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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 sjmcequip@txstate.edu with at least 24 hours notice.

Hours of Operation

Summer Semester Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed

Tuesday

1pm - 6pm

Wednesday

1pm - 6pm

Thursday

1pm- 6pm

Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

We are closed on days when classes do not meet.

Contact Info

Phone:      

512.245.6982

Email:

SJMCEquip@txstate.edu

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 sjmcequip@txstate.edu 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 sjmcequip@txstate.edu 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 sjmcequip@txstate.edu.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

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  • Due to Covid we are allowing undergraduate students to checkout equipment for one full week.

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

  • Each recheck must be done in person with the equipment in hand for inspection. You can also receive a fully charged battery 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 sjmcequip@txstate.edu

  • 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.