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Member and Patron Policies

Facility and Access

1. All members of the Morris Recreation Center must have a valid and current Mane Card or MRC ID Card for entry into the facility during recreation hours. This is a zero tolerance policy.

2. Students and members must use their own valid Lion Card or MRC ID Card. ID cards are non-transferable and for the exclusive use of the person named on the card. Any individual in possession of another’s card and the owner of said card will be escorted out and asked to leave the facility. All parties involved in an ID passback situation will be suspended from Campus Recreation for one week from the incident. All parties involved are responsible for scheduling a meeting with the Assistant Director-Operations in order for their suspension to be lifted. Repeat offenders are subject to referral to the Office of Judicial Affairs.

3. Participants must possess and display upon request, appropriate identification. Campus Recreation reserves the right to request identification from a participant at any time they are using the facilities or services offered or overseen by the department.

4. If the photo, name or ID number(s) is not visible on a Mane Card, the card is not considered valid and entry will be refused.

5. Your cooperation in presenting proper identification is expected at all times.

6. A valid government picture ID is required to purchase a Day Pass.

7. Guests entering the facility must sign a waiver (guests who are 16 years and younger must be accompanied and actively supervised by a parent or guardian at all times).

8. Children are only allowed in the facility during Family Hours (Friday-Sunday), Summer Sessions, Mini Semesters and Campus Recreation Special Events in the accompaniment of a parent or guardian. They are also not allowed during any Intramural sporting event.

9. Minors must be accompanied/actively supervised by their guardian at all times including the restrooms/locker rooms. Minors ages 5 and under are allowed to enter a locker room with their guardian regardless of gender. Minors ages 6 and above must go through their respective locker room in order to access the pool. Campus Recreation staff will assist in escorting minors through the locker room to meet their guardians on the other end when necessary. 

10. Waivers for entry to the facility for reservations will not be faxed the day of the event. Please make sure they are completed before arriving for your reservation.

11. The Morris Recreation Center is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Please utilize our day lockers or our semester lockers to store your belongings while using our facility.

12. There is a 5 to 1 ratio requirement for youth to adults per group. Groups greater than 10 will not be allowed in the building without prior reservation.

13. No animals are permitted in the building with the exception of authorized service animals.

14. Please leave all areas clean.

15. Bicycles, roller blades, skateboards and scooters are not permitted inside the facility.

16. Weapons are strictly prohibited.

17. Participants are financially responsible for any loss or damage to equipment while it is in their possession, including equipment used by a sponsored guest.

18. Equipment not returned (or equipment damaged) is subject to replacement charge(s). Replacement charges are dependent upon item(s) not returned/damaged.

19. Headphones are required for any personal stereos.

20. All paper passes will expire Dec. 1st 2014. We will no longer accept any paper punch pass following that date. 

21. The possession, use, charging, and storage of self-balancing scooters, also known as hover boards, will be prohibited in all campus owned and leased properties. This notice also includes all residential living buildings.


Participant Conduct and Behavior

Patrons are expected to be courteous to other Facility users and employees and to follow the rules, policies and safety instructions outlined by Campus Recreational Services. Patrons who engage in behaviors or actions that might damage equipment or facilities, or pose a threat to the safety and well-being of themselves or others may lose their privileges. The staff and Patrons of Campus Recreational Services appreciate your cooperation in making our facilities a friendly and positive environment for recreational and social opportunities. Vulgar, obscene, abusive, derogatory and/or demeaning comments and gestures are not consistent with a positive environment and could lead to loss of privileges. We appreciate your support in continuing the positive environment that exists in the recreation facilities.

1. Inappropriate behavior which is not to be tolerated includes (list not all inclusive):

                a. Verbal Abuse

                b. Physical Abuse

                c. Mental Harassment

                d. Obscene Gestures or Actions

                e. Abuse of Staff in any Form

                f. Profane or Indecent Language

2. The Campus Recreation Staff reserves the right to deny entry or remove patrons from the building for violating any of the Campus Recreation Policies and Procedures. University Police will be contacted when necessary.

3. Any incident occurring within Campus Recreation facilities or sponsored events will require an in-person meeting with Professional Staff members of the Department of Campus Recreation.

Food and Beverages

1. Food and drink is NOT permitted in the outdoor area. Food is only permitted in the lounge area located in the front lobby of the building. 

2. Plastic water bottles with re-sealable caps are allowed in the building.


1. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday: use track clockwise. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: use track counter clockwise.

2. Please refrain from spitting on the track or in the water fountains on the track.

3. Barefoot running is not allowed.

4. Walkers will use the inside lane while runners will use the outside lanes. Please be mindful of your surroundings and the current day of the week for track direction.

5. Do not use the rails to stretch before, during, or after your workout. Stretching areas with mats are provided for your safety.

6. At no time should patrons be idle on the track. Spectating is prohibited at all times and will be actively supervised during Intramural events.

Personal Items/Valuables

1. The Campus Recreation Department is not responsible for any loss of property. It is suggested that valuables be stored in lockers.

2. Personal Items and bags are not allowed in the Cardio and Weight Room area. They are also not allowed in the climbing facility when outside hours of operation. Please utilize one of our many locker options to store your belongings. 

Lost and Found

1. Due to University policy, items recovered within the facility will be kept for a maximum of 30 days before being donated to charity. The Department of Campus Recreation is not responsible for any lost possessions. 

University Policy - Disposition of Abandoned and Unclaimed Personal Property


Proper Use of Equipment

1. Do not operate any equipment that looks damaged or has loose parts. If repair is needed for any equipment, notify a staff member as soon as possible. Do not attempt to fix or repair anything.

2. Equipment must be checked out at the front desk and by someone who is 18 years of age or older. Children are never allowed to check out any type of equipment.

3. Maximum of 4 people in racquetball courts unless playing Wallyball. At no time should patrons be standing at opposite ends of the racquetball court hitting/throwing balls at each other.

4. Closed toe/non-marking footwear is required at all times in the basketball courts, weight room/cardio area, and racquetball courts at all time.

Weight Room

1. No one under the age of 16 is allowed to use the fitness equipment, unless they are a current registered A&M-Commerce student.

2. Please wipe-down equipment after use. Please use blue stripped towels and solution spray bottles located throughout the fitness area to clean the equipment after use.  

3. For your safety, no gym bags or backpacks are allowed in the Weight Room and Cardio Areas. Day lockers should be utilized and are in the hallways and locker rooms.

4. No food is allowed.

5. Beverages in re-sealable plastic containers are permitted.

6. The use of collars is mandatory on all free weight bars.

7. Spotters are suggested at all press stations.

8. Users are required to re-rack weights.

9. Dropping weights is prohibited.

10. No equipment should be moved from its designed area.

11. Please refrain from performing exercises on the ramps between each level. This is dangerous to other patrons.

12. A thirty-minute time limit on all cardiovascular equipment will be enforced during peak times.

13. Facility supervisors have the authority to ask patrons to leave for failure to abide by any facility policies and/or failure to exercise proper weight room etiquette.

14. For your own safety, always use caution while utilizing equipment.

15. Chalk is not permitted in the weight room.

16. Personal training in the Morris Recreation Center can only occur through trainers certified and employed by the Department of Campus Recreation. Any other form of personal training is  prohibited. 

Basketball Courts

1. Please use proper etiquette when in the gymnasium. 

2. Courts are available on a first come-first serve basis. Patrons will not be asked to leave or move in order to accommodate for other sports unless there is a reservation.

3. Goals and/or divider curtains will be raised/lowered at the discretion of the Operations Manager on duty.

4. Please wear shoes with non-marking soles.

5. Dunking is allowed; however, please do not hang on the rims. Any damage to the equipment resulting from this will be incurred by the responsible individual or party.

6. Hitting, kicking, or bouncing of soccer balls, basketballs, or any other piece of equipment is not permitted. This may cause damage to walls or sprinkler system.

7. Priority is given to previously scheduled activities and may interfere with open play.

8. Facility supervisors have the authority to ask patrons to leave for failure to abide by any facility policies and/or failure to exercise proper etiquette.

9. For your own safety, always exercise extreme caution when using the gymnasium.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs

1. Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, including vapor and e-cigarettes, are strictly prohibited. Any use or possession of these products by patrons will lead to removal from the premises as well as a suspension or ban of facility use.

Great OutRoars 

1. Food and drinks are NOT allowed in the outdoor pool area

  • Food is only permitted in the outdoor area for approved reservations.
  • Coolers entering the facility are subject to search. Any contraband, including but not limited to, alcohol and tobacco products will require UPD intervention
  • Cups without a screwtop will not be allowed in the facility or in the outdoor area. Patrons will be asked to dispose of these before entering
  • Glass containers are not allowed
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed
  • Smoking tobacco, vapor or e-cigarettes or other products is not allowed

2. Children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper.

3. Please enter and exit the pool and spa area slowly.

4. All users must shower before entering. Use of body lotions, oils or suntan preparation is prohibited in the pool.

5. All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied and closely supervised by a parent or legal guardian.

6. Swim material and swimsuit attire must be worn at all times.

7. No diving.

8. No running on the pool deck.

9. People with open wounds or infectious diseases are not permitted in the pool.

10. Lanes 1-3 are reserved for lap swimming. During peak times, multiple swimmers will share lanes.

11. Lifeguards have the authority to ask patrons to leave for failure to abide by any facility policies and/or failure to exercise proper etiquette.

12. For your own safety, always exercise extreme caution when using the pool and spa.

13. Inflatables, noodles, and innertubes are NOT permitted.

14. Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times when using the outdoor basketball courts.

Climbing Wall

1. Climbing is dangerous. Exercise extreme caution while climbing, bouldering, or belaying.

2. Check-in at the OA desk before climbing.

3. Climbing is only available under the supervision of authorized personnel.

4. All belayers must have a current belay check.

5. All climbers and belayers must have a signed waiver.

6. Bouldering should not be attempted above the red line (12 feet).

7. Be aware of climbers’ fall and swing zones.

8. Use clear communication between climber and belayer.

9. Patrons are not allowed to store personal belongings in the climbing facility outside of hours of operations. 

10. Patrons are not allowed to enter the climbing facility when closed. 

Lockers (Day and Semester)

1. Day lockers are available for patron use on a first come, first served basis. It is the responsibility of the user to lock the locker. Campus Recreation will not open any locker without UPD presence.

2. Damage to locker due to forced opening will result in payment of the full amount of the damage assessed to responsible party or parties.

3. Due to University policy, Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or abandoned items. Lockers that are not cleaned out after the appropriate period will be emptied out and content of locker will be disposed of. 

4. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make sure items are locked and secured. UPD will be notified of any suspicious behavior or items. 

Guest Passes

1. Photo ID is required for guest pass purchases from all adults entering facility. Minors are only allowed during family hours and must be actively accompanied by a guardian at all times including locker rooms. A maximum ratio of 5 minors to 1 adult is required. A waiver must be filled out and signed prior to entering facility. Every one entering the facility must either purchase a guest pass or have an active membership. (Excluding guided tours) 

2. Any discounts must be asked for prior to purchase. (Proof of residency is required for Commerce Community Summer Discount. Your government ID or utility bill must list Commerce as city of residence)

3. We cannot accept any bills larger than $20. We prefer you use a credit or debit card. In the event that change is not available, use of credit or debit card is required. 

4. Refunds will not be given under any circumstances. Campus Recreation is not responsible for inclement weather or unannounced/sudden closure of the outdoor area/pool. 

Media Policy – Photography and Filming Policies

Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Campus Recreation wishes to support the media in publicizing the Campus Recreation programs and services and also recognizes the need to support students who require Campus Recreation filming and photography in support of their academic coursework.

Therefore, Campus Recreation permits filming and photography in its facilities when it is consistent with the protection and security of students, members, employees, facilities and equipment, and avoids conflict with normal use and enjoyment of Campus Recreation facilities, programs and services by members.

  • Media Requests must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance by submitting the Media Request Form to the MRC Business Center during regular hours of operation. (The form will be available for download below)
  • Photographs and film may not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.
  • Photography and filming is not permitted in Campus Recreation locker rooms or restroom facilities.
  • All photography and filming must be conducted during operating hours and without disrupting Campus Recreation operations and service to its members or limiting access to equipment, stairwells, entrances/exits, high traffic areas or other high traffic locations within Campus Recreation facilities.
  • Prior permission by all photographic subjects must be secured via a signed photo release.
  • If a picture/video or interview request is made after 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, approval may not occur until the next business day. Weekend requests will be handled on the first business day of the week.
  • The Department of Campus Recreation reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of its facilities, members and staff.