IDeATe operations during COVID-19 safety measures

Below are the measures that we are employing within IDeATe as the university responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the university’s guidelines exercising caution and are aligning with measures being taken by similar facilities on campus. As the overriding policies and the health situation shift, we will adjust and update. All of these measures come with an asterisk that anyone who feels that their circumstances are extraordinary should reach out to their instructors and candidly discuss their situation, as well as any alternative arrangements that could be made for completion of coursework and class attendance. Instructors have been continually advised by university leadership to remain as flexible as possible in adapting instruction to individual students’ circumstances and challenges. IDeATe may still be contacted via

We very much appreciate everyone’s efforts and patience as we navigate this together. The spirit from faculty and students has been one of cooperation and support and, frankly, it’s great to see. Please take care of yourselves.

Current transitional procedures

Updated: Wednesday 12 January 2022, 2:30pm EST  |  Review archived announcements

On-site staffing

IDeATe is expected to be staffed for general on-site service for Spring 2022 with predominantly in-person instruction. On Thursday 6 January 2022, the university announced a shift to a “modified services” posture including a temporary shift to predominantly remote instruction for the start of the semester, which is expected to last through Sunday 30 January 2022.

Advance appointments for all services are strongly encouraged by sending requests to at least one business day in advance, as our on-site staff may be busy attending to various areas of the facility throughout the day. Occasional interruptions in service may occur. Please plan ahead.

Building hours and library spaces

See the Hunt Library page for the latest regular and holiday hours. Some seating throughout the library is reservable online. Please review and be aware of University Libraries’ latest COVID-19 procedures.

Classroom/lab access and procedures

With the university’s shift to a “modified services” posture effective 6 January 2022, students are prohibited from using IDeATe classrooms as a venue to attend their remote class sessions. The few IDeATe courses designated with an IPO (In-Person Only) teaching modality will continue in-person as scheduled throughout the remote instruction period.

Although we expect to maintain our usual classroom/lab access model, which we returned to in Fall 2021, under the “modified services” posture, students are discouraged from accessing classrooms unless absolutely necessary. While in classrooms, students are expected to minimize their time spent in such rooms while adhering to all university Covid protocols regarding required physical distancing, wearing facial coverings, etc.

Instructors will maintain access to the classrooms and may elect to teach their remote sessions from their scheduled classrooms, if desired. Instructors may gather any necessary supplies and materials for students to use during this period; however, instructors are advised to remain flexible as many students may not be able to come to campus to pick up supplies during the remote instruction period. Pick-ups must be coordinated with IDeATe staff at, who will arrange for an approved pick-up location.

Our campus-wide Open Fabrication Hours are temporarily suspended under the university’s “modified services” posture.


The IDeATe Lending Office reopens for Spring 2022 on Tuesday 18 January 2022. Check outs and returns may be completed during our normal lending hours, as staffing permits, and is the preferred method of contact for all Lending transactions. We expect, though, that staffing may be somewhat patchy during the remote instruction period, so please plan ahead.

If and when Lending is closed, after-hours returns can continue to be dropped off at the main IDeATe office, Hunt A9. Simply tap your keycard to access the vestibule anytime Hunt Library is open, leave the items on the return table and sign the log sheet.

If you have special requirements with an academic purpose, please use the online IDeATe Lending request form. Please understand that all requests must be approved by IDeATe administrative staff, and approved requests may take a few business days to fulfill.

Laser cutter access

The IDeATe laser cutters are available for Spring 2022 during designated hours beginning Tuesday 18 January 2022. For safety, authorized users must work with IDeATe staff present at the laser cutter or bring a buddy. See the laser cutter hours for availability.

Our campus-wide Open Fabrication Hours are temporarily suspended under the university’s “modified services” posture. We expect to be able to resume this service according to the normal schedule, 5:00 to 6:00pm on weekdays, once the university returns to its transitional posture.

3D printing

We have returned to our usual 3D printing access model, effective Fall 2021. Students previously given access to Stratasys Skylab continue to maintain that access as long as they remain enrolled at the university. Please email with any questions about print approvals or to ask for an evaluation as to whether or not a specialized print may require other 3D printers. Approved personal prints will be billed to student accounts. IDeATe staff will typically bring completed prints to the outer A5 room, near the sink. Student access to the 3D printer area is prohibited except to retrieve completed prints. Do not loiter in the 3D printer room.

IDeATe Collaborative Workspace

IDeATe students maintain access to the IDeATe Collaborative Workspace in Hunt A5 through the remote instruction period; however, students may not gather in number in this space while the university is in its “modified services” posture. While in this space, students are asked to remain purposeful in their activities and to follow all university Covid protocols, including not lingering any longer than is necessary to accomplish their tasks.

Classroom technology and instructor support

All IDeATe classrooms are equipped with standard baseline A/V equipment to be able to support hybrid teaching as necessary. Each room has a phone number posted for troubleshooting, triage, and on-site support of this equipment.