Makerspace User Agreement

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This Facility Use Agreement (“Agreement”) is between the University of Washington (UW) and the user identified by completing this online form while logged in with their UW NetID ("USER") regarding the USER's shared use of the UWB Makerspace, a maker space operating in Discovery Hall on the Bothell campus of the University of Washington in Bothell, Washington from the date of submission of this online form through June 12, 2015.

The Makerspace is a facility open to all students, faculty, and staff at least 18 years of age as an open environment for innovation and creative expression, regardless of discipline, education or level of experience. The UWB Makerspace provides access to a wide variety of tools and equipment for prototyping, as well as studio space for individuals and teams to create and share projects. The UWB Makerspace is intended to be community-centered and diverse; a social place for people with different skills and common interests to collaborate and learn from each other.

Safety and Security: Although the UWB Makerspace provides some general safety training, as well as training on the safe and proper use of specific equipment, the USER assumes responsibility to plan and perform work in such a way as to ensure his/her own personal safety as well as the safety of others in the Facility. As a condition of access, USER understands and agrees to abide by the following rules which are intended to protect all users of the space:

 

Community Enrichment: No use fees are charged for the use of the Facility by the USER, however, in consideration of the access and use of the UWB Makerspace by USER, USER agrees to give back to the community with their time, talent, or other means. This may include assisting other users with specialized knowledge or skills, teaching a workshop, volunteering for UWB Makerspace maintenance or improvement projects, or other means.

Intellectual Property Rights: The UWB Makerspace is intended as a community innovation space, and is open to UW faculty, staff, students, and the general public. Use of the UWB Makerspace does not create any intellectual property obligations for the user; in other words, no new “strings” are added by use of the UWB Makerspace facility. The only obligation that is created by use of the facility is to participate in and enrich the community (see “Community Enrichment” above).

Any existing Intellectual Property (“IP”) obligations that apply to what a user brings into or creates in the UWB Makerspace cannot be eliminated simply by use of the UWB Makerspace facility, however. For example, IP obligations from an employment agreement or employer policy, whether that employer is UW or a private company, may apply to what a user creates in the UWB Makerspace (or what that user creates at home in their garage) if that creation is related to their work for that employer.

Further detail for UW employees and students regarding existing general IP obligations to UW can be found in Executive Order 36 (Patent, Invention, and Copyright Policy).

For the sake of clarity, the use of the UWB Discovery Hall facility, equipment, supplies, or staff support will not create any obligation for UW employees and students to report inventions or assign said inventions to the University.

Acknowledgement of Risk and Consent for Treatment: In offering the UWB Makerspace facility, UW takes responsibility for informing users of the health risks involved in the space and helping them mitigate those risks. However UW cannot assume all responsibility for damage to or loss of property, personal illness, injury, or death of a user, or emergency response related to any facility activities. We require that each USER initial the following statement as an indication that this position is understood and accepted:

 

  • USER understands and acknowledges that USER’s activities in the UWB Makerspace user may expose USER to risks including discomfort, inconvenience, serious and permanent injury or disability, death, and/or loss of or damage to personal property as a result of, but not limited to, traumatic injury from equipment and tools; exposure to heat, flame, electrical current, or fumes; tripping on cords, materials or other obstacles; or emergency first aid treatment on-site.
  • USER acknowledges that there are certain risks inherent in using this University facility, including but not limited to those indicated in this section. USER acknowledges that not all risks can be prevented and assumes those risks beyond the control of the University staff. USER represents that they are able, with or without accommodation, to use the UWB Makerspace facility and to use the equipment and/or supplies required.
  • Should USER require emergency medical treatment as a result of accident or illness arising from using the facility, USER consents to such treatment. USER acknowledges that the University of Washington does not purchase health and accident insurance for users. USER agrees to be financially responsible for any medical bills incurred as a result of using the facility. USER acknowledges that they have been advised to purchase medical insurance. USER acknowledges that they have been advised to discuss this activity with their medical provider and has the option to provide the facility manager with written information regarding medical conditions that could affect USER’s safe use of equipment, or about which emergency medical personnel should be informed.

 

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Termination: Access to the UWB Makerspace is a privilege and may be suspended, restricted or have conditions placed upon it by UW at any time and for any reason, including violations of the the UWB Makerspace and data security policies referenced above, or for other violations of law and University policy, at the discretion of the staff of the UWB Makerspace. Access is automatically terminated when USER is no longer either employed or registered as a student at the UW. This Agreement must be re-executed on a quarterly basis. No use of the UWB Makerspace shall extend beyond the termination date of Agreement without prior written approval of UW.

The USER certifies that they have fully read, understood and will abide by all policies referenced in this Agreement and any attachments.

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Questions or Comments?
Contact UWB MakerSpace Manager at Iowen@uwb.edu