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JEM Equipment Room

Where to Find Us

Communications Building Room 252

The Equipment Room is open 10 to 4 Monday through Friday to JEM students who are enrolled in courses with Tech Fees. Only the person who checked out the equipment can return it. The process of renting equipment is time-consuming. Expect it to take up to 20 minutes. If you cannot find room 252, check rooms 294 and room 295.


Clinton Elmore
Video Production Specialist and Director of TVC
Phone: 865-974-4508

Policies and Procedures:

Who can borrow: Anyone in a class paying a lab fee can borrow equipment from the JEM equipment pool. At the beginning of each semester, the VPS will be provided with a list of students in all classes paying JEM lab fees. Each student will be placed into one of two groups – lower-division or upper-division – based on the classes in which he or she is currently enrolled.

Lower-division students (e.g., students enrolled in 336 or 390) will only be allowed to checkout entry-level equipment.
Upper-division (e.g., students enrolled in 446 or 460) will be allowed to check out any entry-level or broadcast-quality equipment, based on availability and with priority for the entry-level equipment going to lower-division students.

The JEM equipment pool will also be open to students working on special projects of importance to their academic and professional development. A student not in a lab fee course, who wants access to the equipment pool, must submit a letter of support from a JEM faculty member. The letter must explain the project and describe the equipment required. Based on the letter, the VPS will determine what user pool the individual gets placed in.

When borrowing equipment the standard checkout period will run from whenever the student picks up the equipment until 1:00 p.m. the next day. The equipment room is closed on the weekends, so if a student checks out a piece of equipment on Friday, it will be due on Monday at 1:00 p.m. Equipment will be considered late if it is not returned by 1:00 p.m. on the day it is due.

The student will be charged a $20.00 per day fee if the equipment is late. They will also not be allowed to renew any late equipment. If a student turns in equipment late twice during a semester, he or she will be suspended from borrowing equipment for two weeks. If a piece of equipment is not returned for seven days, the VPS will begin processing the lost equipment fee for all delinquent equipment.

Lost/stolen/damaged equipment – The student who checks out a piece of equipment is financially responsible for that equipment. If a student does not return a piece of equipment, he or she will be charged the replacement cost for that piece of equipment. If a student returns a damaged piece of equipment, he or she will be charged to repair or replace – whichever is cheaper – that piece of equipment. The VPS will compile a list at the beginning of each semester of replacement costs for each piece of equipment. These prices reflect the retail market value at the beginning of the semester and are subject to change.

How to format in exFAT

It may sneak up on you but one day you may need to know why you may need to format portable flash memory or a hard drive, for a cross-platform environment. Mac and Windows are different, however, both operation systems require the user to format memory (flashcards, thumb drives & hard drives) before the user can access it. Most memory is sold factory formatted, which may not be optimized for your particular OS.
For example, memory formatted NTFS (for a Windows OS) is allowed only “read-only” access in a Mac/Apple OS and a Windows OS will ask the user to reformat any HFS+ (Mac/Apple) formatted memory.

The good news is that Microsoft created the FAT16 format. Then FAT16 was upgraded to FAT32, and today we have Microsoft’s file allocation table exFAT to thank for cross-platform compatibility.
Whether you are working in Windows only or a Mac/Apple only environment it is recommended that you use exFAT for portable memory.

Maybe you have noticed your hard drive is formatted “NTFS”. NTFS is a format option native to Windows environments and is best suited for an operating system. Whereas, “HFS+” is a format option native to Mac/Apple. Both NTFS and HFS+ are better suited for operating systems than portable hard drives and SD cards. What about FAT16 and FAT32, while it is true they are both cross-platform compatible, they have limitations that make them less useful than exFAT.

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