C Rec Policies

WNMU Campus Recreation Policies and Procedures


Mission Statement

The Department of Campus Recreation serves as a vital and integral part of student life on campus. The mission of the department is to provide a broad spectrum of sports, recreation and leisure activities for students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the local community. The primary direction is to provide services and programs that stimulate growth, development and retention of students in a contemporary and safe environment that develops fitness and wellness, social interaction and leadership opportunities. The Department seeks to promote healthy lifestyles and lifelong learning through the highest quality programs in the areas of recreation and wellness.

C Rec Eligibility

WNMU students, faculty and staff members are eligible to use all facilities free of charge. A current WNMU ID or ID number must be presented to the staff member on duty in order to gain admittance.

Dependents of students, faculty and staff members are eligible to utilize the facilities by paying the Campus Rec fee and receiving a WNMU Dependent ID from Campus Card Services. The Dependent fee cam be paid at the WNMU Card Service office

Community members may gain access to the facilities by purchasing a WNMU ID from Card Services.

Equipment such as basketballs, volleyballs and other equipment can be checked out through a C-Rec staff member located in the Fitness Center. Upon checkout, an ID must be presented to the staff member on duty. The ID will be returned once the equipment has been returned.

Participation Agreement

All physical activities offered in the Brancheau Physical Education Complex and at other Campus Recreation facilities are on a voluntary participation basis and carry various degrees of risk or injury. Participants assume sole responsibility for any and all such risk or injury that may result due to voluntary participation. It is each individual's responsibility to be knowledgeable of his/her own physical condition when participating in any activity. Inform the staff at the desk of any medical conditions they may need to be aware of.

General Policies 

  • Appropriate athletic attire, such as t-shirts, shorts, warm-up suits and fitness clothing are required. Jeans and/or street clothes that have rivets on them are not permitted.
  • Gum chewing and spitting are not permitted in any facility.
  • In-line skates/roller skates/skateboards are not allowed in the PEC.
  • All personal articles must be kept in designated lockers; not on activity room floors, courts or other surfaces.
  • Boom boxes are not allowed in the PEC except those used for Department of Campus Recreation programs. Individual headphones are permissible. C-Rec will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.
  • Football, softball, Frisbee or other activities that involve projecting items through the air are not permitted in the IM gym or fitness center unless handled by a C-Rec professional staff member.
  • Appropriate footwear is required for each activity area.
  • Marking/streaking and running shoes are prohibited on all wood surfaces (basketball, racquetball, and Dance studio).
    - Cleats or spikes are not allowed on any surface in the PEC.
    - Any shoes that contain excess dirt, mud, and/or grease, etc., will not be permitted on any floor surface.
    - Open-toe shoes are not permitted in any activity area.

Family & Child Policies

  • For health and safety reasons, children ages 0 - 16 are not permitted at any time in the Wellness Center; this area of the facility is not designed to be used by children.
  • Infants may not be left in carriers while their guardian exercises nearby.  
  • Carriages / strollers are not permitted in the Intramural Gym.
  • Children must be at least 16 years of age to utilize the Campus Rec facilities.
  • All children under the age 16 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian to gain admittance into the Campus Rec facilities, and must be chaperoned at all times while in the facility.
  • WNMU students, faculty, and staff may purchase memberships for their dependents. Each dependent will need to get an ID card from Card Services.
  • Children are never to be left unattended, even in the lobby.
  • Racquetball goggles are required for children under the age of 18 who utilize the racquetball courts.

Behavior and Personal Safety

  • Participants are expected to be courteous to other facilities users and employees and to follow the rules, policies and safety instructions outlined by Campus Recreation.
  • Patrons are expected to display acceptable social behavior while recreating in any of the Campus Recreation facilities.
  • Facility users who engage in behavior or actions that might damage equipment or facilities, or pose a threat to the safety and wellbeing of themselves or others may lose their privileges.
  • Abuse of staff in any form is not tolerated and will result in expulsion and exclusion for a period of time deemed appropriate by management.
  • Vulgar, obscene, abusive, derogatory or demeaning comments and gestures are not consistent with a positive environment and could lead to loss of privileges.

·         Not all rules are posted. If staff ask your cooperation, please adjust your behavior and make a recommendation to management at a later date for changes you feel might be necessary.

·         Uncooperative patrons will be asked to leave the facilities and excluded from its use until deemed appropriate by Campus Recreation.

  • The Department of Campus Recreation reserves the right to take whatever action necessary to preserve the safety and integrity of facilities and programs.
  • Fighting is not tolerated and will result in immediate expulsion from the facilities. Lack of cooperation will result in the Campus Police being involved.
  • Please help maintain a secure environment by watching your valuables carefully, and notifying staff if you see something out of the ordinary.
  • When using the facilities please consider your own health history, seek counsel from your health provider, and use common sense. In case of an accident or illness, notify a C Rec employee immediately. Your assistance promoting safety is greatly appreciated.

·         Participation is at your own personal risk. Please be Safe and be a Sport.

Alcohol/Smoking/Tobacco/Food Use

  • Food is not allowed inside the facilities.
  • No glass or metal containers are allowed.
  • Water, in plastic containers with re-sealable caps is allowed.
  • Rule of Thumb: If it tips over there can't be a possibility of it spilling
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the premises.
  • Consumption, or suspicious involvement with alcohol, will be reason for expulsion and possible exclusion from further Campus Recreation services.
  • Western New Mexico University is designated as a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of all tobacco products are prohibited.
  • Gum should be thrown away before entering any of the facilities.

Bicycles, Skateboards, and In-line Skates

  • Bicycles, Skateboards, and In-line Skates are not allowed in the PEC.
  • Bicycle racks are located outside for your convenience, please do not park them inside the building.
  • Bicycles left for more than a couple of days in the racks will be referred to Campus Police for removal.

Lost and Found

  • Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
  • Participants are encouraged to store all personal belongings securely in lockers.
  • Staff members are not allowed to hold valuables or bags for participants and will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Found items should be turned in at the Customer Service desk.
  • Any items found which appear to be of significant monetary value will be stored safely. Those items can be claimed the following day at the Campus Rec Office. Valuables will be stored for two weeks and then given to Campus Police for disposal.
  • Coats and other items of clothing will also be stored for two weeks and then given to Campus Police for disposal.

Wellness Center Usage

            Cardio Equipment

·      Proper usage as determined and designed by the manufacturer is required.

§  Do not grab electronic consoles – use the handle bars.

§  Do not steeply incline the treadmills, grasp the handle and lean back on your routine. This is inappropriate and tears up the equipment

·      Please wipe down equipment after use.

·      Use cubbies for personal items or the free day-lockers provided for your convenience.

·      Keep hands and feet clear of moving parts while machine is in use. Place hands and feet only on the hand grips and foot pads provided.

·      Please use machines and equipment only for their intended purpose.


            Weight Equipment

·      Use appropriate stacks of weights and settings on the strength training equipment to  match your ability.

·      Do not drop weights.

·      Stack weights properly after use. Refusing to do so, if asked by a staff, will result in expulsion from the facilities for no less than one week.

·      Proper athletic clothing, shirts, and athletic shoes must be worn at all times. NO JEANS

·      Do not operate equipment if it has loose or damaged parts.

·      If machine fails to operate correctly, do not attempt to repair. Notify the staff member at the customer service desk of the problem.

·      Participants exercise at their own risk, and they are responsible for their own health and safety.

·      Do not stand or place feet on benches.

·      No equipment is to be moved from its designated area.

Gym Usage

  • No tape on gym floors or walls.
  • Do not move any equipment already set up on the courts. Ask the staff member on duty for information regarding the daily activities.
  • Gyms are intended for basketball, volleyball and badminton. Other activities must be approved by the staff member on duty.
  • No personal items are allowed on the playing floor. Place items in the day lockers provided for your convenience
  • Wear proper athletic shoes. No street shoes or black marking soles allowed.

Racquetball Court Usage

·         Only non-marking athletic shoes are permitted on the courts.

·          It is highly recommended that players wear eye protection while playing.

·         Only four players are allowed on a court at a time.


  • No pets are permitted in the Brancheau Physical Education Complex unless the animal is a registered service dog or trained seeing-eye dog.
  • The owner should be prepared to properly display the animal's credentials.





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