Recreation Center Policies
University Recreation is committed to providing a healthy environment that engages students and the University community. The following policies and procedures have been established to ensure quality and safe recreational experiences.
| Security and ID Cards
| Weight Room
| Lost and Found
| Guest Pass
| Spectator Pass
| Dress Code
Participation in recreational activities, intramural sports, fitness programs, and special events is purely voluntary, and individuals participate at their own risk. Participants should be aware of the possibilities of bodily injury and should understand that they are responsible for any and all costs arising out of injury or property damage sustained through participation. Should someone become injured, please notify a program or facility supervisor for assistance.
Security and ID Cards
The Student Recreation Center security system is designed to protect our student-funded facility from vandalism and to ensure all users have proper authorization. Any person wishing to enter the activity spaces within the SRC must buy access rights according to the facility fee structure and obtain an ID card that allows access into the control zone.* A WMU student ID, WMU faculty/staff ID, WMU affiliate ID, or a guest pass are acceptable forms of identification for admittance and may be used only by the owner.
ID cards used by individuals other than the owner will be confiscated. You may not "authorize" anyone to use your Bronco Card to access the SRC. The card holder must purchase a new card at the Bronco Card Center for $30. After purchasing the new card, the cardholder must meet with the Associate Director of Facilities and Programs to have their card reactivated. Also, the individual who uses the confiscated card will not be allowed back into the SRC until they meet with the Associate Director.
*Classrooms, UR main office, HPER offices, and laboratories are located outside the control zone.
Only patrons with a valid WMU ID may check out equipment. Guests may not check out equipment. Please examine equipment carefully prior to checking out to make sure equipment is not damaged and/or non-functioning. Any damaged items or items not returned will be billed to the user.
Items are considered damaged when they are no longer usable/playable, e.g. crack in the frame, severe bending/warping of frame, popping of basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, and other similarly shaped objects, etc. For more information on equipment check-out, please visit the equipment rental
- Non-WMU students under the age of 16 are not permitted in the weight room.
- No food is allowed in the weight room. Only drinks in containers with tight-fitting lids are permitted.
- Personal belongings must be kept in a locker. Items left unattended will be taken to Lost and Found.
- Proper athletic clothing, shirts, and non-marking rubber-soled shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals and other open-toe footwear, dress shoes, jeans, or jean shorts are prohibited. Clothing with rivets or zippers and jeans can tear upholstery.
- In order to maintain a healthy environment, a seperate policy has been estbalished to cover acceptable and unacceptable shirts as it applies to torso coverage. Torso coverage refers to covering the front, back and sides of an individualFor a visual description of our shirt policy, download our policy sign.
- Equipment must be wiped down after each use.
- Elliptical and other cardiovascular machines are in high demand. As a courtesy to other patrons, workout time should be limited to 30 minutes on all cardiovascular machines.
- Collars must be used on all free-weight equipment.
- Weights, plates, dumbbells, and accessories must be re-racked and/or returned to their proper storage areas after use.
- DO NOT DROP OR BANG WEIGHTS. This includes, but is not limited to, barbells, dumbbells, free-weight equipment, and other weight training machines. If you hear a "bang," you are dropping weights. Every time you drop weights, you endanger yourself and others around you, damage the floor, and disrupt classes that are going on. Patrons who carelessly drop weights and have been asked more than once to stop dropping weights will be asked to leave the weight room.
Patrons are encouraged to lock all personal items (books, clothes, jewelry, ID cards, etc.) inside a locker. Any items left unattended will be taken to Lost and Found. Lockers are available free of charge on a daily basis.
Patrons must provide their own lock and remove their items prior to leaving the facility. Any lock left on a locker overnight (except rental lockers) will be removed and the contents of the locker will be available at the Equipment Issue Desk for up to 48 hours. A limited amount of coin lockers are also available on a daily basis for 25 cents and is paid each time the locker is opened. For more information on locker rental and usage, please visit the Locker Rental
Lost and Found
All items of value (including, but not limited to: cellphones, ID cards, iPods, jewelry, keys, wallets, watches, etc.) will be taken to WMU’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) every evening after the Student Recreation Center closes. Lost and Found @ DPS is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. DPS can be reached at (269) 387-5555.
All other items (including, but not limited to: clothing, shoes, sports equipment, textbooks, etc.) will be held at the SRC for a period of two weeks. All unclaimed items will be discarded after 14 days. Lost and Found @ the SRC is open during SRC building hours.
Proper identification of the person and of the item in question must be made to DPS and/or the SRC facility staff before the item is returned.
SRC members (WMU students who are currently enrolled as well as faculty, staff, and affiliates who have paid the membership fee) with a valid Bronco ID may sponsor up to two guests at a time to use the SRC within the following parameters:
- The sponsor must have access privileges into the control zone.
- Guests must be 18 years or older, except during designated family or youth programs.
- Guests, 18 years or older, must produce a picture ID.
- Guests must be accompanied by the sponsor the entire time while in the facility.
- Guests are charged $7 each for the pass which allows one access into the control zone.
- Guests may not check out equipment.
- No refunds will be given after entering the control zone.
Anyone sponsoring a guest to the SRC will be required to sign a Guest Pass Policy Waiver. By signing this slip, the sponsor agrees that he/she understands and is responsible for any misconduct on the part of his or herself and/or hisor her guest(s).
For family activities, spouses who are not SRC members
must pay the $7 guest pass fee. A parent must accompany children
at all times. Persons under the age of 18 are not eligible
to use the indoor track, cardio equipment, and the weight
- The Spectator Pass is good for one visit to an Intramural Sports competition, Sports Club Tournament or Community Event for the purpose of spectating at one of the events.
- Spectators must pay $4 each for a pass.
- The pass is for spectating only - no participation is allowed in activities, games, matches, or use of facility’s equipment.
- The pass may not be used to re-enter the facility.
- Picture identification is required when purchasing/using the Spectator Pass. Persons under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
- Pass users must adhere to all University Recreation and Intramural Sports Policies and Procedures.
- University Recreation and Western Michigan University will not be liable for any damages arising from personal injuries or property damage or loss relating to the Pass user’s visit.
During special events held on campus, parking lots near the SRC may charge a fee. Visitors participating in any event must use the campus parking meters or purchase one-day permits at Parking Services, WMU Public Safety. With prior approval, Parking Services will allow loading and unloading at the SRC.
The UR staff does not make decisions regarding parking on campus but will make every attempt to keep patrons informed.
WMU affiliates (alumni, contributors, spouses, MSU/KCMS staff) who have paid the SRC facility fee are eligible to purchase a WMU parking sticker for Lot #13. Students do not qualify. For more information, contact the WMU Public Safety at (269) 387-4609.
Student Recreation Center affiliate members may apply for a refund prior to the start of the semester or session for which a membership is purchased. After the first day of the semester or session, a refund cannot be issued for any reason. Students who are billed through enrollment fees are not eligible for refunds. Faculty or staff members that use University sick and/or annual leave to purchase an annual membership are not eligible for refund. For information on membership purchase and eligibility, please visit the Membership
Any flyers, posters, signs, banners, etc. must first be approved by Student Activities and Leadership Activities (SALP) before
being submitted to University Recreation for approval. A maximum of 12 copies of your promotional materials may be submitted for posting approval.
The following list includes, but is not limited to, items/activities that are prohibited:
- In-line skates
- Cameras and any audio/video recording devices (unless authorized by UR)
- Animals (except guide dogs)
- Tobacco products (smoking or chewing)
- Spitting (except in trash cans)
- Hanging on rims
- Fighting, abusive language, and profanity
- Illegal activities
- Other unauthorized activities
All SRC members, currently enrolled students, and guests are responsible for their own conduct upon entering the facility. Misconduct will not be tolerated under any cirsumstances. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, verbal abuse, physical violence, facility damage, gambling, theft, unauthorized entrance or use of any University facility or property, violation of any law as well as department or University policy. Anyone sponsoring a guest to the SRC will be required to sign a Guest Pass Policy Waiver. By signing this slip, the sponsor agrees that he/she understands and is responsible for any misconduct on the part of his or herself and/or his or her guest(s).
Discipline for misconduct include the loss or suspension of facility membership and/or use. Students may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Guests will be asked to leave the facility immediately.
Scheduling and Activities
University Recreation (UR) reserves the right to alter building hours and program
schedules, and to determine activities appropriate for the building.
- All rental requests for use of space are considered on an individual basis and require at least a minimum of 2 weeks in advance notice.
- Reservations are scheduled primarily after normal hours of operation.
- All renters must assist our staff in maintaining a safe, clean, and positive environment as well as cooperating with staff and adhering to all guidelines.
- Food and beverages are allowed only in designated areas unless authorized by the Coordinator of Rental Operations.
- Cash and checks are accepted.
- Large events may require additional building security, staff, and custodians at an additional cost.
- Any facility damage or excessive cleaning incurred after an event will be charged to the rental party.
Patrons are required to wear shirts at all times in the Student Recreation Center. Female patrons can wear sports tanks that come down to at least the navel. All sports bras must be covered with a shirt. While in the weight room, the patron's entire torso must be covered by his/her shirt.
The weight room is covered by a seperate dress code policy. Please visit the weight room section of this page for more information.
For more information on facilty rental, please visit the Facility Rental page.