Policies

Table of Contents: 

General Policies  Youth Policies Patron Suspension Policies Facility Access Policies
Weightlifting/Fitness Policies Slackline Policies Spa Policies Pool Policies
Bouldering Wall Policies Climbing Wall Policies Climbing Wall Youth Policies Green Bike Policies 

General Policies

  • Memberships and lockers are non-transferable.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a membership.
  • Memberships will be stopped immediately if payment is not received (i.e. payroll deduction stops, a returned check is received, etc.).
  • Elected memberships will not be refunded except in unusual, unforeseen circumstances. Each requested refund will be judged on a case by case basis. The mandatory student fee will not be refunded, per university policy.
  • Fall, spring, and summer semester memberships will be prorated following a pre-determined schedule.
  • Individuals are responsible for properly securing their own belongings.  WSU is not responsible for loss or theft.
  • Personal belongings should be kept clear of activity spaces. Lockers are available for purchase on a per semester, or full year basis.
  • Food & drink are permitted in the SRC lounge area and outdoor facilities only.  Closed-cap, non-glass bottles with water are allowed in all spaces unless otherwise noted.
  • Gum is strictly prohibited in all indoor facilities, hard surface outdoor facilities (tennis/basketball courts), and artificial turf playfields. 
  • Indoor non-marking athletic shoes should be worn in all indoor activity areas.
  • Skateboards, hoverboards, rollerblades, bikes, scooters, and skate shoes are prohibited from all facilities except rollerblades in the sport court.
  • Helmets are strongly recommended when skating or rollerblading on the Sport Court.  Helmets with a cage or face shield are required for Hockey activities, including boot or roller hockey.
  • Formal instruction in University Recreation facilities is to be conducted by UREC staff only.
  • Pets are not permitted in University Recreation facilities including indoor and outdoor facilities (except for trained comfort animal or service animals used by persons with disability).  All animals must be under immediate control of their owner/keeper.  (WAC 504-36-020).
  • Use and/or possession of illegal drugs, controlled substances, and/or drug paraphernalia are prohibited unless permitted by federal, state, and local law.
  • Use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in University Recreation facilities.  Intoxication or appearance of intoxication will be grounds for immediate removal from the facility.
  • Use of tobacco products in University Recreation facilities is prohibited.  Smoking is prohibited within twenty-five feet of public places or places of employment (RCW 70.160.075).  This includes entrances to all University Recreation facilities.
  • Use of fireworks in any University Recreation facility is prohibited.
  • Patrons must use appropriate language and encourage a welcoming environment for all.
  • University Recreation staff has the right to enforce policies or remove individuals from a facility to ensure a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Video or still photography is not allowed in University Recreation facilities without prior approval from Marketing professional staff.
  • Patrons must wear shirts in all facilities (except the pool and locker room). Sport bras are treated as if the patron is not wearing a shirt and the same no shirt policy applies.  
  • Any items checked out from the Student Recreation Center Service Desk must be returned the same day that it is checked out. If the item is not returned or is returned damaged by the patron, the cost of the item will be charged to WSU Student Accounts, if applicable. 

Youth Policies

University Recreation has established specific youth policies for each area of the facility to ensure safety and organization for our patrons and staff. Youth participants must adhere to the following rules as well as the overall rules and guidelines for UREC.

  • Dependents or minors are defined as those under the age of 18.
  • Dependents are allowed in SRC during scheduled family hours.
  • All dependents entering the SRC must have an assumption of risk form on file.  Click here to print the form: Youth Waiver.  Forms must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. The assumption of risk and release form is good for one calendar year.
  • An SRC member/pass user can purchase a pass that allows dependents (age 17 and younger) to use the SRC during family hours.  An SRC member/day pass user may sponsor up to five minors including their own dependents.  All minors must have a current assumption of risk waiver on file to utilize the SRC.  Youth under age two are not required to purchase a pass to enter the facility.
  • Dependents under 14 may only participate in recreation facilities under the direct supervision of the sponsoring adult, which is defined as utilizing the same court, competing in the same game, or present in the same activity area.
  • Dependents must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by their sponsoring adult to enter the weight, cardio, or functional training areas.  Those 14 or older must attend a Weight/Cardio Orientation prior to use of the area and equipment.  (SRC members ages 16-17 may utilize the areas without adult accompaniment upon completion of the orientation).
  • Parents with small children may utilize the pool and racquetball cardio areas during family hours as long as children are confined to a car seat or stroller.
  • Children over the age of four may not be in the locker room with an opposite sex parent/guardian.  Please see the UREC Service Counter for assistance to the single occupancy/family changing room or supervision in the locker room.
  • The sponsoring adult is responsible for the behavior of their dependents.  Failure to comply may result in removal from the facility and/or the loss of future privileges for the minor and/or sponsoring adult.

Patron Suspension Policies

The following behavior results in an automatic one day suspension from the Student Recreation Center:

  • Verbal or physical abuse and/or the threat of verbal or physical abuse towards an employee or patron of the facility.
  • Any threatening behavior (verbal and/or non-verbal) towards an employee.
  • Any physical contact with an employee.
  • Failure to cooperate by providing information requested by an employee.
  • Public indecency or obscenity.
  • Suspicion of consumption of alcohol/drugs.
  • Damage/destruction of facilities/equipment.
  • Any violation of WSU policies and procedures governing the conduct of students.
  • The use of someone else’s card to access the facility.
  • Giving one’s card to another individual for use to access the facility.
  • Accessing the facility without a valid cougar card or without purchasing a day/guest pass.

Facility Access Policies

  • Student Recreation Center members entering the SRC must have a Cougar Card. Cougar Cards are available for purchase at the Cougar Card Center in the CUB.
  • Current members entering the SRC without their Cougar Card will be asked to provide their Cougar Card identification number or name to verify their membership status in CS Gold.
  • After three entries without a cougar card, patrons will be required to purchase a guest pass or access may be denied (“three strike” policy).
  • Individuals or small groups wishing to take a tour of the Student Recreation Center must fill out the Visitor Sign In sheet located at the Membership Services Desk upon entry.  Any large groups that would like a staff member to lead a tour are encouraged to email urec.scheduling@wsu.edu.
  • Cougar Cards will be confiscated being used by a person other than the owner.
    • The individual using the wrong card will be asked to leave the facility for the day.
    • All confiscated/lost cards will be taken to the Cougar Card Center on a daily basis.

Weightlifting/Fitness Policies

  • Participants are encouraged to seek assistance from UREC staff regarding the operation of any weight or cardio equipment. 
  • Jeans or clothing with rivets, exposed zippers, etc. may not be worn in contact with upholstery or mats.
  • Chalk is prohibited.
  • Use of the safety clip is recommended on all treadmills.
  • While using equipment and mats in the weight rooms or cardio areas, shirts that cover the shoulders and back must be worn to protect the equipment and promote cleanliness and hygiene. 
  • All equipment must be returned to appropriate storage locations after use – All weights must be re-racked.
  • Weight room equipment must remain in the weight room.
  • Furniture or equipment from other areas may not be brought into the weight room.
  • Mats should not be moved.
  • Weights are not to be leaned against the walls, pillars, or mirrors.
  • Collars must be utilized with all free weight bars.
  • Weight room staff will not provide exercise instruction or prescription.  Staff will explain how machines work, facilitate equipment use, and spot participants when needed, provided the room count is low and their attention is not needed elsewhere. Weight room orientations may also be scheduled with the personal training or weight room staff.
  • All concerns and maintenance needs should be reported to the weight room attendant.
  • Weight plates/dumbbells must be controlled, and are not to be dropped.
  • There is a 30 minute limit per individual for cardiovascular equipment when others are waiting.
  • No one under the age of 14 years may use the weight/fitness rooms.  Eligible dependents may only use the Weight/Fitness Room and equipment after completing the Weight/Fitness Room Orientation.  Please contact attendant for details.
  • Equipment must be wiped down after each use.
  • Formal instruction is to be conducted by UREC staff only.

Slackline Policies

  • No Running.
  • No Flips.
  • No Socks; Users should wear shoes or go barefoot.
  • No 60' line placed closest to the building.
  • No lines shall be set above the Black Advanced line.
  • Participants will use the Slackline Course at their own risk.
  • Participants will set up their own Slacklines; Facility Managers may assist participants if needed.
  • Height Lines: Green=Beginner, Blue=Intermediate, Black=Advanced.
  • Shorter distances between the poles are recommended for beginners.

Spa Policies

WAC Codes

  • Maximum capacity in the water is not to exceed 53 persons.
  • All persons must have a cleansing shower before entering the spa.
  • No running or horseplay allowed in the spa area.
  • No person under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol may use the spa.
  • No person with a communicable disease or anyone who has been ill with vomiting or diarrhea within the last two weeks, or open sores may use the spa.
  • Persons with medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure should consult a physician before using the spa and should not use the spa alone.
  • Persons wearing diapers must wear protective coverings. Diapers must be changed in designated areas.
  • Women who are or might be pregnant should seek the advice of a physician regarding spa use.
  • No children under the age of six (6) should use the spa.
  • Persons should limit their use of the spa to fifteen (15) minutes at any one session.
  • No food or drink allowed in the spa water. No glass containers are allowed.
  • Lifeguards are equipped with a first aid kit.
  • A phone is located on the deck for emergency use.
  • Persons refusing to obey these regulations may be subject to removal from the premises. Failure to observe these regulations may result in injury and/or death.

Washington State University Rules and Regulations

  • Lifeguards must be present at all times to use the spa.
  • All persons must wear appropriate swim wear. Inappropriate swim wear includes but is not limited to: cut off jean shorts, worn or see-through swim wear, thongs, underwear, athletic shorts, gym workout attire and t-shirts.
  • No diving.
  • Flotation devices must be US Coast Guard approved. Other flotation devices may be allowed for instructional programs or camp activities only.
  • Anyone displaying inappropriate behavior or using inappropriate language may be asked to leave the deck area. Inappropriate behavior/language is anything that can or does make other people feel uncomfortable.

Pool Policies

WAC Codes

  • Maximum capacity in the water is not to exceed 188 persons.
  • All persons must have a cleansing shower before entering the pool.
  • No running or horseplay allowed in the pool area.
  • No person under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol may use the pool.
  • No person with a communicable disease or anyone who has been ill with vomiting or diarrhea within the last two weeks, or open sores may use the pool.
  • Persons with medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure should consult a physician before using the pool and should not use the pool alone.
  • Persons wearing diapers must wear protective coverings. Diapers must be changed in
    designated areas.
  • No food or drink allowed in the pool water. No glass containers are allowed.
  • Lifeguards are equipped with a first aid kit.
  • A phone is located on the deck for emergency use.
  • Persons refusing to obey these regulations may be subject to removal from the premises. Failure to observe these regulations may result in injury and/or death.
  • When the pool is used by children twelve (12) years or younger, a responsible adult eighteen (18) years of age or older MUST accompany the child(ren) and be in the pool and/or on the pool deck at all times.

Washington State University Rules and Regulations

  • Lifeguards must be present at all times to use the pool.
  • All persons must wear appropriate swim wear. Inappropriate swim wear includes but is not limited to: cut off jean shorts, worn or see through swim wear, thongs, underwear, athletic shorts, gym workout attire, and t-shirts.
  • No diving.
  • Flotation devices must be US Coast Guard approved. Other flotation devices may be allowed for instructional programs or camp activities only.
  • Anyone displaying inappropriate behavior or using inappropriate language may be asked to leave the deck area. Inappropriate behavior/language is anything that can or does make other people feel uncomfortable.

Bouldering Wall Policies

  • Socks must be worn with rental climbing shoes.
  • Only climbing chalk balls are allowed at the climbing wall. They are available for purchase at the service counter and must be in a climbing chalk bag. Loose chalk is not allowed.
  • Bouldering mats are designed for feet first impact; Spotters and down-climbing are highly recommended.
  • Personal items must be stored outside the Wall. WSU is not responsible for loss or theft. Lockers are available for purchase on a per semester or full year basis.
  • Route Setting will only take place during designated times under the supervision of a climbing wall supervisor.  If a hold or piece of tape comes loose please inform a Climbing Wall Supervisor or Facility Manager so they can take care of the issue.
  • Avoid climbing under and over other patrons.
  • All participants must follow the directions of the Climbing Wall Supervisor and Facility Manager.
  • No Climbing can take place above 12 ft. of hand height or past the “Do Not Boulder” holds.

The following conduct is prohibited at the bouldering and climbing wall:

  • Verbal or physical abuse and/or the threat of abuse towards any participant, spectator or staff member.
  • Horseplay or unsafe use of the climbing wall or equipment.
  • Public indecency or obscenity.
  • Participation after the consumption, or suspicion of consumption, of alcohol/drugs.
  • Damage/destruction of facilities/equipment.
  • Any violation of WSU policies and procedures governing the conduct of students.

Any violation of the rules and policies above may result in removal/suspension from UREC facilities or activities, and may result in referral to police and the Office of Student Conduct.

Climbing Wall Policies

General

  • Closed toe and heel footwear required. 
  • Shirts required.
  • Socks must be worn with rental climbing shoes.
  • Do not wear rental shoes or harnesses outside of the climbing wall area.
  • No chalk, other than chalk balls, allowed.
  • No headphones/earbuds while bouldering/climbing.
  • Bouldering mats are designed for feet first impact; Down-climbing recommended.
  • Individuals are responsible for properly securing their belongings. WSU is not responsible for loss or theft.
  • Route setting only takes place during designated times under supervision of a climbing wall supervisor.
  • If a hold or piece of tape comes loose inform a staff member.
  • Do not climb under or over other patrons.
  • No bouldering above 12 feet of hand height or past the “Do Not Boulder” holds.
  • No “topping out” or climbing on top of bouldering cave.
  • All participants shall follow the directions of University Recreation staff.

Roped Climbing

  • All climbers must use “climbing commands” when climbing.
  • Roped climbing shall only occur during designated hours.
  • All belayers must pass a belay check off with a climbing wall supervisor during operating hours.
  • All lead climbers must pass a lead check off with a climbing wall supervisor.
  • All belayers must use the Take Brake Under Slide (TBUS) method of belaying.  No other method is currently accepted at WSU climbing wall.
  • All personal climbing equipment must be in good working order and open to inspection from a climbing wall supervisor.  If it does not passinspection it is not permitted for use at WSU climbing facility.  It also must bear an inspection sticker from UIAA.  
  • Belayers must use UIAA approved tubular devices only.  Auto-locking, spring, and 8 devices are only permitted during designated program times.

The following conduct is prohibited at the bouldering and climbing wall:

  • Verbal or physical abuse and/or the threat of abuse towards any participant, spectator or staff member.
  • Horseplay or unsafe use of the climbing wall or equipment.
  • Public indecency or obscenity.
  • Individual participating after the consumption or suspicion of consumption of alcohol/drugs.
  • Damage/destruction of facilities/equipment.
  • Any violation of WSU policies and procedures governing the conduct of students.

Any violation of the rules and policies above may result in removal/suspension from UREC facilities or activities and may result in referral to police and the Office of Student Conduct

Non-Members and their dependents must complete a Risk and Release Form, as well as purchase and show a Day or Semester Pass prior to entry.

Climbing Wall Youth Policies

  • An accompanying adult must be directly present for all youth under 14 at the climbing or bouldering wall. 
  • Belay qualified youth 14 and over are able to climb and belay as long as an accompanying adult is in the SRC.
  • Youth climbers 14 or older may belay and utilize the auto belays after successful completion of a belay qualification.
  • Unaccompanied youth under 14 are not allowed to climb. 
  • Youth under 14 must keep their feet no more than 36 inches off the floor when bouldering. 
  • Accompanying adult must be belay qualified for auto-belay use for a participant under 14 (they can clip their youth in). 
  • The minimum age for climbing is five years old.
  • Accompanying adult must demonstrate proficiency in their harness as well as the youth harness (if one is required).

Green Bike Policies

  • The customer accepts all responsibility for injury, disfigurement, or death from use of rental equipment.
  • The customer has the responsibility to check over equipment and to note any pre-existing problems before leaving with equipment. 
  • Posted written and visual materials explain the proper and safe use of the equipment as needed.  This explanation is not a substitute for training from a certified professional.
  • The Green Bike Manager reserves the right to refuse service.
  • Bikes must be returned to any station location by midnight on the day of check-out.
  • When returning the bike, dock at any station, push the bike into the dock until the green light comes on. Light must turn green for bike to be successfully docked.
  • Customers are responsible for following the posted rules and regulations of riding a Green Bike.
  • Equipment returned after the scheduled return date will accrue fees at the rate of $5.00 per day until the bike is returned.
  • The customer will have 10 business days to make full payment of fees from the date notified of fees.  Late fees must be paid at the Outdoor Recreation Center or by phone at 509.335.1892. Delinquent fees will be charged to WSU Student Accounts, if applicable.
  • After 60 days, late fees will cease to accrue. After 120 days the bike will be considered permanently missing and a $600 charge will be assessed.
  • Access to Green Bike usage will be revoked until all fees are paid.
  • Equipment must be returned in working order and with all accessories or a fee will be assessed and charged.
  • Any bike known to be stolen must have a police report filed by person who checked out the bike.
  • Any loss or damage that is present on the equipment once it leaves the Green Bike station is the responsibility of the customer. 
  • Full time WSU students, staff and faculty, and current SRC members with a valid CougarCard are eligible to use the Green Bike system. 
  • There are a few groups on campus who have CougarCards but are not full time students, staff or faculty; if you are having problems checking out a bike, you may not currently meet eligibility.