All About Fall ’20 DMJ Equipment Borrowing

Equipment borrowing from the DMJ department began on Monday, Sept. 7 and will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

All equipment borrowed must be returned at the designated time and day. Sign in and sight out is by reservation only.

The booking link is: *To access this site, you must use your New Paltz ID. Use the same username and passcode used when logging into campus computers. If prompted for an email address, use your New Paltz and passcode.*

All equipment must be back before Thanksgiving Break or an Academic Hold will be placed on the student’s account.  

Here is the schedule for the DMJ equipment room:

Monday: 10:30 – 2:00, 4:30 – 6:00

Tuesday: 11:00 – 4:00

Wednesday: 10:30 – 2:00, 4:30 – 6:00

Thursday: 10:30 – 2:00, 4:30 – 6:00

Friday: 11:00 – 6:00


  • All equipment signed out must be returned by 12 p.m. on the third academic day
  • Whoever signs out department equipment is responsible for its return, and ought to be the one returning it
  • If equipment is not returned on time, the student and the student’s professor will be emailed about the lateness
  • After reasonable attempts to recover late equipment have failed, the student’s borrowing privileges will be suspended commensurate with the lateness
  • If even after the suspension, the student fails to return overdue equipment, and Academic Hold will be placed on the student’s account
    • An Academic Hold means the student cannot register for classes and will not receive their grades until the hold is released.
  • Use of media production equipment is restricted to Media Production students and is limited to
  • Signing out of department equipment is restricted to Media Production students and is limited to the particular course the student is enrolled in.
  • Media Production students: Do not borrow department equipment with the intent of non-Media Production majors “lending” the equipment from you.
  • Ottaway equipment is available for all Journalism students to use for their class assignments.
  • Digital Storytelling students are permitted to sign out both the Zoom H1 handy recorder and the Ottaway dSLRs, but only for their class assignments.
  • All Journalism students may borrow specific Ottaway equipment relating to the course.
  • Students are not permitted to have guests in the editing suites. There have been cases where “guests” have stolen department equipment. Students will be held liable in
    such cases.
  • Do not prop editing suite doors open; these must remain locked at all times as these are areas monitored by both Card Access and University Police.
  • Eating and drinking is prohibited in both the editing suites and classrooms. Ask yourself this while you are eating and touching the keyboard: did the previous user
    have a cold?
  • Do not clean camera lenses with Windex and paper towel. Use a clean Microfiber cloth.
  • If equipment is broken, lost or stolen, please report the
    problem as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Preventative Measures

  • Students cannot simply stop by and borrow equipment. Students must use the booking application used by Digital Media and Journalism to reserve equipment.
  • Once the student specifies what equipment is needed for which class they are enrolled in, they will be given a few pick up times to choose from.
  • If the student misses the pick-up time, they will have to reschedule. The equipment requested will be set aside for a short time. If the student cannot make the new pick up
    time, then the student will have to reserve the equipment again.
  • When you sign out the equipment, you will be given a return time and date. Equipment must be returned by that time and date.
  • Wait outside CSB025, and call ext. 3683 to let our student workers know you are here for pick up/ drop off. Do not enter CSB025 until prompted to do so. When waiting outside CSB025, queue up along the wall maintaining a six foot distance between yourself and the others waiting on line. Do not block the door ways to the classrooms.
  • When you enter CSB025, there will be a staging area for pickups and returns. You will be asked for your Banner number, and your Banner will be used for the rest of the
    process. Under no circumstances are you to cross the boundary between pickup/drop off area and the student sign out worker area.
  • Explicit instructions on how to use the booking app used by the department will be provided for students by the end of first week of classes.
  • At the start of the semester, students will be required to submit a digital information card. Information to be included are the student’s name, the student’s email, the student’s on campus phone number, the student’s class,
    the student’s professor, and a digital signature to prove you have both read and agreed to the department’s terms.