Our policies are aligned with our Community Agreements to provide a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for all our members and participants in the Recreation & Wellbeing programs and services.
By using our facilities and programs, you are in agreement to uphold all policies and Community Agreements.
Not abiding by our Community Agreements and policies may lead to suspension or termination of your membership.
Patrons will not hold the University of California, Department of UC Berkeley Recreation & Wellbeing, or any of its employees responsible for any injuries incurred during normal usage of the facility. Any cost for damage to University property shall be paid by any member or guest who neglectfully causes damage. We ask all members of our campus community to be mindful and not make assumptions based on how people look or what they wear. People express themselves in a variety of ways. If any member of our community observes inappropriate behaviors, they should notify a member of our staff. However, we should exercise caution and stay focused on actions not appearances.
Please see the program or facility-specific pages for policies related to:
- UC Berkeley Recreation & Wellbeing Code of Conduct
Staff and guests of Recreation & Wellbeing are expected to behave with civility and appropriate conduct. When you agree to become a Recreation & Wellbeing member or purchase a guest pass or are admitted by the use of a complimentary day pass, you indicate, by your registration, that you agree to cooperate with staff while utilizing the RSF and other department facilities.
No refunds will be given for loss of membership privileges due to breach of the Code of Conduct. All members and guests are encouraged to exercise good judgment in caring for the safety of others as well as themselves. In the event that you witness or experience threatening or inappropriate behavior by another individual, please report the situation immediately to facility staff. Standards of Conduct include, but are not limited to, the examples outlined below. The following types of conduct are specifically prohibited and may result in loss of membership:
The definition of aggressive behavior lies with the staff. Aggressive behavior is explicitly forbidden at the RSF and other department facilities and programs. You may not promote or engage in physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct, which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. You may not use “fighting words” to harass any employee or guest in connection with official university functions or university-sponsored programs. If you engage in behavior that is considered aggressive, then your actions may result in temporary or permanent loss of privileges at all department facilities.
Sharing identification cards for access into the RSF and other Recreation & Wellbeing facilities is considered forgery. If you forge, alter, give unauthorized use or misuse any University document, record, key, electronic device, or identification, then your actions will result in a loss of privileges and/or a fine.
Department employees are responsible for managing and maintaining the safety of our members and facilities. You agree to comply with the directions of department staff (aka University officials or other public official) acting in the performance of their duties. Failure to comply with staff requests, directions, or instructions will result in a loss of privileges.
You must have a valid membership for access to all Recreation & Wellbeing facilities and programs. You may not enter unauthorized areas such as offices and maintenance workshops. Trespassers will lose privileges.
You may not engage in disorderly or lewd conduct.
Photography and Video
Photography or video shooting is prohibited at all Recreation & Wellbeing facilities without prior department and campus approval. This rule is in place to protect the privacy of our members.
Unauthorized Commercial Activity
You are not allowed to post, advertise, instruct in private lessons, or solicit individuals in the facilities for personal services, businesses, or agencies.
The following actions are considered Criminal Activity and will result in immediate police action. Department staff will contact University police and request assistance addressing the immediate threat. Additional sanctions and restrictions will apply including loss of privileges.
Damage to or destruction of any property of the University or property of others while on University premises.
Rape, sexual assault, or sexual harassment (See Appendix I, item 3 of the University Code of Student Conduct for the definition of “rape”, item 4 for the definition of “sexual assault”, and item 6 for the definition of “sexual harassment”.)
Removal of or conversion of University or property of others while on University premises.
Use or possession of an explosive device, firearm, or other deadly weapon when on the premises.
Violation of any of the Code of Conduct is grounds for disciplinary action. Any Recreation & Wellbeing employee may start disciplinary action against any patron/participant he/she deems to be in violation of the Code of Conduct (including calling the UCPD) by:
- Requesting a stop to the violation/offending action
- Requesting a violator to leave the facility
- Requesting assistance from a Berkeley Recreation & Well-being Supervisor or authority, and/or calling the UCPD
The Recreation & Wellbeing employee will also file a written report with the Recreation & Wellbeing supervisor(s) for review. The supervisor(s) will:
- Read the written reports daily/weekly
- Determine immediate action, or
- Refer more serious complaints to the Berkeley Recreation & Well-being Advisory Board or UCPD.
Recreation & Wellbeing Conduct Review Committee
The Recreation & Wellbeing Conduct Review Committee will:
- Meet monthly (or as needed) to review the more serious complaints and determine appropriate action
- Receive, hear, and rule on appeals on an ad hoc basis
Violators have the right to appeal disciplinary actions. A valid appeal must concern either a misapplication of one of the Standards of Conduct or misrepresentation of the policies and procedures outlined in the Recreation & Wellbeing handbook. Appeals must be written and received within 14 days of issuance of disciplinary action. Appeal letters must be addressed to the Chair of the Recreation & Wellbeing Conduct Review Committee who will evaluate the appeal and determine appropriate action in consultation with the Recreation & Wellbeing Conduct Review Committee on an ad hoc basis and within a reasonable time frame.