Campus Recreation Center Policies

Purpose

The Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Department of Campus Recreation is committed to providing safe and inviting facilities for NKU students, faculty, staff and alumni for the purpose of academics, recreation and athletics in an effort to support the University’s mission.  In addition, it is understood that NKU is a regional institution and is committed to serving the surrounding community when possible.  Therefore, the Department of Campus Recreation has established these Campus Recreation Center Policies to provide a consistent and equitable framework for the administration of the Campus Recreation Center (CRC).

Entrance

It is important that we protect the recreational privileges of the NKU community by assuring that only those individuals eligible to use our facility are allowed access.  Security is one of our most important responsibilities.  The Campus Recreation Center (CRC), located in the Albright Health Center, is a controlled access facility and therefore, the following entrance policies apply:

  • Only members and sponsored guests may utilize the facility.
  • NKU students, faculty and staff must present their NKU All-Card.
  • Members and guests under the age of 18, who are not NKU students must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • All Spectators must sign in at the front desk with their host NKU student, faculty/staff, or member and providing a valid picture id.
  • Persons who are caught fraudulently using an ID card other than their own will be denied entrance, the ID card will be confiscated, and both the individual and owner of the card may face disciplinary action, and may have their privileges of using the facility revoked.

By entering NKU Campus Recreation facilities, individuals agree to:

  • Abide by all written NKU and Campus Recreation policies.
  • Follow any verbal direction given by any Campus Recreation student employee or professional staff member to ensure the written word and implied intent of the policies are upheld.
Guests
  • Campus Recreation Center members are eligible to sponsor up to two guests per day.
  • Sponsor must accompany guests at all times and are responsible for the behavior of their guests.
  • Guests must follow all university and Campus Recreation policies.
  • Guests must present photo ID and sign NKU Campus Recreation Guest Use Agreement.
  • Guests under 18 years of age are required to have their parent or legal guardian complete the NKU Campus Recreation Use Agreement For Minors. All minors must have an adult sponsor with them. 
  • Guest Pass Fee is $7 per day.
  • Guest pass sales may be limited based on facility availability.
General Facility
  • Use of NKU recreational facilities is considered a privilege. Individuals not complying with the established policies and/or procedures may be asked to leave the facility and may have all membership privileges revoked.
  • NKU is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  It is strongly recommended that members refrain from bringing valuables to the CRC.  Members are encouraged to store all personal belongings in lockers. Locks are available at no charge for day use lockers.
  • Appropriate athletic attire, such as t-shirts, shorts, warm-up suits, sweat suits or aerobic clothing, is recommended at all times during recreation.
  • Shirts and shoes are required except in locker rooms and the pool.
  • All policies outlined in the “Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities”, which can be found on the Dean of Student website - www.nku.edu/~deanstudents, will be enforced.
  • The CRC is a shared use facility.  All activity areas are subject to availability.  Please check posted schedules to confirm availability.  The Department of Campus Recreation reserves the right to make appropriate changes to the schedule without prior notice.
  • Animals are not allowed in the CRC.
  • Upon request, an All-Card, membership card or photo ID must be presented to the requesting NKU employee.
  • Private training/coaching sessions are not permitted

Main Activity Area

  • Athletic, non-marking shoes are required. Black soled shoes or any shoes suspected of marking or damaging the floor are prohibited.
  • Shirts are required.
  • No hanging on or snapping the rim.
  • No food, gum or drinks are permitted in the Main
    Activity Area, except water in sealed plastic containers.

Weight Training Area

  • Athletic workout clothes required. No pants/shorts with zippers, belts, or rivets.
  • Shirts required.
  • Closed toe athletic shoes are required. No sandals, flip flops, dress shoes or boots.
  • Use towels to wipe down equipment, benches and cardiovascular machines after use.
  • No one under the age of 13 is allowed in the weight room.
    Patrons 13-17 years of age must be supervised by parent or adult sponsor.
  • Report damaged equipment and/or equipment malfunctions to staff.
    Ask for assistance if you have questions about use of equipment.
  • Personal training conducted by anyone other than Campus Recreation staff is prohibited.
  • Removing equipment from weight room is prohibited.
    Backpacks, gym bags, coats or other personal items are not permitted in the Weight Room.
  • Food, gum or drinks (except water in sealed container) are not permitted in the Weight Room.
  • Spotters are recommended for all free weight exercises.
  • Use of lock collars/clips is required on all free-weight bars.
  • Equipment may only be used for its intended purpose.
  • Individuals are responsible for checking equipment prior to each use.
  • Be courteous and allow others to “work in”.
  • Olympic lifts (e.g., clean, clean and jerks, clean & press, and snatch) are prohibited.
  • Leaning weights and equipment against walls, pillars or mirrors are prohibited. Stacking weights under equipment is prohibited. 
  • Top loading on weight machines is prohibited.
  • Slamming or dropping weight stacks, plates or dumbbells is prohibited.
  • Topical grip aids (i.e. chalk, liquids, sprays, lotions, etc) are prohibited.
  • Exercising or weight lifting in walkways is prohibited.
  • Activities that may put the user or others at risk are prohibited.
  • Use of personal radios or other electronic devices without headphones are not permitted in the Weight Room.

Running Track

  • For member’s safety, it is prohibited for groups to use the track with more than two individual’s side-by-side.
  • Observe posted running/walking direction signs.
  • The two outside lanes are for joggers and the two inside lanes are for walkers.
  • Stretching is allowed in designated areas only.
  • For member’s safety, do not stand or stop on any lanes of the track. 
  • It is prohibited to use the running track as an observation deck for the Main Activity Area at any time.
  • Athletic shoes are required.  Spikes, cleats or turf shoes are prohibited.

Racquetball Courts

  • Racquet bumper guards and thongs are required.
  • Athletic shoes are required.  Black soled shoes, street shoes, or any shoes suspected of marking the gym floor are prohibited.
  • No black racquetballs or handballs allowed.
  • Eye protection is strongly recommended and may be checked-out at the Equipment Issue desk at no cost.

Racquetball Court Reservations:

  • Reservations may be made by calling 859-572-1964 or in person at the front desk during the CRC hours of operation.  Court reservations can be made for the current day or one day in advance.  Reservations may be taken on Friday for Saturday, Sunday, and the following Monday.
  • ALL persons are restricted to one hour of play.
  • ALL courts are restricted to one reservation per day per person.
  • Court reservations are scheduled on the hour.
  • Forfeit time is 10 minutes after the scheduled reservation time.  Reservations may be cancelled with no penalty by calling at least one hour prior to the scheduled reservation.
  • Court reservations are scheduled and posted at the front desk.

Locker Room

  • It is prohibited to hang items on the outside of a locker at any time.
  • It is prohibited to leave items in a locker overnight unless the locker has been rented through the Department of Campus Recreation.
  • Valuables should not be left in a locker at anytime.
  • The Campus Recreation staff is not responsible for items left in a locker at anytime.
  • It is not the responsibility of Campus Recreation to secure items remaining in a locker after the renewal date has passed.

Multipurpose Room

  • No one is permitted to use the multipurpose room without the approval of the building supervisor.
  • Athletic shoes are required.  Black soled shoes, cleats, street shoes, or any shoes suspected of marking or damaging the floor are prohibited.
  • Use of the multipurpose room equipment is restricted to CRC programs, academic classes and persons under the presence of an approved supervisor.
  • No food, gum, tobacco products or drinks in the multipurpose room, except water in sealed plastic containers.

Swimming Pool

  • Swimming is permitted only when an NKU lifeguard is on duty.
  • Running is prohibited.  Walk at all times.
  • A responsible adult must accompany all youth under the age of 18.
  • All users are REQUIRED to shower before entering the pool.
  • Proper swimwear is required.  Cut offs, gyms shorts and/or t-shirts are prohibited.  Street shoes are prohibited on the pool deck.
  • Infants wearing diapers must wear a waterproof brief over the diaper.
  • People with open sores, skin rashes, infectious diseases, or discharges will not be permitted to enter the pool.
  • Gum and adhesive bandages are not allowed in the pool area.
  • Training equipment must be used in the manner for which it was intended.
  • Any activity considered unsafe will be stopped, including rough play, running, pushing, dunking, excessive splashing, loud vulgar language, and/or inappropriate behaviors.
  • Spitting, spouting water, or discharging bodily waste in the pool is strictly prohibited.
  • Rafts and inner tubes are not allowed.
  • Diving is prohibited in the shallow area.
  • Food and drinks are prohibited in the pool area (exception:  bottled water).
  • The diving well will be closed when there is only one guard on duty.
  • Lap lanes are for lap swimming only.  Do not hang on lane lines or use them for support of any kind.
  • During peak usage, please share lanes.  Swimmers should swim with others of their ability.  All swimmers should circle swim when sharing a lane with other and always swim to the right of the lane.
  • Only one bounce is permitted on the diving boards.  Inward dives and gainers are prohibited.
  • Caution should be used when using diving boards.
  • Lifeguards have the authority to switch lane lines to meet the needs of ALL guests using the pool.
  • No hanging on or misuse of the water basketball goal or diving boards.
  • Patrons may use the 1-meter dive board and AquaClimb rock wall in the dive well.  The 3-meter dive board is reserved for dive teams only.
  • Youth under the age of 18 may not use the warm water pool and sauna. 

Equipment Issue Desk

  • Members must present their All-Card or CR Tag to check out any item.
  • The following equipment may be checked out at no cost for use in the CRC only:
    • Basketballs
    • Volleyballs
    • Indoor soccer balls
    • Locks
    • Badminton racquets
    • Tennis racquets
    • Wallyball equipment
    • Jump ropes
    • Racquetball racquets
  • Towel service is offered to patrons who have a locker rental or who purchased a towel card at the Membership Services desk.
  • Locks are available at the Equipment Issue desk to use for daily use only.
  • All checked-out equipment will be inspected upon return.  If damages occur, the member will be responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing the item.

Lost & Found

  • NKU is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • For your convenience, a lost and found bin is located in Equipment Issue for all items that are turned into our staff.
  • Members are encouraged to store all personal belongings in lockers.
  • Staff members are not permitted to hold equipment, valuables or bags for members.
  • Found items should be turned in at the Equipment Issue desk.
  • Inquiries regarding lost items should be directed to the Equipment Issue desk.
  • Items not claimed will be disposed of/donated to charity organization.

Guidelines for Photography and Videotaping Access

This includes all forms of cameras and all video recording devices.

  • Campus Recreation facilities are shared use multipurpose facilities utilized for academic classes, recreational programs and athletic team practices. The following policies were developed out of respect for the personal privacy of the adults and minors dressed in work out clothes in these facilities.
  • Taking photos or video of individuals without their consent is prohibited and may be cause for immediate removal and suspension from Campus Recreation facilities.
  • All shooting must be conducted in a safe manner.
  • The photography/taping must not cause a disruption of any activities or normal operations.
  • No photography or videotaping of any kind is permitted in restrooms and locker rooms.
  • Patron privacy and personal space must be respected at all times.
  • Photographs/video must not be used for any commercial purposes.
  • Any facility damage incurred during the shooting will be assessed to the photographer(s).

Permission to photograph/video tape will be withdrawn if the above guidelines are not adhered to.

Personal AccessNo authorization required

Personal photography and videotaping are permitted in Campus Recreation facilities. Personal photography and videotaping is defined as media of yourself/friends/family obtained informally for personal/private use.

Academic Access Prior authorization required

Academic photography and videotaping are permitted in Campus Recreation facilities with prior authorization. Academic photography and videotaping is defined as media obtained and/or reproduced for academic purposes including class projects, University promotions and information.

Media Access Prior authorization required

Media access is allowed in Campus Recreation facilities with prior authorization. Media access is defined as media obtained and/or reproduced for use by a media outlet. Proper usage includes published materials produced by the media outlet.

Authorization Procedure

  • In advance of intended filming date, complete the Academic Access/Media Access Photography and Videotaping Request.
  • Requests to utilize indoor facilities for photography or videotaping should be submitted to Associate Director for Facilities, Pat McGrath. Campus Recreation Center Room 165 mcgrathp2@nku.edu, Phone (859) 572-6024.
  • Requests to utilize outdoor facilities for photography or videotaping should be submitted to Assistant Director for Intramural Sports, Jeremy Chipman. Campus Recreation Center 286, chipmanje@nku.edu, Phone (859) 572-6570.
  • If permission is granted and arrangements have been made, representatives must check in at the facility’s admissions desk and  present approved request form to supervisor on duty.

Age Requirements for Minors:

Ages

1-5

6-12

13-17

18+

Bouldering Wall

Not Permitted

Adult Spotter

Adult Supervision

Yes

Pool

Adult in water

Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision

Yes

Warm Water Pool

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Yes

Sauna

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Yes

General Facility

(Main Gym, Mac, Aux, MPR1, Locker rooms, lounge areas)

Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision

Yes

Weight room

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Adult Supervision

Yes

Track

Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision

Yes

Cardio Equipment

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Adult Supervision

Yes

Fitness Classes

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Adult Supervision

Yes

Personal Training, Buddy Training, Small Group Training

Not Permitted

Not Permitted

Adult Supervision

Yes

*Adult Supervision: Accompanying adult should be in the same activity area as the child. 

·         All minors must have a Campus Rec Use Agreement for Minors signed by a parent or legal guardian. 

·         All minors who visit as a guest must have a sponsoring adult who is a current member, NKU student, or NKU faculty/staff person with them. 

Participating in activities and/or using these facilities are voluntary.  NKU is not responsible for illness or injury sustained using these facilities.  Each participant is encouraged to have a complete physical exam and to carry health/injury insurance.