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Facility Spaces & Rules

Planning and Rates

The Campus Recreation staff will be happy to assist you with your event planning needs. To discuss event details or to obtain a current rental fee schedule, please contact John Stephens.

It is recommended that you complete all event arrangements at least two weeks prior to your event.

Please note that room rental charges are for rental of the spaces only; equipment rental, supervision, custodial and set-up costs are assessed at the hourly rates per staff person assigned. Additional fees for opening the Center early or closing the Center after the regularly scheduled times will also be assessed when applicable.

Chartered UNC clubs and organizations do not pay rental charges for most non-fundraising events that occur during normal hours of Recreation Center operation. However, the fees for services other than space rental will be assessed when applicable.

Climbing wall costs will vary depending on group size, program type and number of staff required.

The UNC Campus Recreation Center is a 100,000 square foot facility. The center provides many multipurpose areas to meet the recreational needs of the students, faculty and staff members, and rental groups.

Visit Facility Rental for more information on available spaces.

Campus Recreation Center Policy

  • All members are required to present a valid UNC ID or Recreation Center Membership Card to gain entry to the Rec Center. If you have problems with your card, please see the Campus Recreation administrative staff.
  • Members that forget their ID, or who have a damaged card, can access the facility once by presenting another form of identification and they must state their Bear ID number. These patrons will also be required to sign a waiver stating that they understand the policies of the Campus Recreation Center. Under this policy, they confirm that they will need to have their card problem resolved before their next visit, or their access will be denied.
  • Attire: Shirts (t-shirt or full tank top), athletic bottoms (without zippers or studs) and athletic shoes are required in all activity areas and the group fitness rooms. Athletic shoes must be non-marking and fully enclose the foot. For your safety, excessive clothing (hooded sweatshirts, gloves, vinyl clothing, multiple layers, etc.) is not permitted.
  • Personal belongings should be locked in a locker for your protection and for the safety of others. If you choose not to use a locker, please store your items in one of the cubbies in the cardiovascular area or on the bleachers in the gyms. Please note: the Rec Center is not responsible for lost items.

Half Rack & Platform Policy

  • No benches on the platforms. Clips and collars are required for all lifts.
  • For your safety, the use of a spotter is highly recommended for squatting, except for during Olympic Lifts. CRC staff is available to spot upon request.
  • Outside personal training and/or instruction is not allowed (only personal training and instruction provided by the Campus Recreation staff is permitted).
  • No informal competitions allowed. CRC staff reserves the right to expel individuals from the gym participating in informal competitions.
  • Weights must be racked when not in use. Do not leave weights, plates, and bars on the floor/platforms or leaned against walls/other equipment.
  • Slamming down weights is strictly prohibited. Weights must be controlled and proper bar lowering procedures must be followed.
  • All bumper plates, Olympic bars, and clips must remain in the half rack and platform area.
  • Be aware of patrons performing Olympic Lifts. Wait until the lifts are complete before proceeding past.
  • Olympic weight lifting training resources are available upon request.
  • Use of vertically stacked weight plates to create a heightened pulling base is prohibited.
  • Chalk is limited to the half rack and platform area. Utilize Gym Wipes on equipment to ensure a clean environment.
  • Campus Recreation staff reserves the right to ask patrons to discontinue any lifting if it violates any of the aforementioned polices or is a safety hazard to other patrons.
  • All other S&C policies must be followed in conjunction with the specific half rack and platform polices.


  • During Rec Swim, use of the starting blocks and high dive are not permitted. The lap end of pool is a no diving zone during Rec Swim. Parents, please closely supervise your children at all times. Please refer to the posted pool rules for additional information.
    The use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products is prohibited in the Rec Center.
  • Discipline problems will be handled first by Rec Center staff and then referred to UNC Police as necessary.
  • Rules Governing Underage Members: Children under 18 must be closely supervised by an adult while in each area of the Rec Center and Swimming Pool.
  • Activity Area Rules: Please read and adhere to all posted rules and instructions in each activity area.
  • UNC Campus Recreation holds the exclusive right to all personal training in the facility. Any personal trainers not employed by UNC Fitness Programs are not permitted to train clients in our facility. If we suspect that you are training clients in our facility you may be asked to leave or have your CRC privileges revoked.
  • In keeping with the mission statement and related goals for creating a welcoming, safe and fun environment for Campus Recreation, patron will not be allowed to express verbal or written profanity while in the Campus Recreation Center or participating in Campus Recreation programs.
  • The rules of this Rec Center are designed for the protection of our members, employees and facilities. Please observe all posted signs and directions given by Rec Center staff. The staff will gladly explain the rationale behind Rec Center policies and procedures. Violations may result in loss of Rec Center privileges.


The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines for healthy aerobic activity recommends that individuals should perform cardiovascular exercise 3-5 days per week maintaining appropriate exercise intensity for 30-45 minutes also including gradual warm up and cool down periods lastly approximately 5-10 minutes each. Additionally, ACSM recommends that individuals engage in strength training 2-3 days per week.

Industry trends and research surrounding inappropriate exercise behaviors have warranted increased concern among campus recreation professionals. Excessive or over-exercising alone has been shown to be a factor that can increase the likelihood of bodily harm to participants and has specifically been associated with a variety of physical injuries and problems including, but not limited to anemia, osteoporosis, impaired immune defenses, chronic fatigue, dangerously low percent body fat, and/or cardiac arrest. In addition excessive exercise is linked to the presence of eating disorders, placing patrons with such behaviors at high risk. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and other health and fitness organizations, the dangers of extreme exercise and eating disorders warrant specific attention. Therefore, the University of Northern Colorado department of Campus Recreation has developed the following guidelines with collaborative efforts from University professionals with knowledge and expertise in these areas.

Members of the Department of Campus Recreation and The University of Northern Colorado Response Team, which includes members from the University Health Center, Counseling Center, Assault Survivors Advocacy Program, Dean of Students office, Campus Police, who have been trained to assess and consult regarding these issues, support these guidelines and will preside over referred cases. Campus Recreation staff and members of the University Response Team support a multidisciplinary approach to student health and safety and will collaboratively develop procedures for handling issues with students acting unsafely on campus.