Policies

We have a collective responsibility to foster a culture of mutual respect, courteous interactions, and equal opportunities for everyone. Our policies allow us to celebrate and uphold an inclusive environment where we celebrate who we are, where we’re from, what we believe, and why we’re here.

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Access

  • Members must present proper University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) or Rec Well identification to obtain access to all facilities
  • All members are allowed six courtesy passes per semester if they need to gain access to Rec Well facilities without their card present; once all six passes are used, members will not be allowed access to the facilities without proper identification
  • Members and guests must be at least 18 years of age to enter the facility
  • Members and guests are prohibited from:
    • Attempting to gain access into any Rec Well facility with an ID other than their own
    • Allowing another person to use their ID to gain access into Rec Well facilities
    • Attempting to sneak themselves or someone else into the facility through other points of access not designated as a main entry
    • Exiting through emergency exit doors during a non-emergency

Activity Space

  • Exercises and activities that may endanger you or others are strictly prohibited; we have the right to stop any activity we deem unsafe
  • We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items; all personal belongings should be secured in a daily use or rental locker
  • Leaving items unsecured (on the floor, coat rack, etc.) is done so at the participant’s own risk; it is strongly recommended that members do not bring valuables into Rec Well facilities
  • Food and gum is prohibited in activity spaces
  • All drinks must be in a sealed container
  • All equipment must remain in its designated location and should never leave the room it is in
  • All equipment must be returned to the appropriate location, and all weights must be re-racked
  • All bars must remain within racks or bar holders when not in use
  • Equipment may not be brought in from other areas (such as basketballs into racquetball courts, racquets into strength areas, etc.)
  • Personal weight lifting belts, weight training gloves, and wrist straps are permitted in the facility
  • Machines and equipment should not be moved or modified in any way and should be used for its intended purpose; do not add more than the recommended amount of weight to any piece of weight equipment
  • Collars must be used for all free weight bars
  • Weights should not be dropped or banged; participants are encouraged to always maintain control while exercising
  • The use of a spotter or assistance from Rec Well staff is recommended when needed
  • Observe a 30-minute time limit on all cardiovascular machines when others are waiting
  • As a courtesy to others, please limit cell phone use in the facilities
  • Wipe down equipment after use with towel and disinfectant spray; instead of spraying equipment directly, spray directly on to the towel
  • Personal trainers who are not employed by Rec Well are not permitted to train clients in Rec Well facilities; we are the sole provider of individual or group training programs within Rec Well facilities

Attire

  • Clean, appropriate athletic attire must cover the chest and buttocks
  • See-through garments are prohibited
  • Attire that could cause damage to equipment is prohibited
  • Clothing with profane language, offensive content, and/or in violation of our Diversity and Inclusion Statement are prohibited in the facility
  • Closed toe, non-marking, activity-appropriate footwear is required unless using the heavy bag; backless shoes are prohibited
  • Athletic, non-marking footwear is required
  • Boots, dress shoes, and sandals are not allowed; please bring a change of footwear to use in Rec Well facilities

Conduct

  • Rights and Responsibilities
    • Students have the right to live and learn in safe environments
    • Students have the obligation to act with integrity
    • Students are accountable for the consequences of their actions
    • The mission of the University of Wisconsin System and its individual institutions can be realized only if the university’s teaching, learning, research, and service activities occur in living and learning environments that are safe and free from violence, harassment, fraud, theft, disruption and intimidation; in promoting such environments, the university has a responsibility to address student non-academic misconduct
  • Standards of Conduct
    • UW-Madison students and Rec Well members and guests assume an obligation to conduct themselves in accordance with UW-Madison standards
    • When an individual purchases a membership or guest pass or is granted access to a Rec Well facility or program, they agree to act courteously, cooperate with staff, and display positive behavior while utilizing Rec Well facilities and/or programs
  • Inclusion and Diversity
    • We strive to offer opportunities for all people to exchange ideas, share experiences, and achieve personal fulfillment
    • This pursuit of wellbeing is a right afforded to everyone, regardless of identity or ability
    • We have a collective responsibility to foster a culture of mutual respect, courteous interactions, and equal opportunities
    • Through Rec Well programs, services, facilities, and staff, we are committed to cultivating and upholding an inclusive environment in which we celebrate the differences of every member of our community
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct
    • The following is prohibited in Rec Well facilities:
      • Use of obscenities and insulting language
      • Spitting
      • Harassment and/or hazing of other members or staff
      • Vandalism
      • Fighting
      • Verbal altercations
      • Bullying
    • Alcohol and Drugs
      • Rec Well facilities are alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free facilities; alcohol, drugs, e-cigarettes, tobacco products, and vaping devices of any kind are prohibited
      • Students, members, and guests suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be directed to exit and the UW-Madison Police Department will be called
    • Firearms and Weapons
      • Firearms and weapons of all kinds are prohibited in all Rec Well facilities and outdoor facilities
      • Martial arts equipment is permissible when it is used during a Rec Well-sponsored or supervised practice or event
    • Consequences
      • Failure to comply with these policies may result in a suspension, the length of which will be determined by Rec Well professional staff and/or Dean of Students, when appropriate, based on the circumstances surrounding the conduct and any prior violations
      • As outlined in campus regulations and policies, participants are subject to the possibility of official UW-Madison Judicial Proceedings and punishment from UW-Madison Police Department officials if they threaten and/or abuse Rec Well staff, members and/or guests
      • In the case of violence, the threat of violence, or a severe violation of Rec Well rules, copies of the Incident Report form will be forwarded to the UW-Madison Dean of Students Office and the UW-Madison Police Department

Courts

  • Shirts and skins is allowed on courts
  • Boots, dress shoes, and sandals are not allowed; please bring a change of footwear to use in Rec Well facilities
  • Hanging on basketball rims is not permitted
  • Pick-up basketball games are to be played using the challenge system
    • A verbal challenge is issued by waiting player; no one in a game may call the next game
    • Challenges can only be issued on one court and the challenger must be present before preceding game ends
    • Only one person is needed to issue a challenge
    • Players from losing team may be chosen for the next game only if no other players are present and waiting
    • Games are limited to 15 baskets (win by 2); teams winning 3 consecutive games must sit out a minimum of 1 game if other players are waiting
  • During Open Rec, the sport designated on the Open Rec schedule has court priority; Rec Well staff reserves the right to stop all activity other than the designated sport
  • Any equipment or activity that is not the intended use of the space must first be approved by Rec Well professional staff
  • Spitting or chewing gum or tobacco products is prohibited
  • All drinks must be in a sealed container

Guest Passes

  • All guests are required to present a photo ID that includes name, photo, and date of birth
  • Members may sponsor up to three guests per day
  • Members must stay with their sponsored guest(s) at all times and are responsible for the conduct of their guest(s) while in Rec Well facilities
  • Soliciting a member to sponsor a guest pass is prohibited; if someone you do not know approaches you to sponsor them for a guest pass, please do not sponsor them
  • Guests are not allowed to enter the facility to secure a sponsor; sponsors must accompany guests at the time of purchase
  • Guests must follow all Rec Well policies; failure to do so could result in loss of guest pass privileges without a refund and sponsoring members could be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of Rec Well staff
  • Guests who are eligible for an affiliate membership may only sponsor themselves for a guest pass

Health & Safety

  • Injuries
    • All injuries sustained within Rec Well facilities should be reported to Rec Well staff
    • Anything that poses an immediate safety threat should be reported to Rec Well staff
  • Fire Emergency
    • If a fire alarm sounds, everyone must exit the facility immediately and move at least 500 feet away from the facility
    • Falsely pulling a fire alarm is strictly prohibited and is punishable by law
    • Areas of egress must be clear, at all times, for emergency purposes due to building fire code (i.e. stretching in the hallways, taking weights from the weight room, and bouncing balls in the hallways are not permitted); in rare circumstances, activities such as these can be approved by Rec Sports professional staff members
  • Weather
    • In the case of a weather emergency, all members and guests must follow the direction of Rec Well staff
    • No one is allowed to remain in non-shelter areas during a weather emergency
  • Video Surveillance
    • For your safety and protection, some areas of Rec Well facilities are under 24-hour video surveillance

Locker Rooms & Restrooms

We invite all members to use the locker room and restroom that is most comfortable and appropriate for them. We will not assume an individual’s gender identity and will not tolerate acts of harassment or discrimination against anyone on the basis of gender identity. Such instances will be immediately addressed by our staff.

  • Photography and videography is prohibited in locker rooms and restrooms at all times
  • Sleeping, food and gum, and glass containers or breakable items are not allowed in locker rooms or restrooms
  • Footwear is strongly recommended in locker rooms and restrooms
  • Personal items should be placed inside the locker, not hung on the outside

Photo, Video, & Marketing

Informal Photography & Video in Rec Well facilities

  • Photography and videography is prohibited in restrooms, locker rooms, and the pool at all times
  • Pictures and videos taken within the facility for non-commercial, professional, or project-based purposes must not target groups or individuals without consent
  • Any abusive expression that violates the student non-academic misconduct procedures (Chapter UWS 17) or Hostile and Intimidating Behavior policies will be reported accordingly and will be subject to disciplinary action or suspension by Rec Well

Commercial, Professional, or Project-Based Photography & Video in Rec Well facilities

  • No approval will be granted for photography or video in restrooms, locker rooms, or pools during building hours; special reservations outside building hours are required for photography and video in these areas (please visit our Reservations and Rentals page for more information)
  • Approval by the Marketing and Communications department is required to take pictures or film in Rec Well facilities for commercial, professional, or project-based purposes
  • All subjects should provide model release consent prior to production
  • Subjects in photo/video must follow all Rec Well policies and procedures (including dress code) unless granted written permission
  • Photoshoots or filming (including equipment) may not disrupt scheduled activities or block traffic flow in facility
  • The Rec Well logo or insignia may not be included in photos or video unless granted written permission by Rec Well
  • Credit should be given to the University Recreation & Wellbeing in post-production
  • Please check in with Member Services on the day of production
  • Commercial photography or filming projects must be reserved through University Communications

Pool & Diving Well

Pool

  • A lifeguard must be present before entering the water
  • Diving into a lap pool is not permitted
  • Do not enter the pool if you have a communicable disease or an open cut
  • Shower before entering the pool and after using the toilet facilities
  • Running or engaging in rough play is not permitted in the pool area
  • Proper swimwear is required
  • Glass and breakable items are prohibited in the pool area
  • Food, drink, gum, and tobacco are prohibited in the pool
  • Diaper changing on the pool deck is prohibited
  • Animals are prohibited in the pool area
  • Activity deemed unsafe by the lifeguard will be prohibited

Diving Well

  • Swimming in the Diving Well is prohibited while diving boards and/or platforms are in use
  • Use of diving platforms is restricted to authorized users under direct supervision of certified diving coaches or instructors
  • Proficient swimming ability is required
  • Goggles and other eyewear may not be worn while diving
  • When the diving area is available for recreational use:
    • Only the center 1-meter springboard may be used
    • All jumps and dives must be in the forward direction
    • Back dives, inward dives, reverse dives, spins, handstands, and seat drops are prohibited
    • Only one person on the diving board at a time
    • Only one bounce per jump or dive is allowed
    • After each entry, swim directly to the nearest ladder and exit the pool
  • All UW Natatorium pool rules apply