DIGITAL MEDIA CENTER POLICIES &
PROCEDURES

Access to Resources

The Digital Media Center (DMC) is a restricted access lab available for use by current USF students, faculty, and staff. Access also includes equipment check-out, printing, consultations and training. For lab use, patrons must sign-in and certify that they are working on multimedia and/or digital media projects. Patrons who are not working on multimedia and/or digital media projects may be asked to leave the lab or Studio.

Sign-In Procedure

Students must sign in at the DMC Service Desk when entering the Digital Media Commons. All students must provide their name, USF U number and a brief description of the multimedia project they are working on before being assigned a workstation. Workstations are open on a first-come first-serve basis.

Food and Drink

Drinks with lids are permitted near the computers. You may only eat at the community table. Please do not leave trash behind.

Storage and Saving Work

Work-in-progress files may be stored on the workstation’s internal hard drive for the duration of the session, but users are encouraged to save their work to a removable media at the end of the session and remove all files from the internal drive. All files/work left on workstations are public,therefore their integrity and existence is not guaranteed. The internal drives are regularly erased. Users should bring USB flash drives, portable hard drives, or be prepared to send files over the network for storage.​ Files may be deleted from the workstation’s hard drive at any time after the completion of The Digital Media Center and its staff are not liable for any loss, damage or expense sustained by any user due to the use of the library services, equipment, software, advice or information.

Collaborative Work

Be Courteous to Others. Students may work on stations in small groups. Those working in groups should keep their volume low out of respect for others. Failure to do so may result in being asked to leave. The computer stations & community table are designed for collaboration. Please keep headphone volume as low as possible.

Gear Rentals

Gear rentals are first come, first serve. All equipment will be checked out in-office on the day of rental. If gear is currently checked out, you may put your name on the waitlist. All gear has a two-day rental policy. Gear can be picked up Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and must be returned by 4pm on the 2nd day. Weekend rentals are on a case-by-case basis. Rentee guarantees return of product in the same condition they received it in and will follow the USFSP student code of conduct as listed here. http://www.usfsp.edu/dos/sc/student-code-of-conduct/

If gear is broken, then rentee accepts full responsibility of breaking code violation and will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
Students are responsible for compliance with all public laws as well as USF System rules, policies and regulations. Students accused of a crime may be prosecuted under the appropriate jurisdiction and also disciplined under the Student Code of Conduct. The USF System may pursue disciplinary action even if criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, and it may also act independently of the criminal justice process.

The following violations will strip student or student organization of rental privileges:

  • Late returns
  • Up to two warnings will be given
    • After two warnings, the student or student organization will be stripped of privileges for one school year
      Damage of gear
    • Student/Student Organization will automatically be stripped of privileges and will be
      referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Any student/student organization found to be using gear associated with media that promotes the following will be automatically stripped of privileges and will be issued a complaint under the Office of Student Conduct.
    • Discrimination, harassment, or intimidation of any kind based on:
      ■ an individual’s gender expression or identity
      ■ race, ethnicity, national origin, or ancestry
      ■ Religion
      ■ Age
      ■ Genetic information
      ■ Sexual orientation
      ■ Education status, socioeconomic background, or military status
      ■ Disability, use of a guide or support animal for disability, or relationship to a
      person with a disability
  • Assaultive or otherwise violent conduct (verbal or physical) directed toward another
    person/group
  • Sexual harassment (written, verbal, or pictorial) made toward another community
    member or audience member.
  • Wanton and deliberate destruction of property

Printing

Student organizations may print up to 20 b&w or colored copies of flyers per week. Students not affiliated with an organization may print up to 5 b&w or colored copies per week. Students must sign in at the front in order to use a computer.