Recreation Guidelines

  • Use of recreation facilities, programs and services is a privilege. Valid university or membership identification is required of all students, staff, and community members for use in all facilities. Fraudulent use of identification to gain access to recreation facilities or programs will result in loss of all facility and program privileges.
  • Harassment of university students, faculty, staff, members, guests or employees, disruption of activities, misuse of equipment, endangerment of others or willful destruction of property will result in loss of privileges and disciplinary actions involving NMU Public Safety (See NMU Student Handbook, Student Code).
  • Participation in programs, classes, and informal recreation contains an element of inherent danger including serious injury or even death. Participation in all activities is on a voluntary basis at the individual's own risk. All participants are strongly encouraged to undergo a physical examination and consult with their personal physician before participating in recreational activities.
  • Policies specific to recreational areas within the PEIF Recreation Complex (ie. pool, fitness, studios, rec center, climbing wall, etc.) may be found online or at the Information Center.  
     

Patron and Membership Responsibilities
As a Rec Sports Member, Patrons have the responsibility to:

  • Read, understand, and abide by all policies and regulations of the Rec Center and Programing areas
  • Respond to and cooperate with Rec Sports staff members
  • Be considerate to other patrons and Rec Sports staff members and respect their individual rights
  • Take responsibility for personal and community security. For example, patrons should not misuse safety equipment, prop open doors, allow individuals without valid passes into the Rec Areas, etc.
  • Recognize that recreation facilities and their furnishings are used by everyone and that abuse of those areas violates the rights of others
     

NMU PEIF Rec Center Policies

  • All members using the PEIF Rec Center, activity areas or programs, are required to present a valid NMU Rec Membership Card upon admittance.
  • Attire:
    • Shirts (t-shirts or full tank top)
    • Athletic bottoms (without zippers or rivets)
    • Shoes must: be non-marking, fully enclose foot, and be clean/indoor shoes
    • Excessive clothing is not permitted (vinyl clothes, gloves, multiple layers)
    • Swimwear is restricted to the locker rooms and swimming pool area
  • Food, gum, and beverages are prohibited (except in the concession stand and lobby areas). Note: Water bottles with a lid are permitted in Rec Center areas.
  • Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and tobacco products are not allowed in the NMU Rec Center or other activity areas.
  • Profanity or vulgar language is not allowed. Any display of poor conduct, abusive language, fighting, or willful destruction of NMU property may result in loss of facility privileges.
  • Running and bouncing balls in the hallways is discouraged.
  • Bicycles, Skateboards, Rollerblades, and Weapons are prohibited.
  • Cameras, web cams, and video cameras are not allowed to be used unless prior permission is granted from NMU Rec Sports Administration.
  • Personal Items should be secured in lockers.  NMU Rec Sports is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property.
  • Activity area rules are posted in the weight room, pool, fitness rooms, racquetball and basketball courts, saunas, and the climbing wall. Please read and adhere to these policies.
  • Participants utilize all facilities, activity areas, and programs “at your own risk”.
  • The NMU Rec Center incorporates the entire student code of NMU into its rules. All county, state, and federal laws will apply as needed.
  • Individuals wishing to utilize the facility on their own must be at least 14 years of age. Individuals aged 12 & 13 must have a parent signed consent form on file with Rec Sports. Individuals under age 12 must have a parent present at all times.


Fitness and Dance Studio

  • Participants must have a pass or hand stamp
  • Participants must be 14 years old
  • Participants must return and clean equipment, weights, and mats when finished being used.
  • Participants must wear appropriate attire and indoor athletic shoes.
  • Participation is “at your own risk”

Basketball Courts

  • No Dunking. Do not grab rims or nets.
  • Organized practices are not allowed.
  • Half court play is allowed when full court play is not occurring.
  • Shoes must be non-marking and fully enclosed.
  • Attire (shirts and shorts) is required at all times, unless a 5 on 5 game is occurring that requires designation of “Shirts vs. Skins”.
  • Basketballs may be rented at the Info Center.
  • Soccer balls, Frisbees, and footballs may not be used inside the PEIF Rec Center courts
     

Weight Room

  • Must be 14 years of age
  • Proper attire is required (shirt, fully enclosed shoe, shorts)
  • No Chalk
  • Spring Collars are required when using weight bars
  • It is recommended participants use a bar pad or manta ray when performing squats
  • Individuals not able to move and control weight should have a spotter or not lift that weight amount
  • Do not drop or stand on: Dumbbells, Weight Plates, Bars, or Benches
  • Return all equipment when finished using
  • Equipment or machines should be cleaned after use
  • Equipment should be used in a safe manner, consistent with manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • The NMU Rec Center holds the exclusive right to all personal training in the facility. Any trainers not employed by NMU Rec are not permitted to train clients within the complex.
  • Patrons may not bring in personal weight or resistance training equipment or machine(s)


Cardio Equipment and Cardio Deck

  • Must be 14 years of age
  • Proper attire is required (shirt, fully enclosed shoe, shorts)
  • Participants must be facing forward while using equipment
  • Excessive clothing is not permitted (vinyl clothes, gloves, multiple layers)
  • There is a 30 minute time limit on all cardio equipment when other patrons are waiting
  • Participants may not hold weights or dumbbells while using cardio equipment
     

Racquetball/Wallyball/Handball/Ping Pong

  • Courts must be reserved before use at the Info Center.
  • All participants must have a membership, and must check in at the Info Center before using a court.
  • Equipment may be rented at the Info Center.
  • Eye protection is required at all times.
  • Lights must remain on during play.

Pool Rules

  • Every individual entering the pool must have his or her hand stamped or have demonstrated membership status.
  • Every individual using the pool or diving well must shower before entering the water.
  • A responsible adult must accompany children under the age of 12, and be no less than 18 years of age to do so.
  • Cut off shorts, pants, shoes, and shirts are prohibited swimming attire.
  • Individuals with the appearance of an open or infected wound (s) are prohibited from using the pool.
  • Food, drinks (excluding water), glass bottles, and gum are prohibited from the deck and pool area. 
  • Lifeguards have the authority to revoke swimming privileges and or close the pool when deemed necessary. 
  • The use of US Coast Guard Approved lifejackets is permissible in both the diving well and lap pool; however, all lifejackets must be first approved with the lifeguard on duty.
  • Lanes one and two shall remain open as a free swimming area unless there is a designated class or lesson occurring in previously mentioned area. 
  • Lanes three through eight are strictly for lap swimming.
  • Hanging from or pulling on the basketball hoop’s backboard, rim, and net is strictly prohibited. 
  • Hanging on the lane lines and using the starting blocks is prohibited during open recreation.
  • The use of sinking and or floating toys/objects is at the lifeguards’ discretion.
  • Aqua joggers are to be used only by patrons enrolled in aquatic fitness classes.
  • No running on the pool deck.
  • Diving is not permitted in the lap pool.
  • Diving boards are open daily at 1pm.
  • Forward flips and forward dives are the only approved maneuvers off of the boards.
  • Lifeguards have discretion over allowing individuals into the diving well. Patrons under age 12 must perform a swim test each time they utilize the PEIF lap or diving well.
  • Appropriate swim wear must be worn when utilizing the pool. Swim wear must have a liner in the shorts or suit and must be made of non-cotton material.
     

Towels

  • Patrons have the option of purchasing a towel & lock for the day for $5 and a photo id. When the towel and lock are returned, the patron will receive their photo id back.
  • Lockers are available for members to purchase on a semester or yearly basis. When a locker is purchased, the patron receives one towel.
  • Towels may be exchanged at the front desk. However, patrons must present a towel to receive another towel.
     

Saunas

  • The user of saunas is limited to those who have purchased a rec membership or day pass.
  • Long exposure to sauna temperature may result in nausea, dizziness and fainting. Reasonable use time is 10 minutes, not to exceed 20 minutes.
  • Individuals with any of the following conditions should not use the sauna:
    • Heart disease, high or low blood pressure, circulator or respiratory problems, seizures or epilepsy.
    • Under the use of alcohol, anticoagulants, antihistamines, vasoconstrictors, vasodilators, stimulants, hypnotics, narcotics and/or tranquilizers.
    • Pregnant women
  • Sauna patrons must use a towel or cloth barrier between their skin and bench.
  • Children under the age of 16 may not use the sauna.
  • Shower before using the sauna and when going from the sauna to the pool.
  • Saunas are dry saunas. Use only limited amounts of water on heating rocks.
  • Patrons are expected to exhibit conduct appropriate to a university recreation center setting. Lewd or disorderly conduct is prohibited and should be reported to the building manager and public safety.

Climbing Wall

  • May not be used unless open
  • All climbers (both youth and adult) must have a signed liability waiver on file before the wall(s) may be used.
  • An adult (18 or older) must accompany any non-member child, 12 years of age or younger. Waivers for youth under age 18 must be signed by a legal parent/guardian before wall use
  • Climbers must sign in at the ORC desk before climbing or bouldering. 
  • All climbers must be supported by an NMU certified belayer.
  • Always use proper belay and climbing commands. 
  • The adjustment or rearrangement of hand holds is not permitted.
  • Spotters and/or crash pads are required if bouldering is performed. 
  • Harnesses must be double backed at the waist and at the leg loop buckles when being used by climbers and belayers.
  • Always check and double check knots, harnesses, belay systems, and check to see that slack is taken out before climb begins. 
  • ORC staff reserves the right to revoke climbing wall privileges to anyone who refuses to follow policies or climbs/belays in a manner that endangers themselves or others. 
  • Only climbers are allowed into the climbing wall area. Non-climbers must stand or sit outside of the crash pad area.
  • The use of "loose" chalk is not permitted. 
     

Locker Rooms

  • The use of locker rooms for showering, locker storage, and sauna is limited to Rec Members ONLY.
  • Locker rentals are available by semester or annually through the Rec Sports Main Office.
  • Northern Michigan University is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property. 
  • Children ages 5 and older may not enter the opposite gender locker room Please respect the rights and privacy of others. If you have questions regarding this, please see Rec Sports staff.
  • Please report suspicious behavior to the Rec Sports staff.


Photography and Video Policy

  • Individuals wishing to take pictures or use a video tape recorder in the Rec Center or rec areas must be approved in advance by Rec Sports full time staff.


Posting Policy

  • Posting is allowed in specified areas of the PEIF building, and items may be posted by a member of the Rec Sports staff.
  • Rec Sports reserves the right to limit the total number of postings for each event. 
  • Postings must be stamped by the NMU Center for Student Enrichment before posting within the PEIF building. 


Lost and Found

  • Rec Sports is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. 
  • Members are encouraged to store all personal belongings in locked lockers. 
  • Rec Sports staff are not permitted to hold valuables, bags, or identification cards for members. 
  • Found items and equipment will be sent to the Information Center daily. Items will only be kept for 30 days and then given to a local charity or NMU Public Safety. 
  • Patrons are highly encouraged to leave all valuables at home.