Facility Rules and Regulations
Attire and Footwear
- Appropriate athletic footwear must be worn whenever using recreational areas. Rubber-soled street shoes are not considered to be appropriate footwear for the Swimming Pool area. Proper footwear is necessary to protect individuals, as well as the facility. Court shoes must be worn for all court activities. All shoes that mark floors, turf shoes and open-toed shoes are strictly prohibited.
- Participants must wear appropriate exercise attire: T-shirts, warm-up suits, sweat suits, tennis clothing (where appropriate), or aerobics attire. Tank tops may be worn. Women are not permitted to wear only sports bras. Clothing and bags are to be stored in the locker rooms or off of playing surfaces such as gym floors or the swimming pool deck.
- Non-marking, athletic footwear is required.
- Dunking, slapping the backboards, and hanging on rims or nets are strictly prohibited because of the risk of injury and potential damage to the equipment. Violations of this policy will result in ejection from the facility. Repeated violations may result in suspension from the facility.
- Expectoration (spitting) on floors, walls, drinking fountains, etc., is not allowed.
- All open challenge play shall be handled in a manner fair to all wishing to participate. While others are waiting, the same two teams or groups may participate for a period of time not to exceed one hour.
All persons or organizations using any part of the swimming pool are subject to these rules and regulations. Any infraction will result in forfeiture of swimming privileges and/or disciplinary action. These policies are enforced by the lifeguard(s) on duty.
- If only one guard is present, a maximum of 25 participants may be admitted. This includes everyone in the pool area whether or not they are swimming. Two lifeguards must be on duty when there are 26-50 people in the pool area.
- Those eligible to use the pool include:
- MSU students, faculty, staff, and community members holding a valid picture ID
- Persons with passes signed by the Department Chair
- MSU students, faculty, staff, community members and/or groups that have reserved the swimming pool.
- Children under 16 years are admitted only with a responsible, supervising adult.
- Children 16 years of age and above require no direct supervision.
- No swimming allowed without a qualified Carr Health Building Lifeguard on duty. The pool is not open until the lifeguard(s) is in place.
- DO NOT distract the lifeguard. Do not occupy the lifeguard in extended conversations or any other behavior that diverts attention from swimmers in the pool.
- No running in the pool area.
- No boisterous play (pushing, shoving, excessive splashing, horseplay) in the pool or on the deck.
- No loud music or other noise that may impair the lifeguard's ability to respond to emergencies, or may disturb other swimmers.
- Patrons suspected to be under the influence of drugs and /or alcohol are not permitted to enter.
- Hanging onto lane lines/ropes is not permitted
- Swimmers must shower before entering the pool.
- No one is allowed to swim alone! This applies to everyone, including lifeguards.
- NO GLASS, FOOD or DRINK allowed in the pool or spectator area. Water in a plastic container is permissible.
- NO SMOKING in the pool or spectator area.
- Diving is permitted only from the deep end of the pool from a stationary position. Hands must lead into the water on all dives.
- DO NOT remove or play with safety or rescue equipment.
- Nothing may be brought to put into the pool without prior consent of the Carr Health Equipment Room Supervisor or Department Chair. This includes canoes or other equipment that may be located in the pool or pool spectator area. Lifeguards may use their judgment regarding safety and interference with other swimmers regarding small flotation devices and individual swim equipment. ONLY Coast Guard approved floatation devices/life vests may be used with non-swimmers.
- Please secure or monitor all belongings. Murray State is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
Note: Lifeguards have the authority to enforce these rules and make other judgments
relating to safety and swimmer courtesy. They may evict individuals from the pool
who fail to comply. Should a problem arise that warrants such action, lifeguards
should call 270-809-2222 and request assistance from University police.
Dance Studio and Activity Areas
- Scheduled programming has priority usage of this area.
- The room is available for individual workouts during free periods.
- Shoes that mark the floor are prohibited.
- Clothing and bags are to be stored in the locker rooms and/or off of the activity surface.
- No canes, chairs, or boots. Please help us protect our floors.
- Safety goggles are highly recommended. Safety goggles, racquets, and racquetballs are available for checkout at the Reception Desk.
- Racquetball racquets that have bumper guards and wrist ropes/straps are recommended.
- Court shoes are highly recommended. Any athletic shoes that mark the floor are prohibited.
- Shirts must be worn at all times.
- Do not enter court until play has stopped.
- No canes, chairs, or boots. Please help us protect our floors.
- Special programming may be scheduled for the lounge. Lounge closing notices will be posted prior to events that disrupt the regular use.
- Department programs will have high priority.
- A courtesy phone is available in the student lounge. Please limit calls to three minute while others are waiting. Please be courteous to others wanting to use the phone.
Food, Beverage and Tobacco Use
- All types of tobacco use are prohibited. The Carr Health Building is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted.
- Possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the building.
- Food may not be brought into the activity areas, except during designated functions.
- Drinks are allowed in gymnasiums as long as they are in non-breakable containers. Water bottles may be used in the pool area if they are made of a non-breakable material and contain only water.
- Please help keep the facility neat and appealing to all users by properly disposing of litter!
- Use of the facility while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is prohibited.
- Lockers are available for use in our locker rooms. You are welcome to use one. You must provide your own lock.
- MSU is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Assistance will be provided in filing a theft report with the proper authorities. Do not bring valuables to the facility. The facility staff is not allowed to hold valuables for users. Clothing and bags are to be stored in the locker rooms or off of playing surfaces.
Lost and Found
- Contact the staff in the Equipment Room (270-809-4431) to inquire about lost clothing and equipment.
- Items not claimed by the end of each semester will be donated to charity.
- Carr Health Building staff and MSU are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- If an injury occurs, please contact a member of the facility staff immediately.
- If you are bleeding prior to, or begin to bleed during any activity, stop the bleeding and cover the affected area, if needed, with a bandage prior to returning to the activity. First-aid kits are available in the Equipment Room and Swimming Pool. Please inform a staff member if blood is on equipment or other facility surfaces.
- The University and its staff are not responsible for injuries. All participants are financially responsible for all expenses related to injuries and emergency care, including medical care, ambulance, and other expenses. Medical insurance is strongly recommended for all participants.
- In the event of a fire or other emergency, alarms will sound throughout the facility. Please exit the building using the nearest exit.
- In the event of a tornado siren or announcement of approaching tornado, all facility users should immediately proceed to one of the designated Severe Weather Shelter Areas located adjacent to the Women’s Locker Room hallway and in front of the elevator door (1R) next to the North Gym..
- Do not attempt to use elevators in an emergency situation. Exit through the nearest available exit.
- Please contact the Equipment Room staff member (270-809-4431) in case of an injury.
- All bulletin boards within the building are monitored.
- Posting of all notices and flyers must receive prior approval from the main department office in CH 108.
- Penalties for Abuse of Facilities or Failure to Abide by Policies and Procedures
- Individuals who damage the facilities or equipment will be responsible for the full repair or replacement cost.
- Individuals who abuse or damage the facilities, or fail to follow established procedures, may forfeit their right to use the facility.
- The preceding guidelines are established with the safety and enjoyment of all participants in mind. Decisions rendered by professional staff on any infraction may be appealed to the chair of the department.
The Equipment Room has equipment available for many activities in the building at no charge. A valid student I.D. or Driver's License is required when checking out equipment.
List of Equipment
Badminton Racquets & Birdies
Racquetball Racquet & Ball
Bean Bag Boards
ID Card Policy
Users will be required to have a valid picture I.D. to check out equipment.
Assumption of Risk
Participants must understand that physical activities contain an element of danger including serious injury. Participation in all activities is on a voluntary basis at the individual’s own risk. All participants are strongly encouraged to undergo a physical examination, consult with a physician in regard to appropriate activities for fitness level and to carry medical insurance coverage prior to participating in any activity. Murray State University does not carry medical coverage for participants in the Carr Health Building.
Computer and Internet Access
Wireless internet access is available in most locations throughout the building.