Nikon Terms of Agreement Addendum

By participating in the Shared Microscope Resource at University of Florida, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Resource Access:
    a. The shared microscope resource is available exclusively to MBI-affiliated faculty members at the University of Florida. If you are not already a faculty member, you may sign up for free here.
    b. Each faculty member is entitled to use any microscope within the shared resource for their research projects, subject to availability and scheduling.
  2. Resource Management:
    a. The shared microscope resource will be managed by Drs. Jason Coleman and Habibeh Khoshbouei.
    b. The resource manager(s) will oversee the scheduling, maintenance, and usage of the microscopes.
    c. Participants are required to follow the guidelines provided by the resource manager regarding microscope reservations, usage time limits, and any specific handling instructions.
  3. Usage Guidelines:
    a. Microscopes within the shared resource are to be used solely for academic and research purposes related to brain research the University of Florida.
    b. Participants share responsibility for ensuring the proper handling and care of the microscopes during their usage. Participants may be asked to contribute materials required for ongoing maintenance-function of the instruments (e.g., basic consumables) and/or staff time for assisting with repairs as appropriate.
    c. Any damage or malfunction should be reported immediately to the resource manager to facilitate timely repairs or replacements
    d. All users must be trained and cleared for usage by Dr. Coleman.
    e. The co-op practice is to “leave it better than you found it.” Care must be taken to prepare the instrument and room environment for the next user (including waste removal, notification of low-stock consumables, instrument needs/issues).
    f. Users/PIs agree to pay the training (NMC members = $50; non-members = $150) and usage fees based (NMC members = $10/h; non-members = $100/h) on their calendar sign up times unless users modify the calendar signup with 48h notice ahead of their scheduled session.
    g. Monthly invoices will be sent out and must be paid in a timely manner or users may face restrictions.
  4. Usage Scheduling:
    a. Participants must schedule microscope usage in advance through the designated reservation system or by coordinating with the resource manager, Dr. Coleman.
    b. Priority may be given to time-sensitive or critical research projects, as determined by the resource manager and the committee.
    c. Participants should respect the reservation time limits to allow fair access to all faculty members.
    d. User sessions will be limited to 4 hours per sign-up unless prior arrangements are made with the resource manager(s).
  5. Confidentiality and Intellectual Property:
    a. Participants are expected to adhere to ethical standards and maintain confidentiality regarding any sensitive or proprietary information observed during microscope usage.
    b. Intellectual property rights related to research conducted using the shared microscopes remain with the individual researchers or their respective research groups.
  6. Liability and Indemnity:
    a. MBI, the department of neuroscience and the resource manager will not be held liable for any loss, damage, or injury resulting from the usage of the shared microscopes.
    b. Participants agree to indemnify and hold MBI, the department of neuroscience, the resource manager, and other participants harmless from any claims, costs, or damages arising out of their use of the shared resource.
  7. Modification and Termination:
    a. MBI and department of neuroscience reserves the right to modify or terminate the shared microscope resource at any time, with or without prior notice.
    b. Participants will be informed of any significant changes or termination of the resource, and alternative arrangements will be made for the return of contributed microscopes.

By utilizing the shared microscope resource, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agreed to abide by the above terms and conditions. Failure to comply with these terms may result in the suspension or termination of your access to the shared resource.