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In order to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone, we ask that all patrons demonstrate respect for others by adhering to all policies and caring for property. Members and guests should familiarize themselves with the rules and room regulations as posted in the facility or on the website. Verbal instructions from staff are for the safety and comfort of all members and guests, and must be followed at all times.


For the comfort of our patrons and to create a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment, shirts and shoes are required throughout the facility. Shirts must cover, at a minimum, your sides/torso and midriff. Sports bras must be covered by a shirt of some type.

Footwear requirements: Non-marking shoes are required on all wood floors (i.e. basketball and racquetball courts, the group exercise studio, and multipurpose rooms). Sandals, clogs and other open shoes are not permitted in the cardiovascular and strength areas. Minimalist shoes (e.g., Vibram Five-Finger and similar shoes) can be worn throughout the U-Rec. Patrons choosing to wear such shoes while using the center do so at their own risk. Campus recreation staff members reserve the right to determine whether a participant's footwear is appropriate for specific uses.

Because of increased risk of injury, it is recommended that jewelry be removed prior to participating in U-Rec activities and before using equipment in the fitness areas. Please remember that jewelry is not permitted in any intramurals event. Jeans and other pants/shorts with rivets are not allowed on any equipment.

Bags/Personal Items

Please store all items in designated cubbies. Cubbies are available throughout the facility. Unattended items will be collected and considered lost if they are not stored in a cubby.

Bicycles and Other Wheeled Vehicles

Campus recreation supports the use of alternative transportation; however, wheeled vehicles (e.g., bicycles, skates, skateboards and scooters) are prohibited in the U-Rec. Bicycles may be parked in the provided racks at the owner's risk. If you lock your bicycle or scooter to a fence, a handrail, a tree or a sign, you risk having it removed.


Cellphone use is not permitted in the restrooms. The use of cellphones is permitted inside the recreation center as long as their use does not interfere with others' enjoyment of the facility. Please be courteous and move all cellphone conversations to a lobby or lounge area.


University recreation facilities may be closed when warranted. During official university holidays and breaks, facilities may be closed or may operate on a limited schedule. In addition, required maintenance and staff training may necessitate closure of parts or all of the facility. All closures and amendments to the schedule will be posted in the "Announcements" area of the website.

Comments and Concerns

Please direct comments and concerns to the Member Services desk. You may also direct your comments to university recreation administration through the website (virtual suggestion box).

Code of Conduct

University recreation is committed to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience for patrons. The staff will intervene to support an environment in which all members and guests can enjoy facilities and programs free from the following behaviors:

  • foul/abusive language or obscene gestures
  • intoxication or other signs of impairment related to alcohol consumption or illegal drug use
  • fighting, taunting or threatening remarks or gestures
  • spitting
  • horseplay posing safety risks to participants or others
  • mistreatment of any equipment
  • displays of affection not appropriate in a public setting
  • obscene or indecent clothing
  • any disruption to the progress of a sanctioned activity
  • unsportsmanlike conduct
  • obtaining entrance under false pretense


The center is equipped with an elevator that provides transit between the two levels of the facility.

Emergencies and Evacuation Procedures

In the event of a serious emergency, the university recreation staff will direct patrons to a safe area. For your safety and the safety of others, please follow all instructions given by the staff.


The Whitworth University Recreation Center is a single entry/exit facility. Please use the glass doors on the southwest wall of the building. Other exits are for emergency use only and are monitored with alarms.

For U-Rec and events entry, members must have a current Whitworth ID card. Entry may be refused and privileges suspended or revoked with sufficient cause. Individuals using an ID other than their own to gain access to the facility risk having privileges suspended – for both the individual using the false ID and the valid member.

Fitness Area Policies

While using cardiovascular and strength training equipment, users' shirts must cover, at a minimum, the sides/torso and midriff. Sports bras must be covered by a shirt of some type.

  • Please wipe down equipment after each use.
  • Closed-toed athletics shoes are required; open-toed or heeled shoes are not allowed at any time.
  • Please re-rack all weight plates, dumbbells and barbells after you use them.
  • Use spotters when you need them.
  • No dropping weight plates, dumbbells or barbells at any time. If you cannot control the weight, enlist the help of a spotter.
  • Please limit cardiovascular workouts to 30 minutes when others are waiting.


Water in a clear plastic container with a lid is allowed throughout the indoor facilities. Chewing gum is prohibited in all activity areas. Tobacco products, drugs and alcohol are prohibited in the facilities. Anyone exhibiting signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance will be denied entry.

Liability Waiver (Par-Q)

All patrons are required to sign a liability waiver prior to using campus recreation facilities. Recreational and fitness activities pose an inherent risk; all users should consult a physician prior to participation. If you have special health considerations, allergies or serious health conditions, please inform the university recreation staff.

Lost and Found

Please contact the front desk regarding lost or missing items. Lost items will be kept for 30 days; items that remain unclaimed will be donated to charity. University recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


The Whitworth University Recreation Center is available free to faculty, staff and currently enrolled students. A valid and current university ID card is required for access to the facility. A medical history and release forms are required for admittance. These forms will be provided in an electronic format upon your initial use of the facility. These forms will be renewed annually, at the beginning of the fall semester.

Student ID

To enter university recreation facilities, members must have their current university ID card. Members may be denied entry without a card. An ID card is also required to check out any equipment.

Removal from Facility or Program

University recreation reserves the right to eject anyone whose behavior is unruly or illegal in nature.

Smoking and Tobacco Use

Whitworth is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus. Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted anywhere on university property.