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Equipment Checkout

SJMC Equipment Checkout

Located in room 236A of Old Main, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Equipment Room is here to help SJMC students check out a variety of camera and video equipment.

Please note, SJMC Equipment Checkout is a service for SJMC faculty and students currently taking SJMC courses that require the use of our equipment. We do not loan equipment to faculty or students in other departments.

SJMC Equipment Checkout has all kinds of equipment like DSLR cameras, camcorders, and hand-held audio recorders. Light kits, microphones, and tripods, many more items are also available for checkout. Students must be on the valid roster of a SJMC class and bring their student IDs to borrow equipment.

We do not loan equipment to students without a TXST ID. No exceptions.

Equipment Checkout Room hours are listed below. Students should check the schedule to make sure the office is open before visiting.

SJMC faculty members may make reservations of equipment if a large amount of equipment is needed on a certain day or after office hours. To do so, an email must be sent to SJMC Equipment Checkout with at least 24 hours notice.

Hours of Operation


Fall 2021 Semester Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday 1pm - 6pm


Noon - 6pm


1pm - 6pm


Noon - 6pm

Friday Noon - 5pm
Saturday Closed

Contact Info






Please Note: We are closed on days when classes do not meet.

Please Note: Our staff close the equipment room at the scheduled closing time. They are not required to stay late to accommodate special requests. 

Equipment Checkout Policy 

Responsibility for Items Checked Out 

Students accept responsibility for items checkout from the SJMC Equipment Room. Students are responsible for the cost of replacing or repairing lost, damaged, or stolen items. Students are expected to inform SJMC Equipment Room staff of damaged or malfunctioning equipment.

If equipment is damaged, lost, or stolen an email to explaining the situation is required as soon as possible. 

Equipment is expected to be returned in the condition it was received. This means: 

  • Plates should be attached properly to tripods
  • Batteries should be removed from cameras
  • Tripod legs should be secured
  • Equipment should be ready for the next student to use

Late/Stolen Items

If a student returns equipment late to the Equipment Checkout Room without approval, the student is automatically banned from equipment checkout. Approval can be requested by emailing and explaining why extenuating circumstances prevent the student from returning equipment on time. The student will receive a reminder email when equipment is over due. In addition, a return that is two days late may result in up to a letter deduction on the student's course grade. If equipment is kept five days past the due date, it is considered stolen, and University Police will be notified in compliance with UPPS No. 01.04.40 Section 03

Item Checkout Limits

To ensure enough DSLR cameras and Camcorders are available for all students, each student is limited to one camera checkout at a time. Students needing a GoPro or 360 camera may checkout two cameras total. If this requirement prevents you from completing a class assignment, please ask your professor to contact


Frequently Asked Questions 

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  • Standard checkout is two business days* for undergraduate students and one week for graduate students. If a student wants to renew their checkout, it can only be done in person. 

    *For example, if equipment is checked out on a Thursday or Friday, it is not due back until Monday because we are closed on the weekend.

  • Each recheck must be done in person with the equipment in hand for inspection. You can also receive a fully charged battery for certain items at this time. One recheck allows for a total of four days, which is enough time to complete a project.

  • If a student is late returning equipment to the Equipment Checkout Room, the student loses all checkout privileges. In addition, a return that is two days late may result in up to a letter deduction on the student's course grade. If equipment is kept five days past the due date, it is considered stolen, and University Police will be notified.

    If you know your equipment will be late due to extenuating circumstances, please contact

  • Students are allowed multiple checkouts throughout the semester for assignment or project use. Compliance with returning equipment on time will ultimately determine how many checkouts each student is allowed.

  • Reservations can only be made by professors for a specific class. Checking out equipment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

  • If a medical issue, personal emergency, professional obligation, or any other extenuating circumstance prevents you from returning equipment on time, we need to know as soon as possible. If you email and explain why you are unable to return equipment on time, we may grant you a one time extension as a courtesy. We do not need the details of your personal or medical emergencies. Failure to contact equipment checkout before we open the next day may be grounds for denying your request.

    Please note that excessive use of this exception may result in a consultation with the Technology Coordinator and/or being banned from checkout.