DI Hub Expectations

The DI HUB operates as an open-access collaborative maker and innovation environment at the center of the Kent State University campus. The HUB’s ultimate goal is to activate a community of inquisitive collaborators and to facilitate cross-disciplinary communication and problem-solving. In pursuit of this goal, the DI HUB encourages all visitors to contribute to our philosophy of “Shared by all. Owned by all.”

In accordance with this philosophy, all DI HUB Collaborators and visitors are expected to share the responsibility of maintaining a safe, clean, and functional environment conducive to collaboration and innovation. The following DI HUB Expectations apply to all Collaborators and visitors and are intended to ensure the Design Innovation Initiative can continue to provide such an environment.

In addition, all Collaborators and visitors are asked to avoid conduct that would be harmful to the DI HUB, violate the Kent State Policy Register, or represent illegal activities as specified in local, state, and federal laws. DI personnel reserve the right to remove visitors who violate this policy, including non-compliance with any DI staff member’s requests. Consequences may include temporary or permanent removal from DI facilities and/or criminal charges.

Behavioral Expectations


To promote public health and safety, visitors to the DI HUB must wear proper attire – including shirts and shoes – at all times while in the building. Additional attire requirements exist for many of the DI HUB’s maker environments where equipment and materials may pose additional safety hazards. This includes, but is not limited to, the required use of safety glasses and ear protection, as well as requirements for close-toe shoes, long pants, and secured hair. These requirements are posted at the entrance to the DI shops and labs where they apply. Any individual who does not comply with these requirements or staff instructions may lose their DI HUB privileges or be asked to leave. DI HUB staff reserve the right to define proper attire.

Criminal Behavior

Criminal behavior includes the violation of federal, state, and local laws. The DI HUB will coordinate with the Kent State University Police Department when criminal behavior is witnessed. Any individuals engaged in criminal behavior will be asked to leave.

Criminal behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Mutilating, defacing, or damaging materials, equipment, or furnishings.
  • Theft, burglary, robbery, or attempting to remove equipment without authorization.
  • Assault, harassment, or public sexual indecency.
  • Drug and alcohol intoxication, possession, or use.
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor which includes using visual or print medium in which minors are engaged in exploitative exhibition or other sexual conduct.
Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior is an act by an individual or group that disrupts the DI HUB’s collaborative environment or its normal operations. Any individuals engaged in disruptive behavior may be asked to leave.

Disruptive behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Actions which result in offenses against persons or property.
  • Conduct that inhibits or interferes with university processes or programs.
  • Speech or action that is disrespectful or offensive to others.
  • Misuse of building space, equipment, or furniture.
  • Creating disturbances that cause others to feel uncomfortable or threatened, including physical assault or use of abusive, threatening, or intimidating language.
  • Failing to return, or reconcile for the loss of, borrowed materials or equipment.
  • All types of roller skating, skateboarding, or bicycling within the DI HUB.
  • Being in unauthorized areas of the building or remaining in the building when it is closed or during emergency evacuations.
  • Opening emergency exits, except in the event of an emergency.
  • Carrying firearms or deadly weapons into the DI HUB, unless authorized by law.
Food and Drink

To promote a welcoming environment the DI HUB permits the consumption of food and drink on the premises. However, the consumption of food and drink is prohibited in all DI HUB shops and labs where it may result in safety hazards or equipment damage. Visitors to the DI HUB should be considerate of their fellow collaborators by leaving DI HUB equipment and furniture in a clean condition and disposing of all food/drink waste in the appropriate recycling and trash bins.

Use or possession of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by law, university rules, regulations, or policies is prohibited.

For more information, see Rule 3342-4-04 of the Administrative Code.

Smoking and Tobacco

Kent State University is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive work and living environment for its employees and students. To this effect, smoking and tobacco use is prohibited on all Kent State University campuses and university property.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Smoking
  • Vaping
  • Smokeless tobacco

For more information, see Rule 3342-5-21 of the Administrative Code.

Unattended Belongings

Visitors to the DI HUB are responsible for their belongings. Personal items should not be left unattended. To keep the DI HUB clean and free of clutter, and to provide the greatest equity of access to DI HUB spaces, unattended items will be placed in the Lost & Found in the REACTOR and will eventually be discarded.

Building Use Expectations

Equipment Access/Use

Access to the equipment in the DI HUB is contingent upon an individual’s affiliation with Kent State University or membership with the Design Innovation Initiative, as well as completion of all required “DI HUB Orientation” sessions and related safety trainings. Most equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but others require reservation through the DI HUB’s online system.

The DI HUB and its employees are not liable for any loss, damage, or expense sustained by any visitor due to the use of the DI HUB’s spaces, services, equipment, software, or consultations.

Computer Workstation Access/Use

All individuals using computer workstations located within the DI HUB have a responsibility to use these resources in an ethical and legal manner. Use of DI HUB’s workstations is limited to educational purposes and is not intended to be used for email, instant messaging, gaming, web browsing, or for the downloading of music or video files unless associated with a given project in the DI HUB. Individuals may not load their own software on these workstations nor in any way modify their system hardware configuration. Visitors must also abide by current copyright law. For more information about current copyright law visit the University Libraries Copyright Services page or the US Copyright Office website.

For more information, see Rule 3342-9-02 of the Administrative Code.


Possession or accompaniment of animals in the DI HUB at any time is prohibited. Exceptions include service animals, service animals in training, and assistance animals in accordance with applicable university rules, regulations, and policies. Please see the definitions below:

Service animals - Service animals are dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition; however, in some circumstances, a miniature horse may be considered a service animal. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual's disability.

Service animals in training - A service animal in training is a dog training to become a service animal as provided for in section 955.43 of the Revised Code.

Assistance animals - Assistance animals include any animal that works, provides assistance, performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. Assistance animals are not pets and are not service animals as defined herein.

In adherence with the ADA, DI HUB staff may ask service animal owners two questions:

  • Is this animal required because of a disability?
  • What work or task is the animal trained to perform?

University approved service and assistance animals are allowed within DI HUB shops and labs but must follow the same safety protocols as their handlers. If an approved service or assistance animal becomes a safety hazard, their handler may be asked to remove the animal from the individual DI HUB shop or lab. Visitors with animals other than approved service or assistance animals will be asked to leave.

For more information, see Rule 3342-5-12.14 of the Administrative Code.

Bicycles and Motorized Transportation

Bicycles and motorized transportation devices are not allowed inside the DI HUB except for within designated storage areas (2nd floor). This policy does not pertain to ADA defined devices.

The use of skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, and similar conveyances is prohibited inside all university facilities and outside on all steps or stairways. These items may be carried into the DI HUB, but they should be stowed on the floor to avoid creating a trip hazard.

For more information, see Rule 3342-5-12.901 of the Administrative Code.

Unsupervised Minors

Kent State University requires appropriate and reasonable safeguards for the supervision, care, and protection of non-student participants not yet 18 years of age in programs operated by the University or by third parties that use University facilities. Non-student minors participating in a covered program or university-hosted program at the DI HUB are not permitted to be unescorted or unsupervised while on university property and must be supervised at all times by a parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult.

If a minor is in the DI HUB without proper supervision, DI staff may attempt to contact a parent or guardian. The Kent State Police Department may be notified as appropriate.

For more information, see Rule 3342-5-19 of the Administrative Code.

Posters and Flyers

The DI HUB provides three standing bulletin boards throughout the building that are designated for promotional posters and flyers. Because of limited space, one poster or flyer per event on each bulletin board is permitted. Any materials that are posted elsewhere in the DI HUB, or include offensive or obscene text or images, will be discarded by DI HUB personnel. All bulletin boards are cleared at the end of every semester.

If you wish to collaborate with the DI HUB on event promotion, please contact the Director of Strategic Communications and External Engagement at 330-672-3697 or ktaylo57@kent.edu.

For more information, see Rule 3342-4-03.301 of the Administrative Code.

Reporters, Photography, Recording, and Filming in the DI HUB

Visitors must obtain permission before taking photographs or filming in the DI HUB. Any individual or entity seeking to utilize university property, facilities, personnel and/or use identifiable university landmarks/buildings/logos for a commercial or other non-university-initiated purpose must submit a written proposal to the University at least two weeks prior to the expected date of arrival on campus. Images and recordings of students or other visitors to the DI HUB are not allowed without the individual’s expressed permission.

To request permission to film or photograph within the DI HUB, please contact the Director of Strategic Communications and External Engagement at 330-672-3697 or ktaylo57@kent.edu.

For more information, see Rule 3342-5-12.11 of the Administrative Code.

Solicitation and Tabling

Solicitation is not allowed inside the DI HUB. This does not include tabling by KSU (Kent State University) affiliates. Fliers and leaflets may be distributed outside of the building so long as pedestrian and vehicular traffic is not impeded.

Tabling in the DI HUB by KSU affiliates is allowed with permission. Due to the DI HUB’s limited space, tabling requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. To request permission to table within the DI HUB, please contact the Director of the DI HUB at 330-672-5205.

For more information, see Rule 3342-4-03.302 of the Administrative Code.