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As members of the campus community and patrons of the Recreation Center, we need your assistance in maintaining a safe and healthy environment. We strongly encourage our patrons to read, understand and abide by the policies and procedures below. By swiping your ID card in our access system you agree to the REC Center policies and behavioral expectations below. These policies are available both on the REC Center website and available in print upon request.

The UAS Recreation Center strives to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all participants and reserves the right to immediately affect any new policies and/or procedures to protect our patrons. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Assumption of Risk

I am aware that participating in recreational activities at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreation Center (REC) involves several inherent risks of bodily injury. In consideration to the right to participate in these recreational activities, I waive and release any and all rights and claims of damage I may have against the University of Alaska, its Board of Regents, officers, employees and agents, for any and all injuries suffered while participating in these activities unless such injury is caused by the gross negligence of the University of Alaska. I give consent to emergency treatment, including hospitalization as my be needed. I hereby agree to submit any disputes that may arise between myself and the University of Alaska, its agents, servants, and or employees, in the connection with my recreational activities at the University of Alaska, to binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association. I am in good health and able to undertake in recreational activities.

  • Each participant is responsible to determine whether he/she has the proper fitness level to participate in activity at the Recreation Center. Participants are strongly encouraged to consult with their health care provider(s) before starting any exercise program. 
  • Participation in activity at the Recreation Center is voluntary. By voluntarily using the Recreation Center, participants assume all risk for any harm or injury sustained. 
  • Consider the consequences of your actions and do not engage in behavior that may harm other patrons or damage equipment. 

Patron Access

  • The Recreation Center is a controlled-access facility and is intended for use and enjoyment of current UAS students and other authorized members of the UAS community. Only authorized users are permitted past the entry help desk.
  • Appropriate ID must be presented for entry to the Recreation Center: 
    • Valid UAS Whale Card for currently enrolled students
    • Valid UAS Whale Card with membership for current faculty/staff, and Alumni & Friends members.
    • Current Active Duty DOD or Coast Guard identification
    • NO valid ID card above = NO Entry
    • Public using DMVA services upstairs are to sign-in and directed to the stairs/elevator for access to second floor offices.
  • Photocopies of the ID’s above are not acceptable.
  • UAS Whale Cards are for the exclusive use of the person named on the card and nontransferable.  Whale Cards will be confiscated and involved parties subject to disciplinary action if presented by anyone other than the rightful owner.
  • Misuse of IDs and/or improper entry is subject to disciplinary action, including immediate removal and suspension from the Recreation Center and possible further University discipline.
  • Participants must possess, and display upon request, appropriate identification. REC Center staff reserves the right to request identification at any time.
  • Non-members, suspended members or expired members are not permitted access to the Recreation Center.
  • For membership eligibility and fees, contact the main desk or visit our membership page.


  • Recreation Center members (sponsor) may host a maximum of 3 guests per day (over age of 18) by purchasing guest passes.
  • Guest passes are available at the main desk at the daily rate of $5 per guest.
  • Picture ID (with name and date of birth) of the guest is required at the time of purchase.
  • The sponsor’s membership must be validated prior to purchasing a guest pass.
  • A guest pass is valid only for the date of issue as shown on the receipt.
  • The sponsoring member must accompany the guest while using the Recreation Center and is responsible for the conduct and actions of the guest. Guests are not permitted to use the Recreation Center if the sponsoring member is not present.
  • A guest cannot host another guest.
  • REC Center staff on their work shift are not permitted to sponsor a guest.
  • A guest cannot check out equipment from the Outdoor Recreation Center or access the climbing gym.
  • REC Center staff reserves the right to deny access to any guest(s). 

Patron Conduct

Use of the Recreation Center is a privilege. Members and guests shall respect the rights of others and display acceptable and appropriate behavior while participating in the Recreation Center. REC Center staff reserves the right to refuse access or remove any individual(s) whose behavior is inappropriate or in violation of University rules and regulations and/or the Code of Student Conduct. Your cooperation is appreciated.

  • Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to:
    • Verbal abuse
    • Physical abuse
    • Harassment
    • Obscene gestures or actions
    • Abuse of staff in any form
    • Profane or indecent language
    • Failure to follow an established policy
  • If a participant, member or guest in a REC Center program or facility is directed to leave a facility, program, contest or activity for misconduct:
    • He/she must leave the facility immediately.
    • He/she must meet with the designated REC Center senior staff responsible for the program/facility in which the misconduct occurred. He/she shall immediately be ineligible for further access or competition in any program or facility until he/she has met with the designated senior staff.
  • Once the REC Center staff has informed a participant, member or guest of the necessity to see the appropriate person over the program/facility for misconduct, inappropriate behavior or ejection, it is that individual’s responsibility to schedule an appointment to meet with the designated senior staff member. If a sanction is imposed, it will begin after the meeting with staff. 
  • If a sanction is necessary from a specific program, the individual may still participate in other programs or have access to facilities managed by The REC Center.
  • If a sanction is necessary from the Recreation Center, he/she may not participate in any programs within the Recreation Center. 
  • Any incident that involves a participant, member or guest who strikes, hits, pushes, threatens, spits at/on, kicks, verbally abuses a REC Center employee, participant, member, guest, or spectator, or improperly uses his/her UAS identification will result in immediate suspension from all Campus Recreation, if deemed appropriate, information regarding the incident may be forwarded by REC Center staff to the UAS Student Conduct Officer.

General Expectations

  • Participants are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by all rules and regulations of the Recreation Center.
  • Not all rules are posted in immediate areas. If a staff member requests your cooperation, please adjust your behavior. If you have questions about a specific policy, please see REC Center staff. 
  • Failure to comply with staff instructions and proper facility use may result in loss of facility and/or membership privileges. 
  • REC Center management reserves the right to render judgment and decisions on policies not specifically covered.
  • The REC Center reserves the right to call 911 as necessary.
  • Participants using the Recreation Center facility and equipment assume the liability of and agree to compensate the REC Center for any damages other than normal wear and tear.
  • Contact REC Center staff should an accident, injury, or related incident occur. In addition, report immediately any piece of equipment that is not functioning properly to so it can be evaluated and serviced promptly. 
  • Use of informal activity spaces when not scheduled/reserved, including priority scheduling, is first-come, first-served.
  • The Recreation Center may not be used for private or commercial purposes unless such activity has been approved by REC Center management. Examples of prohibited activity include, but are not limited to:
    • Organized athletic team/individual practices or workouts
    • Personal training
    • Private instruction
    • Sales
    • Solicitation


Exercise attire and footwear are required (exception: locker room areas). 

    • Footwear: non-marking, rubber-soled athletic-type/sport shoes are required. Footwear must completely cover the foot, including instep, toes, arch and heel. Footwear not permitted includes, but is not limited to, high-heeled shoes, spikes, open-toed shoes, turf shoes, cleats, boots, flip-flops, sandals and footwear that is muddy or dirty.
      • Exception: Bare feet and/or stockings are acceptable for some group fitness classes and/or group reservations in studio.
      • “2-Shoes”– Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a second pair of clean footwear that is free of pebbles, road salt, gum, sand, etc. to use during their workouts. This helps protect the equipment and flooring. 
    • Shirts: Upper body clothing should cover the back, sides and torso-front.
    • Bottoms: Athletic-type apparel is required. 
      • Jeans, khakis and pants, with or without buttons, metal zippers, metal rivets, belts and belt loops, are not permitted.
        • Shorts must be long enough to cover the buttocks and groin when exercising or moving.
        • Shorts must be properly worn on the hips.
    • Jewelry: The REC Center strongly recommends no jewelry be worn during participation. This includes, but is not limited to, necklaces, rings, bracelets, wristbands, watches, earrings/studs, piercings, etc.
    • Hats and ball caps are not permitted to be worn during pick-up basketball games.
  • Clothing with visible blood must be removed and placed in a biohazard bag. The participant must have a replacement article of clothing to remain in the facility. 
  • Clothing with offensive or profane language, designs, or pictures is not acceptable. 
  • REC Center decisions pertaining to appropriate attire are final.

Personal Hygiene

  • If the personal hygiene of a REC Center member or guest jeopardizes the health or safety of others they will be asked to leave the facility. If the member or guests’ hygiene continues to be an issue their membership may be in jeopardy.
  • If strong odor is detected from a locker, its lock might be removed/cut and contents discarded or bagged depending on severity.

Personal Belongings

  • The REC Center is not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged or unattended personal belongings both inside the facility and its parking lot and strongly recommends that participants leave personal items at home.
  • The REC Center strongly encourages participants to secure personal items.
    • Locks are available at no charge from Equipment Checkout.
    • Participants may bring their own personal locks to secure belongings for day use.
  • Locks placed on day-use lockers must be removed prior to closing.
    • Locks checked out must be returned to Equipment Checkout.
    • Personal locks remaining on lockers/cubbies at closing will be cut off.
    • Personal items remaining in lockers/cubbies will be bagged and submitted to Equipment Checkout as lost & found. 
  • The REC Center staff shall not hold equipment, valuables or bags for participants.
    • Exception: Skateboards and large items that do not fit in lockers or cubbies can be stored temporarily at the REC help desk.
  • No items should be placed directly in front of emergency access doors.
  • Personal items, such as sweatshirts and additional articles of clothing, should not hang on cardiovascular and weight equipment. Items can fall and become lodged in moving equipment, such as treadmills.

Locker Rooms

  • The REC Center requests that the locker rooms be used for storing personal items, changing attire and showering.
  • Lockers are available for rent on a semester or annual basis. For further locker rental details (cost, size, eligibility, etc.), see staff at REC service desk.
  • All other lockers are designated as ‘day-use’ available at no cost during hours of operation.
    • Personal locks may be used on the ‘day-use’ lockers.
    • Belongings in these lockers must be cleared and any lock removed prior to closing.
    • Any locks remaining at the end of the day are subject to being cut off at the owner’s expense and all items confiscated. Confiscated items will be secured at REC service desk.
    • The REC Center is not responsible for theft or damage to personal property left in lockers. 
  • Shower shoes are suggested for use in locker rooms and showers.
  • If using sinks to shave, please do not leave clippings behind. Clean out sink with wet paper towel and discard in trash.

Lost & Found

  • The REC Center is not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged or unattended personal belongings.
  • Lost items should be turned in to main desk. Whale Card or other photo identification is required to claim lost-and-found items while providing accurate description of item to claim.
  • Items that may have significant value (i.e. jewelry, cell phones, MP3s, wallets) are held at the REC service desk. These items will be marked with the date found, if unclaimed after 6 months these items will be donated or discarded.
  • Unclaimed University keys are turned over to Physical Plant.
  • Unclaimed towels, clothing and other personal items are donated or discarded.
  • Unclaimed Whale Cards are turned over to the UAS Student Cashier.


  • Water, in a sealable and unbreakable plastic container, is the only beverage permitted in activity areas. Glass containers are prohibited at all times.
  • Containers are subject to substance check at any time by Recreation Center staff.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking/Tobacco Products

  • The Recreation Center is a substance-free facility. 
  • Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, steroids and tobacco products are not permitted in the Recreation Center.
  • Individuals shall not use the Recreation Center while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • UAS is a smoke free campus. Smoking is not permitted inside or anywhere on the grounds of the Recreation Center.


  • Spitting is not permitted in the common areas, such as hallways and stairwells, and activity areas, such as the gymnasium courts, track, cardio, and weights and fitness areas. 
  • Spitting is not permitted in water fountains and hydration stations.


  • Equipment should be used properly and for its intended purpose and should remain in its established location.
  • Prior to using equipment, read the warning labels and instructions affixed to each machine.
  • Follow safe workout procedures by starting with a warm up and/or stretching and ending with a cool down and/or stretching.
  • Exercises that cannot be performed in a safe and proper manner or may pose risk to others are prohibited.
  • It is strongly recommended that participants not wear jewelry, including during free-play and challenge court games in the gymnasium and while using fitness and weight equipment.
  • Do not touch or lean anything against mirrors and/or glass.
  • Wipe down equipment after use with disinfectant wipes provided.
  • If you are unsure how to use a machine, seek assistance from facility staff.
  • Immediately report to staff any piece of equipment that is not functioning properly so it can be evaluated and serviced promptly. Do not attempt to use or fix any piece of equipment that is not functioning properly.
  • To avoid falling, make sure shoes are tied tightly and laces do not fall below the bottom of the sole.
  • If you feel pain, faint, discomfort and/or dizziness, discontinue exercising immediately and notify facility staff on duty.
  • Personal and/or instructional training other than that scheduled through The REC Center is prohibited.
  • Personal music devices (i.e. radios, MP3s, iPods) with headphones are permitted in activity spaces. Wireless headphones/earphones are recommended.
  • Group fitness class schedules are posted at the entries to activity rooms. When open and not scheduled they are available for member use. Climbing wall requires certification.
  • Fitness equipment should be used only for its intended purpose.
  • Personal hand weights are not permitted. Facility hand weights are provided for appropriate classes, and may only be used at the direction of the instructor.
  • Personal items must be stored in lockers; The REC Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Audio cabinet in Studio is for PE instructor use only

Boxing Area

  • Gloves and/or hand wraps (available at service desk) must be worn to use the speed and heavy bags.
  • Speed bag and heavy bags are to be used as they are designed.
  • Do not hang from heavy bag.

Cardiovascular Equipment Areas

  • Equipment wipes are provided in cardio area for cleaning/disinfecting hand grips.
  • Hand weights and dumbbells are not permitted on cardiovascular equipment.
  • Wear the safety lanyard when using the treadmills.
  • During peak hours, limit your workout to 30 minutes.
  • Personal items, such as sweatshirts and additional articles of clothing, should not hang on cardiovascular and weight equipment. Items can fall and become lodged in moving equipment, such as treadmills.
  • If a piece of equipment is not operating correctly, please notify the REC desk staff. Please do not troubleshoot by plugging power cords into a different outlet.


  • Non-marking, rubber-soled athletic-type/sport shoes are required. See attire section for other requirements of footwear.
  • The gymnasium courts are for basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton, and dodgeball. Other activities are subject to approval by REC Center staff.
  • Priority schedules for basketball, volleyball, soccer, and dodge ball are posted on the campus/REC websites and available from the REC help desk.
  • Participants MUST seek assistance from REC Center staff for adjustments and setup/takedown of the volleyball, badminton nets or other equipment. Disassembling and/or moving equipment that has been set up is not permitted.
  • Free Play Rules:
    • No hanging on the rims or nets at any time.
    • No shooting at baskets while a full-court game is in progress.
    • No kicking basketballs or any other balls in this area (unless for soccer and indoor balls are being used). 
    • Deliberate abuse of the walls, ceilings, equipment, etc. is not permitted.
    • Hats and ball caps are not permitted to be worn during play/games.

Stretching Area (track)

  • Equipment must remain in the designated stretching area. Do not move equipment from this area to other areas in the Recreation Center.
  • Completely wipe mats after use with disinfectant wipes.
  • When stretching make sure you are not blocking track.


  • Track Distance:
    • 1 Mile Inside Lane-17 laps
    • 1 Mile Outside Lane-14 laps
  • Track Direction:
    • Odd Dates: Counterclockwise
    • Even Dates: Clockwise
  • Walkers should position themselves to the outside lane and joggers to the two inside lanes.  Joggers have the right-of-way.
  • Do not stretch calves by placing toes on wall as this marks the wall.

Weight Equipment Areas

  • REC Center patron conduct and behavioral expectations apply to all areas of the REC Center, to include the weight room.
  • Children under age 14 are NOT allowed to use the weight room at any time.
  • Users age 14-17 must be accompanied and closely supervised by a parent or guardian.
  • The use of a spotter is strongly recommended when lifting heavy weights.
  • Dumbbells and free weight equipment should not be slammed together or dropped to the floor.
  • Check clearance to other lifters and equipment before starting an exercise.
  • Towels are recommended for use as covers on seats and benches.
  • Wipe down equipment after use with provided cleaning wipes.
  • Remove weight plates from equipment after use and return to weight racks.
  • Do not lean weights against the walls, windows or any other equipment.
  • To prevent tearing, do not place feet or rest bars or weights on upholstered benches.
  • Users must wear appropriate workout attire; clean workout shoes, no jeans, no open-toed shoes, no boots or Extra Tuffs.
  • If playing music, only play at moderate levels and with no offensive lyrics or vulgar language.
  • Physical Education classes may have additional guidelines.
  • Failure to comply with weight room or any other facility rules may result in suspension of privileges.

Climbing Gym

Failure to abide by any or all of the rules below will cause revocation of climbing gym use privileges for one (1) week for the first infraction and permanent revocation for the second infraction. The UAS Recreation staff has complete control of the climbing gym area and therefore the last word on all questions pertaining to the use of this facility.

  • All climbers must have a current climbing card and waiver on file. Climbing certification and waiver good for 1 year. Recertifying climbers can test-out at the discretion of the climbing coordinator.
  • All patrons entering into the climbing gym area must check in at the front desk with their Whale Card to verify climbing status and in order to check-out provided climbing equipment (shoes, harness, belay…etc).
  • Climbers are trained using the REC’s Grigri belay devices. Following certification a climber may use their own belay device (ATC) but are responsible for the serviceability of that device.
  • Unroped climbing or “bouldering” must be done completely below the appropriate designated height indicated on wall.
  • Gym climbing equipment is for indoor climbing only and is to be returned following gym use.
  • Street shoes are not permitted beyond the staging area (just inside door) of the gym.
  • Harnesses must be commercially made (NO HOMEMADE) and be in good repair.
  • Door is to remain closed when gym is in use.
  • Lights must be on when gym is in use.
  • Music is to be played at a volume that does not disturb others and lyrics can not be offensive to others. When amplifier is not in use it is to be turned off to prevent overheating.
  • Please clean up after yourself if you use loose chalk. (Bison balls are preferred)
  • No food or open beverage is allowed in gym.
  • Anyone climbing under the influence of alcohol, another drug or using tobacco products will not be allowed in the climbing gym/REC area.

Solicitation  and  Other  Commercial  Activity

Solicitation is prohibited in the UAS Recreation Center. Solicitation includes the act of seeking by persuasion, plea, or formal application of  one’s audience, money, or influence. This may include face-to-face visitations by individuals or groups looking to rent REC space for selling merchandise, sharing religious or political beliefs, or request participation in surveys or petitions. The REC Center may be used to conduct non-partisan voter training and registration programs designed to increase an understanding of and participation in the electoral process. Such programs must be open to all members of the University community regardless of their political affiliation and may not be held in coordination with any campaign-related event or activity.

This policy helps protects the privacy and security of REC Center members. Report any solicitation at the UAS REC Center immediately to the REC Center staff or Associate Director of Campus Recreation. Solicitation for  the benefit of a recognized student club or organization on campus must be approved by the Associate Director of Campus Recreation in advance.

Bicycles/Skateboards/In-line Skates

  • Bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates are not permitted to be used in the Recreation Center, main lobby and Courtside Café and seating area. 
    • In-line skates and skateboards can be stored in day-use lockers or cubbies provided they fit in these storage units.
    • Skateboards of extended size can be checked in to the front desk.
    • Bicycles should be secured to outdoor bike racks. 
    • Bicycles found locked in inappropriate areas will have the locks cut and will be moved to the bicycle rack with no lock. The building PA will be used first to find owner before being moved.

Closing Procedures

  • All areas, including the locker rooms, shall be vacated by closing time.
  • Activity areas close 15 minutes prior to facility closing time.
  • Announcements are made as closing time nears. 
    • A final announcement will be made when activity areas close.
  • Participants are expected to finish their activity (15 minutes prior to closing), re-rack all weight equipment, return any checked-out equipment, finish showering and exit the facility prior to closing. 

Emergency Closing

  • Participants must stop participation within the Recreation Center during a power outage or University emergency. If a power outage, the activities center will be used for a collection point until power returns.

Scheduled Closure

  • Areas of the Recreation Center or the entire facility may be closed and/or restricted due to a special event, PE/ODS scheduled use, scheduled cleaning, maintenance, or unforeseen circumstances.
  • The REC Center is closed approximately one weekend a month for National Guard joint use.
  • Scheduled closures will be posted on the REC Center website:

Equipment Issue

  • Authorized personnel ONLY are permitted behind the REC service desk.
  • Basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, jump ropes, hand wraps/gloves, towels, and climbing wall equipment are available for checkout at no cost. 
    • Participant’s Whale Card is required to check out equipment.
    • Participant is responsible for all issued items.
      • The equipment is for use within the Recreation Center during normal operational hours and should be returned to Equipment Checkout no later than 15 minutes prior to closing.
      • If the issued equipment is lost, stolen, damaged or not returned, the individual who checked it out will be held responsible for reimbursement. 
  • Note: As available, workout towels are provided in the fitness & weights areas. Deposit dirty workout towels in the towel bins provided.


  • Music is provided in various rooms to include a check-out boom box.
    • Music volume will be kept at an appropriate level and not overwhelming.
    • Music that includes inappropriate content will not be played.
  • Limit your personal music to headphones. 
    • Portable boom boxes may be appropriate and acceptable for approved group reservations in the activity rooms.


  • Pictures/videos may NOT be taken at any time in the locker rooms and restrooms, and/or the assisted changing room.

Locker Rentals

  1. Lockers may be rented from the Student Recreation Center on a first come, first serve basis. See Rental Fee Schedule below for prices and dates. Locks are provided with rental but must be returned following rental period or a charge of $10 will be placed on the renter’s account.
  2. Applicant must have an active REC membership.
  3. Users must vacate the locker on or before the expiration date. After that date the following will take place:
    1. Users will receive a notification on their locker, informing them of their expiration date.
    2. Users will have two weeks (from the date notice was given) to renew their locker rental. After the 14 day notice, if the locker has not yet been renewed, then locks will be opened and items held.
    3. Property not claimed after thirty calendar days will be disposed of in accordance with University policy. If summer, Fall semester seized items will be held two weeks into the spring semester.

Daily Use

  1. There are a sufficient number of lockers to handle the daily user needs in each locker room.  
  2. Users may lock their clothes in lockers while participating in activities in the REC Center. Note:Lockers may be used free of charge on a DAILY basis, but must be removed by the end of the day.
  3. Daily use lockers must be emptied each evening at closing time and the locks removed. Those lockers not emptied will receive a 7 day notice. Failure to comply will result in locks being cut and items seized (See 3c above).


  1. Lockers are for the use of the person to whom the locker is assigned. The transfer of a locker will result in the revocation of the locker assignment.
  2. Lockers may be opened (rentals) or locks cut (daily use) if contents are causing offensive odors or for safety/security reasons of the facility.
  3. All items of clothing, towels, etc. must be entirely within the locker. Health Department rules prohibit items hanging on the outside of lockers.
  4. All sales are final, unless otherwise approved by a supervisor. Dates may change due to locker room maintenance.

Rental Fee Schedule

PeriodDates of RentalCubicleTall
Annualyear from date of purchase$30.00$50.00
School YearAugust 29, 2016 - May 8, 2017$20.00$30.00
FallAugust 29, 2016 - December 23, 2016$10.00$15.00
SpringJanuary 2, 2017 - May 8, 2017$10.00$15.00
SummerMay 8, 2017 - August 28, 2017$10.00$15.00
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