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Recreation and Wellness Policies and Procedures

The following policies have been established by the Office of Recreation and Wellness to provide safe, fun, and enjoyable environments for all of our programs and services. Please be sure to become very familiar with these policies and procedures so to gain optimal enjoyment. Failure to abide by these policies or requests made by any campus recreation employee may result in ones inability to participate in certain programs and services.


RecPlex ID Policy Update:

The most efficient and convenient was to enter the RecPlex is to ALWAYS have your NSU Shark Card or RecPlex ID card with you upon entry. In doing so you may pass through the turnstiles with no delay!

Effective Monday, April 2nd, the RecPlex is implementing a “Forgiveness” policy as it pertains to not having your NSU Shark Card or RecPlex ID card available.   The policy is as follows:

  • On a maximum of two occasions per semester (Fall, Winter, Summer), if you fail to bring your NSU Shark Card or RecPlex ID card with you, we will gladly check you in through our manual process.
  • If you fail to bring  your NSU Shark Card or RecPlex ID card a third time or more in that given semester, you will be kindly asked to produce your card or pay a guest fee to enter the facility.  Failure to do so will result in your inability to use the facility.

RecPlex Policies and Procedures

  1. Proper NSU identification required for entry.
  2. Only NSU students and or paid embers are allowed for entry. Guests must be escorted by a student or member and pay daily guest fee. Hosts are responsible for the behavior of their guests.
  3. All RecPlex members and guest must be 18 years of age or older to utilize the facility and its amenities.
  4. Daily use lockers must have all items removed before closing time.
  5. Proper workout attire and athletic shoes are required at all times. Jeans, dress shoes and sandals are not permitted.
  6. Bags and personal items are not to be placed on the fitness floor or cardio deck but must be stored in lockers. NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
  7. Please refrain from “horseplay” or the use of foul language when in the facility.
  8. Only water/sports drinks with screw on caps are permitted in the facility. Food and other beverages in open containers are not permitted without authorized consent from management.
  9. Please confirm that equipment is returned in the same condition it was checked out. Please ensure to return the same basketball that was checked out by confirming it has the correct number. Patrons will be held accountable for the condition of the equipment checked in.
  10. Smoking and the use of alcohol or tobacco products is not permitted in the facility.
  11. Photography, videotaping, advertisements, or flyers may not be conducted in the facility unless approved by RecWell administration.
  12. All patrons must respect and respond to all requests made by RecWell staff when in RecPlex facilities.
  1. Appropriate language is expected and should be appropriate for a family oriented University setting.
  2. Use of the RecPlex is a privilege, and all participants are expected to respect the rights of others. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Examples include the following:
    1. Verbal Abuse
    2. Physical Abuse
    3. Mental Abuse
    4. Obscene Gestures or Actions
    5. Abuse of Any Staff in any Form
    6. Profane or Indecent Language
  3. Headphones must be used with all personal electronic music players. Portable music systems are only permitted in the multipurpose rooms and in gym area for events with proper approval from Campus Recreation administration.
  4. Any incident involving a participant, member, or guest who strikes, hits, pushes, kicks, spits on, or threatens physical harm to another participant, member, guest, or staff member will result in immediate expulsion from the RecPlex and indefinite suspension from entrance into the RecPlex.
  1. Membership to the RecPlex is open to the Nova Southeastern University community defined as: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, NSU Affiliates, and their spouse, children, or immediate family members living in the same home.
  2. All RecPlex members must be 18 years of age or older to utilize the facility and its amenities.
  3. Members may also sponsor one non-NSU Affiliate for a one year membership.
  4. Membership term is one year starting from the initial month enrolled.
  5. Persons who activate their membership between the 1st and 15th of the month will be billed for the full month. Persons who activate their membership the 16th - 31st will be billed for 50% of the month.
  6. Faculty/Staff who are full time and get paid biweekly via payroll deduction will have their membership billed by payroll deduction.
  7. Memberships on reoccurring credit card draft, EFT, or payroll deduction will automatically renew.
  8. Memberships will be automatically terminated for employees that are on payroll deduction who cease employment at NSU.
  9. Cancellation requests prior to the one year anniversary date will require a $50 cancellation fee.
  10. Request for contract termination must be given in writing to the membership office 2 weeks before the next billing cycle, which is the 1st of the next month.
  11. Memberships cannot be transferred or assigned.
  12. Membership can be terminated or canceled by the RecPlex at any time, with or without cause and I may not be entitled to a refund of my membership upon such termination or cancellation.
  1. Current RecPlex members, including NSU Students, may bring a maximum of two (2) guests with them each visit. The guest and the member must present themselves to the service desk and complete a Guest Waiver.”

    All guests must pay the guest fees as follows:

                            $5 day pass for guests of RecPlex Employees

                            $10 day pass for guests of RecPlex Members

                            $25 3-day pass for guests of RecPlex Members

                            $40 week pass for guests of RecPlex Members

    Please note: 3-day and week passes must be used consecutively and not at random.
  2. NSU Faculty, Staff, and Alumni who are not members of the RecPlex may also use the facility as a guest of Campus Recreation.
  3. All guests must provide a valid state issued photo ID or passport.
  4. All RecPlex guests must be 18 years of age or older to utilize the facility and its amenities.
  5. Members are responsible for the conduct of their guests at all times. Members may be subject to disciplinary actions if their guest violates RecPlex policies.
  6. Members must stay in the facility at all times with their guest. 

Locker Rooms

  1. The locker rooms are a changing area for patrons and a daily storage of personal items.
  2. Use of daily lockers is provided at no additional cost. Items must be removed from daily use lockers by the end of the day.
  3. Locks left on daily use lockers will be cut at the end of each day. All items will be stored by RecWell staff and will be disposed of after seven days if not retrieved.
  4. Patrons may rent lockers on a semester basis by reserving a locker at the Membership desk.
  5. Patrons may provide their own combination lock or may purchase a lock from the RecPlex membership desk.
  6. Towels are required when using showers. Towel rental is available at the Membership desk.
  7. Photography and videography is strictly prohibited in the locker rooms and rest rooms.
  8. Advertisements or flyers of any kind may not be placed in the facility unless approved by RecWell administration.
  9. All patrons must respect and respond to all requests made by RecWell staff when in RecPlex facilities.

Saunas

  1. Please limit the use of the sauna to no more than 15 minutes.
  2. Women who are pregnant should not use the sauna.
  3. Patrons who have a history of medical problems should consult a doctor prior to use.
  4. Food and drink are prohibited inside the sauna.
  5. No liquid of any kind should be put on sauna coals. This is a “dry” sauna.
  6. Nudity is not permitted in the saunas. Private body parts must be covered.
  7. Please refrain from hanging clothes, towels, etc. on the heater as this is a fire hazard.
  8. Photography and videography is strictly prohibited in the locker rooms and rest rooms.
  9. All patrons must respect and respond to all requests made by RecWell staff when in RecPlex facilities.

Fitness Area

  1. Proper workout attire is and athletic shoes are required at all times. Jeans, dress shoes, sandals, and loose jewelry are not permitted.
  2. Bags and personal items are not to be placed on the fitness floor or cardio deck and must be stored in lockers. NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
  3. Only water/sports drinks with screw on caps are permitted in the fitness area and cardio deck. Food and other beverages in open containers are not permitted without authorized consent from management.
  4. Basketballs and other trip hazards are not allowed on the fitness floor.
  5. Please refrain from using your cellular phone while exercising or in the fitness area.
  6. Please limit your workout to 30 minutes when others are waiting. Please allow others to “work-in” with you when utilizing strength equipment.
  7. Please attempt to not slam free weights and return free weight to racks following use on the fitness floor.
  8. Refrain from “horseplay” or the use of foul language when in the facility.
  9. All RecPlex equipment shall remain in its designated areas. This includes but is not limited to plates, dumbbells, jungle-gym attachments, and mats. Free weights are not permitted in the cardio area, basketball courts, or racquetball courts.
  10. The use of chalk for weight lifting is not permitted in the facility.
  11. Please clean each piece of equipment after use. Cleaning products are available throughout the facility.
  12. All patrons must respect and respond to all requests made by RecWell staff when in RecPlex facilities.

Cardiovascular Area

  1. Shirts and athletic shoes are required at all times. Jeans, dress shoes, sandals, and loose jewelry are not permitted.
  2. Bags and personal items may not be placed on the fitness floor or cardio deck and must be stored in lockers. NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
  3. Only water/sports drinks with screw on caps are permitted in the fitness area and cardio deck. Food and other beverages in open containers are not permitted without authorized consent from management.
  4. Free weights are not permitted in the cardio area.
  5. Please refrain from using your cellular phone while exercising on cardio equipment.
  6. Please limit your cardiovascular workout to 30 minutes when others are waiting.
  7. Refrain from “horseplay” or the use of foul language when in the facility.
  8. Please clean each piece of equipment after use. Cleaning products are available throughout the facility.
  9. All patrons must respect and respond to all requests made by RecWell staff when in RecPlex facilities.

Weight Area

  1. Close toe and heel athletic shoes must be worn in the weight area at all times.
  2. For safety and facility maintenance reasons, jeans, zippers, belts, snaps, metal studs, and other materials on clothing that may damage equipment, upholstery, or flooring are not permitted.
  3. All weight training should be performed in a controlled and safe manner. Slamming, dropping, or bouncing dumbbell or barbell weights is prohibited. Continued abuse of RecPlex equipment may result in expulsion from the RecPlex and possible suspension.
  4. All plate-loaded strength equipment must be used with collars.
  5. All persons lifting free weight barbells should do so with a spotter.
  6. When using free weights or selectorized strength equipment, persons should allow others to work-in with them when waiting.
  7. Leaning bars, weights, etc. on the walls, mirrors, or equipment is prohibited. Patrons must remain at least three (3) feet away from mirrors during activities. Please avoid touching or leaning on mirrors.
  8. Plates and dumbbells should be re-racked when they are finished being used. Do not allow weights to remain on barbells when a person has finished using a piece of equipment.
  9. All equipment should be wiped down after use. Sanitizer wipes are posted around the facility.
  10. Chalk is not permitted in the fitness area.
  11. For your safety, we highly recommend the use of safety belts while lifting weights.
  12. Olympic style lifts i.e. cleans, snatches, and jerks are only allowed on the lifting platform located in the free weight area of the 2nd floor.
  13. Do not stand on weight benches. Use equipment for its intended purpose only.
  1. Shirts and athletic shoes are required at all times. Jeans, dress shoes, and sandals are not permitted.
  2. Bags and personal items are not to be placed on the studio floor and must be stored in lockers. NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
  3. Please refrain from wearing loose jewelry while participating in Group Exercise classes.
  4. Only water/sports drinks with screw on caps are permitted in the multipurpose studio. Food and other beverages in open containers are not permitted without authorized consent from management.
  5. Group Exercise class participation is on a “first come, first served” basis unless otherwise noted. Space may not be held or reserved for persons not present.
  6. Participants arriving late to a group exercise class may be asked to not join the class until there is a defined “break” to avoid disruption.
  7. Please assist group exercise instructors by neatly returning all equipment to storage after use.
  8. Group exercise equipment must remain in the studio at all times. Students or members using the multipurpose studio outside of a group exercise class may not use the exercise equipment or stereo system.
  9. All patrons must respect and respond to all requests made by RecWell staff when in RecPlex facilities.
  1.  Shirts and athletic shoes are required at all times. Jeans, dress shoes, sandals, and loose jewelry are not permitted.
  2. Bags and personal items are not to be placed on the fitness floor or cardio deck and must be stored in lockers. NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
  3. Only water/sports drinks with screw on caps are permitted in the fitness area and cardio deck. Food and other beverages in open containers are not permitted without authorized consent from management.
  4. All RecPlex equipment shall remain in its designated areas. Weight equipment is not permitted on the racquetball courts.
  5. Please refrain from using your cellular phone while exercising.
  6. Please limit your workout to 30 minutes when others are waiting.
  7. Please clean each piece of equipment after use. Cleaning products are available throughout the facility.
  8. All patrons must respect and respond to all requests made by RecWell staff when in RecPlex facilities.
  1. The climbing wall will operate under the supervision of a certified climbing wall operator and during the designated hours of operation.
  2. The use of chalk for rock climbing is not permitted in the facility.
  3. Patrons must obey all commands given by the climbing wall operator.
  4. Patrons are not to propel themselves from the wall nor “swing” to and from the wall.
  5. Please allow patrons to climb before climbing again.
  6. All patrons must respect and respond to all requests made by RecWell staff when in RecPlex facilities.
  1. Racquetball courts are reserved for one hour can be reserved one day in advance.
  2. Court reservations will be canceled if the court is not claimed 10 minutes after the scheduled reservation time. Courts not claimed will be assigned to patrons on the waiting list.
  3. Walk-ons will forfeit court reservations. If the hour limit runs over, court will be forfeited to waiting members.
  4. Protective eyewear strongly recommended.
  5. Racquets and racquetballs may be checked out at the membership desk with ID.
  6. Weight equipment is not permitted on the racquetball courts.
  7. All patrons must respect and respond to all requests made by RecWell staff when in RecPlex facilities.
  1. The Leisure pool and the Rolling Hills Residential pool are to be used only for leisure swimming, instructional swimming programs, and group exercise.
  2. The Competition Pool is to be used only for swimming and diving team practice, swim meets, lap swimming, and scuba diving certification.
  3. All rules and requests made by lifesaving personnel must be followed.
  4. Food and beverages are only allowed to be consumed on the upper patio deck of the Leisure Pool. No food or beverages are allowed to be taken into any of the NSU swimming pools.
  5. No chewing gum while swimming or while on the pool decks.
  6. Glass bottles are not permitted in or around the pools and pool decks. No glass items shall be permitted in any of the NSU swimming pool areas.
  7. No running on the pool decks.
  8. No horseplay, including flips or other dangerous dives into the pool.
  9. No animals are permitted in any of the NSU swimming pool areas, with the exception of guide/service dogs.  Guide/service dogs are allowed on deck, but not in the water. 
  10. No use of the pools beyond stated pool hours.
  11. Shower before entering NSU pools.
  12. Do not swallow the pool water.
  13. Persons with infectious or contagious health conditions are not permitted in the water.
  14. Persons with open cuts, sores, or heavily bandaged wounds are not permitted in the water.  If you have a bandage over a minor cut or abrasion please remove and dispose of before entering the pool area.
  15. No changing clothes on pool deck or outside the facility.
  16. Appropriate swim attire must be worn to enter the pool.  Sports bras, gym shorts, underwear, and colored t-shirts are not proper swim attire.
  17. No hanging on lane lines or safety ropes.
  18. No swimming under the bulkheads at Competition Pool.
  19. Private coaching/instruction is prohibited.  Only NSU authorized coaches and instructors are permitted to teach.
  20. Everyone must pass a swim test before entering deep water.  Weak or non-swimmers must remain in shallow water no deeper than their armpits.
  21. Floatation devices (e.g. water wings, swim suits with built in floatation, etc.) are not permitted.  Only U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejackets may be worn. 
  22. No prolonged breath holding.
  23. No persons under the influence of a controlled substance should enter the NSU Swimming Pools.
  24. No diving permitted in the Leisure Pool or in the Rolling Hills Residential Pool. Only competitive (supervised) diving is permitted in the Competition Pool.
  25. Infants/children who are not toilet trained must wear disposable swim diapers.
  26. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult supervisor (age 18+).
  1. Shirts and athletic shoes are required at all times. Topless, jeans, dress shoes, sandals, and loose jewelry are not permitted.
  2. Bags and personal items are not to be placed on the fitness floor and must be stored in lockers. NSU is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
  3. Free weights are not permitted on the basketball courts.
  4. Portable music speakers are not permitted unless approved by RecWell administration.
  5. All exits must be kept free from obstruction at all times.
  6. During open play, pick-up games are “first come first serve” and to be played up to 15 points. No “team” or group of players may play more than 3 consecutive winning games while others are waiting to play. Losing teams will be asked to leave the court and rotate play with other teams waiting. All disputes will be settled with RecPlex staff.
  7. Reservation takes priority over open play times.
  8. Please refrain from “horseplay” or the use of foul language when in the facility.
  9. Dunking is prohibited during open play. No hanging on rims.
  10. Only water/sports drinks with screw on caps are permitted on the basketball courts. Food and other beverages in open containers are not permitted without authorized consent from management.
  11. All patrons must respect and respond to all requests made by RecWell staff when RecPlex facilities.
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