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Campus Recreation

Facility Services and Usage Requirements


Locker Rooms and Lockers

  • Day use and term rental lockers are located in the locker rooms.
  • Open faced cubbies are located throughout the facility for temporary use.
  • Personal locks are permitted on day use lockers.
  • Daily use or personal locks must be removed 10 minutes prior to closing.
  • Personal locks left on day use lockers will be cut and removed by Health and Wellness Center staff every night.
  • A rented locker must be renewed or returned by the expiration date.
  • If the rented locker is not renewed or returned by the expiration date, personal items will be removed.


Equipment Checkout Equipment can be checked out with your WOU, HWC ID card and finger print.
The HWC has the following items for checkout during your visit:

  • Basketballs/Volleyballs
  • Racquetball racquets/protective eye wear/racquetballs
  • Badminton racquets/shuttlecocks
  • Climbing harness/shoes/belay devices/carabineers
  • Weight belts
  • Jump ropes
  • Agility ladders and wrist straps
  • Tennis racquets/tennis balls
  • Outdoor basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, frisbees
  • Disc golf sets

Racquetball Court Reservations
*Court reservations can be made in person at the HWC Front Desk or by calling 503-838-9530. A Racquetball court can be reserved one at a time, up to 24 hours in advance for one hour on the hour. Participants must claim their reserved court within 15 minutes of the hour reservation. Once the 15 minutes have passed, the reservation is null and void and anyone may use the court.


Damaged or Unreturned Equipment

  • Equipment that is lost will be billed to the individual to whom it was checked out.
  • Damaged equipment (ie. walls, mirrors, weight or cardio equipment, etc) will be assessed to the individual who caused the damage at current retail prices for repair or replacement.
  • All equipment is due back to the HWC Front Desk 10 minutes prior to closing time.
  • Any equipment not returned by closing of the building will be billed as lost equipment.


Lounge and Mezzanine Policies

  • Water in a clear plastic or metal container with a sealable lid is allowed throughout the facility. Glass containers are not allowed.
  • Food, sports drinks and water with color or supplements added are prohibited except on the first floor or mezzanine area.
  • Wireless Internet access is available for use.
  • The lounge furniture is not to be used for sleeping.


Fitness and Cardio Area Policies

  • In an effort to promote safety, reduce the spread of communicable diseases and prevent additional wear and tear on the equipment, all members and guests must adhere to the clothing standards to participate in the HWC.
  • To preserve the equipment and improve health conditions, all participants are asked to wipe down equipment after each use.
  • Personal towels are highly recommended for use during all workouts on exercise equipment and required for indoor cycling classes.
  • Please re-rack all weight plates, dumbbells, and barbells after use.
  • Collars are to be utilized with all bars while lifting.
  • No dropping or rolling weight plates, dumbbells, or barbells at any time. If you cannot control the weight, enlist the help of a spotter.
  • Cardio and selectorized training equipment users must be at least 16 years old.
  • Please limit the use of cardio equipment to 30-minute sessions during peak usage time.
  • Outside personal trainers are not allowed to provide training in the HWC.
  • If a machine fails to operate correctly, do not attempt to repair or operate it. Notify an HWC staff member at the Front Desk about the problem.
  • Equipment may not be altered or removed from the facility.


Power Lifting and Chalk Usage

  • The Health and Wellness Center was designed to accommodate students with varying interests, ability levels, and fitness backgrounds with a goal of providing opportunities to develop lifelong health and fitness habits. The intent is to provide our students with access to a variety of fitness equipment in a safe, inviting and accessible facility. Certain weight training equipment was not provided in the HWC due to space, supervision, liability, safety, and environmental concerns. The HWC is a recreation facility, not an Athletic or Olympic lifting facility.
  • Many power lifts create safety concerns for those completing them, those imitating them and surrounding users as this type of lift is more likely to get out of control. We discourage performing unsupervised, unspotted, uncontrolled, lifts with excessive weight.
  • We strongly encourage lifts that can be controlled from start to finish. Dropping the weights is harmful to our facility/equipment, including the lifter and bystanders.
  • All bars must remain within the racks or on benches.
  • Chains are not allowed, but many of our pieces of stregnth equipment have been designed to accommodate bands. Please ensure the bands being used are designed specifically for the lifts you are attempting.
  • Use of chalk is not allowed.
  • Chalk creates a large cleanliness issue in the facility and an issue for the mechanics of the equipment including weight stacks, cables and bar grips.
  • Chalk, or better defined as talc, can also create respiratory issues for many individuals.
  • Encouraged alternatives to weight lifting chalk are weightlifting gloves, weight lifters’ wrist straps, a sheet of inner-tube rubber wrapped around the bar and weight lifting hooks.


Power Rack and Platform Policies

  • Policies may be adjusted if any abuse of equipment or perceived endangerment is viewed.
  • Weight belt should be used when approaching or exceeding 70% of your personal maximum lifting capability. Weight belts are available at the HWC front desk.
  • No decagon shaped weights more than 10lbs are to be used on the platforms. If over 10lbs then all weights must be the Olympic rubber plates.
  • Deadlifts, power and hang clean, high pull, good morning, rack pull, bent over row and military press are permitted inside power racks. Lifts not permitted are snatch, clean and jerk or any lifts which involves one end of the barbell in a corner.
  • Any approved lift which goes over an individual’s head requires the power rack’s safety catch bars to be in place.
  • Due to the injury possibilities presented by these exercises, a limit of 475lbs maximum is placed on the weight bar at one time. Olympic rubber plate weight stacks are designated for the power rack platform located next it. Each weight stack has (2) black 100lb, (4) red 45lb and (2) black 25lb plates.


Gym Policies

  • In order for the basketball structures to sustain a 30-year lifetime expectancy before replacement, the basketball hoop, backboard, and support system will require limited stress placed upon the entire system.
  • Dunking is permitted only during the participation in a game. A game is defined as 5 vs 5, 4 vs 4, 3 vs 3, 2 vs 2, 1 vs 1 or 21.
  • Dunking while not engaged in a game (as defined above) is prohibited.
  • Hanging on the rim (defined as holding the rim down for longer than one second) is prohibited.
  • Tape is not allowed on gym floors or walls.
  • Do not move any equipment already set up on the courts. Information regarding the daily activities and schedules are posted within the gymnasium.
  • Do not prop any outside doors open, door alarms are activated.
  • Gyms are intended for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. Other activities are not approved.
  • No personal items are allowed on the playing floor. Place items on the open bench or in the locker rooms.
  • Wear proper athletic shoes. No street shoes or black marking soles are allowed.


Multi-purpose Room Policies

  • Non-marking, closed toe athletic shoes are required in this area.
  • Equipment (sharp or otherwise) that may damage the floor, mats, or mirrors is not permitted.
  • Use caution to avoid contact with the mirror.
  • Patrons may only utilize multi-purpose room equipment if the room is not in use by a scheduled program.
  • Rooms may be kept locked, and patrons must ask staff for assistance.
  • Rosin powder, wax, or other substances which would alter the floor surface are strictly prohibited.
  • Boxing equipment must be used in an appropriate manner for which it was designed.


Racquetball Court Policies

  • Personal equipment is permissible but racquets, balls, and protective eye wear are all available for checkout at the HWC Front Desk. Please inspect all equipment during checkout.
  • Court reservations can be made in person at the HWC Front Desk or by calling 503-838-9530. A Racquetball court can be reserved one at a time, up to 24 hours in advance for one hour on the hour. Participants must claim their reserved court within 15 minutes of the hour reservation. Once the 15 minutes have passed, the reservation is null and void and anyone may use the court.
  • Protective eyewear and wrist straps are recommended for personal safety.
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn.
  • If participants choose not to abide by these policies, they will be asked to exit the courts.


Indoor Track Policies

  • 15 laps = mile
  • Run and/or walk counterclockwise on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • Run and/or walk clockwise on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • Enter the track with caution.
  • Inner lane is reserved for walkers or individuals doing lunges without weights (slow).
  • Outer two lanes are reserved for runners (fast).
  • Faster runners have the right of way.
  • Pass others on the outside.
  • Only two people abreast maximum while walking, jogging or running around the track.
  • Non-marking, closed toe athletic shoes are recommended in this area; no sandals or bare feet.
  • Please respect others; no spitting.
  • Patrons may use jump ropes, dumbbells, medicine balls, free weight plates or barbells in the stretching and workout corners of the track.

  • Items and activities prohibited on the track:
    • Standing, watching first floor activities or blocking lanes in any way.
    • Using railings as stretching aids.
    • Due to the risk of injury dumbbells, medicine balls, free weight plates or barbells are not allowed while walking/running/doing lunges in the lanes of the track.
    • Watching first-floor activity from the track (Exceptions may be made in advance for special internal events).


Personal Training and Instruction

  • Due to the lack of oversight, unsafe and unstructured workouts the HWC does not allow personal training.
  • Instruction for pay or trade by outside entities is strictly prohibited and could jeopardize membership privileges for all parties involved.


Climbing Wall Policies

  • HWC climbing staff must be present in order for members to climb.
  • All participants must attend a belay certification course, read and understand the climbing rules and sign a Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk before being allowed to climb.
  • Rental climbing equipment is located at the HWC Front Desk.
  • Climbers must check-in/check-out at the HWC Front Desk before climbing.

Items and activities prohibited in the climbing wall area:

  • Swinging or jumping on ropes
  • Climbing into a position where you are eye level or higher with top anchors
  • Grabbing bolt hangers—bolt hangers are for carabineer attachment only.
  • Listening to music while climbing or belaying.



  • Belayers are required to go through an introductory belay orientation course.
  • Belayers must lower climbers in a smooth and controlled manner.
  • Belayers must keep their brake hand on the rope at all times.
  • Belay from a standing position only.
  • Climbers should not step under or over an active belay.
  • A follow-through figure-eight knot is required to tie in a climber.
  • Please report any injury or unsafe climbing wall conditions to climbing staff immediately.
  • The number of climbers at any one time may be limited to ensure proper supervision.


The HWC climbing staff reserves the right to refuse wall access. Reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of dangerous climbing techniques.
  • Suspected recent use of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Use of unsafe or unacceptable climbing gear.


Bouldering Wall Policies

  • Bouldering climbers are not required to have the ability to belay.
  • All participants must read and understand the bouldering rules and sign a Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk before being allowed to boulder.
  • Otherwise, all climbing wall policies, rules, and regulations apply to bouldering.


The HWC strongly recommends the use of spotters while bouldering. We encourage climbers to ask climbing staff about proper spotting techniques.

  • Climbers may not boulder more than 12 feet above the floor.
  • Climbers must check in at the HWC Front Desk before bouldering.
  • Climbers may not boulder above or below any other climbers.
  • Climbers, with the exception of climbing staff, may not switch holds.
  • Barefoot climbing and loose chalk are not permitted.


Group Fitness Class Policies All fitness classes participants must obtain a fitness card at the front desk to participate. Participants may enter the classroom 10 minutes prior to the scheduled class time. Participants may not save bikes, equipment, or spots for others.
Class size is determined by format. Please check the schedule for exact size limits.

  • Rubber-soled, non-marking athletic, jogging, or running shoes must be worn in ALL group fitness classes with the exception of yoga, tai-chi or Pilates-based classes, in which bare feet are permitted during class time.
  • For the safety of all members, please keep conversation to a minimum.
  • All personal items should be kept in provided cubbies.
  • Equipment provided for class (resistance bands, weights, jump ropes, etc.) may not be taken out of the room.
  • Members are asked to return all equipment to its proper location at the end of class.
  • For your safety, leaving group exercise classes before cooling down is strongly discouraged.


Spinning class participants

  • Are required to bring a towel and a water bottle to class.
  • Are not permitted to wear excessively baggy pants and long skirts.
  • Are asked to clean off spinning bikes before leaving class.
  • May wear Spinning shoes only in multi-purpose room.


Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center Rules

  • Aquatic Center use is prohibited unless supervised by a Health and Wellness Center lifeguard.
  • To ensure proper supervision and safety, the HWC reserves the right to limit the number of individuals in the pool.
  • Swimmers must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool(s). The use of oils and body lotions is prohibited.
  • Individuals with a communicable disease, skin disease, open sores, bandaged wounds, boils, inflamed eyes, or discharging nasal or ear passages are prohibited from using the pool(s). Dispose of bandages on minor cuts before entering the Aquatic Center.
  • Individuals who have had diarrhea in the last two weeks are asked not to use the Aquatic Center.
  • Immuno-compromised individuals should use caution when using pool(s).
  • No food, gum or beverages are allowed on the deck or in the pool(s). (A plastic or metal bottle of water is the only exception, no glass containers)
  • No person under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances may use the pool(s).
  • No running on the deck, stairs, spectator area, or in locker rooms.
  • Appropriate swim wear is required for all swimmers.
  • Street clothes, street shoes, and see-through swim wear are prohibited.
  • Wrestling, dunking, horseplay, excessive public displays of affection or chicken fighting is not allowed.
  • Diving is allowed in the deep end in a controlled, guard-supervised setting.
  • Only Coast Guard approved lifejackets are allowed as personal flotation devices within the lap pool with complete adult supervision.
  • If a child is not able to move in the water without feet touching the bottom or needs to wear a Coast Guard approved life-jacket, the child is considered a non-swimmer.
  • Only three non-swimmers per adult and the adult must be in the water within arm´s reach of the non-swimmer.
  • Only five swimmers per adult and the adult must be able to directly observe the children at all times.
  • Infants and toddlers are allowed in the pool(s) with plastic leak-proof bottoms or swim diapers.
  • Only service animals are allowed in the Aquatic Center.


Lap swimming rules

  • All swimmers must “circle swim” (i.e., remain in the right half of the lane). Slower swimmers should stop at the wall and allow faster swimmers to pass.
  • Water exercise equipment may be used during lap swims, but must not interfere with lap swimmers; lap swimmers have priority during lap swim times.
  • Hanging on lane lines is prohibited.
  • Aquatic exercise classes and swimming lessons can be conducted concurrently with open/lap swim times and shall have priority of use.
  • Return any pool equipment to the storage bins after use.


Therapy pool rules

  • Elderly persons and those suffering from heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure should consult their physician before using the pool. Persons using prescription medications should consult their physician before using the therapy pool.
  • Therapy pool entry is permitted only at designated stairs.
  • Items not allowed in the therapy pool include newspapers, magazines and other reading material.


Aquatic Spectators

  • Spectators and parents or guests will be asked to stay within the Aquatic Center spectator area.


Club Sports and Athletics Usage

  • Club Sport or athletic teams are not allowed to schedule a practice, training session and/or organized activity within the Health and Wellness Center without prior approval from the Health and Wellness Center Administration.
  • Club Sport participants and student athletes can utilize the HWC as individual users.
  • Club Sport participants and student athletes may not take over an entire area to work out; they must split into groups of no more than three (3) together in one work out area.

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