Also see: Studio A Permission Form.

Rules for Studio A Usage

Each student desiring to use Studio A / UMTV / Tawes Hall must read and sign this form. Only students who sign this form may be part of the approved Studio A production.
  • It is highly recommended that faculty, students and other users familiarize themselves with the various video production processes and systems in the Journalism Television Facilities. An excellent source for this is the Cyber College Online FREE Text Book:

    UMTV Staff will assist when questions arise concerning systems and or production equipment operations.

    Tutorials, individually or in groups, are available upon request and practice time on the various systems can be scheduled when the facility is not in use for classes.

    Every individual who intends to be in the studio must fill out the Studio A Usage application (found here in the forms section) and sign this form.

    Before being approved, the group’s representatives must meet with one of the UMTV engineers for an orientation and appropriate training. Instructions for appropriate use of the room will be provided.

    After the orientation, the associate dean for academic affairs will have the final say on the approval of the application.

    Supervision by a person designated by the associate dean or the engineers is required at all times. Exceptions must be approved by the engineers.

    At least one Journalism major must be present anytime a group is using the studio, unless approved by the associate dean or an engineer.

    Studio A will be available between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Other requests must be cleared by the engineers.

    Studio A is available in 2-hour blocks, unless approved by the engineers.

    Studio A must be left as it was found and in accordance with the instructions of the engineers. Any deviation from this policy may result in immediate revocation of privileges.

    Any equipment modifications or equipment setting changes must be approved and performed by or under the supervision of the engineers. This includes moving or adjusting lights and sets.

    The equipment in Studio A is the property of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. You are financially responsible for missing or broken equipment.

    Any illegal activity will be cause for immediate revocation of studio privileges and will be reported to campus police.

    Use of Studio A is intended for journalism students producing journalistic products or other journalistic work. Commercial work, whether for campus groups or outside entities is strictly forbidden unless expressly permitted by the associate dean.

    Student groups using Studio A agree to abide by the standards of the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists (

    Any action that results in a student disciplinary action or honor code violation will result in immediate loss of privileges.

    Permission to use Studio A may be revoked at any time by the associate dean.

    The College of Journalism and the University of Maryland are not responsible for the conduct of students during newsgathering or other content collection, nor are they responsible for the content produced by student groups. Individual students and the student group are responsible for all conduct and content.

    By clicking below I acknowledge the above rules and agree to abide by them at all times:

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