Membership Agreement

Membership Agreement

Members of TheLab.ms and their guests must agree and adhere to the following terms and conditions as a requirement of membership. Violation of the membership terms and/or conditions outlined in this membership agreement may result in termination of membership.

Member Responsibilities

All members are required to fulfill these responsibilities:

Member Information

  • Potential Members must be 18 years old or older to become a Member.
    • Falsifying and/or misrepresenting age qualification is grounds for immediate termination of membership.
  • Members must provide TheLab.ms with a name and an email address.
    • This is the bare minimum of information we require all members to provide (Voting Members have additional requirements outlined below).
    • This information is covered by our Privacy Policy and will not be made public (Voting Members have additional requirements outlined below).
  • All new Members are initially assumed to be Non-Voting Members.
    • Members will remain Non-Voting Members until they satisfy the requirements of a Voting Member as outlined below.

Membership Dues

  • Members must satisfy the dues required for membership.
    • A grace period of 15 calendar days from the due date is available for maintaining continuous membership. Access to TheLab.ms facilities may be limited during this grace period.
    • Membership dues can be satisfied in a number of ways including monetary payments, using membership points (which can be earned in a variety of ways), or other non-monetary means such as prizes, gift cards, etc.
    • A Member who is in default in the payment of dues but who has a credit of membership points available will automatically surrender membership points to bring them current at a rate of one point per month of membership.
    • Members who remain in default in the satisfaction of the dues for a period of three months may have their membership terminated.
  • Membership Dues Amounts are listed in the supplemental Rules page.

Guests/Minors

  • Members are responsible for any guests that they escort into TheLab.ms space.
    • This is referring to the Member 24/7 access to the space and not open community events held at the space.
  • Members may not escort more than two adults OR one adult and up to three minors into TheLab.ms space per Member.
    • This is referring to the member 24/7 access to the space and not open community events held at the space.
  • Members must be the legal guardian of those persons under the age of 18 that they escort into TheLab.ms space.
    • This is referring to the member 24/7 access to the space and not open community events held at the space.

Liability

  • Members must not cause intentional, reckless, or negligent damage to any property owned by TheLab.ms.
    • Members will be liable for the costs of repair or replacement of any property owned by TheLab.ms that is found to be intentionally, recklessly, or negligently damaged.
    • Members who intentionally, recklessly, or negligently cause damage to TheLab.ms property may have their membership terminated.
  • At the time of membership cancellation/resignation/termination the Member must forfeit their method of entry to TheLab.ms space (key/RFID/etc.) as well as any other property owned by TheLab.ms that is in the Member's possession.
    • These items must be turned over to someone in TheLab.ms Leadership (Board of Directors and elected or appointed officers).
    • Members will be liable for the costs of replacement of any property owned by TheLab.ms that is not returned upon membership cancellation/resignation/termination.

Illegal Activity

  • Members must abide by all federal, state, and local laws while at TheLab.ms facilities and/or events, or while using our resources and/or services.
    • TheLab.ms does not encourage or condone any illegal activity.
    • Breaking the law while at TheLab.ms facilities and/or events or using any of TheLab.ms resources/services in the commission, furtherance, aiding, abetting, or concealing of a crime is grounds for immediate termination of membership and involvement of law enforcement as necessary.

Bylaws

  • Members must adhere to all applicable rules set out in TheLab.ms Bylaws page.
    • While not all of the Bylaws apply directly to Members, Members are required to adhere to all sections that do apply.

Rules

  • Members must adhere to all rules, conditions, and procedures set out in TheLab.ms supplemental Rules page.
    • The supplemental Rules page contains venue-specific rules, procedures for various tasks and/or services, and more detailed explanations of certain Bylaws.

Non-Discrimination

Voting Member Responsibilities

Members have the option at any time to become Voting or Non-Voting Members. Members are assumed to be Non-Voting until they meet the following requirements:

  • Must meet all basic Member requirements.
  • Must provide TheLab.ms with a name and physical address confirmed by government-issued photo identification as well as an email address to be used for voting member communications.
    • This is the information required by the government for a voting member of a 501(c)(3) non-profit such as ours.
    • At least two members of the board of directors must view the government-issued photo identification.
  • Must agree to support the purpose and specific goals of our organization.
  • Must thoughtfully contribute to TheLab.ms direction and policies.
  • Must agree to have membership details be disclosed as required by law.
  • Must email either vote@thelab.ms or secretary@thelab.ms to declare intention to change voting status.
This document was approved by the board of directors by a vote held on 9/3/2015.
Any future modifications should be approved by the board.