It is expected that each user of the Student Recreation Center (SRC) or Robert E. Witt Student Activity Center recognize the role of modeling acceptable social and moral behavior and contribute to a positive atmosphere. ALL users are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures approved for all UREC facilities. The use of inappropriate language, gestures, or actions in communication with patrons or University Recreation staff, both student and professional, may result in the immediate revocation of UREC privileges.

I. Member, Guest & Spectator Access Policies


  • ALL University of Alabama students, faculty, staff and University Recreation members must present a valid ID for entry to the Student Recreation Center during regular hours of operation.
  • All entrances and exits must be through the designated entry and exit areas.

Family Hours

  • Fall and Spring Semesters: Friday-Sunday (ALL DAY)
  • Summer Semesters: Monday-Sunday (Memorial Day through Labor Day- ALL DAY)
  • Family hour policy: Only members of the Student Recreation Center Complex may bring children (age 15 and under) into the Student Recreation Center. Members must present their Action Cards and register their child/guest at the front desk. Children age 15 and under do not have to have an Action Card or ID. Members must remain with their children during their entire visit.
  • Access is limited to the Atrium, Gym, Racquetball courts, Tennis Courts, Climbing Wall, Indoor Track and Indoor Pool.

NOTE: All other areas not listed are prohibited even with adult supervision. Children are not permitted to participate in aerobic classes unless advertised as “Parent-Child” classes.

Guests and Spectators

  • Guest fees and policies can be found on our guest fee page.
  • All guests must check in at the Front Desk before entering the facility.

Forgotten ACTION CARD Policy

  • To provide better service to students and members, UREC will extend ID forgiveness to those members who do not have their Action Card but have their photo in Fusion (UREC’s membership management program). ID forgiveness will be limited to once per semester. This includes forget action card passes for Intramural sporting events.

Game Day and Holiday Hours

  • The SRC will be open 9-11 am only on home game Saturdays with a 5 pm or later kickoff.
  • The SRC will be closed on all home game Saturdays with kickoff time earlier than 5 pm.

II. General Guidelines

Use of the University facilities is a privilege, and participants are expected to exhibit proper conduct and respect the rights of others. Individuals who engage in unacceptable, unsafe, or irresponsible behavior may have their access to facilities revoked, modified and/or subject to further University disciplinary action.

  • Beverages must be in a closed, plastic container. Items purchased from Smoothie King and food services are not permitted in the activity areas.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed beyond the access control point in the recreation and fitness centers, with the exception of non-glass bottles containing only water.
  • In accordance with University Recreation’s Tobacco-Free policy, the use of any tobacco products is prohibited in and around the recreation and fitness centers.
  • No alcohol, drugs, or tobacco are allowed in the facility.
  • Proper athletic attire must be worn when participating in recreational activities:
  • Proper athletic shoes and clothing are required at all times. (non- marking tennis shoes in all activity areas, except Indoor Pool and locker rooms)
  • Shirts must be worn at all times in public areas and should cover all areas of the skin, which may come in contact with fitness equipment.
  • Non-marking athletic shoes must be worn in the activity areas.
  • Examples of prohibited shoes include, but are not limited to, cleats, sandals, stocking feet and/or hard soled shoes.
  • Bicycles, skateboards, roller-skates, rollerblades and non-electric scooters are prohibited. UREC will not be liable for any item listed above.
  • Headphones are required for all personal electronic devices.
  • Facilities may be closed and/or reservations canceled when warranted (i.e. special events, maintenance projects, and inclement weather).
  • Unreserved open recreation activities are available on a first-come, first- served basis with shared usage and challenge rules applying. The designated informal recreation activity will take priority over other users.
  • Photographic devices may not be used in the locker rooms and restrooms.
  • All video and photography requests must be approved by the Assistant Director of Informal Recreation and Event Management.
  • Disorderly conduct, abuse of the facility, equipment, or staff and/or disregard.
  • For the recreation and fitness centers’ policies will result in immediate dismissal from the facility. Additional sanctions may include disciplinary action, reimbursement for damages, and/or potential suspension from the facilities and programs, referral to the Office of Student Conduct or UAPD.
  • A user asked to leave by the staff will not be refunded any paid charges.

III. Weight Room and Cardio Policies

A. Weight Room

  • Movement of any equipment/furniture may only be conducted by University Recreation staff.
  • All equipment should remain in the part of the weight room/cardio=area where it was originally located.
  • Improper use or unapproved modifications of equipment beyond the manufacturer’s purpose are prohibited.
  • Proper athletic shoes and clothing are required.
  • Boots and open toe/heel shoes are prohibited.
  • Weight belts are not to be used on selectorized weight machines.
  • Tops must be worn at all times and should cover the torso and back which come in contact with equipment.
  • No food permitted. Water or sports drinks are permitted in closed plastic containers only.
  • All dumbbells and free weights must be returned to their original and proper racks immediately after use.
  • Weights and short /long barbells are not to be propped or placed against walls, mirrors or equipment.
  • Use of collars is mandatory for all plate-loaded free weight lifts or collars must be used on all free bar lifts with plates.
  • Spotters are suggested on all heavy lifts; a Strength/Conditioning Staff member will spot anyone in need of a spotter.
  • Screaming, yelling or use of offensive language will not be tolerated.
  • Chalk use is not permitted in the facility.
  • Users are required to wipe down equipment after each use.
  • Olympic Lifting (i.e. snatch and clean & jerk) is permitted only in the designated area (power room in the SRC).
  • Above the waist movements with long /short barbells are allowed only in the powerlifting room at the SAC.
  • Deadlifting may only be performed outside of the powerlifting room of the SAC if it is 225 lbs or less.
  • All weights must be controlled to the floor at all times. No slamming or dropping the weights at any time.
  • Each participant is only allowed to have one set of dumbbells off the rack at a time.
  • Personal items such as backpacks and gym bags are not allowed in the weight rooms or cardio areas and must be placed in designated storage units. Staff members are not responsible for lost or stolen property.
  • Personal electronic devices are to be used with headphones only.
  • All patrons are to wipe down any machine/equipment after use.
  • Personal training or private instruction at any University Recreation facility is restricted to those individuals who are specifically employed by University Recreation for this purpose. No solicitation is allowed.
  • Patrons must adhere to verbal requests from University Recreation staff at all times.

B. Cardio Policies

  • Cardiovascular machines are on a first come first served basis.
  • All patrons are to wipe down cardiovascular machines after use.
  • All cardiovascular machines are to be used for their intended purposes

C. Indoor Track

  • Inside lanes are designated for jogging/running; outside lanes are designated for walking.
  • Please yield to those moving at a faster pace than you.
  • Please run/walk in the direction designated for that day.
  • Stretching is permitted in designated areas only. Sitting, leaning or stretching on the railing is not allowed.
  • No spitting on the track. Spike shoes, turf shoes, boots, sandals, and open-toed shoes are not allowed. Wheeled devices are not allowed on the track, with the exception of ADA designated assistance devices.
  • Patrons must adhere to verbal requests from University Recreation staff at all times.
  • Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis

IV. Gym and Sport Court Policies

  • Damage to property and verbal or physical abuse is not tolerated; violators will be asked to leave the facility and subject to disciplinary action.
  • Since all games are self-monitored, good sportsmanship and proper conduct are expected.
  • Clean, close-toed, closed-heel athletic shoes with non-marking soles are required in all activity areas.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times in public areas and should cover all areas of the skin, which may come in contact with fitness equipment.
  • Non-marking athletic shoes must be worn in the activity areas.
  • Grabbing or hanging on the net or rim is prohibited due to the risk of injury and potential damage of equipment.
  • Baseball, football, frisbee, and other activities or equipment deemed unsafe in the gymnasium environment is prohibited.
  • In the event of crowded courts and waiting players, the building supervisor has the authority to modify games.
  • University Recreation and scheduled activities have priority for court usage.
  • University Recreation functions include approved programs, special events, and informal recreation.
  • Personal belongings are encouraged to be stored in a daily use locker.
  • Courts are primarily intended for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. Other activities are permissible if considered safe and appropriate as determined by University Recreation staff.
  • Disassembling or moving equipment that has been set-up is not allowed. Ask a University Recreation Supervisor to set-up or remove equipment.
  • Use of tape or other marking materials is prohibited on walls, doors or floor surfaces
  • Beverages must be in a closed, plastic container. Items purchased from Smoothie King and food services are not permitted in the activity areas.

A. Personal Hygiene

  • University Recreation reserves the right to implement any guidelines that protect the health and safety of the facility and its users.

V. Equipment Checkout Policies

  • Only UA students, faculty, staff and members of the recreation and fitness centers may check out equipment.
  • Guests are limited to checking out group exercise class passes only.
  • Equipment is checked out on a first come, first served basis and may not be reserved
  • Users will be charged for lost or damaged equipment

VI. Locker Room Policies

A. General Policy

  • It is recommended that all patrons and guests leave No valuables, such as money, wallets, watches, jewelry, etc., unattended
  • Patrons should double check the lock to make sure it is locked when showering and leaving the facility
  • When showering, do not leave any soap or shampoo in the shower area
  • Personal locks may be used, however; UREC reserves the right to cut any lock as needed.
  • Lost and found articles may be taken to any UREC front desk location.
  • All thefts, vandalism or unusual situations should be reported to a UREC Facility Operations Supervisor.
  • Individuals utilizing University Recreation facilities shall have access to the changing, shower, locker room, and toilet facilities that correspond with their gender identity or gender expression. For the comfort of all patrons, we encourage and ask patrons with children to use the gender-appropriate locker room or to use the family change room, which is located between the men’s and women’s locker rooms. University Recreation is committed to providing an environment that is safe, inclusive, and welcoming for all members and guests. The family change room is a gender-neutral space available to both families and individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

B. Sauna/Steam Room Etiquette

  • It is recommended for safety reasons that participants with health problems check with a physician before using the sauna and steam room.
  • The steam room will be automatically turned off at 9 pm.
  • You must provide a barrier between your skin and the bench to protect the wood from perspiration. (i.e. shorts or towel). Always sit covered with a towel or wear appropriate clothing while in the sauna and steam room.
  • Clothing, such as sweat suits or rubberized suits, should not be worn in the sauna.
  • Lewd behavior or conversation is prohibited in the sauna and steam room.
  • It is recommended to stay in the sauna and steam room to a maximum of 15 minutes per session.
  • Do not exercise in the sauna.
  • Items are not to be jammed under the doors of the sauna and steam room.
  • Allow yourself at least 5 minutes after exercising to cool down before entering the sauna.
  • If you feel faint, dizzy, or nauseated, exit the sauna and steam room immediately.
  • Lotions and/or oils are prohibited in sauna and steam room.
  • Foot covering is highly recommended.
  • Children are not permitted in the sauna and steam room
  • Do not leave newspapers, magazines, or paper products in the sauna and steam room.
  • This is a DRY AIR SUANA SYSTEM. Pouring water or any other substance on sauna rocks can result in electric shock and/or sauna failure.

Facility Usage Policies (pdf file)

Tobacco Free Policy

I. Purpose
University Recreation promotes a safe and healthy environment for wellness and disease prevention. Tobacco has been shown to be the single most avoidable cause of premature death and disability from a variety of cancers, chronic lung disease, and cardiovascular disease. Cigarette remnants contain numerous cancer-causing agents and discarding them can cause a fire and/or have other negative impacts on the environment and human health in addition to unsightly litter on University Recreation premises.

II. Policy
University Recreation designates its buildings, entrances and all related grounds (including parking lots) as tobacco-free. The relevant buildings referred to in this document include the Student Recreation Center, the Aquatic Center, Recreational Tennis Courts, Outdoor Fields Complex, and the Outdoor Pool Complex.

  • Definitions used for tobacco-free.
    : includes inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette or pipe.
    Tobacco Products: refers to all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah), electronic cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco products.
  • Those to whom the policy applies: faculty/staff, students, patrons, visitors, and guests.
  • Where policy applies: University Recreation buildings and grounds including parking, green space, and walkways on University Recreation grounds and vehicles on the property.
  • Compliance concerns: Compliance is everyone’s business. All employees are encouraged to politely make violators aware using scripted messages. The Compliance process usually includes a verbal reminder, a written statement of expectations, and a behavior contract that identifies resources. Continued lack of compliance could result in termination of employment, student judicial sanction and/or revocation of patron/guest privileges.

III. Resources
Addiction Recovery Program
12 Step Recovery Program

  • University Recreation Employees-University Recreation employees in violation of the policy will be subject to correction action under the Human Resources Policies and Procedures or other applicable University regulations and policies.
  • Faculty/Staff (Non-University Recreation employees)-All other University employees (non-University Recreation employees) in violation of the policy are subject to revocation of facility privileges as a potential outcome for non-compliance.
  • Students Patrons and Employees-Students violations will be handled consistent with other student misconduct violation processes. Options may include referral to the Office of Students Judicial Affairs with potential revocation of facility privileges as potential outcomes.
  • All Other Membership Categories (including dependents of the above categories)-Potential revocation of facility privileges is a potential outcome for non-compliance.
  • Public/Guests-Day users and visitors. All employees are encouraged to use appropriate verbal scripts about policy. The policy will be added to the Day User’s Daily Use Release/Waiver Form.

IV. Resources
University Recreation is committed to preparing our faculty, staff, and students with the skills to assist individuals in cessation and in assisting faculty/staff, and students in personal cessation of tobacco use through departmental programs and referral to other available resources, which include:

A. Faculty/Staff

  • MD counseling through the College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS) and programs offered with the Office of Health Promotion & Wellness Counseling (OHPW)
  • Employee Assistance Program (though UA Human Resources Department)
  • Group classes-OHPW; offered through CCHS
  • University Recreation Quit Smart program
  • Free Alabama Quitline: 1-800-784-8669 or use the online counseling services at Alabama Quit Now

B. Student Employees

  • Student Health Center, Health Promotion & Wellness Department programs
  • University Recreation Quit Smart program

C. Members

  • MD counseling through the College of Community Health Sciences
  • Free Alabama Quitline: 1-800-784-8669 or use the online counseling services at Alabama Quit Now.
  • BCBS Quit Line

University Recreation encourages healthy interaction through active and safe lifestyle opportunities for students and the greater University community that strengthens learning and personal growth.