This is our Member Agreement for Mailing Members. This is what the members of Vessel Coworking agree to when using our space. This is a legal document, but it also covers the house rules when you are working with us.
Last revised: 28 September, 2017
1. MEMBER AGREEMENT
Vessel Coworking, LLC is located in the For the City Center at 500 East Saint Johns Avenue, Suite 2.620, Austin, Texas 78752.
Vessel was created to foster community and support entrepreneurs, nonprofits, businesses, freelancers, and other enterprising individuals in Austin, Texas. We serve our members by providing space, desks, both reserved and open, internet connectivity, trash cans, recycling bins, conference rooms, good coffee, lockers, a collaborative community, and other resource. By joining Vessel, our members agree to certain rules that foster productivity in our community. These enable us to work hard and take full use of the Vessel community. By joining, you are committing to be considerate of each other, play well together, and follow the rules of Vessel. If someone chooses not to follow the rules, it affects all of us here at Vessel, so as a condition to memberships and drop ins, we each agree to abide by the Agreement.
This is an amazing community of diverse people from myriad backgrounds and trades. You will get out of your membership what you pour into it, so make good friends, infuse good culture, and do good work. We want to see individuals working in community rather than isolation, so when you are here, be a part of everything and improve Vessel for all. Feel free to give input to make Vessel better.
Any questions about this Agreement or any rules not covered here, should be addressed by email to email@example.com. Otherwise, here are the Rules of Vessel, which all members, including you, agree to in it's entirety.
Be on your best behavior; this is an office, after all. The less harmony there is at Vessel, the less engagement there will be. It behooves everyone to play nicely. The goal of Vessel is to foster community. If you are not into that, that's totally okay. Maybe Vessel isn't the right place for you. We are a professional-yet-kumbaya kind of joint.
If another Vessel Member or Vessel Leadership notices disruptive or abusive language or any other behaviors that are inconsiderate to others or unbecoming of our work environment, you will be issued a warning. On the third warning, your membership will be revoked. Your membership may be revoked prior to the third warning upon the sole discretion of Vessel Coworking leadership.
These are the general rules we ask you to abide by:
a. MAIL. Non-Members may pay the $30 monthly mailbox fee to have access to the Vessel Coworking Address. Use the address as follows:
Your name and/or your business name, 500 E. Saint Johns Ave, STE 2620, Austin, TX 78757.
When mail is received, the outside of the mailing is scanned to you in a system called Envoy. Mail will be help for up to 6 months within Vessel's mail boxes. Please make arrangements to pick up mail or request us to discard, forward, or scan your mail to you. Mail needs to be picked up during business hours Monday-Friday or arrangements need to be made. You will need to call 512-381-7120 to be let into the building.
We will forward mail to a different address at no charge. If you need a box or large package to be forwarded, we will charge you the cost of shipping.
If an invoice remains unpaid for more than 30 days, we reserve the right to cancel the membership and return all mail to sender.
We reserve the right to cancel a mailing membership if we believe the address is being used for illegal purposes.
b. HARASSMENT. We have zero tolerance for harassing our members or guests of Vessel. Members or guests violating the Anti-Harassment Policy will be sanctioned or expelled from the space or the event at the sole discretion of Vessel. We want to make sure that everyone has a harassment-free experience, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical appearance. Harassment Includes: Showing offensive sexual photography or recording; Unwelcome sexual attention; Unwelcome sexual contact; Verbal sexual comments; Stalking; Deliberate intimidation; Following into bathroom spaces. People asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Any behavior or action experienced as harassment will be responded to as such.
c. LOCKS. The Vessel door is locked 24/7 and must be accessed with a key card. The front doors of the For The City Center are also locked 24/7. Do not do anything to allow the doors to be unlocked for any notable length of time without Vessel Leadership permission. If you believe the doors are not locked when you leave the space, it is your duty to notify a member of Vessel leadership of the situation. If you are the last person to leave the space, please ensure that the door has fully locked behind you.
d. SAFETY. Under no circumstances conduct any activity which may be hazardous to other people in the building, including, but not limited to, littering around our space and creating excessive disorder on or around the space.
a. MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP FEES. We will collect this fee through automatic credit card billing. You agree to pay for the monthly membership up front for the following month. If your month-to-month membership renews on the 7th, for example, and you decide on the 8th that you do not want to continue, your membership charge will not be refunded (remember, though, that you will be able to work at Vessel during that month, since you prepaid for it!) You will be billed monthly on whatever day you started. So if you started on February 22, then you will be billed on March 22, so on and so forth. Some fees are prorated for part of one month and start at the full amount the 1st of the next month. In those instances, the reoccurring invoice will come on the 1st. Cobot, our coworking software, will send an email with a detailed invoice attached at the moment they charge your card. If you ever experience any trouble in this area, please see Steven or Beth Knapp and we will be happy to help you. If you believe you have been billed in error, you should contact Steven or Beth Knapp before disputing the charge with your card company (they are usually easy to solve).
4. TERM & TERMINATION
a. MEMBERSHIP TERM & RENEWAL. Unless you committed to a 6 month contract, your Member Term is on a month-by-month basis. This Agreement automatically renews at the end of this Term for another Term of equal length unless terminated by you or Vessel. You are agreeing to pay all membership fees, including any fines, up and until the last day of the Term.
b. EARLY TERMINATION. If you want to terminate your agreement before the end of the Term, we will not refund any of the membership fees that you paid up front. Specifically, this means that we will not do pro-rata refunds. And if you have any months remaining in your Term, you are agreeing to pay for those remaining months as well. We gave you a discount, after all.
c. TERMINATION OF THIS AGREEMENT. We love you and would hate to see you go, however we reserve the right to terminate your membership and experience at Vessel at any time without notice. The Conduct section outlines the primary actions that could lead to termination. Beyond those listed in the Conduct section, you agree to not use Vessel for any illegal, profane, or dangerous purposes. This includes any purpose that could disable or impair any of the Vessel Property, keep other members from using Vessel, or that would hurt Vessel as an ongoing business. This includes the use of our Internet, any network, computer system, or information the member does not have access to. Grounds for termination also apply to areas outside of Vessel at the For the City common areas, conference rooms, and so on. Any misuse or misconduct in these areas can result in termination. If we terminate this agreement because of your conduct, we will not refund any fees, and you still must pay us for any other fees you owe us for the rest of your term.
5. YOU MUST OBEY THE LAW
You also agree not to use Vessel or Vessel Property in connection with:
a. Contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk email, spamming or similar annoying behavior;
b. Defaming, abusing, harassing, threatening or otherwise violating the legal rights (such as privacy and publicity) of others;
c. Posting, distributing or disseminating inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent, or unlawful material or information;
d. Uploading, reproducing, using, performing or otherwise making available, images, software or other material or information which infringes on another’s rights, or is protected by intellectual property laws where you do not own or license such rights;
e. Uploading or using files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the Vessel Property or the computers or property of a member of Vessel.
6. CONFIDENCES & CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
You acknowledge that during your membership in Vessel, you are going to be exposed to things like business information, trade secrets, technology, messages, customers and prospects, and other confidential information a company or individual would not normally share but is disclosed by members though due to proximity or observation. Members agree not to share under any circumstances the exclusive and confidential information gathered intentionally or unintentionally.
7. COMPLAINTS AGAINST VESSEL
Please do not make defamatory or disparaging comments about Vessel or other members. Frankly, if you don’t have anything good to say, then keep it to yourself or let us know about it. We can probably fix it or at least talk about it.
8. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Neither Vessel nor its members will assume any liability to you with respect to your access to, participation in, use of Vessel, or any loss of information or other property resulting from such participation or use. Basically, if you leave stuff here and it disappears, we are not liable (but we will certainly look into how it happened and work to prevent such losses). We also want to be clear that while we will do our best to secure our Internet and network systems, you agree that we are not liable for any data loss, corruption, viruses, or anything like that.
You also agree that Vessel will not assume liability for damages or injuries to clients, guests, or other parties that members may invite to the Vessel space.
We would be glad to put you in touch with our insurance agent about a general liability policy, if this is of particular concern.
Legal types ask that the following sections be CAPITALIZED, which means you are really supposed to pay attention. Here goes:
a. NO WARRANTY. VESSEL PROVIDES ASAS A SERVICE AND NOT AS A LEASE OF REAL PROPERTY, AND DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. THERE IS ALSO NO WARRANTY OF TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT OR POSSESSION. THE ENTIRE RISK OF PARTICIPATING IN OR USING VESSEL SERVICES, REMAINS WITH YOU.
b. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. IN NO EVENT SHALL VESSEL OR ITS AGENTS, OWNERS, MEMBERS, OR EMPLOYEES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF CONFIDENTIAL OR OTHER INFORMATION, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, PERSONAL INJURY, LOSS OF PRIVACY, FAILURE TO MEET ANY DUTY (INCLUDING OF GOOD FAITH OR OF REASONABLE CARE), NEGLIGENCE, AND ANY OTHER LOSS) ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO VESSEL SERVICES OR OTHERWISE, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
c. FORCE MAJEURE. NEITHER PARTY IS LIABLE FOR, AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IN DEFAULT OR BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT ON ACCOUNT OF ANY DELAY OR FAILURE TO PERFORM AS REQUIRED BY THIS AGREEMENT AS A RESULT OF ANY CAUSES OR CONDITIONS THAT ARE BEYOND SUCH REASONABLE CONTROL AND WHICH SUCH PARTY IS UNABLE TO OVERCOME BY THE EXERCISE OF REASONABLE DILIGENCE, PROVIDED THAT THE AFFECTED PARTY WILL USE BEST EFFORTS TO RESUME NORMAL PERFORMANCE.
BESIDES ALL THAT CAPITALIZED STUFF ABOVE, YOU ALSO RELEASE, AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND SAVE
HARMLESS VESSEL, ITS AGENTS, OWNERS, MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES, FROM AND AGAINST ALL CLAIMS, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, DAMAGES, EXPENSES, JUDGMENTS, FINES AND PENALTIES BASED ON OR ARISING OUT OF YOUR NEGLIGENT ACTIONS, ERRORS AND OMISSIONS, WILLFUL MISCONDUCT OR FRAUD, BREACH OR VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF VESSEL OR OTHERWISE SUFFERED IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR PARTICIPATION IN VESSEL OR USE OF VESSEL PROPERTY.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, VESSEL IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, ECONOMIC OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES EXPERIENCED BY THE MEMBER, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OR PUT ON NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE(S).
9. OTHER LEGAL STUFF
a. CHANGES TO THIS AGREEMENT. From time to time, we will need to update this Agreement, which you will be required to agree to. For big changes, we will do our best to give you notice ahead of time that changes are coming.
b. ASSIGNMENT OF THIS AGREEMENT. Take note that you cannot assign this Agreement without the prior written consent of Vessel.
c. CHOICE OF LAW & VENUE. Since Vessel is in Austin, we all agree that the law of the great State of Texas governs this Agreement. And we further agree that exclusive jurisdiction and venue for all purposes under this Agreement shall be in Austin, Texas; all consent to such jurisdiction and venue.
d. SEVERABILITY. Finally, in the highly unlikely event that any provision or portion of this Agreement is determined to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall be unaffected and shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent permitted by law.
We’ve made it this far, world. I read the whole thing, and I even understand this Agreement and the Rules of Vessel. Further, I agree to be bound by this Agreement and the Rules of Vessel regarding my participation in Vessel and the use of Vessel’s services. I also understand and agree to be added to Vessel’s email distribution list because I am signing up to either be a member, drop in for a free day, or otherwise bind myself to Vessel via this contract. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time.
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