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Facilities & Hours - Facility Policies

Subject to change: Campus Recreation reserves the right to revise, amend, and/or change any published information.

General Facility Use: In consideration for other users, please use all Campus Recreation facilities in the manner for which they are intended.  Additionally, please refer to the policies below.

Alcohol and Other Drugs:

Alcoholic beverages, and illegal and performance enhancing drugs, may not be brought into or used in any Campus Recreation facilities. For safety reasons, individuals may not use Campus Recreation facilities or participate in programs while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Exceptions include alcoholic beverages at University catered functions and special events. Click here for additional information about the Alcohol and Drug policy.


Only certified guide or personal assistant animals are permitted in Campus Recreation facilities.


At a minimum, please wear shorts, shirts, and closed-toe athletic shoes in all Campus Recreation facilities, with the exception of the pool and outdoor play fields. Non-marking court shoes must be worn on basketball and racquetball/squash courts, and in multipurpose rooms. For health/sanitation reasons, bare feet are not allowed anywhere except the locker rooms and pools. Please strongly consider wearing sandals in the pools and locker room areas anytime you are not actually in the water. Please wear appropriate swimwear in the pools, spa, and sauna, and change into suitable attire before using other areas of the facility.

Bicycles, Roller Skates, Rollerblades and Skateboards:

For everyone’s safety, bicycles and skateboards may not be brought inside Campus Recreation facilities. Roller skates and roller blades are allowed only on the Multi-Activity Court; they must be removed before exiting the MAC.

Cell Phones:

For safety and security reasons, the use of cell phones is not allowed in locker rooms, bathrooms, or sauna, and not recommended while using fitness equipment. Additionally, their use may be restricted in some specific programs for privacy and safety reasons.

Closing Time:

All areas including locker rooms must be vacated by closing time each night. Reminders will be given as the closing time nears. A final announcement will be made when the facility closes. Fifteen minutes prior to closing, all checked-out equipment must be returned, and all day lockers must be emptied.

Disability Access:

It is the policy and practice of the University of Maine to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the state and local requirements regarding people with disabilities. Under these laws, no qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities of The University of Maine. The Rec Center is designed to accommodate patrons of varying abilities. Campus Recreation staff are available to provide accommodations to members with disabilities. Members are encouraged to contact us to help ensure that their request for accommodation is met.

Electrical Storm Policy – Swimming Pool:

Due to the threat of electrocution from a lightning strike, the swimming pool will close in the event of a lightning storm. Although the building has a lightning protection system, including the pool structure being bonded and grounded, there is still a possible risk of shock through the underground metallic network and large surface area of the water. Campus Recreation has taken the recommendation of the National Lightning Safety Institute and the American Red Cross to close all indoor swimming facilities during an electrical storm. When the first lighting strike is seen or thunder strike heard, the pools will be cleared and area closed. The pools will reopen 30 minutes after the last lightning is seen or thunder heard. Patrons can congregate in the locker rooms or (if properly attired) in the lobby until the pool reopens. The showers will be unavailable while the pool is closed during thunder and lightning storms.

Facility Closures:

Areas of the Rec Center and MBAC may be closed and/or restricted from time to time.  Most of these closures and restrictions will be due to special events, classes, cleaning and maintenance, reservations, or inclement weather. Scheduled closures will be posted one week in advance whenever possible. Unscheduled or emergency closures will be posted to the appropriate Facebook page.

Facility Entry:

To enter any Campus Recreation facility, individuals must present a valid MaineCard, RecCard, or Day Pass receipt, and must have paid appropriate fees (either as a student, or by purchasing a Campus Recreation membership or pass).

For the safety and security of our patrons, loitering on the grounds of our facilities for the purpose of soliciting use of members’ guest passes is prohibited.

Food and Drinks:

Please, no glass containers. Food is permitted in lobby and lounge areas only. Water is allowed in activity areas only if it is in an enclosed, unbreakable container. Exceptions to these restrictions include University-catered functions and special events.

Moving Equipment:

For your safety, only Campus Recreation staff may move equipment in Campus Recreation facilities.

Open Recreation:

Open recreation hours are available for all members to engage in various recreational activities on a first-come, first-served basis.

Personal Belongings:

Please lock your valuable personal belongings in day lockers, and otherwise use cubbies. Unsecured belongings may be considered abandoned property and turned in to lost and found. Campus Recreation can not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property.

Personal Music Devices (iPods, MP3 players, etc)

Please be sure to use headphones when using personal music devices.

Personal Training, Teaching, Instructing:

Teaching, training, and otherwise instructing at Campus Recreation and Maine Bound facilities,  including but not limited to the New Balance Student Recreation Center, Maine Bound Adventure Center, Bridge Tennis Courts, and Maine Bound Challenge Course, is allowed only by employees of Campus Recreation and/or Maine Bound, or by written permission of the Director of Campus Recreation.


To protect individual privacy, photography and/or videotaping are not allowed unless prior written authorization is obtained from the Director of Campus Recreation or his/her designee.

Tobacco Use:

Smoking and tobacco products are not permitted anywhere on the University of Maine campus.

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Family Policies

Our family policy encourages members and guests to bring children to use the Rec Center and MBAC for drop-in recreational use any time these facilities are open.  A parent or legal guardian must sign a Liability Waiver for all children under 18 years of age prior to the first use of the facility or programs. (The child’s name goes on the top of the first page, and the parent signs and prints their name on the back.)

Special policies related to children are in place.  See below.

  • Children aged 0-13 must have direct and hands-on parental or parental-approved 18+ year old guardian supervision at all times.
  • Children may use the spa when they’re tall enough to keep their heads completely out of the water with their feet firmly touching the bottom (not just the bench).
  • Children aged 0-2 may be brought into the opposite gender locker room. If you are bringing a child with you who is of the opposite gender and 3+ years old, please use the Family/Assisted locker room located in the pool access hallway.
  • Age 0-4 years:
    For health and safety reasons, children of these ages are not permitted at any time in the weight and cardio areas, the sauna, or the racquetball/squash courts. Infants may not be left in carriers while their guardian exercises nearby. Carriages/ strollers are not permitted on the track.
  • Age 5-11 years:
    For health and safety reasons, not permitted in weight or cardio areas.
    Exception: Children of this age who are enrolled in fitness programs are permitted in all areas while under direct supervision of our fitness staff.
  • Age 12-13 years:
    With proper direct supervision, children of this age are permitted in all areas.   For safety reasons, they may not sponsor guests or supervise other children.
  • Age 14 -17 years:
    Youths of this age are permitted in all areas without supervision.   For safety reasons, they may not sponsor guests or supervise children.

Swimming Pool Use

  • Only Swim Diapers are approved for pool use; they are available at the Front Desk.
  • Periodic bathroom breaks should be encouraged by parents for children of all ages.  At 5 minutes before each hour, all swimmers will be required to exit the pool.
  • Each adult may bring in up to 3 children if there are any non-swimmers in the group, and 5 children if all are swimmers.
  • Children who cannot swim without the aid of flotation devices are considered non-swimmers.  Flotation devices approved for non-swimmer use must be Coast Guard Certified Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and presented to the lifeguard for inspection upon entering the pool.
  • “Water Wings” are not Coast Guard Certified PFDs and are therefore not approved.

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Safety and Emergency Response


All Campus Recreation employees who are on-duty in the Rec Center and MBAC during hours of operation are certified with First Aid and Professional Rescuer CPR/AED. In the event of a medical emergency inside theses facility, please notify Rec Center staff immediately and they will assess the patient and determine what medical treatment is needed.


For non-emergency aid such as ice and band aids, please go to the Front Desk. Please also immediately inform Campus Recreation staff of any unsafe condition, suspicious activity, or maintenance/ custodial needs.

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Conduct and Community

Campus Recreation Human Dignity Statement:

We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the human differences that surround us. We ask you to participate in fostering this spirit.  Any expression of bigotry, hatred, prejudice or disrespect is inconsistent with the ideals of preserving human dignity and contradicts the values of healthful living and fair play promoted by the University of Maine and our staff.

Code of Conduct:

The University of Maine’s codes of conduct are in action in Campus Recreation facilities and programs at all times. Use of University of Maine facilities is a privilege and participants are expected to be good citizens and respect the rights of others.  Individuals who engage in unacceptable or irresponsible behavior may be subject to further disciplinary action as outlined in the University of Maine Student Conduct Code (PDF), policies of Human Resources and other University of Maine Policies, and/or state and federal Law.

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