Policies & Procedures for Unsupervised Lab Use

(MCT Labs Only)

Below are the policies & procedures for students needing unsupervised access to School of Engineering labs to complete various assignments. While we believe the following information is straightforward, please ask if there are any questions.

These defined policies and procedures do NOT apply to the Steam Plant facility – please talk with your professor!

Please remember that unsupervised access is a privilege, not a right. The following policies apply to all School of Engineering Labs found in MCT unless specifically stated.
  • Prior to off hours access, students must complete an Access Request by the following deadlines:
    • No later than 1PM of a given day for weeknight access after 8PM
    • No later than 12PM on Friday for weekend access to allow time to compile a complete list for security
    • The request requires the student’s email, professor, course number, resources needed, and the lab they need to access
    • Other team members can be added to minimize the need for multiple access requests
  • Students found in the lab without authorization will face disciplinary actions which could include having future unsupervised access requests denied or the total loss of lab privileges.
  • Students found letting other students into a lab, even if they themselves were granted permission, will face disciplinary actions which could include having future unsupervised access requests denied or the total loss of lab privileges.
  • MCT163 Only: Students who have NOT taken the mandatory safety training found in the lab without a faculty or staff member will face disciplinary actions which could include having future unsupervised access requests denied or the total loss of lab privileges.
  • MCT163 Only: Students found violating any of the safety policies covered during the safety training will face disciplinary actions which could include having future unsupervised access requests denied or the total loss of lab privileges.
  • MCT163 Only: Students found using fabrication tools while alone in the lab will face disciplinary actions which could include having future unsupervised access requests denied or the total loss of lab privileges.
  • For students who have had their unsupervised lab access privileges revoked, it is their responsibility to coordinate with their professor a solution which would allow them to complete their coursework.
  • Students who have had their unsupervised access privileges revoked found in the lab without a proper escort will be reported to the Dean of Students and will have all School of Engineering accounts disabled.
The following is the process for after-hours/weekend access to the various labs located in MCT
  1. Students will complete the access request form found HERE
  2. Students will check-in at the Reed operations center with the desk officer before heading over to MCT
  3. Students will contact campus police once they are at the door at the top of the stairs near MCT156 and request that door 35-3 be released.
  4. They will access the specific lab using the door code they were provided. If using the fabrication equipment in MCT163, no work will commence until at least two students are present!
  5. When finished with their work, students need to make sure to log out of any machines and clean-up their workspace before leaving to ensure that other students have access to the same resources.
  6. They will contact campus police once finished to let them know they are leaving.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Unsupervised access to the labs is a privilege which can and will be revoked if proper procedures are not followed. All labs are equipped with security cameras and the footage will be reviewed.