Office of Recreational Services

UTREC

Rules and Regulations

General Facility

Entry

  • The main corridor is the only point of entry for patrons. Use of any other exterior door without permission is prohibited and will result in loss of privilege and/or fees. All exterior doors are linked to security alarms.
  • A valid Rocket Card or Office of Recreational Services membership key tag is needed to gain access in to all University of Toledo Office of Recreational Services (UTREC) facilities: Student Recreation Center (SRC), Morse Fitness Center (Morse) or Health Education Center (HEC). Any individual attempting to gain entry into a UTREC facility with an ID or key tag that is not their own will have the ID or key tag confiscated and all parties involved will lose access to all Office of Recreational Services facilities, programs and services. A meeting with an Office of Recreational Services professional must be completed and a $25 violation fee must be paid in order to have privileges re-instated.
  • Current students and members are permitted access to UTREC facilities twice per semester using an alternative photo ID, if their Rocket Card or key tag is forgotten.
  • Students, faculty and staff who have a Rocket Card that is unreadable, has an unclear photo or is lost must have the card replaced at The University of Toledo Rocket Card office.
  • Office of Recreational Services members who have lost their key tag or who have a key tag that is unreadable must have their key tag replaced at The University of Toledo Office Of Recreational Services Main Office for a $5 replacement fee.
  • The Office of Recreational Services staff reserves the right to ask for additional identification at any time. Individuals unable to verify their identity to the satisfaction of Office of Recreational Services staff will be denied entry.
  • Minors under the age of 18 are permitted daily until 9:00 pm excluding currently enrolled University of Toledo students

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Guest Entry

  • All guests may purchase a 1-day pass for $10.  Individuals 16 years of age or older must present a Driver’s License or State ID and sign a waiver. Minors under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the waiver. 
  • All SRC guests can go to www.guestparking.utoledo.edu to register for a guest parking pass.  SRC guests may park in the metered parking spaces on the east side of the building.  Please note The Office of Recreational Services is not responsible for any parking fines that may be incurred.  

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Attire

  • Shoes must be worn in all areas of the facility except the locker rooms and pool deck.  Open-toe shoes, shoes that mark or damage floors are prohibited.
  • Exercise attire must cover the lower back, front and sides of the torso to help prevent the spread of skin infections. Shorts must be long enough to cover the buttocks and groin area while exercising.
  • Appropriate attire is required in all areas. 
  • Any patron wearing attire deemed inappropriate by Office of Recreational Services staff will be asked to change or leave the facility immediately.

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Student Recreation Center Parking

  • All community members utilizing the SRC may purchase an annual or semester parking pass for Lot 18 in The Office of Recreational Services.  Short term parking options are available for purchase with program registration or short term passes.
  • All staff, faculty and student members must purchase a parking permit with The University of Toledo Parking Services Office in the Transportation Center
  • Handicapped parking spaces are located adjacent to the SRC on the east side. Misuse of a handicapped parking placard may result in a fine.
  • Motorcycles must be parked in a designated space, parking on sidewalks is prohibited.
  • The metered parking spaces are for guests or individuals making a brief visit to the facility to conduct business.
  • All parking spaces are ticketed 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Parking areas may be closed due to collegiate athletics events.

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Lockers

  • The Office of Recreational Services, The Division of Student Affairs and The University of Toledo are not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced property. All areas of the SRC, Morse and HEC, including the locker rooms, are for use at the risk of the patron.
  • All personal belongings and bags should be kept off the floors, chairs, benches and equipment.  Items should be stored in lockers or cubbies.
  • The Office of Recreational Services recommends that patrons always use a lock to protect valuables.
  • Coin locker (25 cent) are available in both men’s and women’s locker rooms. Wallet lockers (5 cent) are available in the SRC just outside the entry to the women’s locker room, complimentary nickels are available at the Service desk.
  • Locks may be checked out with a photo ID, Rocket Card or key tag at the SRC and Morse Service desks
  • Locks are for sale in the main offices of the Student Recreation Center and Morse Fitness Center.
  • Lockers may not be used overnight. Locks and contents not removed at the close of each day are confiscated, and the owner will be charged $5 to get their belongings back. 
  • Items not claimed after 30 days will be discarded or donated to charity.
  • A limited number of lockers are available for semester or annual rental 
  • Co-ed use of locker room facilities is limited to parent/guardian supervised children who are 5 years old or younger.
  • Children age 6 and over must use the locker room of their gender or use the SRC family locker room located on the pool observation deck with a parent. All guests and patrons are permitted to use this facility as necessary.
  • Photography of any form is not permitted in the locker rooms.

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Reasonable Accommodations

  • Any Office of Recreational Services user who needs special accommodations may check in at the main office or may call 419-530-3700 prior to their visit.

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Photo Pass Policy

  • Photography of any kind (including cell phone and video cameras) is strictly prohibited unless prior permission is granted.
  • Guests who wish to take photos or video must check in at the Main Office. These guests will be informed of the photo privacy policies.
  • In exchange for a photo ID, the guest will be issued a photo pass, which must be clearly displayed at all times during the visit.

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Facility Rentals and Reservations

  • The Office of Recreational Services encourages student organizations and departments, community organizations and individuals to consider reserving space or renting any of the premier UTREC facilities available at the University of Toledo (Student Recreation Center, Morse Fitness Center, Health Education Center, Carter outdoor fields).  For more information, please click here.

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Personal Training

  • Only those employed and trained by the University of Toledo are permitted to personal train in any Office of Recreational Services facilities.  Office of Recreational Services Any participant suspected to be personal training that is not employed by The University of Toledo will have their privileges suspended. Personal Training is defined as meeting any or all of the following criteria:
    • Providing direct instruction to an individual or small group
    • Frequent meetings
    • Payment of any form
  • A legal liability arises for the Office of Recreational Services if we are aware of outside personal trainers working in our facilities.  Profiting from the use of State Property without consent is illegal.  Outside personal training is in direct competition with the personal training service of the Office of Recreational Services. 

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Check Policy

  • Checks will not be accepted from individuals who have ever had a returned check from any University of Toledo office.
  • Office of Recreational Services reserves the right to ask for additional photo ID when accepting a check.
  • Office of Recreational Services staff reserves the right to call the institution supporting a check to verify available funds before depositing.
  • All checks should be made out to The University of Toledo.

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Refund Policy

  • If a class or program is cancelled or rescheduled by the Office of Recreational Services, registrants will receive a credit toward the same class or program held at a future date or a full refund.
  • All refund requests for check payments will not be processed until the check has cleared.
  • All check and cash refunds will be mailed in the form of UT check, processing can take up from six to eight weeks.
  • With the approval of the Director or Assistant Director of Business and Marketing, a credit or debit card refund can be made during business hours Monday through Friday.
  • If a registrant drops a class or program at least five days before the class or program begins, she/he may receive a voucher for another class or a refund minus a $15 processing fee.
  • If a registrant drops a class or program with LESS than five-days’ notice, no credit or refund or make-up sessions will be provided. Refunds will not be made on Office of Recreational Services annual or semester memberships after 14 days of purchase. Refunds are not offered at all on short-term memberships. Special circumstances will be reviewed by the Director or Assistant Director of Business and Marketing.

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Code of Conduct

  • Rules and policies are posted and published for distribution to our members and guests. The authority to enforce these policies is vested in the Office of Recreational Services staff.
  • Violation of rules or posted policies, malicious use or defection of UT property, solicitation, verbal/physical abuse of others, sexual harassment, discriminatory behavior or any violation of University policy will be investigated. Sanctions such as legal action, fines, restitution, temporary loss of privilege, revocation or restriction of membership, or referral of students to the University Student Conduct Office may be imposed.
  • The Office of Recreational Services staff has the authority to prohibit access to any individual suspected (odor, behavior, appearance, etc.) to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • All University of Toledo Student Code of Conduct policies and processes will be enforced.

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Minor User Regulations

  • All minors under the age of 18 must have a parent/legal guardian with a valid State photo ID present to sign a waiver 
  • The waiver must be renewed annually
  • Minors 16 years of age or older must present a State ID to purchase a membership or guest pass
  • Minors are required to observe the same clothing and usage policies as other users

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Age 12 and under

  • An adult member or guest pass holder must always accompany the minor (guest or member) to the facility and supervise the minor for the duration of the visit. The adult member or guest pass must supervise the minor at all times.  Supervision is defined by actively engaged, easily accessible and within reach of the minor.
  • Minors are prohibited access to and use of the exercise machines, free weight area, spa and sauna.
  • Parent/Legal guardian with a valid State photo ID must be present to sign a waiver which will be valid for one year
  • Guest Pass fee is $5 per day.

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Age 13 - 17 Years

  • Minors age 13 - 17 may use the exercise machines, free weight area, spa and sauna as well as all other areas of the facility.
  • Parent/Legal guardian with a valid State photo ID must be present to sign a waiver which will be valid for one year
  • Minors age 16 - 17 must have a valid State photo ID in order to gain entry as a guest or key tag in order to gain entry as a member
  • Guest Pass fee is $10 per day

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Aquatics Center

General Aquatics Center Regulations

  • The aquatics center may only be used when two lifeguards are on duty. 
  • It is highly recommended to shower before entering pools or spa. 
  • Lifeguards and UTREC staff have the authority to enforce all pool rules.  Patrons who repeatedly violate the rules or reasonable requests of staff may be ejected from the facility. 
  • Organized groups must follow our group use policies, and must be directly supervised by chaperones.  All groups must schedule their visits in advance.
  • Patrons must walk on the deck; no running/skipping/power walking
  • Only sandals or bare feet are allowed on the pool deck
  • Food or gum is prohibited at all times on the pool deck.
  • Drinks brought into the pool deck and patio area must be in a spill proof plastic container.
  • The aquatics center may not be used for private or commercial purposes without reservation. Examples of prohibited activity include, but are not limited to: organized athletic team or individual practices, personal training, private instruction, sales, solicitation, etc.
  • Patrons with open sores, skin irritation, rashes, or casts are asked to refrain from using the pools and spa.
  • No underwater distance swimming or extended breath holding activities are permitted for longer than 15 seconds. Unless included in competitive swim under the direct supervision of coaching staff.
  • Horseplay or any behavior deemed unsafe will not be tolerated. Running, dunking, pushing, water fighting, chicken fight, splashing, spitting water etc. are prohibited.
  • No diving (sitting, kneeling, or standing) from the sides in the Main or Leisure Pools. Diving is permitted off the side of pools at 9 feet or more; unless main pool lanes 1-8 are being used during a competitive swim practice and under the supervision of a certified coach.
  • The parent/sponsor must be within an arm’s reach when in the water with a child 7 years of age and under or who is using a flotation device.  Lifeguards have discretionary authority to require a parent to be in the water with the child over 7 years of age whom they judge to be a weak swimmer.
  • 12 and younger are not permitted to use the high dive (3 meter board)
  • One parent/sponsor can only be responsible for no more than 3 non-swimmers.

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Attire

  • Only clean swim attire, designed for pool use may be worn in the pools and spa. A clean T-shirt may be worn over swim attire. Athletic shorts, spandex and undergarments are examples of inappropriate swim attire.
  • When using the pool, children in diapers must wear protective plastic pants with secure leg closure or swim diapers.

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Equipment

  • Personal water toys, water wings, life jackets and rafts may NOT be brought into the pools. The Office of Recreational Services provides Coast Guard approved lifejackets for member and guest use.
  • Participants are welcome to bring in and use personal use items including goggles, mask and snorkel, swim caps and pull buoys.
  • All toys and equipment must be used in their intended way (i.e. don’t use the kickboards as surfboards or pull buoys as water wings)
  • Use of the starting blocks is prohibited except for competitive swim practice or meets and age and ability specific Learn to Swim classes offered by the University of Toledo.

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Competition Pool

  • Lap lanes can only be used by those 13 years old and over, or children who have passed a department required swimming test and is wearing a pink wrist band
  • Lap lanes are reserved for individuals swimming laps, during busy times lap swimmers are required to share lanes (circle swim)
  • The back three lanes may be used for lap swimming during scheduled times.
  • Do not hang or pull on lane lines
  • Water basketball games must be kept inside of the pool; no shooting from the pool deck or bouncing the ball on deck.  No grabbing or hanging on the basketball rims

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Dive Well

  • No back flips, back dives or backward jumps are permitted by recreational swimmers during open swim.
  • Diving well, 1 meter boards and platform can only be used by those age 13 and up and children who have passed the swimming test and are wearing a pink wrist band.
  • The 3 Meter (high dive) board can only be used for competitive dive practices and competitions under the supervision of a certified coach.  The 3 meter board is not available for open swim, shared rentals or exclusive rentals
  • When using the diving boards, exit from the ladder closest to the diving board.
  • Only one person on the board and steps of the 1 meter boards at a time.
  • Users may only bounce or spring once per jump/dive
  • Running on the boards is prohibited.
  • When the diving boards are in use, diving off the side is prohibited.
  • Wearing goggles is not permitted while using the diving boards

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Leisure Pool

  • Water basketball games must be kept inside of the pool; no shooting or dribbling from the deck or grabbing/hanging on rims.
  • No standing/walking/climbing on the retaining walls or island.
  • Jumping into bubble bench area or whirl pool area is prohibited.
  • No diving or head first entries from the side.
  • Waterslide can only be used by those over 48” tall (4 feet).  Lifeguards have the ability to prohibit weak swimmers from using the slide, no matter their height.
  • When going down the waterslide, patrons must go feet first, sitting in either an upright position or lying flat on their back (NO STOMACH DOWN).
  • Keep patrons away from the mouth of the slide while the slide is on and in use.
  • Goggles and lifejackets are not permitted on the slide.

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Sauna

  • Recommended maximum total duration is 10 minutes as excessive exposure can be harmful.
  • Pregnant women, elderly persons and/or persons with medical problems should not enter the sauna without prior medical consultation and permission from their doctor.
  • Children under 13 years of age are prohibited from using the sauna.
  • It is recommended that participants remove all jewelry before using the sauna.
  • Under no circumstances should users wear excess clothing such as a sweat suit, long pants, long sleeve shirts, shoes or a rubberized suit while in the sauna.
  • Users are required to bring and sit on a towel.
  • Exercising in the sauna is prohibited.
  • Tampering with the thermostat or heating mechanism is not permitted. Please inform a lifeguard if thermostat is not working properly.
  • Sauna is dry sauna; pouring water or any other liquid over the heating element is strictly prohibited.
  • Liquids, food, gum and supplements are not permitted

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Spa

  • Pregnant women, elderly persons and/or persons with medical problems should not enter the spa without prior medical consultation and permission from their doctor.
  • Avoid food or alcoholic beverages prior to using the spa.
  • Children under 13 years of age are prohibited from using the spa or sitting on the spa steps.

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Gym Courts

  • All personal belongings and bags should be kept off the floors.  Items can be stored in lockers or cubbies. 
  • Slapping the backboards and hanging on rims or nets are prohibited.
  • The courts may be used for designated activities and use of projectiles such as footballs and baseballs are restricted to the auxiliary gym.
  • Use of courts is limited to 45 minutes when others are waiting.
  • Check out equipment on the lower level is available with a photo ID.
  • Court 4 is dedicated to volleyball and half of court 5 is dedicated to badminton at all times unless otherwise scheduled by Office of Recreational Services programs. Individuals using this area for other activities will be required to move to another court or activity area if volleyball or badminton play begins.

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Group Exercise Rooms

  • Scheduled UTRec programing has priority use for Fitness Studio, Cycling Room and Willow Room.  These spaces are reserved for UTRec Programming only and are available for rental by outside or student groups.
  • Proper athletic footwear is required to use the rooms. Any shoe that marks or mars the floor is prohibited. Bare feet will be allowed for martial arts and mind-body activities, but shoes must be worn to and from the group exercise rooms.
  • Participants should clean exercise mats before and after use.
  • Weapons are strictly prohibited (unless used as part of a scheduled Office of Recreational Services program such as marital arts, fencing etc.).
  • DO NOT place tape on the floors or walls.
  • The Fitness Studio, Cycling Studio and Willow Room use is restricted to adults only, unless the program is design specifically for a younger age group.

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 Meeting Rooms

  • Five meeting rooms are available in the Office of Recreational Services. The rooms suit a variety of group sizes and functions.
  • Rooms may be reserved for exclusive use or as part of a shared rental.
  • Food/drink is permitted in reserved meeting rooms and pool observation deck.
  • DO NOT place tape on the floors or walls.

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 AuxilIary Gym

  • Scheduled Office of Recreational Services functions have priority use.
  • If a group wants to use the auxiliary gym and another group is using it, they must inform the Rec Center Manager that they want to use the space, and the Rec Center Manager will allow the existing group another 45 minutes on the court, at which time the requesting group will be allowed to use the space.
  • All gym court policies apply to this area.
  • DO NOT place tape on the floors or walls.

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Track

  • Shoes must be worn on the track.  No spikes are allowed.
  • Running direction is patterned to help reduce leg stress associated with running tight turns.
  • Do not spit on the floors, walls, or in the water fountains.
  • Bicycles, skates or any other form of transportation is not permitted.
  • Children under 13 years of age are prohibited unless with their parents.
  • DO NOT place tape on the floors or walls.
  • Strollers are not permitted on the track level or in any other activity area.

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Weight and Cardio Areas

  • Weight gloves only are permitted, no chalk.
  • The machines and weights should be used with care. Dropping plates, dumbbells or weight stacks can cause injury and damage, and are not permitted.
  • Users must adhere to posted user guides on machines and equipment.
  • Patrons are responsible for wiping down the equipment before and after use.
  • Patrons must return weight plates and other accessories to their proper location after use.
  • Patrons must keep personal belongings in a locker in the locker room or in provided cubby spaces.  The Office of Recreational Services is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • All fans are to be operated by Office of Recreational Services staff.  Patrons may request that fans be turned on or off or have direction changed, but should not do it themselves.
  • Patrons may only use personal listening devices such as headphones (speakers are prohibited) and the volume must be at a respectable volume.”

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Racquetball Courts

  • Safety goggles are highly recommended.
  • Racquetball racquets are required to have bumper guards and wrist ropes/straps.
  • Athletic shoes are required. Any athletic shoe that marks the floor is prohibited.
  • Racquetballs may be purchased in the Office of Recreational Services office.
  • Racquets are available for check out at the Service Center with an ID.
  • Children under 13 years of age are prohibited unless playing with their parent.

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Table Tennis

  • A table tennis table can be set up by Office of Recreational Services staff in a racquetball court for informal recreation.  Additional tables may be available for special requests. 

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Patio and Sand Volleyball Courts

  • Entrance to the patio is through the pool area only unless entrance through the patio gate has been arranged for a special event. Patrons must remove shoes before crossing the pool deck to and from the patio.
  • Glass containers, use of tobacco, and alcohol beverages are strictly prohibited.
  • The area is open April through the end of October, weather permitting.
  • Scheduled Office of Recreational Services programs take priority.
  • Patrons are required to remove sand and grass from their clothing and bodies before crossing the pool deck to return to the locker areas.
  • Sand volleyballs must be checked out at the Service Center.
  • Food is prohibited except during approved rental functions.

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Climb Wall

Climb Cave Rules

  • Office of Recreational Services climbing staff must be present in order for members to climb or be in the climbing area.
  • All participants must read and understand the climbing rules. All participants are required to sign a policies and waiver form before being allowed to climb.
  • All personal belongings and bags should be kept off the floors.  Items can be stored in lockers or cubbies.
  • A maximum of 6 people can be on the wall at a time
  • Patrons cannot climb above yellow line unless they are wearing a harness and are properly tied in and belayed by either a Office of Recreational Services Climb Wall Supervisor or by a person who holds a current Office of Recreational Services climb card.
  • Climbing Commands must always be used when top roping.

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Bouldering

  • When bouldering at the Office of Recreational Services the person’s waist must stay below the yellow line.
  • Bouldering can be done by anyone age 5 or over, and no climb card is required.

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Top Roping

  • When top roping climbers must be belayed by either an Office of Recreational Services Climb Wall Supervisor or by a person who holds a current Office of Recreational Services climb card.
  • Quick descents or swinging from the rope will not be permitted
  • Proper belay techniques and commands must be used at all times
  • Climbers are required to use the Office of Recreational Services  equipment such as: Ropes, Carabineers, and Belay Devices
  • Only one climber per rope
  • Never use lead climbing anchor as hold
  • Tie belay ropes to looped anchor rope when not in use
  • Top roping ropes must be tied to the daisy chains when not in use

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Attire

  • Climbers must wear clean athletic shoes, running shoes or climbing shoes. Boots, sandals, hard-soled shoes or bare feet are not permitted.
  • All hand jewelry or long necklaces must be removed. Hair must be tied back when necessary.
  • Climbers must wear clean athletic shoes, running shoes or climbing shoes. Boots, sandals, hard-soled shoes or bare feet are not permitted.
  • All pockets must be free of items (e.g., coins, keys, knives, cell phones, etc.).
  • No hats

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Equipment

  • Climbers with climb cards who are attempting to top rope must use Rec Center carabineers and belay devices.
  • Climber using their own chalk bags must also use their own chalk. Do not fill bags with REC chalk.
  • UTREC Center provides harnesses for climbers wishing to top rope.  Personal Harnesses are permitted but must pass inspection from the climb wall supervisor on duty.  Supervisors look for:
      • Manufactured less than 10 years ago
      • Bend the belt in an inverted "U." Watch for frayed edges, broken fibers, pulled stitches, cuts or chemical damage.
      • Check D-rings and D-ring metal wear pads for distortion, cracks, breaks, and rough or sharp edges.
      • The D-ring bar should be at a 90 degree angle with the long axis of the belt and should pivot freely

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Minimum Climb/Belay Age

  • Climbers must be at least 5 years of age and able to fit into a child harness. Please Note: Minors (Climbers 17 years of age and younger) must have a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature on all forms.
  • Climbers 13 years of age and younger must have adult spotting at all times. Climb Wall employees are not spotters.
  • You must be at least fourteen years of age to participate in a climb clinic, to hold a climb card, and to use the belay devices

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Challenge Programs

  • The high ropes course must be used under direct supervision of the Office of Recreational Services staff. Patrons can submit a Rental application at least two weeks in advance of the requested event or attend an Open Ropes Night. 
  • Due to the physical difficulty and level of understanding necessary to stay safe on the course, age and height guidelines have been established. The minimum age for the high ropes challenge course is 14 or in 9th grade and at least 4’11” tall. 
  • All participants must sign a waiver of liability and complete a health history form.  Participants under the age of 18 must have their form signed by a parent or guardian.  The Office of Recreational Services has the authority to deny participation based on any medical concerns.
  • All participants must use Office of Recreational Services harness, lobster claws and helmets.
  • Patrons found to be participating in a Challenge Program under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be stopped from participation and could have disciplinary actions brought against them.
  • Patrons found to be participating in a Challenge Program under the influence of prescription medication that could put their participation at a greater risk, will be stopped from participation.
  • All staff has the right to ask uncooperative or unsafe participants to leave.
  • Anyone found to be participating in an unsafe manner will be instructed about appropriate techniques, procedures or behaviors first; if continued abuse occurs, then participants will be asked to leave. If the participant still continues with inappropriate techniques or behavior, they will then be removed from the program and asked to leave the building.
  • An infraction of any policy can result in immediate removal from the program and building.

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Attire

  • Patrons should wear comfortable clothing, suitable for the climbing and sturdy shoes (tennis shoes, boots – no sandals or flip flops).
  • All personal possessions such as jewelry, watches, necklaces, rings, excessively loose clothing, etc., must be removed prior to when participating in the Challenge Program. Program staff is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

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Last Updated: 6/26/17