens again (if the lab is closed for a duration longer than 24 hours).
Remote equipment can only be checked in by the person who checked it out, in person, with a lab assistant, and that person must wait until all equipment has been checked in and the lab assistant tells you that you can leave.
During periods of heightened activity in production courses, the instructors will designate certain pieces of remote equipment as being blocked out for open reservation on the sign-up schedule. During these times, students in production courses reserve equipment, and others may only sign up for equipment 24 hours or less before they want to receive the equipment, or take it out on an as-needed basis.
Fines will be assessed for any damage to or loss of equipment or accessories. Your access to the Media Lab and Digital Design Studio and your current class grade and student accounts will be frozen until such fines are paid. Students who return damaged equipment will be responsible for repairs or replacement costs up to a maximum of $350 per piece of equipment. Students who do not return equipment (i.e., lost or stolen) will be responsible for the entire replacement cost, some or all of which they may be able to recover through their own homeowners/renters insurance. Your signature on the check-out form acknowledges this.