Access

What is Access?
When people say “access” they are normally referring to the Access meeting. In an Access meeting you can be approved to use equipment for class projects after you explain your need for the equipment and demonstrate your competence in using it. The Access committee consists of faculty administrators and student employees who are Area Supervisors in the MAL. The people included generally are the Access & Facilities manager, Project Coordinator, FSSS Area Supervisor, and Sound Area Supervisor.

When Do I Need It?
Access is needed for the following situations: Practice exercises Capstones Any equipment beyond approved lists Access meetings should be take place at least one week before the desired reservation time (with the exception of the Grip Trailer). So make sure you plan ahead. Sign up for an Access Meeting only after you have filled out all paperwork and had it signed by your faculty advisor.

Scheduling
Before scheduling an Access meeting, fill out all paperwork and meet with your project or faculty advisor. In order to schedule an Access meeting, fill out the Access Meeting Request Form at least 48 hours before an Access meeting. Fall/Winter semester Access meetings take place every Thursday at 12:40 pm. You will be emailed (or otherwise contacted) by the Access Manager before the meeting to confirm your appointment.

The Meeting
Access meetings take place on Thursdays at 12:40 pm during Fall and Winter semester. The Access committee consists of faculty administrators and student employees who are Area Supervisors in the MAL. The people present at the meetings generally are the Access & Facilities manager, Project Coordinator, FSSS Area Supervisor, and Sound Area Supervisor.

**All students involved in the request must attend the access meeting punctually, and BRING YOUR COMPLETED and SIGNED APPLICATION with you.

During the meeting you will be asked to explain why you need the equipment and are expected to demonstrate your competence and understanding with the equipment you are requesting. The Access committee will make sure that you are qualified to operate the equipment or if you are taking the proper steps to get qualified through the use of practice exercises, working on other projects, etc. Every Access meeting is unique depending on your experience and what you are requesting but following are some of the basic questions you will be most likely be asked:

  • What equipment have you asked for?
  • What are you planning on using that for?
  • When do you need the equipment?
  • How long do you need it?
  • In the case of practice exercises you will be asked, who is your mentor?

Tips to make your meeting successful:

  • Have all of your paperwork completely filled out and ready to hand in
  • Be on time, be polite, remember that access is a privilege, not a right
  • Know your equipment list, make sure it is complete, understand the purpose of each piece requested
  • Ask questions if you do not understand anything
  • Have a couple of options of dates in case equipment is unavailable