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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
  • Shirts that cover the chest, abdomen (front and back), and sides are required in all areas except locker rooms
  • 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 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