Rule and Policy Changes
These are borrowed/based from the Dallas Makerspace until formal MMS policies are adopted.
These rules and policies are subject to change. Changes will become effective immediately upon successful vote of adoption by the Board of Directors or by the membership at a membership meeting. A summarized version of these rules will be posted in the space, with a link to the full rules.
Code of Conduct
- All guests and members must follow the Code of Conduct.
- Safety is of utmost importantance, if you are unsure of how to safely do something, don’t do it.
- The Board of Directors may expel anyone who violates the Code of Conduct via resolution from the premises, online systems, or at sponsored events.
- Don't merely respect each other; be excellent to each other.
- We are all here to make things and learn. Collaboration is important.
- When you break something, own up to it. If you have any doubt about fixing it, ask for help. Don't make someone feel bad for breaking things, help them understand what went wrong.
- Clean, Maintain, Organize, Improve. Always leave the space better than you found it.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions. Answer them kindly; eventually you'll have to ask for help too.
- Tools/resources must stay on the premises so that other members may use them.
- Only persons or members that have been formally authorized to act as an agent or representative for the McKinney Makerspace, are permitted to represent MMS in any and all conversations, writing, or other communication with any public official. Failure to secure permission may result in the forfeiture of membership.
- Everyone must sign a liability waiver.
- Sleeping within MMS is not permitted. Naps are not prohibited, provided the nap is less than 20 minutes in length, and the member is not laying down in a prone position. Sleeping will only be considered a nap while in the upright sitting position.
- All members are expected to maintain a safe and clean environment at all times.
- Smoking cigarettes/cigars, use of vaporizers (also known as electronic cigarettes) is not allowed inside the building.
- No pets allowed in the building.
- Don't catch fire, set others on fire, or set anything on fire which has not been designated or designed to be on fire.
- Harmful behavior, harrassment, stalking, theft, hazing, and otherwise being the opposite of excellent is unaccecptable.
- It is the responsibility of each member to help enforce the Code of Conduct. If someone is violating the Code of Conduct politely explain to them why their behavior is not acceptable.
- Egregious violations should be reported to a Director or the President.
- Guests can not inhabit the McKinney Makerspace without another keyed Member present.
- Guests are encouraged to become Members.
- Guests are not allowed to use tools and equipment, except as part of a scheduled class/workshop.
- Members are responsible for their Guests and their actions.
- The MMS is not a day care.
- Minors 15 and under must be accompanied closely by Parent or Legal Guardian at all times and are not allowed to have keys to the space.
- Accompanied closely means visual range generally, and immediate reach when near dangerous tools.
- Parents/Legal Guardians are responsible for their children and their actions.
- Minors under the age of 18 must have their liability form signed by a Parent or Legal Guardian.
The formal complaint process exists for members to request a discussion be held by the Board of Directors regarding specific actions of another member. Members are expected to discuss their complaints in a calm and polite manner. Mediation is available to resolve issues without the need of a formal complaint.
Formal complaints against another member must be submitted, in writing, to the Board of Directors or to any member of the Board of Directors. The complaint must have two parts outlined at minimum, a "Complaint" part and a "Recommended Solution" part.
The Board of Directors will decide to either hold a special meeting regarding this matter, or will consider it at the next meeting in its cycle.
The Board of Directors is not required to act in accordance to the grievance or complainant's "Recommended Solution" part and may devise its own remediation.
Complaints will be added to the agenda of the meeting, posted on this wiki, without identifying information.
Minutes for the meeting will not be scrubbed of identifying information.
Any disciplinary action for which one or more of the Board of Directors or officers of the corporation (acting in their role as an officer) are involved require that a written record of the action, reason(s) for the action, and acknowledgement of the accused be sent to the Board of Directors for keeping.
McKinney Makerspace does not promote or discriminate against any person, population group, or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable United States law. These include, but are not limited to race, color, religion, sex, gender expression, physical appearance, language, education background, national origin, age, disability, and veteran status.
Harassment is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Any person who feels they have been the victim of harassment should ask the harasser to cease the behavior, if they feel safe doing so. Members or guests asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Harassment includes the following, without limitation:
- Offensive comments related to race, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, or physical appearance
- Gratuitous sexual or obscene images or behavior in spaces where not appropriate
- Unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention without consent or after a request to stop
- Threats or incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to engage in self-harm
- Deliberate intimidation by words, gestures, body language, or menacing behavior
- Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes
- Continued one-on-one contact or communication after requests to cease
- Deliberate "outing" of a sensitive aspect of a person’s identity without their consent
- Deliberate misgendering. This includes deadnaming or persistently using a pronoun that does not correctly reflect a person's gender identity