Aggie Recreation Center Policy - Updated/Approved March 2022

General Guidelines

  • Access to the Aggie Recreation Center is controlled by a biometric hand scanner. Upon your first visit to the ARC, patrons will register their hand biometrics and then linked to your account. If you choose to not have your hand registered, participants must present a valid USU ID for entry.
  • Entry to activity zones is only allowed through the South Entry Desk and the North Entry Desk ID check station.
  • Lending or using another individual’s ID will result in its confiscation and disciplinary action of those involved.
  • Current students can sponsor a guest over the age of 18 with the purchase of a guest pass.
  • Food and drinks must be in a sealable, shatter-proof container.
  • Photography/videography is prohibited within all recreational facilities by all individuals, including staff, students, faculty and members of the public, except when performed by authorized employees, contractors, and designees conducting official University business. The University retains the ability to perform photography and videography within recreational facilities for media, marketing, and all other operational purposes, generally subject to rules set forth in the Media Request Form.
  • Members are encouraged not to bring valuables to the ARC. Backpacks and/or personal belongings must be stored in a day locker or a rented locker in the locker rooms. Staff are unable to hold personal items for members. Leaving personal belongings on the floor throughout the facility is prohibited.
  • Equipment must be used as intended by the manufacturer. Do not move or relocate equipment without staff approval.
  • The use of collars are mandatory and spotters is highly encouraged when working out on free weights.
  • Personal Training may be performed by Department of Campus Recreation staff only.
  • Users may not “bang” dumbbells or drop weights as this damages equipment.
  • All free weights, dumbbells, plates, etc., must be returned to their respective racks following use.
  • Campus Recreation programs have priority in all activity areas.
  • Members are expected to follow the directions of ARC staff at all times. Questions about any staff decision can be directed to the Director and/or Associate Director of Campus Recreation
  • Day use lockers are available for use at no charge. In the event that a patron forgets the location/combination of their locker, they will be given a maximum of three attempts to locate their items. If the items still are not found, the individual may return at the close of the facility to claim their items. For items that are left in lockers overnight, see lost and found policy.
  • When returning check-out equipment, patrons must return the exact inventory item and item number. Failure to properly return equipment will result in a replacement fee or a suspended membership.

The Following are not Permitted

  • Any patron under the age of 18 (17 if a USU student) unless they are on an organized campus tour or part of an organized Campus Recreation activity/event.
  • Gum inside ARC.
  • Food or any non-water beverages in activity areas. There are lounges throughout the facility for food and drinks other than water.
  • Backpacks or personal items on the courts, floors, or seating areas.
  • Baseballs and/or softballs.
  • Denim and clothing with rivets or zippers that can tear upholstery.
  • Bouncing or kicking balls on polished concrete floor.
  • Stretching on indoor track.
  • Watching first floor activity from indoor track. (Exceptions may be made in advance for special events).
  • Strollers are prohibited from use within any activity spaces including (weight room, fitness rooms, track, etc).
  • Pets/animals with the exception of university approved service animals.
  • Bikes inside the ARC with the exception of the Outdoor Programs Rental Shop.
  • The use of any type of skateboard or hover board. Hover boards are prohibited from use or storage in the facility.
  • Any type of organized practice or class without a prior reservation.
  • Running Spikes on the indoor track or any indoor surface.

Recreation Safety

Recreation provides an important way to stay healthy—physically, mentally and emotionally. As you recreate on campus or in the community and canyons, make sure you are aware of your surroundings, and do your part to keep yourself and those around you safe:
  • Be aware of others who may be biking, running, or recreating near you.
  • Set up orange cones to indicate the presence of slacklines (which may be hazardous particularly when set above waist height), equipment, or other things that may pose a danger to others (free cones are available for checkout in the HPER cage).
  • Be mindful of your surroundings when biking, skateboarding, skating, etc. and be aware of other activities that may be happening in the area.         

Biking on Campus

Bicycling is one of the best means of commuting to and around campus. Not only is it good exercise, but it also helps the environment and reduces traffic congestion at USU. As you commute by bicycle, there are several important rules of the road you need to know to ensure your safety and the safety of others:         
  • Always ride with the direction of traffic on the right side of the road. Use a bike lane where they exist.
  • When operating on roadways, bicycles are subject to traffic laws.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Use the roadway instead of roadside sidewalks. If you must use your bike on a campus sidewalk, ride at walking speed or walk with your bike during class breaks.
  • Signal your intentions. Make eye contact with car drivers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch for others who may be recreating or using equipment in the area.
  • Park your bicycle in designated areas only.
  • Always wear a helmet.

Attire/Clothing Guidelines

Campus Recreation strives to maintain a clean, safe, and inclusive environment while honoring personal workout clothing preferences.

  • While using recreation facilities, a top, shorts or pants, and closed-toe shoes, unless specifically designated for the area, are required.
  • Clothing that is deemed unsafe will be addressed by department staff.
  • Clean attire that is intended for swimming must be worn in the pools.

As you use the facility, recognize that exposed skin can be at risk to disease exposure. Patrons can help minimize the risk for themselves and others by limiting skin contact to equipment and wiping down fitness equipment before and after use. Thank you for helping us Respect the Rec Facilities!

Music Policy

The Campus Recreation staff is responsible for controlling the type of music and volume level for any facility where music is played on a central system.  The music played will be determined based on the general population using the facility and will not interfere with any other university policy or university group that may be in the facility.  Personal headsets are welcomed in any facility, but the use of radios/portable stereos (“boom boxes”) will not be permitted.

Please contact the administrative offices with any questions or suggestions.

Lost and Found

  • Any items found will be turned into the Services Desk where the items will be logged
  • All wallets, jewelry, or any other valuables will be secured in a safe then turned into the University Police Department
  • All USU Card ID’s will be turned into the Card Office, daily
  • In order for anyone to claim their lost item, they must describe the item in detail and then fill out the claim information in the lost and found log-in book

Open Recreation Setup

Utah State University Department of Campus Recreation strives to ensure that no single activity, special event, and/or sport dominate the use of the ARC. Since the facility was designed to accommodate many different types of activities, every effort will be made to maximize options available to the members. There will be occasions that portions of the ARC will be reserved for intramural competitions and club sport usage and other times space will be rented to student and other organizations. However, when we are in 100% open recreation operation, ARC members will have several activities from which to choose from.

The Indoor Track is primarily used for recreational jogging. When three or more joggers are together please run only two side by side. Walkers and slower joggers jog on the inside of track. 

Advertising in Campus Recreation Facilities

Campus Recreation maintains advertising locations in the Aggie recreation Center (ARC), George Nelson Fieldhouse and Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (HPER). Advertising in these areas is limited to University functions only and priority will be given to Campus Recreation advertising. Any exception must be approved by Campus Recreation professional staff. We reserve the right to deny or remove any advertisements. Advertisements placed in non-designated locations such as entrances, windows, walls, furniture, restrooms, etc. will be discarded. If you want to place advertisements in Campus recreation facilities, send any flyers to  for approval.

The Fieldhouse and HPER are shared facilities and may contain additional advertising locations not maintained by Campus Recreation. Advertising in these locations is subject to approval from the departments that maintain them.

Aquatic Facilities

The HPER Pools are primarily used for lap swimming, instructional fitness classes and recreational play. Learn to swim and other instructional programs are offered by the Department of Campus Recreation at scheduled times. USU Club Sports swimming team also use the facility for practice and competition. When the schedule permits, outside organizations may rent out space.

Due to the unique nature of aquatic facilities, guidelines and policies exist as follows:

General Guidelines for the HPER Pools

  • Use of this facility is at your own risk
  • Enter the water only when a lifeguard is on duty
  • Prolonged under water breath holding is prohibited
  • Diving is permitted only in water greater than 9 feet deep
  • Shower before entering the water
  • Shower after a stay in the sauna
  • Proper swimming attire is required for use of facility
  • Inflatable water wings, rafts, and inner tubes are not permitted
  • Circle swim is always in effect
  • Groups that have rented/reserved the pool are only allowed in their designated pool area and locker rooms
  • Only authorized personnel are permitted to: walk on the bulkheads; use the starting blocks; and stand, sit, or place items on the Lifeguard stands
The following are not permitted in the HPER Pools:
  • Running
  • Food/Gum/Drinks other than Water
  • Tanning/Baby Oil
  • Band-Aids
  • Floats/Rafts/Inner Tubes
  • Hard Plastic Toys
  • Glass or Breakable Containers
  • Hanging or Sitting on the Lane Lines
  • Riding, Standing on Shoulders, or Aggressive Play
  • Crossovers, Deep Water Bobbing or Involuntary Breath Holding
  • Use of Aqua Belts as a Flotation Devices
  • Individuals who have had diarrhea within the past 2 weeks
  • Individuals with skin diseases, infections, or open sores
  • Individuals who are Intoxicated
  • Use of Tobacco Products is Strictly Prohibited 
  • Spitting/Spouting in the Pool, please use the gutters
The following are permitted with restrictions:
  • All children under the age of 8 are required to be swim tested by USU Aquatics staff prior to entering the water. Anyone identified as a non-swimmer will be required to wear a US Coast Guard - Approved Lifejacket Type III at all times and must remain in shallow water
  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 16 at all times
  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 6 in the water at all times. There is a limit of 3 children per one adult

General Guidelines for the Diving Boards/Platforms

  • Fulcrum wheel must remain in the forward position at all times
  • Only 1 person is permitted on the board/platform at a time
  • Diving is permitted off the front of the board/platform only
  • Divers are allowed only 1 bounce off the springboards
  • After diving, users must exit the dive well immediately and to the nearest exit
  • Participants must wait for previous diver to move to the side of the pool before diving
  • Running, cartwheels, handstands, backwards dives, and activities deemed hazardous by the Aquatic Staff are prohibited
The following is not permitted on the Diving Boards/Platform:
  • T-Shirts and loose clothing
  • Dives with backward-motion
  • Cut away dives
  • Dives deemed unsafe by aquatic staff 

Lightning Policy

  • The Pools will close at the first sight of Lightning and the first sound of Thunder for 30 minutes.
  • HPER and Lifeguard staff will clear the pools, pool deck and shower areas for 30 minutes after the last witness of Lightning or Thunder.  
  • The 30-minute wait period will restart after each witness of Lightning or Thunder. The Supervisor will approval when it is safe to return to the pools, pool deck and shower areas.

General Guidelines in the Sauna

Dry Sauna is available in the locker rooms. It is available primarily for recreational use. Due to the unique nature of this space the following guidelines and policies exist:

  • Proper swim attire or athletic attire must be worn in the sauna; shoes are not permitted
  • All individuals using the sauna must sit or lay on a towel
  • After exercising, individuals must cool down for a minimum of 15 minutes before entering the sauna
  • Exercise is prohibited in the sauna
  • All patrons must shower with soap before entering the spa or pool after using the sauna.
  • Prolonged exposure to high temperatures may result in nausea, dizziness, and fainting. Reasonable use time is 10 minutes and it is recommended not to exceed 20 minutes.
  • Individuals with the following conditions should not use the sauna: heart disease, diabetes, high/low blood pressure, circulatory/respiratory problems, seizures, epilepsy, or pregnant. Anyone taking prescription medication should consult their doctor prior to entering.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not permitted in the sauna
  • Exposure to high temperatures may damage some electronic items
  • Campus Recreation is not responsible for any loss or damage that may be caused
Individuals with the following conditions should not use the sauna:
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • High or Low Blood Pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Pregnancy
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Seizures
  • Prescription medication
  • Those under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs
The following is not permitted in the Sauna:
  • Body lotions, oils, or suntan preparations
  • Children under 16 years of age.

Swim Lesson Policy

Swim Lessons Make-up Policy
  • Make-up lessons will only be provided if USU Campus Recreation Staff must cancel the class, the make-up day will then be announced to participants/guardians by the Swim Lesson Manager.
  • Make-up lessons will not be provided if classes are missed by the participant.
Unexpected Events during Swim Lessons
  • Swim classes may have to be transferred to the Large Pool (80 degrees) due to unforeseen events or events out of our control. Safety for your children is our priority and precautions are taken to ensure that lessons are safe and effective.
  • Swim classes may also have to be transferred to a classroom due to weather conditions. In the classroom the swim instructor will be able to continue the lesson and focus on our water safety topics including, but not limited to: discussions, videos, and activities outside of the water.
Requests for transfers or refunds are subject to the following guidelines:

3 or more business days prior to the course start date:

  1. Transfer to another class or program upon availability
  2. Withdraw and receive refund, less processing fee of $10.00

2 or less business days prior to the course start date:

  1. Withdraw and transfer to another class or program upon availability
  2. If the space can be filled from a waitlist, you may be allowed a refund, less the processing fee of $10.00

Requests to withdraw from a course with less than 1-day notice may not receive a refund.

If the class or program has already started:

  1. If the participant has attended one or two classes and your concerns cannot be resolved, a refund may be given on the discretion of the Coordinator of Aquatics & Safety, but not guaranteed.
  2. Refunds are not available once a class has met three times, or if a participant fails to attend a program.
Course Participant Requirements
  • USU Campus Recreation reserves the right to combine classes if there is insufficient enrollment, or cancel classes if combining levels is not an option. In the event of a cancelled class, a full refund may be given.

Health & Wellness Precautions

If your child has experienced any of the following:

  • a fever or vomited within the last 24 hours
  • diarrhea or intestinal flu within the past 2 weeks
  • green/yellow discharge from the nose
  • pink-eye, ringworm, or other contagious illnesses

Please keep them out of swim lessons and the pools. Transfers or refunds may be given based on the discretion of the Coordinator of Aquatics & Safety.

In order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, please ensure that your child takes a shower with soap and washes all parts of their body, including their rear, prior to and after entering the water.