General Use Policy

Recreation General Use Policies

  • All members and guests of our facilities are expected to follow all Rutgers University policies, rules and regulations as well as those stated in the Code of Student Conduct Section VII.
  • All users must check in and out with their valid, university-issued Rutgers ID cards. As a courtesy, in the case that an individual does not have their physical ID card, they will be permitted to enter using their NetID up to (3) times per semester.
  • Members may sponsor up to three guests per day with guest pass purchase, per guest

    • Guests must be 18+ years of age and show photo identification that includes a date of birth.
    • Guest passes are non-transferable.
    • Guests must enter and exit the facilities with their sponsoring member. The member shares the responsibility for the guests’ behavior.
    • Members may not accept solicitation requests to sponsor guests
  • Event attendees are restricted to the event area. 
  • Rutgers Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items or items vacated due to unauthorized use.
    • All items of value are to be locked in a secure locker. Locker rooms are available, with locks available for day-use free of charge with your Rutgers ID card at each front desk.
    • Personal items left behind are brought to the front desk of the facility, stored and discarded/donated after 48 hours. Exceptions to this include items that are considered valuable such as cash, jewelry, phones/tablets/laptops, government issued ID cards, which will be processed according to the University’s lost and found policy.
  • The following are prohibited:
    • The blocking of hallways, pathways or emergency exits with large items such as
      bags and activities such as walking lunges.
    • Bare feet and open-toed shoes in any areas and/or activities that include weights.
    • Distracting behavior and loud noises including dropping weights, offensive language yelling, taunting, and grunting.
    • Music with explicit language played so others can hear.
    • Abuse and/or misuse of any equipment.
    • Use of facilities for paid instructional, training, or coaching purposes.
    • Food in any activity space.
    • Animals, except for service animals.
    • Roller blades/skates, skateboards, and shoes with built-in wheels.
    • Bicycles, scooters, and mopeds.
    • Equipment removal from designated area/room without approval.
    • Use of cameras and video equipment without prior approval.
    • Saving equipment or space for another participant that has not arrived.
    • Metal Cleats 
  • Audio/Visual equipment use is limited to recreation programs and approved reservations.
  • Headphones must be used while listening to personal music in all shared spaces.
  • All borrowed items must be returned before leaving the facility.
  • Drinks must be kept in a sealed, non-glass container.
  • Reservations at Recreation Centers are available for sport and wellness-related bookings only.
  • Field use is for Rutgers affiliates only. Organized groups must have a reservation.
  • All marketing must be approved. Advertising at any Recreation Facility does not constitute an endorsement or guarantee of any product, service, or information. To request a posting, please click here: Marketing Posting Form.  Only digital advertising will be accepted. No posting/signage may be secured to walls of Recreation Facilities, doors, windows, stairwells, or hallways.
    Items posted or distributed outside of approved locations will be removed and discarded.
  • All participants are to follow good hand-washing hygiene, covering all wounds, and clean equipment and mats after use.

Fitness Centers

  • Deadlifting may only be performed in designated areas/platforms.
  • Olympic lifts (snatch, clean & jerk and other variations) are not permitted in the main fitness centers. There is two Power Gyms available with appropriate flooring, bars, and plates.
  • All weights should be re-racked, and all items returned to their original location.
  • There is a 45-minute time limit for use of all cardiovascular equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals and a 30-minute time limit for all other fitness equipment such as squat racks, benches, and platforms, when others are waiting.

Aquatic Centers

  • Everyone must shower before entering the water.
  • Running is not permitted on the pool deck.
  • Throwing bathers, allowing them to dive from shoulders or knees, dunking, and chicken fighting are not permitted. Patrons may not have others sitting on their shoulders.
  • Diving is only permitted in designated areas. 
  • Swimmers are expected to share a lane and circle swim when there are more than two people in a lane.
    • Swim with others of your own pace
    • Avoid diving into the lanes
    • Swim in a COUNTERCLOCKWISE direction staying to the right of the lane
    • Pass only when the passing lane is clear
    • Move to the extreme right corners of the lane if stopping for a moment
    • Avoid congregating at the end walls or hanging on the lane lines
    • Be considerate of others particularly when using hand paddles, or fins to avoid injury to other swimmers


  • Only patrons who have been belay-certified by Recreation staff may belay others. Certification is valid for one academic year.
  • When bouldering or traversing, no patron may utilize foot holds above the designated “bouldering line” on the wall.
  • All belaying activities must utilize the Recreation belay station equipment located at the base of each climbing station. 

Intramural Sports 

  • All participants must bring their valid RUID to play
  • Teams must be ready to play before the start time. If a team shows up 5 minutes after the start time it will be declared a forfeit.
  • A participant may not play in two like divisions.
  • Participants must have played in at least two games to be eligible for the playoffs.
  • If a team forfeits two games, they will be dropped from further competition in that sport.
  • Intramural staff will determine what equipment may or may not be used during the contest or event.
  • All contests are governed by the NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association) or designated high school/amateur rules for that sport except as modified by Intramural Sports Revisions. Teams are responsible for the knowledge of the rules and rule changes set by the Intramural Sports Department.
  • Any participant wearing eyeglasses or other eyewear may be required to wear a safety strap, especially if the eyewear is deemed unsafe during play.
  • Jewelry of any kind must be removed. Placing tape over jewelry will not be