Policies

  • Access Policies
    • Members must present proper University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) or Rec Sports identification to obtain access to all facilities
    • All members are allowed six courtesy passes per semester if they need to gain access to Rec Sports facilities without their card present; once all six passes are used, members will not be allowed access to the facilities without proper identification
    • Members and guests must be at least 18 years of age to enter the facility
    • Members and guests are prohibited from:
      • Attempting to gain access into any Rec Sports facility with an ID other than their own
      • Allowing another person to use their ID to gain access into Rec Sports facilities
      • Attempting to sneak themselves or someone else into the facility through other points of access not designated as a main entry
      • Exiting through emergency exit doors during a non-emergency
  • Service Animals
    • Trained service animals may enter the facility with proper identification and training
    • Emotional Support Animals must have special permission to access Rec Sports facilities
    • A service dog or animal may be asked to leave the facility if the animal’s behavior or presence poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others (i.e. a service dog that displays vicious behavior toward people)
    • Please click here for more information on UW-Madison’s Service Animal Policies
  • Guest Passes
    • All guests are required to present a photo ID that includes name, photo, and date of birth
    • Members may sponsor up to three guests per day
    • Members must stay with their sponsored guest(s) at all times and are responsible for the conduct of their guest(s) while in Rec Sports facilities
    • Soliciting a member to sponsor a guest pass is prohibited; if someone you do not know approaches you to sponsor them for a guest pass, please do not sponsor them
    • Guests are not allowed to enter the facility to secure a sponsor; sponsors must accompany guests at the time of purchase.
    • Guests must follow all Rec Sports policies; failure to do so could result in loss of guest pass privileges without a refund and sponsoring members could be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of Rec Sports staff
    • Guests who are eligible for an affiliate membership may only sponsor themselves for a guest pass
  • Conduct
    • Rights and Responsibilities
      • Students have the right to live and learn in safe environments
      • Students have the obligation to act with integrity
      • Students are accountable for the consequences of their actions
      • The mission of the University of Wisconsin System and its individual institutions can be realized only if the university’s teaching, learning, research, and service activities occur in living and learning environments that are safe and free from violence, harassment, fraud, theft, disruption and intimidation; in promoting such environments, the university has a responsibility to address student nonacademic misconduct
    • Standards of Conduct
      • UW-Madison students and Rec Sports members and guests assume an obligation to conduct themselves in accordance with UW-Madison standards
      • When an individual purchases a membership or guest pass or is granted access to a Rec Sports facility or program, they agree to act courteously, cooperate with staff, and display positive behavior while utilizing Rec Sports facilities and/or programs
    • Inclusion and Diversity
      • We strive to offer opportunities for all people to exchange ideas, share experiences, and achieve personal fulfillment
      • This pursuit of wellbeing is a right afforded to everyone, regardless of identity or ability
      • We have a collective responsibility to foster a culture of mutual respect, courteous interactions, and equal opportunities
      • Through Rec Sports programs, services, facilities, and staff, we are committed to cultivating and upholding an inclusive environment in which we celebrate the differences of every member of our community
    • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct
      • The following is prohibited in Rec Sports facilities:
        • Use of obscenities and insulting language
        • Spitting
        • Harassment and/or hazing of other members or staff
        • Vandalism
        • Fighting
        • Verbal altercations
        • Bullying
      • Alcohol/Drugs
        • Rec Sports facilities are alcohol and drug-free facilities; students, members, and guests suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be directed to exit and the UW-Madison Police Department will be called
      • Firearms and Weapons
        • Firearms and weapons of all kinds are prohibited in all Rec Sports facilities and outdoor facilities
        • Martial arts equipment is permissible when it is used during a Rec Sports-sponsored or supervised practice or event
      • Consequences
        • Failure to comply with these policies may result in a suspension, the length of which will be determined by Rec Sports professional staff and/or Dean of Students, when appropriate, based on the circumstances surrounding the conduct and any prior violations
        • As outlined in campus regulations and policies, participants are subject to the possibility of official UW-Madison Judicial Proceedings and punishment from UW-Madison Police Department officials if they threaten and/or abuse Rec Sports staff, members and/or guests
        • In the case of violence, the threat of violence, or a severe violation of Rec Sports rules, copies of the Incident Report form will be forwarded to the UW-Madison Dean of Students Office and the UW-Madison Police Department
  • Attire
    • Clean, appropriate athletic attire must cover the chest and buttocks
    • See-through garments are prohibited
    • Attire that could cause damage to equipment is prohibited
    • Clothing with profane language, offensive content, and/or in violation of our Diversity and Inclusion Statement are prohibited in the facility
    • Closed toe, non-marking, activity-appropriate footwear is required unless using the heavy bag; backless shoes are prohibited
    • Athletic, non-marking footwear is required
    • Boots, dress shoes, and sandals are not allowed; please bring a change of footwear to use in Rec Sports facilities
  • Health & Safety
    • Injuries
      • All injuries sustained within Rec Sports facilities should be reported to Rec Sports staff
      • Anything that poses an immediate safety threat should be reported to Rec Sports staff
    • Fire Emergency
      • If a fire alarm sounds, everyone must exit the facility immediately and move at least 500 feet away from the facility
      • Falsely pulling a fire alarm is strictly prohibited and is punishable by law
      • Areas of egress must be clear, at all times, for emergency purposes due to building fire code (i.e. stretching in the hallways, taking weights from the weight room, and bouncing balls in the hallways are not permitted); in rare circumstances, activities such as these can be approved by Rec Sports professional staff members
    • Weather
      • In the case of a weather emergency, all members and guests must follow the direction of Rec Sports staff
      • No one is allowed to remain in non-shelter areas during a weather emergency
    • Video Surveillance
      • For your safety and protection, some areas of Rec Sports facilities are under 24-hour video surveillance
  • Activity Space Policies
    • Exercises and activities that may endanger you or others are strictly prohibited. We have the right to stop any activity we deem unsafe.
    • We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items; all personal belongings should be secured in a daily use or rental locker
    • Leaving items unsecured (on the floor, coat rack, etc.) is done so at the participant’s own risk; it is strongly recommended that members do not bring valuables into Rec Sports facilities
    • Food and gum is prohibited in activity spaces
    • All drinks must be in a sealed container
    • All equipment must remain in its designated location and should never leave the room it is in
    • All equipment must be returned to the appropriate location, and all weights must be re-racked
    • All bars must remain within racks or bar holders when not in use
    • Equipment may not be brought in from other areas (such as basketballs into racquetball courts, racquets into strength areas, etc.)
    • Personal weight lifting belts, weight training gloves, and wrist straps are permitted in the facility
    • Machines and equipment should not be moved or modified in any way and should be used for its intended purpose; do not add more than the recommended amount of weight to any piece of weight equipment
    • Collars must be used for all free weight bars
    • Weights should not be dropped or banged; participants are encouraged to always maintain control while exercising
    • The use of a spotter or assistance from Rec Sports staff is recommended when needed
    • Observe a 30-minute time limit on all cardiovascular machines when others are waiting
    • As a courtesy to others, please limit cell phone use in the facilities
    • Wipe down equipment after use with towel and disinfectant spray; instead of spraying equipment directly, spray directly on to the towel
    • Personal trainers who are not employed by Rec Sports are not permitted to train clients in Rec Sports facilities; we are the sole provider of individual or group training programs within Rec Sports facilities
  • Court Policies
    • Shirts and skins is allowed on courts
    • Boots, dress shoes, and sandals are not allowed; please bring a change of footwear to use in Rec Sports facilities
    • Hanging on basketball rims is not permitted
    • Pick-up basketball games are to be played using the challenge system
      • A verbal challenge is issued by waiting player; no one in a game may call the next game
      • Challenges can only be issued on one court and the challenger must be present before preceding game ends
      • Only one person is needed to issue a challenge
      • Players from losing team may be chosen for the next game only if no other players are present and waiting
      • Games are limited to 15 baskets (win by 2); teams winning 3 consecutive games must sit out a minimum of 1 game if other players are waiting
    • Court times can be reserved for open rec badminton and volleyball during specific times, please check the daily schedule on our website for more information
    • Any equipment or activity that is not the intended use of the space must first be approved by Rec Sports professional staff
    • Spitting or chewing gum or tobacco products is prohibited
    • All drinks must be in a sealed container
  • Pool Policies
    • A lifeguard must be present before entering the water
    • Diving into a lap pool is not permitted
    • Do not enter the pool if you have a communicable disease or an open cut
    • Shower before entering the pool and after using the toilet facilities
    • Running or engaging in rough play is not permitted in the pool area
    • Proper swimwear is required
    • Glass and breakable items are prohibited in the pool area
    • Food, drink, gum, and tobacco are prohibited in the pool
    • Diaper changing on the pool deck is prohibited
    • Animals are prohibited in the pool area
    • Activity deemed unsafe by the lifeguard will be prohibited
  • Diving Well Policies
    • A lifeguard must be present before entering the water
    • Do not enter the pool if you have a communicable disease or an open cut
    • Swimming in the Diving Well is prohibited while diving boards and/or platforms are in use
    • Use of diving platforms is restricted to authorized users under direct supervision of certified diving coaches or instructors
    • Proficient swimming ability is required
    • Goggles and other eyewear may not be worn while diving
    • When the diving area is available for recreational use:
      • Only the center 1-meter springboard may be used
      • All jumps and dives must be in the forward direction
      • Back dives, inward dives, reverse dives, spins, handstands, and seat drops are prohibited
      • Only one person on the diving board at a time
      • Only one bounce per jump or dive is allowed
      • After each entry, swim directly to the nearest ladder and exit the pool
    • Activity deemed unsafe by the lifeguard will be prohibited
    • All UW Natatorium pool rules apply
  • Photography, Video, and Marketing Policies

    Informal Photography & Video in Rec Sports facilities

    • Photography and videography is prohibited in restrooms, locker rooms, and the pool at all times
    • Pictures and videos taken within the facility for non-commercial, professional, or project-based purposes must not target groups or individuals without consent
    • Any abusive expression that violates the student nonacademic misconduct procedures (Chapter UWS 17) or Hostile and Intimidating Behavior policies will be reported accordingly and will be subject to disciplinary action or suspension by Rec Sports

     

    Commercial, Professional, or Project-Based Photography & Video in Rec Sports facilities

    • No approval will be granted for photography or video in restrooms, locker rooms, or pools during building hours; special reservations outside building hours are required for photography and video in these areas (please visit our Reservations and Rentals page for more information)
    • Approval by the Marketing and Communications department is required to take pictures or film in Rec Sports facilities for commercial, professional, or project-based purposes
    • All subjects should provide model release consent prior to production
    • Subjects in photo/video must follow all Rec Sports policies and procedures (including dress code) unless granted written permission
    • Photoshoots or filming (including equipment) may not disrupt scheduled activities or block traffic flow in facility
    • The Rec Sports logo or insignia may not be included in photos or video unless granted written permission by Rec Sports
    • Credit should be given to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Recreational Sports in post-production
    • Please check in with Member Services on the day of production
    • Commercial photography or filming projects must be reserved through University Communications