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Student Recreation Center General Policies

All general policies are throughout all areas of the Student Recreation Center

A valid NIU One Card is required for entrance (One Cards are non-transferable)

Participation is at your own risk

Use of video recording devices and photography must be approved by Campus Recreation staff

Spitting is prohibited

Facilities and equipment should be used for their designated purpose

Entrance and exit of the facility must be through the front doors

Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Personal belongings are not allowed in activity areas

Secure all personal belongings in a locker

Use of bicycles, roller blades, or skateboards is prohibited within the facility

Animals, other than trained service animals, are not permitted in the facility

Participants are encouraged to report any maintenance, repair, theft, or safety issues to Campus Recreation staff

Failure to abide by Campus Recreation policies may result in loss of facility privileges (Campus Recreation staff and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards have the authority to determine the extent of this loss of privilege)

Campus Recreation staff have the authority to ask patrons to leave the facility for failure to abide by any facility policy

Clothing and Footwear

Appropriate athletic attire and closed-toe, non-marking shoes are required

Full-back shirts with sleeves are required in the Cardio Room, Weight Room, Deadlift Room, and Boxing Plyometric Room

Shirts that cover the chest, abdomen, and side area and shoes are required except in locker rooms

Full-back shirts with sleeves are required in all cardio and weight rooms

Street clothing (i.e. jeans, dress pants, boots, flip-flops, etc) are prohibited during activities

Jewelry should not be worn during activity

Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Use

Food is permitted only in the lobby and vending areas

All beverages must be in re-sealable, plastic containers

Glass containers are prohibited

Gum is not allowed in the facility

Consumption of alcohol or the appearance/smell of intoxication will result in removal from the facility

All Campus Recreation facilities are smoke free and tobacco free

Facility Behavior

Abusive, vulgar, or disruptive language will not be tolerated

Fighting is grounds for immediate removal from the facility

Inappropriate sexual behavior and/or sexual misconduct is prohibited

Patrons must refrain from behavior that is distracting or disruptive to the recreational pursuits of others

Uncooperative individuals, or those not following posted policies, will be asked to leave and be referred to the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct

Guests

All NIU guests must present a valid photo ID

NIU Faculty/Staff members may purchase a guest pass without a sponsor

Holmes Student Center Hotel guests, university contractors, and university conference attendees may purchase a guest pass without a sponsor when presenting proper documentation

All other guests must be sponsored by a current Campus Recreation member

Sponsors are responsible for guests at all times

Guests must be accompanied by a sponsor each time they enter the facility

Fifteen-visit passes require a sponsor each visit

One-day guest passes are valid for the day of purchase

Fifteen-visit passes expire one year from the date of purchase

Guest passes are not transferable

Age Restrictions

Children aged 16 and under must adhere to Campus Recreation Family Hours

Family Hours are 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 6:00 a.m. Fridays through 10:00 p.m. Sundays

Children may utilize the facility anytime during summer or interim sessions

All children must purchase a valid child membership or guest pass

Children may not enter the Cardio Room, Weight Room, Deadlift Room, or Boxing/Plyometric Room

Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times

Children are allowed as spectators only during approved Campus Recreation Special Events

Advertising and Publicity

All publicity must have a stamp of approval from Student Involvement and Leadership Development

All posters and flyers must be submitted to the front desk

Campus Recreation staff will post approved flyers

Items displayed in areas other than the designated bulletin boards will be removed

Advertisements will not be displayed on front counters or in the front lobby of the facility

Area Usage Policies

Multipurpose Court Policies

Dunking or hanging on the rim are prohibited

Disassembling or removal of equipment is not allowed (i.e. badminton, tennis, etc)

Frisbees, footballs, batons, baseballs, etc are prohibited

Court priority is determined and posted by Campus Recreation staff

Intramural games and special events supersede court priority

Full court activities are prohibited while tennis nets are up

Badminton and tennis courts should be reserved prior to use

Volleyball and basketball courts are first come, first serve and cannot be reserved

Use of courts for the purpose of paid lessons or coaching is prohibited

Cardio Room Policies

Full-back shirts with sleeves are required

Cardiovascular machine use is limited to 30 minutes during peak hours

Wipe down equipment when finished

Dropping/slamming of weights is prohibited

Personal training is permitted by Campus Recreation staff only

Patrons may not move the equipment

Additional weights may not be placed on the strength machines

Report damaged or faulty equipment to Campus Recreation staff

Weight Room and Deadlift Room Policies

Full-back shirts with sleeves are required

Re-rack dumbbells, barbells, and weights after use

Wipe down equipment when finished

Chalk is not permitted

Vibram shoes are prohibited in the free weight areas

Dropping/slamming of weights is prohibited

Use of weight belts for heavy lifting is recommended

Spotters are strongly recommended

Campus Recreation staff are not trained spotters

Personal training is permitted by Campus Recreation staff only

All equipment must remain in the weight room

Patrons may not move the equipment

Report damaged or faulty equipment to Campus Recreation staff

Boxing and Plyometric Room Policies

Use of all equipment is at your own risk

Gloves or wraps are required when using boxing equipment

Sparring-type activities are prohibited

Closed-toed shoes are required in all areas except mats

Users may not wear shoes while kicking the red bag

Kicking of black bags is prohibited

Users are not encouraged to use plyometric boxes after a strenuous workout

A 30-minute time limit will be enforced during peak hours

Jogging Track

Patrons must follow daily direction signs

Slower traffic should use outside lanes

Multipurpose Court participants must yield to track users before crossing

Spectators may not loiter on the track 

Locker Room Policies

Due to photo/video capabilities, all cell phone usage is prohibited

No personal padlocks (key or combination) may be used on any locker

Campus Recreation staff will remove personal locks, and no funds will be reimbursed for users’ loss of the lock

Campus Recreation reserves the right to open any locker at any time

Children age five and above must use respective locker facilities

All items left unattended will be confiscated by Campus Recreation staff

Users are discouraged from bringing valuables to the Student Recreation Center

Users should report issues or problems concerning the locks or lockers to the Campus Recreation staff

Day Use and Rental Lockers

Only users who have purchased a locker rental will be permitted to use rental lockers

Designated rental lockers are 1078-1193 in the women’s locker room and 1056-1220 in the men’s locker room

Day use lockers are 1000-1077 and 1194-1232 in the women’s locker room and 1000-1055 and 1221-1329 in the men’s locker room

Additional day use lockers are located outside the cardio/weight rooms and near Courts 7 & 8

Belongings must be removed from day use lockers each night

Confiscated Locker Belongings

Items left in day use lockers will be confiscated nightly

Items left in expired rental lockers will be confiscated by Campus Recreation

Confiscated items may be claimed at the service counter

Users will be charged a $10.00 retrieval fee to claim belongings

Items will be kept for 30 days from the confiscation date

DigiLock Operation Procedures

To Lock:

Press: C (bottom left hand corner)

Enter any four digit code (example 1, 2, 3, 4)

Press the “key” symbol button (bottom right hand corner)

You should hear it lock and beep once

Gently test locker handle several times to ensure it is locked

Dry Sauna Policies

Pregnant women, elderly persons, and those suffering from heart disease, diabetes, seizures, epilepsy, or high or low blood pressure should not use the sauna without prior medical consultation and the permission of their doctor

Use of the sauna is restricted to individuals 14 years and older

Recommended temperature range is 160˚-190˚

Temperature should not exceed 190˚

Observe reasonable time limits (10-15 minutes per sauna session)

Do no put water on sauna heater

Do not cover vents or thermostat control

Saunas are public spaces; appropriate clothing is required (swimsuit or gym shorts) at all times

Constrictive or excessive clothing should not be worn

Remove all jewelry; avoid clothing with metal snaps or zippers

Please follow appropriate hygiene practices: shower before entering the sauna and ensure a cloth barrier is between the bench and yourself

Paper, plastic, or glass products are prohibited in the sauna

Do not use the sauna while under the influence of alcohol, tranquilizers, or other drugs that can cause drowsiness or that can lower your blood pressure

Strenuous activity is prohibited in the sauna

Drink plenty of water before and after using the sauna

Take a cool/cold shower after each sauna session

Report any injury or feeling of dizziness, faintness, or nausea to a Campus Recreation staff member immediately 

Equipment Check-Out Policies

Sports equipment is checked out free of charge for Campus Recreation members

A valid NIU OneCard or Campus Recreation membership card must be presented to check out equipment

Guests – except for Faculty/Staff – may not check out equipment

A maximum of three (3) pieces of equipment may be checked out at one time

All check-out equipment must remain in the Student Recreation Center

Equipment left in activity areas will be assessed a $10 retrieval fee

Replacement costs for damaged, lost, or stolen equipment will be the responsibility of the individual who checked out the equipment

All protests for equipment charges must be submitted in writing to the Assistant Director of Open Recreation

Items Available for Check-Out

Men’s Basketballs

Women’s Basketballs

Racquetball Racquets

Tennis Racquets

Badminton Racquets

Pickleball Racquets

Volleyballs

Wallyballs

Table Tennis Paddles

Jump Ropes

Sting Ray/Manta Ray

Items Available for Purchase

Racquetballs

Racquetball Goggles

Tennis Balls

Table Tennis Balls

Pickleballs

Badminton Birdies

T-Shirts

Belly Dancing Scarves 

Transgender Policies

Locker Rooms

Anyone utilizing Campus Recreation facilities shall have access to the changing, shower, and toilet facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

Intramural Sports

People participating in any Intramural Sports may participate in accordance with their gender identity, should that be relevant, regardless of any medical treatment

Field House General Policies

Use of the Field House Activity Space is prohibited outside of Open Recreation Hours of Operation and facility reservations

A valid NIU One Card is required for entrance (One Cards are non-transferable)

Participation is at your own risk

Use of video recording devices and photography must be approved by Campus Recreation staff

Spitting is prohibited

Facilities and equipment should be used for their designated purpose

Entrance and exit of the facility must be through the south entrance only

Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Guest passes must be purchased at the Student Recreation Center

Use of bicycles, roller blades, or skateboards is prohibited within the facility

Animals, other than trained service animals, are not permitted in the facility

Participants are encouraged to report any maintenance, repair, theft or safety issues to Campus Recreation staff

Failure to abide by Campus Recreation policies may result in loss of facility privileges (Campus Recreation staff and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards have the authority to determine the extent of this loss of privilege)

Campus Recreation staff have the authority to ask patrons to leave the facility for failure to abide by any facility policy

Field House Cardio Room Policies

Full-back shirts with sleeves are required

Cardiovascular machine use is limited to 30 minutes during peak hours

Wipe down equipment when finished

Dropping/slamming of weights is prohibited

Personal training is permitted by Campus Recreation staff only

Patrons may not move the equipment

Additional weights may not be placed on the strength machines

Report damaged or faulty equipment to Campus Recreation staff

Clothing and Footwear

Appropriate athletic attire and closed-toe, non-marking shoes are required

Full-back shirts with sleeves are required in the Cardio Room

Shirts and shoes are required except in locker rooms

Street clothing (i.e. jeans, dress pants, boots, flip-flops, etc) are prohibited during activities

Jewelry should not be worn during activity

Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Use

Food is permitted only in the lobby and vending areas

All beverages must be in re-sealable, plastic containers

Glass containers are prohibited

Gum is not allowed in the facility

Consumption of alcohol or the appearance/smell of intoxication will result in removal from the facility

All Campus Recreation facilities are smoke free and tobacco free

Facility Behavior

Abusive, vulgar, or disruptive language will not be tolerated

Fighting is grounds for immediate removal from the facility

Inappropriate sexual behavior and/or sexual misconduct is prohibited

Patrons must refrain from behavior that is distracting or disruptive to the recreational pursuits of others

Uncooperative individuals, or those not following posted policies, will be asked to leave and be referred to the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct

New Residence Hall Policies

Participation is limited to hall residents only.

A valid NIU One Card is required for entrance (One Cards are non-transferable)

Participation is at your own risk

Use of video recording devices and photography must be approved by Campus Recreation staff

Spitting is prohibited

Facilities and equipment should be used for their designated purpose

Cardiovascular machine use is limited to 30 minutes during peak hours

Wipe down equipment when finished

Dropping/slamming of weights is prohibited

Personal training is permitted by Campus Recreation staff only

Patrons may not move the equipment

Additional weights may not be placed on the strength machines

Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Use of bicycles, roller blades, or skateboards is prohibited within the facility

Animals, other than trained service animals, are not permitted in the facility

Participants are encouraged to report any maintenance, repair, theft or safety issues to Campus Recreation staff

Failure to abide by Campus Recreation policies may result in loss of facility privileges (Campus Recreation staff and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards have the authority to determine the extent of this loss of privilege)

Campus Recreation staff have the authority to ask patrons to leave the facility for failure to abide by any facility policy

Clothing and Footwear

Appropriate athletic attire and closed-toe, non-marking shoes are required

Full-back shirts with sleeves are required

Street clothing (i.e. jeans, dress pants, boots, flip-flops, etc) are prohibited during activities

Jewelry should not be worn during activity

Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Use

Food is not permitted

All beverages must be in re-sealable, plastic containers

Glass containers are prohibited

Gum is not allowed in the facility

Consumption of alcohol or the appearance/smell of intoxication will result in removal from the facility

All Campus Recreation facilities are smoke free and tobacco free

Facility Behavior

Abusive, vulgar, or disruptive language will not be tolerated

Fighting is grounds for immediate removal from the facility

Inappropriate sexual behavior and/or sexual misconduct is prohibited

Patrons must refrain from behavior that is distracting or disruptive to the recreational pursuits of others

Uncooperative individuals, or those not following posted policies, will be asked to leave and be referred to the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct

Gilbert Hall Fitness Room Policies

Participation is limited to Housing and Dining residents only

A valid NIU One Card and Hall Entry Card are required for entrance (One Cards are non-transferable)

Participation is at your own risk

Use of video recording devices and photography must be approved by Campus Recreation staff

Spitting is prohibited

Facilities and equipment should be used for their designated purpose

Cardiovascular machine use is limited to 30 minutes during peak hours

Wipe down equipment when finished

Dropping/slamming of weights is prohibited

Personal training is permitted by Campus Recreation staff only

Patrons may not move the equipment

Additional weights may not be placed on the strength machines

Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Use of bicycles, roller blades, or skateboards is prohibited within the facility

Animals, other than trained service animals, are not permitted in the facility

Participants are encouraged to report any maintenance, repair, theft or safety issues to Campus Recreation staff

Failure to abide by Campus Recreation policies may result in loss of facility privileges (Campus Recreation staff and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards have the authority to determine the extent of this loss of privilege)

Campus Recreation staff have the authority to ask patrons to leave the facility for failure to abide by any facility policy

Clothing and Footwear

Appropriate athletic attire and closed-toe, non-marking shoes are required

Full-back shirts with sleeves are required

Street clothing (i.e. jeans, dress pants, boots, flip-flops, etc) are prohibited during activities

Jewelry should not be worn during activity

Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Use

Food is not permitted

All beverages must be in re-sealable, plastic containers

Glass containers are prohibited

Gum is not allowed in the facility

Consumption of alcohol or the appearance/smell of intoxication will result in removal from the facility

All Campus Recreation facilities are smoke free and tobacco free

Facility Behavior

Abusive, vulgar, or disruptive language will not be tolerated

Fighting is grounds for immediate removal from the facility

Inappropriate sexual behavior and/or sexual misconduct is prohibited

Patrons must refrain from behavior that is distracting or disruptive to the recreational pursuits of others

Uncooperative individuals, or those not following posted policies, will be asked to leave and be referred to the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct

Outdoor Recreation Sports Complex Policies

General Policies

A valid NIU One Card is required for entrance (One Cards are non-transferable)

Participation is at your own risk

Facilities and equipment should be used for their designated purpose

Entrance and exit of the facility must be through the main building

Scaling and jumping any fence throughout the facility is prohibited

Participants and spectators should be aware of possible flying balls, bats, and other objects

Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Use of bicycles, roller blades, or skateboards is prohibited within the facility

Vehicles are prohibited within the facility

Animals, other than trained service animals, are not permitted within the facility

Participants are encouraged to report any maintenance, repair, theft, injury, or safety issues to Campus Recreation staff

Failure to abide by Campus Recreation policies may result in loss of facility privileges (Campus Recreation staff and the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards have the authority to determine the extent of this loss of privilege)

Campus Recreation staff have the authority to ask patrons to leave the facility for failure to abide by any facility policy

Guests

All NIU guests must present a valid photo ID

NIU Faculty/Staff members may purchase a guest pass without a sponsor

Holmes Student Center Hotel guests, university contractors, and university conference attendees may purchase a guest pass without a sponsor when presenting proper documentation

All other guests must be sponsored by a current Campus Recreation member

Sponsors are responsible for guests at all times

Guests must be accompanied by a sponsor each time they enter the facility

Guest passes are not transferable

Age Restrictions

Children aged 16 and under must adhere to Campus Recreation Family Hours

Family Hours are 4:30 pm Fridays through 10:00 pm Sundays

Children may utilize the facility anytime during summer or interim sessions

All children must purchase a valid child membership or guest pass

Children may not enter the Cardio Room, Weight Room, Deadlift Room, or Boxing/Plyometric Room

Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times

Children are allowed as spectators only during approved Campus Recreation Special Events

Clothing and Footwear

Athletic attire and footwear should be appropriate for activity

Metal cleats are prohibited (with the exception of baseball club)

Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Use

Sunflower seeds are prohibited within the facility

Glass containers are prohibited

Gum is not allowed in the facility

Consumption of alcohol or the appearance/smell of intoxication will result in removal from the facility

All Campus Recreation facilities are smoke free and tobacco free

Inclement Weather

During inclement weather, decisions to open or close the facility will be made by Campus Recreation staff

Facility Behavior

Abusive, vulgar, or disruptive language will not be tolerated

Fighting is grounds for immediate removal from the facility

Inappropriate sexual behavior and/or sexual misconduct is prohibited

Patrons must refrain from behavior that is distracting or disruptive to the recreational pursuits of others

Uncooperative individuals, or those not following posted policies, will be asked to leave and be referred to the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct

Field Policies

Golf or other activities that may cause damage to the playing fields are prohibited

Throwing, hitting, or kicking balls against fences is prohibited

The removal of equipment by patrons is prohibited

Patrons may request for CR staff to set up equipment

Lining of fields is prohibited

Digging of holes is prohibited

Tampering with sprinkler heads is prohibited

Field Priority Use

Reservation priority will be determined by the following order of classification:

Priority (1) Campus Recreation Programming

a)       Intramural Sports

b)       Sport Clubs

Priority (2) Open Recreation Play

Priority (3) University Groups and Organizations

Priority (4) University Related Groups and Organizations

Priority (5) Non-University Related Groups and Organizations

Equipment Checkout

Sports equipment is checked out free of charge for Campus Recreation members

A valid NIU OneCard or Campus Recreation membership card must be presented to check out equipment

Guests – except Faculty/Staff – may not check out equipment

A maximum of three (3) pieces of equipment may be checked out at one time

All check-out equipment must remain in the Outdoor Recreation Sports Complex

Equipment not returned to the checkout area will be assessed a $10 retrieval fee

Replacement costs for damaged, lost, or stolen equipment will be the responsibility of the individual who checked out the equipment

All protests for equipment charges must be submitted in writing to the Assistant Director of Open Recreation