Operating Standards

The Recreation Center's primary safety resources are the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines, and the National Intermural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Risk Management Manual for Sports and Recreation Organizations. ACMS guidelines represent the standard of care that must apply to all health and fitness facilities including design considerations and operating procedures that enhance service to customers. Then NIRSA manual is designed around the principals that risk of injury is inherent to physical activity, that it is possible to minimize risk, and that safety is everybody’s concern.

Special Certifications

Recreation Center employees, from the director to the newly hired freshman lifeguard, are required to be trained, certified, knowledgeable, and prepared to respond to an emergency in the manner appropriate to the position held. Building supervisors, fitness instructors and lifeguards (LG) are trained and certified annually in the performance of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Full-time staff also receive annual training in proper procedures for dealing with bloodborne pathogens & hazardous substances. A Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan (ECP) that is specific to the Rec Center and compiles with OSHA and MIOSHA standards has been written and implemented. This document is reviewed and updated biannually and all staff attend in-service training sessions covering changes in protocol annually.

Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)

Full-time Rec Center staff are trained in the use of AED devices which analyze heart rhythms and deliver an electric shock when an abnormal, life-threatening rhythm might be corrected by such a shock. Two AED’s are housed in the Rec Center, ready for use by trained staff members, one of whom is always on duty when the Rec Center is open.

Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors

Our personal trainers, fitness instructors and U•Fit coaches hold certifications by nationally recognized organizations in the fitness industry along with current CPR certification. They also recieve periodic re-training and re-certification to ensure that they are up to date and knowledgeable regarding current research trends in health and fitness. 

Preventative Maintenance

All exercise equipment, including cardio equipment, free weights and weight training machines, is carefully researched and scrutinized for safety, as well as efficacy, before purchase/lease agreement and instillation. All equipment is regularly inspected and any unit that might present even a minor danger is immediately taken out of service.

Swimming Pool Inspection and Maintenance

Swimming pool operations are supervised by four Rec Center professionals who are trained and have earned Certified Pool Operator status awarded by the National Swimming Pool Foundation and Aquatic Facility Operator certification attained under the auspices of the National Park and Recreation Association. The pool is inspected twice annually by the Genesee County Health Department and tested several times daily by Rec Center professionals and lifeguards to ensure that health and water quality standards are maintained.

The swimming pool and spa receive special cleaning weekdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in addition to automatic cleaners which work throughout the night.


Any time the swimming pool and spa are open, members and guests are carefully and constantly observed by American Red Cross (ARC) trained and certified lifeguards. Lifeguards are equipped with two-way radios, an emergency telephone, rescue equipment, a well-stocked first aid kit and the knowledge that additional professional help is just seconds away. Lifeguards are required to maintain skills in CPR/AED, first aid and water rescue. They must pass a water readiness test and receive site-specific training before they are assigned to lifeguard shifts. Lifeguards participate in periodic in-service training sessions to keep their skills honed.

Emergency Procedures

The Rec Center staff works closely with the UM-Flint Department of Environment, Health and Safety, and the Department of Public Safety to ensure that all appropriate standards, policies, and procedures are met and followed. Emergency drills, including fire and storm, backboarding and emergency building evacuation are planned, implemented, critiqued, and fine-tuned on a regular basis. Successful collaborative efforts pay off in terms of safety on a daily basis. Health and fitness can’t be achieved without attention to safety. All staffers are concerned with working for the safety of guests who visit, and are involved in and committed to the standards, guidelines, protocols, training, certificaions, and continuing education which are indicative of the tradition of excellence associated with the University of Michigan. 

General Policies

It is the philosophy of Recreational Services to provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere and to strive to protect and respect the rights of all memebers. The conduct policy is implemented to serve as a basis for governing use of the Recreation Cener and other areas within the jurisdiction of the department. Incendences not covered by a given policy will be dealt with upon occurance. Persons in violation of the conduct policy may face expulsion or other sanctions as outlined below depending on the severity of the conduct. Decisions may be appealed, as described below:

Prohibited Conduct

  • Use of obscene, profane, vulgar, derogatory, demeaning, or threatening language or gestures.
  • Spitting.
  • Disregarding facility usage policies and procedures including signage.
  • Using a false I.D. or another person’s I.D. for admission to the building.
  • Entering the facility by means other than proper check-in procedures.
  • Verbal abuse of patrons, students, staff members, or others.
  • Harassment of patrons, students, staff members, or others.
  • Damage to University of Michigan-Flint equipment (whether restitution is made may mitigate the severity of the sanction imposed).
  • Violent, assaultive and/or physical behavior directed toward patrons, staff members, or others.
  • Threats, verbal or otherwise, directed at patrons, staff members, or others.
  • Theft of personal property.
  • Theft of University of Michigan-Flint equipment or services.
  • Sexual misconduct; including, but not limited to, exhibitionistic and obscene behavior.
  • Violation of Recreation Center policies or procedures.
  • Violation of University of Michigan-Flint policy or local, state, or federal regulations or laws.

Patrons observing inappropriate behavior should report such behavior to a Recreational Services staff member immediately.


Engaging in any of the prohibited conduct outlined above may result in sanction(s) as determined by Recreational Services Administration. Some of the factors influencing the nature of the sanction(s) include the severity of the prohibited conduct at issue, and whether the person is a repeat offender of the conduct policy. Sanctions for engaging in prohibited conduct may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Verbal warning by Recreational Services staff.
  • Restitution.
  • Expulsion from the Recreation Center for the remainder of the day.
  • Expulsion from the Recreation Center for a specified period of time e.g., one day, ninety days, one year, five year.
  • Permanent expulsion from the Recreation Center.
  • Referral to the appropriate University disciplinary procedures for additional possible sanctions, up to and including possible dismissal from the University.

Patrons observing inappropriate behavior should report such behavior to a Recreational Services staff member immediately.

Appeal Process

Persons wishing to file an appeal should write to the Recreational Services Board of Review, Recreation Center, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI 48502, within thirty (30) days of the date on the letter-issuing penalty. The Board of Review will set an appeal meeting within thirty (30) days after receipt of the letter of appeal. The Board of Review will then make a written decision within five (5) business days. The decision of the Board of Review will be final.

  • If the Board of Review supports the action taken under the Conduct Policy, a prorated refund will be given from the time of the final decision to the end of the membership/service period.
  • If the Board of Review reverses the action taken under the Conduct Policy, a prorated refund will be given from the day following the incident to the day the patron is allowed entry to the Recreation Center.

10/07 - Reviewed and approved by the UM Office of the General Counsel and the UM-Flint Recreational Services Advisory Board.

Weapons Policy

Possessing, wearing, carrying or using firearms or any other dangerous weapons is prohibited on any property owned, leased or controlled by the University of Michigan, except by properly authorized law enforcement officers.

The complete text of the Regents’ ordinance establishing this policy may be viewed online or at the UM-Flint Thompson Library.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Regardless of age, alcohol is not permitted in the Rec Center at any time. Students, members and guests should not posess, transport, consume, or be in the presence of alcohol in any area of the Rec Center. The posession, use, sale, distribution, or manufacturing of any illegal substance and the posession of drug/smoking paraphernalia is prohibited in the Rec Center. Posession, use, or distribution of alcohol or any illicit drugs may lead to a referral to the appropriate local, state, or federal authorities for misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the nature of the offense. The sanctions for such offenses may include fines and/or imprisonment. 

Other Prohibited Activies

After careful review of facility design and usage patterns, it has been determined that it is not reasonably prudent to allow indoor use of soccer balls (except futsal), throwing/batting a softball/baseball/lacrosse/cricket ball, throwing/kicking a football, wearing roller blades/skates, using floor hockey sticks/fencing swords, frisbies, discs or using other types of hard projectiles and stick-like objects during open recreation. Allowing these types of activities to occur during open recreation puts the Recreation Center in direct violation of standards of care for facilities such as ours and makes the University liable if an incident or injury would occur.

Sound Equipment

Individuals who wish to listen to MP3 players, iPods, or other personal electronic entertainment devices while they work out, must use devices with personal headphones only. Individual use of devices without headphones is prohibited. Fitness Classes and group activities may sometimes involve the use of sound equipment without personal headphones. Advance authorization by Recreation Center administrative staff is required for group use of sound equipment.

Food and Drink

Food is allowed in vending area only. Groups may have food in the Activity Room by reservation only. Water and other drinks in plastic containers that are securely closed are acceptable in activity spaces. The lobby and the third floor in the University Center, as well as the ground level of the Murchie Science Building, have food and drink sales, vending, and accommodations for eating.

Cardio Equipment Usage

  • Must be 18 or older to use the cardio machines without supervision.
  • Ages 13-17 must have DIRECT one-to-one supervision provided by parent or sponsor. 
  • Ages 12 and younger are not permitted to use cardio machines. 
  • Shirts and shoes are required at all times. 
  • No open toes, sandals, or flip-flops. No food or beverages (except water).
  • Do not monopolize or rest on machines.

Lost and Found Policy

Items found in the Recreation Center are retained in the Business Office of the Recreation Center for a period of 30 days. At that time, all articles become the property of the Recreational Services Department and are donated to a local charity or to the Department of Public Safety. Please inquire during Business Office hours if you believe you may have lost belongings at the Recreation Center.

Towels and Equipment

Equipment and towels checked out at the Equipment Station must be checked back in before leaving the Rec Center. A record is created in the computer when you check out equipment and/or towels, and you must inform the attendant when you return items so that your account record is cleared for each daily visit. Fees are assessed based on the value of the equipment and/or towel non-returned. 

Personal Trainers and Coaches

The Umiversity of Michigan-Flint is a state-funded institution; our buildings and resources may mot be used for private/individual monetary benefit. Individuals who want to provide personal training or coaching services must make contractual arrangements to rent space at the Recreation Center in accordance with University of Michigan policies and procedures. 


Approval must be obtained from Rec Center Administration prior to videotaping or photography in the Rec Center of its participants. During videotaped events please let staff know if you do not what your photo used in print or social media. 

Court Sports

BasketballCourts are available on a first come, first serve basis. The east court features half-court play Friday nights and weekends. UM-Flint students, faculty and staff seeking full-court play may participate in Intramural Sports Leagues, or inquire in the business office. 

Racquetball/Wallyball- Five (5) racquetball courts (two can be used for wallyball) are available free of charge during all open building hours. Members may reserve one court, for one hour, up to one day in advance. Make court reservations during business office hours, at least two hours prior to the requested reservation. If play has not started 15 minutes past the reservation time, the court is turned over to the next waiting guest. Call (810) 762-3441 for more information or to make a reservation. 

Tennis- Available on the west gym court on a first-come, first-serve basis. Use of the tennis court at other hours of the day is at the discretion of the building manager. 

Vollyball/Badminton- Available on the middle court on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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Weight Room Policy

  • Must be age 18 or older to use weight equipment or machines without supervision.
  • Ages 13-17 must have DIRECT one-to-one supervision provided by parent or sponsor.
  • Ages 12 and younger are not permitted to use the weight equipment or remain in the area.
  • Do not drop dumbells, bars, plates or machine weights.
  • Secure all plates with collars on all barbell lifts.
  • Lift with a spotter.
  • Deadlifting is prohibited.
  • Return all weight equipment to appropriate storage areas when done lifting.
  • Shirts and shoes are required at all times.
  • No food or beverage (except water).
  • Do not monopolize or rest on equipment or machines. 
  • Proper footware is required in all areas of the Rec Center (other than the locker rooms and pool). No bare feet, open-toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, etc. 

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Track Policy

  • Must be 18 or older to use track without supervision. 
  • Ages 13-17 must have DIRECT adult supervision. 
  • Agest 12 and younger are not permitted to use or be on track. 
  • Runners use the inside lane.
  • Walkers use the outside lane.
  • No more than two runners or walkers side by side.
  • Observe the directinonal arrow.
  • Keep moving at all times.
  • NO skates, bikes or strollers allowed. 
  • No food or beverages aloud on track, except water, allowed on track. 
  • Proper footware is required in all areas of the Rec Center (other than the locker rooms and pool). No bare feet, open toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, etc. 


  • Memberships may be cancelled. For prepaid annual memberships, refunds will be calculated based upon the month-to-month rate from the date of payment to the date of cancellation. For perpetual memberships, if member cancels before 12 months of continual deductions, a $50 early termination fee will be imposed before purchasing a new membership. If member has held the membership for longer than 12 months, no penalty fee will be assessed. 
  • Leisure activities classes will be refunded in full prior to the second class of the session. Prorated refunds will be given if the class is cancelled during the session. No other refunds will be granted.
  • Summer camps - please see appropriate brochure regarding camp refund policies.


Animals of any kind are not allowed in the Rec Center; except for registered ADA service animals. Please provide our business office with a copy of your registration paperwork. 

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Parking Policy

  • Monday-Thursday between 8:00am & 5:00pm – Parking is available anywhere in the Mill Street Parking Deck except in otherwise designated spaces.
  • Before 8:00am & after 5:00pm weekdays, all day Fridays & Weekends – Parking is also allowed in Lot A (the flat lot adjacent to the Recreation Center) or in the Mill Street Parking Deck. 
  • Handicap Parking - Rec member/non-student handicap permit parking is available in the Mill Street Parking Deck (additional spaces have been added).  
  • UM-Flint Students and Faculty/Staff - must park in areas designated for their respective parking permits. 

Note:  Parking Pass Hangtags for Rec Members and Day Pass patrons are obtained from the Rec Center’s business office (Mon-Fri 7:30am-6:30pm; Sat 10am-2pm). You will need to provide:  make, model and license plate number of the primary car. Annual validation stickers will be mailed each August to current members.

Non-Member Policy

Identification for Check-In

  • Non-Members

    • Must present a valid, state issued picture identification that includes birthdate. In the event of an emergency, we must insure that all guest are safe. Without picture identification, we cant identify you!
  • Children Ages 12 & Younger
    • Day passes for children are discounted and limited to designated areas in the Rec Center (Gym Floor, Racquetball Courts, Activity Area, & Pool) and must be directly supervised at all times by a parent or adult sponsor 18 or older. Children 12 years of  age and younger ARE NOT permitted to use or be in the area of the track, Cybex®/Free Weight Room, Cardio Room, Saunas, Whirlpool Spa and Adult Fitness Classes. Child care is not available. Adults sponsoring anyone 12 years old or younger must directly supervise the child(ren) & may not participate in activities including, but not limited to, playing basketball with other adults, walking/running on the track, using exercise equipment, participating in fitness classes and swimming laps. 
  • YOUTH 13 - 17 Years of Age
    • Youth ages 13-17 may use all areas of the facility; however, they must be directly supervised by a parent or adult sponsor age 18 or older while on the Track, Cybex®/Free Weight Room, Cardio Room or participate in Fitness Classes. When direct supervision is not required, the authorized adult must be acceptable within the facility. 
  • Children Ages 6 & Older Must Use Gender Appropriate Locker Rooms
    • Please see administrative staff to discuss special accomodations. 

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Facility Rental

The UM-Flint Recreation Center is available for rent based on availability. 

A maximum of 250 participants, including chaperones, is allowed. Professional UM-Flint Rec Center staff are on duty; however, supervision of participants in all designated areas is ultimately the responsibility of the group. 

Please call the membership office at (810) 762-3441 for information about rental fees and/or to check calender availability for your special event. 

Special conditions apply to events involving minors. See Third Party Use of Facility below for further information.  

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Rental Lockers

Half-length lockers add convenience to your membership experience and may be rented on a perpetual, yearly or semester basis (no fees will be prorated) at the followign rates:

Member Type      UM-Flint Student     Student Family       All Other

Perpetual                                --                          $42/month              $5/month

Annual                                  $32                                $42                          $58

Semester                              $15                                 $23                           $31

Adults 62 and older receive 50% discount on fees. Locker fees are not based on the size or location of the locker. Lockers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Yearly and semester locker holders may use a full-length locker at no charge while using the facility. Bring your own lock. Belongings may not be left in full-length lockers overnight. Items not picked up after rental period has concluded will be stored in the office for 30 days, at that time, they are donated to a local charity or given to UM-Flint Department of Public Safety. 

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Third Party Use of Facility

A third party wishing to use University of Michigan (UM) facilities (including UM-Flint Recreation Center) to host activities involving children/teens must:

  • Complete a Third Party Acknowledgement of Responsibility form
  • Inform participants and their parents/legal guardians that the third party's event or program is neither endorsed nor sponsored by UM.
  • Assume responsibility for conducting background checks* for all authorised adults or program staff.**
  • Provide training to authorized adult or program staff on policies and issues related to health, wellness, safety, and security of children/teens. 
  • Retain documentation of training completion. 
  • Obtain liability waiver agreements between each program participant's parents or legal guardians and the theird party. 
  • Immediately report known, or suspected, or received information indicating that a minor has been abused or neglected, or other concerns about the safety of minors to the apprpriate campus Department of Public Safety and Security.
  • Standard lease agreements must be utilized when the leasing space to third party. 
  • Provide insurance coverage as outlined below and name the University of Michigan as additionally insured on the policy for the duration of the event, program, or activity occuring on university property. 

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Safety Issues

Exercise Precautions
Exercise is a stress placed on the body, therefore certain precautions should be considered. Participants are encouraged to get a physical exam prior to engaging in vigorous exercise. Users who are over age 40 and/or have any ailment or special condition(s), which may increase risk of heart disease, are strongly encouraged to consult a physician prior to engaging in exercise.

Inherently, many recreational sports and fitness activities present the possibility of injury. Participation in programs is voluntary; individuals assume responsibility for their own safety and health. All individuals who intend to participate in vigorous activities should, for their own protection, have a physical examination to determine if they are able to participate. Medical insurance, which would cover expenses incurred by an injury, is strongly recommended.

Proper Footware

Proper footware is required in all areas of the Rec Center (other than the locker room and pool). No bare feet, open toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, etc.

Identification and Check-in

Must present a valid picture ID that includes birthdate. In the event of an emergency, we must ensure that all guests are safe. Without picture ID, we can’t identify you!

Members and UM-Flint Students
Must present valid M-Card ID. Keys may not be left at the front counter as identification or for safe keeping.

Forgotten ID/Lost M-Card
UM-Flint and the Recreation Center utilize the MCard, one card for student access to all areas of the University. Rec Center members are also issued an Mcard. Students and members must bring their MCard each visit. $2 forgotten ID pass must be purchased each time a Rec Center member, UM-Flint student, and/or Faculty and Staff forget their MCard for check-in. In addition, some form of picture ID will be required in order to verify you are the person requesting access.

A $10 fee will be assessed for lost M-Cards. Forgotten ID fees may not be applied to the purchase of a new MCard. Students must pay the $10 fee at the Cashier's Office in the University Pavilion.


Fall/Winter Semester: 

Day                             General Building                   Pool                        Office

Monday-Thursday           6am - 10pm               6-9am/11am-9pm    7:30am-6:30pm

Friday                                 6am-9pm                    6-9am/11am-8pm    7:30am-6:30pm

Saturday                             8am-5pm                          9am-4pm                 10am-2pm

Sunday                                11am-7pm                        11am-6pm                     Closed

Spring/Summer Semester:

Day                             General Building                      Pool                      Office

Monday-Thrusday          6am-9pm                        6-9am/11am-8pm    7:30am-6pm

Friday                                6am-8pm                         6-9am/11am-7pm     7:30am-6pm

Saturday                            9am-2pm                                9am-1pm               10am-2pm

Sunday                               11am-4pm                             11am-3pm                   Closed

The RECREATION CENTER will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day & Labor Day. (Depending on how the holiday falls, additional day closings may apply). 

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Click here for membership policies.

Membership Terms

Joining/Initiation/Registration Fees: None!

Annual Membership (non-perpetual) A one year membership begins from the date that the membership is perchased. The total membership fee must be paid in full to recieveeconomical, discounted rate. Annual memberships may be paid with VISA, Master Card, American Express, Discover, cash, money order, or personal check. Membership includes one towel at check-in and visitor parking. Visit FlintRec.com or stop by the business office for a complete service agreement. 

Perpetual Membership On-going membership service paid through an automatic monthy payment. The first installment is paid at the time of registration. The subsequent payments may be charged to a credit card or deducted by electronic funds transfer from a checking or savings account on the 25th of each month. University of Michigan employees may choose payroll deduction. Visit our website: FlintRec.com or stop by the business office for a complete service agreement. Fees may be applied to suspended perpetual memberships and/or for failed payments. Includes one towel at check-in and visitor parking. See membership service contract for cancellation and rate change policies. 

Month-to-Month Membership For those who do not prefer commitment. Same payment methods and service agreements as Annual Membership, but for a one month term. Month term begins from date of purchase. 

Sponsor policies for Members Under 18 All minors under the age of 18 years of age must have a parent or adult sponsor in order to gain entrance to the Recreation Center, and the parent or adult sponsor must be present in the building for the duratio of the visit. 

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Patrons must be 18 years or older and have valid photo id showing current address and birthdate in order to purchase a day pass without a parent or adult sponsor. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult 18 years of age or older who also purchases a day pass or has current membership privileges at the Recreation Center.

Children 12 years of age and younger

  • Must be directly supervised at all times by a parent or adult age 18 or older. Children 12 years of age and younger have restricted access in the UM-Flint Recreation Center and may use the following designated areas only: Gym Floor, Racquetball Courts, Activity Area and Pool.
  • Are NOT allowed in the following designated areas: Fitness Classes, Track, Cybex Area, Cardio Room, Free Weight Room, Whirlpool Spa, and Saunas.
  • Child care is not available, and children 12 years and younger may not wait at the sidelines or play in another area while the parent or adult sponsor participates in adult recreational activities such as playing basketball, walking/running on the track, using exercise equipment, participating in fitness classes, etc.

Youths ages 13 through 17 years 

  • May use all areas of the facility; however, youths MUST BE DIRECTLY SUPERVISED by a parent or adult age 18 or older while on the Track, in the Cybex Area, Cardio Room, Free Weight Room, or participating in Fitness Classes.
  • When direct supervision is not required, the parent or adult sponsor must be accessible within the facility.

Children six years of age and older must use gender-appropriate locker rooms. Please see administrative staff to discuss special accomodations.

Pool/Spa Rules

Click here for the swimming pool and whirlpool spa rules and information.