The mission of the Recreation Center is to encourage a lifetime of health and wellness for the students, faculty, and staff of Rice University by promoting the physical, social, and emotional benefits of physical activity. To that end, a wide array of recreational programs and services has been created and is offered in an effort to increase knowledge about and provide opportunities for the development of healthy behavior patterns.
If you're thinking about becoming a member, please take some time to read through the Membership Manual in order to answer most questions you may have about our facility. Download Membership Manual
The Rice Recreation Center does have some unwavering policies:
1. Animals are not allowed in the building with the exception of those assisting individuals with disabilities.
2. Bicycles, roller blades and skateboards are not allowed in the building. Bicycles are not to be locked, chained, or attached in any way to the building structure or handrails. In such circumstances, campus police will be notified and bicycles will be removed.
3. The Recreation Center staff reserve the right to refuse service to patrons wearing inappropriate dress.
4. Food will only be allowed in the front lobby, lounge area and recreation pool deck. Non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in all areas, but must be in plastic bottles with re-sealable tops. Unless approved by the director, alcohol is prohibited inside or on any Recreation Center facility, including but not limited to the pool deck and outdoor basketball courts.
5. The office assistant (lobby of the administration building) must clear all posters, flyers, signs etc. Displays may only be posted on approved bulletin boards. They may not be attached to the building walls (interior and exterior), doors, windows, rails or any other painted surface. The Recreation Center retains the right to limit the number, location, and duration of posting.
6. The Recreation Center assumes no responsibility for personal items. All patrons are encouraged to secure their own possessions. Theft should be reported immediately to the staff at the Operations Desk, who will file an incident report with RUPD.
7. The Recreation Center interprets vandalism as the willful or malicious destruction or defacement of University property. The Recreation Center has zero tolerance to any damage caused by vandalism. The director will determine disciplinary action taken due to violating the vandalism policy.
8. The Recreation Center enforces/abides by Rice University's Policies on Non-Discrimination.
9. Personal Training and swim lessons are to be conducted by campus recreation staff only. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the facility.
Any patron who fails to comply with the rules of the Recreation Center may lose all membership privileges.