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  • Only a person who has attended an official studio orientation session and signed the user agreement form may reserve the studio.
  • Only the person who reserved the studio may check out the studio room key from the Vitale Digital Media Lab (Van Pelt 1st floor, far west end)
  • The person who reserved the studio assumes financial responsibility for all late fines and all charges for any damages assessed.
  • The person who reserved the studio or someone else who has attended an official studio orientation session must remain present in studio for the entire time the studio is in use.
  • You may use the room for personal as well as academic or extracurricular purposes.
  • Users of the studio may not operate a for-profit business from the studio or be paid for sessions recorded in the studio.
  • The maximum permitted occupancy of Room 322 is 15 people.
  • Equipment in the recording studio is not available for checkout and may only be used within the recording studio itself.
  • The library will not store your videos. You will be expected to provide your own recording media. Our video camera and audio recorder each use SD Cards. You can expect to need 1GB/minute of video and 1GB/minute for audio. (4K?) Purchase SD or SDHC cards which are rated class 10. (Make chart based on Camera)
  • The studio is intended for spoken word. Musical instruments may not be played in the studio without prior approval from the manager of the Vitale Digital Media Lab.
  • Food and drink is not permitted in the studio
  • No open flame is permitted in the studio.
  • No weapons, fighting, or violence is allowed in the studio. Failure to comply will result in removal from the studio and potential notification of law-enforcement.
  • Quiet on the set! If you are in the studio and you are not recording, be respectful of those who are.  Even seemingly insignificant sounds like rubbing your hands on your pants may be audible in your final video.
  • Any theft of property or intentional damage either directly related to or indirectly related to the studio will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
  • The University of Pennsylvania does not claim any copyright or ownership of material created and recorded in the Hechtman Recording Studio.
  • The person who reserved the studio is responsible for procuring permissions to record any material that is subject to copyright.
  • You may not store personal equipment, instruments, bags, or other items in the studio outside of the times you have reserved the room for. All equipment brought in for your session must leave with you.
  • The person who reserved the studio is responsible for returning the studio to it’s original state, as outline in the orientation session and on the Room Reset Checklist.
  • A fine of $25 per hour or any part of an hour will be assessed for the late return of the studio key to the lab.  There is no grace period. Please plan accordingly.
  • Views and opinions expressed in the content produced in the studio do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Pennsylvania or any employee thereof.
  • The studio is subject to the same terms and conditions outlined in the University's policy on acceptable use of electronic resources. (http://www.upenn.edu/computing/policy/aup.html)
  • Individuals violating any of these policies are subject to a temporary or permanent ban from the use of the studio.
  • Thank you for reviewing the studio policies. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
  • These policies are subject to change without notice.