General Policies

Assumption of Risk

Individuals assume a risk of injury or even death while voluntarily electing to participate in physical activity. All participants are strongly encouraged to have a health evaluation by their physician. All non-student members must sign the “Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement.”

Risk Statement

Participants play at their own risk. Neither Recreational Services staff, Kent State University or the agents thereof assume responsibility for injury or damage to personal property resulting from participation in recreational activity or an intramural sports activity.

Bikes, Pets, Skates, Sleds
  • Bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, pets, in-line skates, scooters and sleds are not permitted inside the SRWC.
  • Only working service animals and service animals in-training are permitted in the building.
Domestic Partnerships

To claim a domestic partnership, members must meet the following conditions:

  • Are at least 18 years of age and have the capacity to enter into a contract.
  • Share a permanent residence, unless residing in different cities, states or countries on a temporary basis.
  • Are the sole domestic partner of each other, having been in the relationship for at least six months and intending to remain in the relationship indefinitely.
  • Are not currently married to, or legally separated from, another person under statutory or common law.
  • Are responsible for each other’s welfare.
  • Are not related by blood to a degree that would bar marriage in the state of Ohio.
  • Are financially interdependent on each other. This includes documentation of at least three of the following:
    • Joint ownership of real estate property or joint tenancy on a residential lease.
    • Joint ownership of an automobile.
    • Joint bank or credit account.
    • Will designating the domestic partner as the primary beneficiary.
    • Retirement plan or life insurance policy designating the domestic partner as the primary beneficiary.
    • Durable power of attorney, signed to the effect that powers are granted to one another unless residing in different cities, states or countries on a temporary basis
Dress Code and Decency Policy
  • Shirt and shoes are required except in the locker rooms and swimming pool areas. Clean swim attire must be worn in the pools and whirlpools. Cutoff shorts, T-shirts, thong bikinis, see-through suits and unapproved footwear are prohibited in the natatorium. Patrons are asked to wear clean athletic shoes that have scuff resistant, non-marking soles in all activity areas of the facility. Closed toe shoes (no sandals) are required on the fitness floors, cardio floors, weight floor, circuit and track equipment. Patrons must remove shoes before crossing the pool deck when going to and from the outdoor patio.
  • In the interest of encouraging a positive and comfortable environment, the Department of Recreational Services has established the following “Standard of Decency” governing patron attire while participating in programs and open recreation at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Department staff shall have the discretion to determine the appropriateness of attire and may make special exceptions for patrons in certain programs where applicable. Enforcement of this policy shall be in accordance with the policies of Kent State University.
  • Standard of Decency prohibits, but is not limited to the following:
    • Revealing or see-through clothing.
    • Exposed underwear including boxers, sports bras and bras.
    • Overly short shorts.
    • Exposed genitalia, pubic region, breasts, or buttocks.
    • Saggy pants revealing underwear or any portion of the body below the naval.
    • Clothing that is deemed unsafe to be worn with safety equipment.
Equal Opportunity Employer

Recreational Services is an equal opportunity employer and strives to provide a culturally diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, military status or disability.

Food, Beverage, Gum and Tobacco
  • Food and beverages may be consumed in the mall area and Summit Street Café areas only.
  • Drinks in a container with a lid is permitted throughout the facility.
  • Possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Consumption of alcohol, intoxication, or the appearance/smell of intoxication will be cause for immediate removal.
  • Smoking and tobacco use is not allowed on any property owned, operated or leased by Kent State. This includes personal vehicles parked on university property.
  • All smoking is prohibited, including the use of electronic smoking devices, mod boxes or electronic nicotine delivery systems that create an aerosol or vapor.
  • The policy also prohibits the use of nicotine, tobacco-derived or plant based products, and oral tobacco.
  • Restricted products include: cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, cloves, hookahs, e-cigarettes, herbal and oil vaporizers, pipes, water pipes, all smokeless tobacco (chew, snuff, dip, etc.), and all other non-FDA approved nicotine products.
  • Gum is prohibited in the facility beyond the Welcome Desk.
Lost and Found
  • Recreational Services is not responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen personal property. Rental locks for daily use lockers are available free of charge at Equipment Issue for all members and guests to secure personal items.
  • All lost and found items are initially held at the SRWC Equipment Issue Desk located on the lower level of the facility. Clothing and smaller items will be donated if not picked up in a timely manner. Items of personal nature (i.e. undergarments, socks, toiletries, etc.) will be discarded.
  • Lost Flashcards are submitted to the Flashcard Office on a weekly basis.
  • Wallets, driver's licenses and medications are stored in the facility safe and turned over to campus police on a weekly basis.
  • Other items of value (i.e. laptops, cell phones, tablets, etc.) are stored in the facility safe for six months.
Photography & Videos

Taking photos or videos (cameras, video cameras, and cell phones) is strictly prohibited in the pool, locker rooms and restrooms.  All other photographs or recording videos in the SRWC and the Ice Arena must be directed to the Marketing Coordinator and is subject to approval based upon content and circumstances.  Recreational Services welcomes students and media members who want to cover a story about Recreational Services facilities, programs or clubs.  If approved, individuals should come to the Pro Shop in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center or the Skate Rental Counter at the Ice Arena at the time of the approved filming. A media pass will be given for the duration of the filming and should be returned upon the completion of filming. We can also assist and arrange interviews with Recreational Services staff and experts on recreational topics.


Signs & Announcements

Signs and Announcements

The SRWC features a public posting board in the vestibule area that is available on a first come, first serve basis. No other signs may be posted in the facility without approval from the Marketing Coordinator. Questions regarding collaboration or sponsorship may be directed to the Marketing Coordinator.

Transgender Policy

Transgender members and guests are welcome to use the restroom or locker room that aligns with their gender identity. There are two gender neutral locker rooms in a safe and welcoming environment. These locker rooms are located in the Natatorium, open during regular business hours and feature single shower stalls, day use lockers and toilet facilities. The locker rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis to families with children, disabled members that require assistance, transgender individuals, or anyone desiring more privacy.

Weather Advisories

When the university cancels class on the Kent Campus due to inclement weather, all programs held within the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) are also canceled. If conditions warrant, the administration may choose to close the SRWC. Notification of the facility closure will be posted on the department’s website and social media.