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Teaching Lab Facilities Usage Policy

The Director of Technical Operations for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is the steward of all departmental equipment and facilities.  As such he shall be given the duty and authority to enforce the following policies as appropriate.

1.     Definitions:

a.      Student refers to any person who is officially signed up for the lab course and is on the course roster.

b.     Teaching Assistants and Teaching fellows refers to only those assigned to the specific lab course and only for the semester           they are assigned to it. 

c.     The term TA used here within refers to both Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows.

2.     Hours of Operation:

a.     All lab sessions, office hours and make up sessions are to take place between the hours of 8:00AM – 5:30PM Monday through      Friday. 

                                                     i.     Exceptions: Due to scheduling constraints, it may be necessary to schedule lab section(s) ending after 5PM.

                                    1.    
Exceptions will have to be discussed in advance of the semester starting so that appropriate arrangements can be                                              made.
                                    2.    
As with all lab times, a member of the Technical Operations staff must be scheduled and on duty for any courses                                              ending after 5PM.

                             ii.    
Exceptions will not be made for Office Hours or make up sessions as it limits the resources of the Technical Operations                                       Unit.

b.     These facilities are only to be used for course related material.

3.     Access: as stated in the departments Access Policy.

a.     100, 200 and 300 level labs: Students are only permitted in lab facility when a Teaching Assistant, Teaching Fellow, Professor       or member of Technical Operations staff is present.  Additionally, a member of the Technical Operations staff must be on          duty for any student to be in the lab facility.

b.     400 level labs: Students will be given card swipe access to lab facilities from 7:45AM-10:00PM after they have read and              signed a copy of this policy.  No hard keys will be given out.

                                                    i.     Exceptions: Due to the nature of the labs and equipment contained in the facility no access will be given to students                                          enrolled in the following courses:
                
                                    1.    
ENEE 486
    
                                    2.    
ENEE 473

                                                ii.     Access for the above courses will be the same as 100, 200 and 300 level labs.

c.     TAs assigned to the course will be given card swipe access allowing them to enter the lab from 7:45AM-10:00PM after they          have read and signed a copy of this policy.  No hard keys will be given out.

d.     Access will not be given to those not enrolled in or assigned to an associated course.

4.     Make-ups will only be allowed for excused absences as define by the University’s Attendance Policy (http://www.umd.edu/catalog/index.cfm/show/content.section/c/27/ss/1584/s/1540 ) and only during the aforementioned hours of operation. (8AM to 5:30PM Monday through Friday)

a.     Notification and Approval: Before any make up sessions can be scheduled, the instructor of the course and the Director of         Technical Operations must be notified via email and approve of the reason for the session and planned time and place. 

b.     Students may make up lab within another section of the same course under all of the following conditions.

            i.     The professor approves in advance

            ii.     Technical operations approves in advance

1.     Equipment must be available

2.     A back up bench must remain for current section

            iii.     The TA of the students section agrees

            iv.     The TA of the section they are planning to make up in agrees

c.     Students may make up lab during office hours under the following conditions:

           i.     The professor approves in advance

           ii.     Technical operations approves in advance

1.     Equipment must be available

2.     At least on bench must be left available for students attending office hours.

d.     Students may make up lab utilizing the Lab extension facility (room # 1344A) under all of the following conditions:

            i.     A teaching assistant is present at all times during the session.

            ii.     There is no course scheduled in room #1344 at that time.

            iii.     At least on bench must remain open for office hours and equipment backup.

            iv.     It takes place during normal hours of operation as defined above.

e.     All TAs are expected to enforce all lab policies during their section and office hours.

5.     Equipment

a.     All equipment and facilities are to be treated with respect.  Anyone caught intentionally abusing any departmental equipment      or facilities will be escorted from the premises.

b.     Equipment in all teaching facilities is to be used for course related material only, this includes printers.

c.     Under no circumstances is any equipment to be removed from the lab by anyone other than Technical Operations personnel.

d.     Any breadboards or other department owned items assigned to students are to be returned by the end of the semester.              Professors may withhold grade until all material is returned.

e.     Any breadboards or other department owned items assigned to students may only be used for course related material.

6.     General

a.     Food/drink: Under no circumstance will any food or drink be permitted in a teaching lab.

                                                   i.     If found it will be confiscated and removed from the room.
        
                                                  
ii.    
The owner will lose access privileges.

b.    All faculty, staff, Teaching Assistants and students are expected to respect all departmental facilities and equipment and             follow all policies and guidelines on their usage.

c.     All users of departmental facilities and equipment are expected to act within the Universities Code of Conduct (http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/docs/v100b.pdf)

d.     All users are expected to act in a manner to ensure the safety of all other lab participants and equipment.

7.     TA responsibilities

a.     All TAs are required to have some safety training and attend a lab specific safety briefing given by a member of Technical             Operations before they will be given access to facilities.

b.     All TAs are expected to arrive ten minutes before their section starts.

c.     If for any reason a TA cannot be at their assigned section, it is their responsibility to find a qualified substitute.  Any                      substitute must be approved by the professor and the Director of Technical Operations.

d.     All TAs are expected to have completed the lab before their first section each week.

e.     Check condition of lab and all Equipment before beginning of lab

                                                   i.     Log conditions

                                                
ii.    
Alert technical Operations to any Deficiencies

f.      Check condition of Lab and all Equipment at end of lab

                                                   i.     Log conditions

                                                
ii.    
Alert technical Operations to any Deficiencies

g.     Office Hours


                                                  
i.    
Teaching Assistants are expected to hold appropriate office hours as defined by the department and professor teaching                                       the course.

                                                
ii.    
Office hours may be held during the hours of operation as defined above.

                                    1.    
In the lab when no other lab section is scheduled

                                    2.    
In the lab extension room 1344A when no course is scheduled in room 1344.

h.     TAs are responsible for the safety of the students in their section. 

                                                    i.     If an emergency arises requiring the lab to be evacuated the TA is to account for all students.

                                                   
ii.    
The TA must stay with students until the emergency is over or until the end of the class period.  

I have read the access policy and understand my obligations

Print Name:_______________________________________________

Signature:_________________________________________________                  Date:­­­­­­­­­­­_____________________

Course:_________________________________                                               Section:________________________________

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Kishan Sudusinghe,
Jun 21, 2013, 9:03 AM
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