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Cage Hours & Rules

The equipment cage is located in room G-207 on the ground floor of the NU-Q building.

Cage rules

  • Students, faculty, and staff are served on a first come first serve basis.
  • Only Production and Digital Media Services staff are allowed inside the equipment cage.
  • First priority is given to students who are currently enrolled in a class whose syllabus has specified the use of Production equipment or facilities.
  • Checked-out equipment cannot be left in the equipment cage, corridors, classrooms, editing suites, or with security guards. When equipment is checked-out, it must be taken with you.
  • Lockers and equipment chests are available to store equipment.
  • Checking-out equipment on behalf of other NU-Q students or non-NU-Q community members is not permitted.
  • Equipment checked-out must be returned ON TIME, the return date and time on the Equipment Checkout Form is ABSOLUTE. Requests for extensions need to be made during check-out.
  • We do not accept phone or email queries regarding extensions for equipment that is already checked-out. We recommend that you create a new reservation for the same types of equipment you currently have.
  • Equipment is to be returned in the state that it was received. Equipment must be clean, cables coiled, stored neatly in the cases provided, all batteries and media removed, and all equipment items present (includes any recording media).
  • If a piece of equipment is damaged while checked-out, the person(s) responsible for the equipment must inform the equipment cage and obtain a Damaged Equipment Form.
  • If a piece of equipment is lost or stolen, a campus security report or police report is required.
  • Equipment should be reserved at least 24 HOURS before the scheduled pick-up time (we will revert to the two hours rule when the COVID restrictions are lifted)
  • Equipment should be picked up ON TIME, otherwise, the equipment reservation is automatically canceled after a 30-minute grace period.
  • Equipment reservation for pick up on the same day needs to be reserved before 3:00 pm.
  • All group members should be present during the check-out and all members must sign the Equipment Checkout Form in order for the equipment liability to be shared among the group members.
  • Any member of a group who signed the Equipment Checkout Form can return equipment.
  • You should allocate at least ONE HOUR for checking-out of any equipment.
  • All equipment MUST be checked for damage and operation by the person(s) checking it out before the Equipment Checkout Form is signed. Once the form is signed, all liability regarding the condition of the equipment is on the person(s) who signed for it.
  • Equipment cage personnel have the right to refuse check-out of any equipment if adequately checking is not performed, including powering on all items and checking recording media.
  • After you sign the Equipment Checkout Form, WE DO NOT ACCEPT that any item was MISSING or DAMAGED during the check-out. Once you signed, the person(s) has confirmed that all items were present and in good working order, as per the Equipment Loan Agreement and Equipment Checkout Form.
  • Any abusive, threatening or disruptive behavior towards staff or other members of the community is not tolerated. Service will be refused and disciplinary action taken.

Failure to adhere to any of the above rules will result in refusal of checkout, a penalty/fine, suspension, or permanent loss of Production equipment and facility usage privileges.

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