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Office of Recreational Services

MS #208
2801 West Bancroft St. 
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
Phone: 419.530.3700

UTRecCenter@utoledo.edu

Office of Recreation (UTRec) Rules and Regulations

Office of Recreation (UTRec) Rules and Regulations

GENERAL USER REGULATIONS

REGULAR ENTRY

  • The turnstile in the Main Lobby is the main point of entry. 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 Student Rocket Card or UTRec membership card is needed to gain access in to the Rec Center or the Morse Center on the Health Science Campus. Anyone bearing or possessing an ID that is not his/hers will be removed and the ID will be confiscated. Trespassing and ID fraud are illegal. Any individual caught trying to gain entrance to the Student Recreation Center using an ID other than their own will have that ID confiscated and all parties involved will lose access to all Office of Recreation programs and services and will also be charged a $25 violation fee and be required to meet with an Office of Recreation professional.  This can be set up for as early as the following day.  Violators will lose their recreation privileges for the day of the violation and until they pay all fines and meet with professional staff.
  • Current students and members are permitted access to the facility twice per semester, if they forget their IDs. To do so, they must have some other form of picture ID or a picture on the blackboard system. After the second time, they may purchase a guest pass for $10 each day they do not have their rocket card.
  • Members, students, faculty and staff who have lost their ID or who have an ID that is unreadable or with an unclear photo must pay to have the ID replaced.
  • The recreation staff reserves the right to ask for additional identification at any time. Individuals unable to verify their identity to the satisfaction of SRC staff will be denied entry.
  • Minors under the age of 18 are only permitted into UTRec Facilities during time periods when the UTRec is under Special Hours and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.  Youth under the age of 18 may not use the UTRec during regular hours Monday-Thursday unless they are enrolled in a special program that allows for them specifically to enter. 

GUEST ENTRY

  • Guests are required to be accompanied by the sponsoring member for the duration of their visit and present a picture ID, as well as the valid guest pass, for entry.  The sponsor may not leave until their guest leaves.
  • All guest passes must be returned to the front desk at the end of their visit or the sponsoring member will receive a violation.
  • Individuals without a sponsor may not solicit UTRec members to sponsor them as a guest.
  • When a guest is found to have entered the facility in an unauthorized manner they will be removed from the facility.

PARKING

  • All cars parked on campus must be registered 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.
  • Motorcycles must be parked in a designated parking space. Parking on sidewalks is prohibited.
  • The metered parking spaces are for individuals making a brief visit to the facilities to conduct business. Expired meters are ticketed 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Parking areas may be closed due to collegiate athletics events.
  • Misuse of a handicapped parking placard may result in a fine.

LOCKERS

  • The Student Recreation Center, The Office of Recreation, The Division of Student Affairs and The University of Toledo are not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced property. All areas of the SRC, including the locker rooms, are for use at the risk of the patron.
  • Always bring and 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 just outside the entry to the women’s locker room.  Complementary nickels are available at the Issue desk.
  • Locks may be checked out with a photo ID at the equipment issue desk on the lower level of the SRC - limited availability.
  • Locks are for sale in the main office of the Student Recreation 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 seven days will be discarded or donated to charity.
  • A limited number of lockers are available for rental by the year or semester.  This is handled at the front desk.
  • Co-ed use of locker room facilities is limited to parentally 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 family locker room located on the pool observation deck with a parent.
  • The restrooms on the main level in the pool observation deck area are designated as unisex and family restroom / locker rooms. All guests and patrons are permitted to use this facility as necessary.
  • Photography of any form is not permitted in the locker rooms.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

  • Any UTRec user who needs special accommodations may check in at the main office or may call 419-530-3700 prior to their visit.
  • UTRec staff is authorized to allow guests to enter without using the turnstile when necessary.
  • UTRec staff is not trained to assist with transfers, dressing or personal hygiene, and therefore are not permitted to do so.
  • Individuals who require the assistance of a personal attendant must register the attendant with the office before entry.
  • Service animals are welcome in the facility. Assistance animals must be easily identified at all times. 

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 front 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.

RESERVATIONS  - (Facility space reserved for recognized UT student organizations and UT academic departments).

  • UT departments must turn in an application and pay a non-refundable $30 application fee with a minimum of two weeks’ notice.  Recognized UT student organizations must turn in an application and pay a non-refundable $25 application fee.
  • All student organizations must fill out an Event Registration Form at the Office of Student Involvement and have their event approved by that office before the event may take place.
  • Room/area rental fees will be waived for valid student organizations and UT departments, but groups will be responsible for any cost associated with the reservation, including additional staffing needs.
  • Student Groups may reserve space in the SRC up to three times in a single semester. Exceptions to this policy include sport club practices and Songfest practices when organizations may reserve the facility more than 3 times if space is available. 
  • Any non-student/non-members taking part in a reservation must submit a properly completed and signed outing release form and pay a guest pass fee.
  • All regular user guidelines apply (proper ID is required)
  • All groups are encouraged to call the Office of Recreation to check on dates/times before submitting an application as UT and UTRec events, informal recreation needs, and prior reservation/rentals will take priority over pending reservation. 
  • The UTRec reserves the right to determine what room a group is assigned to based on other facility needs and issues.  Rooms may be changed at the discretion of the Office of Recreation.
  • The Health Education Center (the HEC) on main campus may also be reserved by student organizations and departments.  Application fees and staffing charges will apply to the use of the HEC.

RENTALS (Community groups/non-UT student organizations or academic departments)

  • The Student Recreation Center and Health Education building are available for rental. Rentals are requested and reserved on our website or can be submitted in the front office.
  • Applications must be submitted two weeks prior to the requested event date, along with the $30 nonrefundable application fee.
  • All participants must turn in a signed outing release form (18 and under signed by parent/legal guardian, 18 and older signed by participant).
  • The adult responsible for a group rental must read and sign a Chaperone Guide which details what is expected of all chaperones at their event.
  • Groups with minors (17 and under) must have chaperones actively engaged with their group.  Chaperone Guide guidelines must be followed by all adults supervising minors.
  • Groups are responsible for knowing all facility rules and regulations including proper clothing and what areas they are permitted to use.  Groups will be given a group orientation by our staff.
  • SHARED RENTALS (an event held during regular operational hours when the facility is open to regular patrons) $10/person paid the day of the event, School day filed trips $8/student.  There is no facilities fee; however, cost of extra staff will be billed to renter.
  • The UTRec reserves the right to determine what room a group is assigned to based on other facility needs and issues.  Rooms may be changed at the discretion of the Office of Recreation.
  • EXCLUSIVE RENTALS (during non-operational hours) Costs include rental of the facility and staffing of the event. Extra charges for staffing and miscellaneous items will apply. Facilities fees will be assessed based on the scope and duration of the rental. Full payment is due four business days before the event. All exclusive rental applications must be submitted 4 weeks prior to the date of the event. Rentals applications are available at the SRC Main Office and provided in a printable format off of the SRC website

PERSONAL TRAINING POLICIES

  • Only UTRec employees specifically trained and employed by the proper work group may personal train clients at the student rec center, Morse Center or any other Office of Recreation facility. 
  • Any participant observed or assumed to be personal training in the facility that is not employed as an Office of Recreation employee will have their privileges suspended.  An individual may be suspected of personal training if they are assisting a member with spotting, equipment adjustments, program writing or design, explaining technique, meeting with the same person frequently, counting sets, getting or returning weights or equipment, payment of any form.
  • This is policy is for the protection and safety of our patrons. Individuals not employed by the Office of Recreation have not been trained on policies, guidelines, procedures, standards or emergency protocols, and therefore are unauthorized trainers.  A legal liability arises for the Office of Recreation 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 Recreation. 

CHECK POLICY

  • Third-party checks are not accepted.
  • Checks will not be accepted from individuals who have ever had a returned check from any UT office.
  • UTRec staff reserves the right to ask for additional photo ID when accepting a check.
  • UTRec staff reserves the right to call the institution supporting a check to verify available funds before depositing.
  • Refunds will not be processed for those who pay by check until the check has cleared.
  • All checks should be made out to The University of Toledo.

REFUND POLICY

  • If a class or program is cancelled or rescheduled by the UTRec, registrants will receive a voucher good toward the same class or program held at a future date or a full refund. Refunds are mailed in the form of a UT check. Processing takes six to eight weeks.
  • 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 proviced. Reservation fees are not refundable.
  • Refunds will not be made on UTRec annual or semester memberships after 30 days of purchase. Refunds are not offered at all on short-term memberships. Special circumstances will be reviewed by the Director or Associate Director.

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Rules and policies are posted and published for distribution to our program users. The authority to enforce these policies is vested in the recreation staff and the administrative personnel responsible for the programs. Student employees do not have the option to overlook, change of bend rules; their task is to conduct business according to the set policies. Differences of opinion regarding the rules may be referred to the Director of Recreation.
  • Violation of rules or posted policies, malicious use or defection of UT property, solicitation, verbal/ physical abuse of others, or any violation of University policy will be investigated by staff using policy. 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.

FAMILIES AND MINOR USER REGULATIONS

FAMILY PARTICIPANTS

  • Parent/approved sponsor may bring the child to the SRC Friday/Saturday/Sunday during fall/spring or on any day during the summer. NOTE: minors will also be permitted into the SRC for UT break periods during fall and spring semesters
  • A sibling or grandchild under 18 years of age can be sponsored for a guest pass if a current parental release is on file with the UTRec Office. The fee is $5 a visit.
  • All members need their own ID card to gain entry.
  • Children are required to observe the same clothing and usage policies as other users.

CHILD (13 and under)

  • A parent or approved sponsor must always accompany the child to the facility and supervise the child for the duration of the visit. The sponsor must be with the child at all times. 
  • Child member must show membership ID and be accompanied by a parent or parent-approved adult member.
  • The parent/sponsor must be within an arm’s reach when in the water with a child 5 years of age and under or who is using a floatation device. Lifeguards have discretionary authority to require a parent to be in the water with the child over 5 years of age whom they judge to be a weak swimmer.
  • Children must be 48 inches tall to be allowed to use the slide.
  • Children ages 6 - 13 are required to pass a swimming test to use of the dive well and the 1 meter diving boards. Wristbands will be obtained from the aquatic staff on duty following successful completion of the swim test. Goggles are not permitted during the test and child must jump into water.
  • Children 13 and younger are not permitted to use the high dive (3 meter board)
  • When using the pool, children in diapers must wear protective plastic pants with secure leg closure or swim diapers.
  • Children are prohibited access to and use of the exercise machines, free weight area, spa and sauna.
  • 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.
  • Climbing wall use is limited to bouldering with a parent/chaperone spotter for the child.
  • Racquetball and indoor track use is limited to children accompanied by parent/chaperone doing the same activity. Only the supervising parent may check out racquets.
  • Minors under the age of 18 are only permitted into UTRec Facilities during Break Hours days and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

YOUTH (AGE 14 - 17 YEARS)

  • Parent/sponsor must be in the facility with a youth 14 - 17 years of age. 
  • Parent/sponsor may be in a different area of the facility than the youth.
  • Youths aged 14 - 17 may use the exercise machines, free weight area, spa and sauna as well as all other areas of the facility.
  • Youth member must show membership ID and be accompanied by a parent or parent-approved adult member.
  • Minors under the age of 18 are only permitted into UTRec Facilities during Break Hours days and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

SWIMMING POOL AREA USER REGULATIONS

General Natatorium

  • The natatorium facilities may only be used when two (2) lifeguards are on duty. 
  • It is highly recommended to shower before entering pools or spa. 
  • Patrons must walk on the deck; no running/skipping/power walking…
  • Only sandals or bare feet are allowed on the pool deck
  • Food, gum and supplements are not permitted, unless otherwise approved.
  • The Natatorium facilities 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 will not be tolerated. Running, dunking, pushing, water fighting, chicken fight, etc. are dangerous and are prohibited.
  • Glass containers are strictly prohibited from the pool, deck area and outdoor patio.
  • Use locker rooms for changing of clothes and diapers.
  • 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.

Attire

  • Only clean swim attire, designed for pool use may be worn in the pools and spa. A clean white T-shirt may be worn over swim attire. Athletic shorts, spandex and undergarments are examples of inappropriate swim attire.

Equipment

  • Personal water toys, water wings, life jackets and rafts may NOT be brought into the pools. The Office of Recreation provides Coast Guard approved lifejackets for member and guest use.
  • Participants are welcome to bring in and use personal use items such as goggles, mask and snorkel, swim caps, pull buoys, etc.
  • 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)
  • No one is permitted on the starting blocks except groups renting the facility for competitive swim practice.

Competition Pool

  • Lap lanes can only be used by those 14 years old and over, or children who have passed our swimming test and are 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 if adequate staff is available. 
  • Do not hang or pull on lane lines
  • Blue kickboards and the pull buoys are for the competition pool only
  • 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

Dive Well

  • No back flips, back dives or backward jumps are permitted by recreational swimmers during open swim.
  • Diving boards can only be used by those over 13 years old 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
  • The platform is for use by those age 14 and older only.
  • When using the diving boards, exit from the ladder closest to the diving board.
  • Only one person on the board and steps at a time
  • One bounce or spring per jump or dive
  • Running on the boards is prohibited.
  • When the diving boards are in use, please refrain from diving off the side.
  • Wearing goggles is not permitted while using the diving boards

Leisure Pool

  • No standing/walking/climbing on the retaining walls or island.
  • Jumping into bubble bench area or whirl pool area is prohibited.
  • No diving (sitting, kneeling or standing).
  • 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 in use.
  • Goggles and lifejackets are not permitted on the slide.

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 14 years of age are prohibited from using the sauna.
  • Sauna is not offered to shared or exclusive rentals.
  • 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

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 14 years of age are prohibited from using the spa of sitting on the spa steps.

USER REGULATION BY AREA

APPROPRIATE ATHLETIC ATTIRE MUST BE WORN WHEN USING SPORTS AND WORKOUT AREAS

  • Shoes must be worn. Open-toe shoes or shoes that mark or damage floors are prohibited.
  • Exercise attire must cover the entire torso to help prevent the spread of skin infections.
  • Street clothing is prohibited on all exercise equipment. A person may walk on the track with street clothes on.
  • Head coverings that restrict the line of view - such as baseball caps - are prohibited.
  • Any patron wearing attire deemed inappropriate by SRC staff will be asked to change or leave the facility immediately.

GYM COURTS

  • All personal belongings are to be secured in a locked locker.
  • 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 UTRec 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.

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 not 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.
  • Use a towel or wear a full T-shirt when using floor mats to reduce shin contact and the spread of infections.
  • Weapons are strictly prohibited (unless used as part of a scheduled UTRec program such as marital arts, fencing etc.).
  • DO NOT place tape on the floors or walls.

MEETING ROOMS

  • Five meeting rooms are available in the UTRec. 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.

AUXILIARY GYM

  • Scheduled UTRec 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 courts policies apply to this area.
  • DO NOT place tape on the floors or walls.

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.
  • Track users are required to wear a shirt/top.
  • Children under 14 years of age are prohibited unless running 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.

WEIGHT ROOMS AND CARDIO AREAS

  • Workout attire must be worn to use the exercise machines and free-weight room. Attire includes sweats or shorts, full athletic shoes (no open-toe shoes) and T-shirt or top that covers the full torso of the body. Shoes must be worn on all equipment and in weight rooms.
  • For health reasons, shirts which cover the trunk of the body must be used to avoid skin contact with equipment.
  • 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.
  • Limit the length of your workout at a single station to posted limits when others are waiting.
  • 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 approved UTRec cubby space.  The UTRec is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • All fans are to be operated by UTRec staff.  Patrons may request that fans be turned on or off or have direction changed, but should not do it themselves.

RACQUETBALL COURTS

  • Safety goggles are highly recommended.
  • Racquetball racquets are required to have bumper guards and wrist ropes/straps.
  • Black racquetballs and/or any ball that marks the walls are prohibited.
  • Athletic shoes are required. Any athletic shoe that marks the floor is prohibited.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times on the courts.
  • Racquetballs may be purchased in the UTRec office.
  • Racquets are available for check out at the Issue desk with an ID.
  • Children under 14 years of age are prohibited unless playing with their parent.

TABLE TENNIS

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

PATIO & SAND VOLLEYBALL COURTS

  • Entrance to the patio is through the pool area only. 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 UTRec 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 issue area. Please do not bring personal equipment.
  • Food is prohibited except during approved rental functions.

CLIMB WALL

BOULDERING

  • Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. 
  • When bouldering at the UTRec 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.

TOP ROPING

  • Top roping is a style of climbing in which a rope attached to an anchor at the top of the wall is used for the safety of the climber.  A belayer stands on the floor and wears equipment so that he/she can “catch” the climber if they were to fall.
  • People top roping must be belayed by either a UTRec Climb Wall Supervisor or by a person who holds a current UTRec 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 UTRec 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.

CLIMB CAVE RULES

  • UTRec 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.
  • 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 a certified student belayer who has taken our basic climb clinic and received their climbing card, or by a UTRec Climb Cave Supervisor.
  • Climbing Commands must always be used when top roping.

Attire

  • All climbers must wear a shirt while climbing/bouldering.
  • 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.
  • All pockets must be free of items (e.g., coins, keys, knives, cell phones, etc.).
  • No hats

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.
  • UT Rec 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

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 14 years of age and younger must have adult spotting at all times. Climb Wall Specialists 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

HIGH ROPES COURSE

  • The high ropes course must be used under direct supervision of the Office of Recreation. 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 challenge course is 14 or in 9th grade and at least 4’11” tall. 
  • All participants must sign a waiver of liability.  Participants under the age of 18 must have their form signed by a parent or guardian.
  • All participants must use UTREC 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 counseled 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.

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.
Last Updated: 8/24/15