Design Center Community Agreement

 

At the BLAIS Design Center, we don’t just want to offer you design tools for your projects--we’re committed to building communities of practice that affirm the work you’re doing, and the identit(ies) and selfhood you bring into our Center. So we’ve created this community agreement to hold all of our members, including the Design Center Team, accountable. If you’ve completed a safety orientation and are using our tools, resources, or services, we assume that you are in agreement with the statements below, and that you’ll do your utmost to practice them at all times. 

The Design Center Team anticipates updating this document as needed, and we’d appreciate your input along the way. If you have suggestions on sections or language we should add, please let us know by emailing designcenter@barnard.edu.

Space Use

As part of the Milstein Center's community of Centers, we adhere to the Library's existing agreements of atmosphere, care and accountability. But the Design Center staff is especially committed to the library’s tradition of facilitating a welcoming environment that is free of racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, and unjust attitudes, comments, behaviors, and actions.

While using the space, you agree to abide by the guidelines and suggestions of Center staff; you also agree to understand that Design Center staff are not obligated to--and cannot always--provide you with specialized, one-on-one support or attention while you're using the space.

Finally, the Design Center always functions as an open, accessible studio, regardless of events or workshops that are running in the space. This means that you can always make use of tools, materials, services, whenever our Open Hours are scheduled.

Safety and Tool Use

By completing one of our safety orientations, you’re agreeing to abide by the safety rules we laid out. You are also required to ask for training from a Design Center staff member if you don’t know how to use a tool, have never used that specific tool before, or need a refresher on handling it. And note: you must be trained by a Design Center staff member to use any tools in the level three category.

The Design Center Team isn’t just there to answer your questions--we may periodically ask you questions as you’re working in the space. You should be willing and prepared to answer questions about whether you’ve received training on specific tools, whether you’ve used a given tool before, provide details about any project(s) you’re working on in the Center, and more to help us ensure that you’re using the space knowledgeably and responsibly.

Additionally, please don’t take it upon yourself to change tool parts/accessories on equipment. The Design Center Team is happy to assist with tasks like changing 3D printing filament or nozzles, re-threading the serger, disposing of dull blades, and more.

And specifically regarding our 3D printers, the Design Center has a no weapons policy. No part of a weapon may be printed in the Design Center at any given time, and doing so may result in a loss of privileges.

Accountability

Together, our community will work to create an environment that supports the work we listed above. However, if a violation of the Community Agreement is either witnessed or reported to us, Design Center staff will take the following steps to rectify any issues. For starters, if any portion of the Space Use agreement is violated:

  • Staff will adhere to the library’s measures detailed in the “Accountability” portion of the library’s Community Agreement.

If any portion of the Safety and Tool Use agreement is violated

  • Staff will request that you cease tool use, and will provide you with a proper demonstration on how to operate equipment safely with respect to the specifics of your project. They will call attention to the Community Agreement and/or safety orientation materials for necessary reminders during this process.
  • If unsafe tool use continues, and you did not ask a Design Center staff member for help, staff will respectfully request that you be completely re-trained on how to use said equipment, independent of your project. You will not be able to use that tool or equipment until this process has been completed.
  • If you continue to use tools or equipment unsafely after the first and second requests, staff will respectfully request that you re-complete safety orientation altogether. You will not be able to use tools or equipment in the Design Center until you’ve been safety trained a second time.

If, at any point during this process, your unsafe tool use or your behavior verges on recklessness that puts the physical safety of yourself or other users at risk, the Design Center staff will immediately ask you to leave. If you refuse to leave, staff will contact a Public Safety Officer to escort you safely from the premises. Additionally, staff will confer with the Dean of the Library, and appropriate College provosts, to assess whether additional action needs to be taken.