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Virtual Reality | Podcasting Studio | 3D Printing | User Agreement

UNCW, Randall Library, and the Digital Makerspace are not liable for any incidents, accidents, or injuries that may occur using Digital Makerspace Equipment.

Please do not bring food or drink into the Digital Makerspace or Podcasting Studio.


Virtual Reality

Ensure you are able to safely use the VR stations

Consult your doctor before using the product if you have a pre-existing serious medical conditions (such as a heart ailment), conditions that affect your ability to safely perform physical activates, psychiatric conditions (such as anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder), or if you are pregnant or elderly.

Do not use the product if...

You are sick, fatigued, under the influence of intoxicants/drugs, or are not feeling generally well, as this can increase your susceptibility to adverse symptoms.

Ensure the area around you is safe

While wearing the VIVE headset you are blind to your surroundings. Make sure the area is clear of people, furniture and other obstacles that will block you from moving freely.

Be Aware of the Cables and Connections

Keep in mind the location of the cable and connections running from the headset so you are not likely to trip over or pull on them while moving or walking around the play area. Move your feet slowly and carefully to avoid tripping, including on the cable. Make sure to maintain good footing. Tripping over the cable or contacting obstacles could cause injury or damage.

Take Care of the Controllers

While using the hand controllers always check that you have sufficient overhead and surrounding clearance to allow you to fully extend your arms outward and upwards. Hitting persons or objects may cause injury or damage. Hold the controllers firmly and always use the wrist straps. If released while using, the controller may cause injury or damage.

Hearing Loss

Do not use the earphones at a high volume for prolonged periods of time, or permanent hearing loss may occur.


Immediately discontinue use if anyone using the headset experiences any of the following symptoms: seizures; loss of awareness; eye strain; eye or muscle twitching; involuntary movements; altered, lured, or double vision or other visual abnormalities; dizziness; disorientation; impaired balance; impaired hand-eye coordination; excessive sweating; increased salivation; nausea; lightheadedness; discomfort or pain in the head or eyes; drowsiness; fatigue; or any symptoms similar to motion sickness

Symptoms of virtual reality exposure can persist and become apparent hours after use. These post-use symptoms can include the symptoms listed above as well as excessive drowsiness and decreased ability to multi-task. These symptoms may put you at an increased risk of injury when engaging in normal activities in the real world.

Do no drive, operate machinery, or engage in other visually or physically demanding activities that have potentially serious consequences (i.e., activities in which experiencing any symptoms could lead to death, personal injury, or damage to property), or other activities that require unimpaired balance and hand-eye coordination (such as playing sports or riding a bicycle, etc.) until you have fully recovered from any symptoms.

Do not use the headset until all symptoms have completely subsided for several hours. Make sure you have properly configured the headset before resuming use.

Be mindful of the type of content you were using prior to the onset of any symptoms because you may be more prone to symptoms based upon the content being used.

See a doctor if you have serious and/or persistent symptoms.



Please keep the Podcasting Studio tidy and be courteous to others.

Reservations must be made in order to use the Podcasting Studio. If you do not have a reservation, you cannot use the Podcasting Studio. Please make sure your reservation encompasses your anticipated needed time.

The Digital Makerspace cannot guarantee the quality of any digital media production.

The user who checks out the room will be liable for any damages, replacements, or repair costs and charged accordingly through Sierra.

Please talk to a DMS staff member if you need assistance moving or using any of the equipment.

Communicate with a DMS staff member is equipment is broken or malfunctioning. Providing detailed descriptions of the circumstances around the break or malfunction will help us make needed repairs/maintenance quickly.


3D Printing

When planning to use and reserving a 3D Printer from the UNCW Randall Library Digital Makerspace, you consent to the below Informed Consent and Release Agreement and the following rules.

No persons under the age of 18 may use the 3D Printer unless supervised by their parent/guardian.

No firearms, firearm accessories, or life-sized gun-shaped items may be printed using the Digital Makerspace 3D Printers.

Should a machine malfunction, please cancel your print, power off the machine, and tell DMS staff the circumstances surrounding the malfunction. This will help us better understand any issues and repair them quickly.

Reservations must be made in order to use the 3D Printer. If you do not have a reservation, you cannot use the machine. Please make sure your reservation encompasses your anticipated print time.

Please keep the area around the 3D Printer tidy and be courteous to others.

No operating the 3D Printer after DMS hours or when a DMS staff member or student employee is not present.

The Digital Makerspace may not be used for mass production of items.


UNCW Randall Library Digital Makerspace Informed Consent and Release Agreement

I certify that I am 18 years or older.  I will be participating in activities in the Randall Library Digital Makerspace (“the Activity”) at The University of North Carolina Wilmington (“UNCW”).  I voluntarily and knowingly enter into this Informed Consent and Release Agreement (“Agreement”).  I am a registered UNCW student, or a current faculty or staff member at UNCW. 

I understand that the Activity presents inherent known and unknown risks associated with using Makerspace equipment, including, but not limited to, superficial cuts or burns, death, or serious personal injury.  I understand and acknowledge that UNCW has no knowledge of my medical or mental health condition and that it makes no promises or warranties about the safety or appropriateness of the Activity for me. 

I hereby voluntarily agree to accept and assume any and all risks associated with my participation in the Activity.  I further understand and acknowledge that the presence at or participation in the Activity by any agent or employee of UNCW does not constitute a waiver of any provision in this Agreement. 

I hereby represent that I am capable of participating in the Activity without causing harm to myself or others.  In the event of injury in connection with the Activity, I understand that I am responsible for any resulting medical care, hospitalization, or surgical care. 

I hereby voluntarily and knowingly agree to fully and completely release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the State of North Carolina, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina, UNCW, and their Trustees, officers, employees, agents and all successors and assigns of all the above named entities and persons, (hereinafter referred to collectively as “Released Parties”) on behalf of myself, my heirs, my assigns, my administrators and my executors from all claims, actions, causes of action, personal injuries (including, but not limited to, death), property damage, demands, rights, damages, costs, sums of money, accounts, covenants, contracts, promises, attorneys’ fees and all liabilities or obligations of any kind or nature whatsoever at law, in equity, or otherwise, (collectively referred to as “Claims”) arising out of or in connection with the Activity or the breach by me or anyone acting on my behalf of any provision contained in this Agreement, and regardless of whether or not said Claims arise, in whole or in part, as a result or the negligence of any of the Released Parties. 

I voluntarily and knowingly agree that (a) this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of sovereign immunity, in whole or in part, by any of the Released Parties; and (b) in no event shall this Agreement be construed to provide the Released Parties with less liability protection than that afforded by the North Carolina Tort Claims Act. 

I understand that I may be immediately excluded from the Activity for violations of UNCW policies, directives, or procedures. 

I have read and understand this Agreement and agree to be bound by its terms.  I understand and acknowledge that by making my reservation using the online reservation system I may be giving up legal rights and/or remedies to which I may otherwise be entitled.  I understand and agree that this Agreement will be construed and governed by North Carolina law and any dispute hereunder shall be resolved in a court of competent jurisdiction in New Hanover County, North Carolina.