The following Facility Guidelines apply to all Rec & P.E. Facilities, programs and services. Members and their guests are held responsible for adhering to all guidelines, and Rec & P.E. staff reserve the right to remove or suspend individuals found to be non-compliant to these or any program-specific policies.
Duke University and the Recreation and Physical Education department are not responsible for injuries sustained while participating in fitness, athletic or other sporting activities. All physical activities offered in the recreation centers and at other recreation facilities are on a voluntary participation basis and carry various degrees of risk or injury. Participants assume sole responsibility for any and all such risk or injury that may result due to voluntary participation. It is each individual’s responsibility to be knowledgeable of his/her own physical condition when participating in any activity.
- Valid Rec & P.E. Membership or Guest Pass
NOTE: Digital Memberships do not provide access to facilities or in-person programming.
- Valid DukeCard, Mobile DukeCard, MyRec Mobile ID or Guest Pass Barcode to scan in at our touchless scanners.
Recreation Center Use
Individuals with an active Rec & P.E. Membership and their guests may use the recreation centers. For Rec & P.E. Membership information, including details pertaining to our digital options, visit the Memberships page.
Guest Passes and Visitors
Rec & P.E. Members may sponsor up to ___ guests to join them at the recreation centers. Guest Passes must be purchased by a current Rec & P.E. Member through MyRec prior to visiting and presented upon arrival to the Front Desk or at check-in points of any recreation facility. Guest Passes allow access to Rec & P.E. facilities only; guests are not permitted to participate in programs at this time.
Visitors are welcome to stop in for a self-guided tour of Wilson or Brodie Recreation Centers. Please sign-in at the Front Desk of either facility prior to entry. Guided tours are available upon request and availability of Rec & P.E. staff.
Recreation Center Age Restrictions
Due to Minor's Policy restrictions as well as safety protocols, participants must be of a certain age to access areas of Duke's recreation centers. The following age groups have access to the spaces identified. Please note where guardianship is also required:
- 10-13 years of age (with parent): Racquetball, squash, and basketball courts; track, pool, and climbing wall.
- 14-15 years of age (with parent): Racquetball, squash, and basketball courts; track, pool, climbing wall, Group Fitness classes, and cardio machines.
- 16 years of age and older: All spaces. You must be at least 16 years of age to use the sauna.
The DukeCard and MyRec Mobile ID
Access to Rec & P.E. Facilities is contingent upon Members and their guests scanning a form of ID upon entry. The type of ID is dependent on affiliation to the University or Rec & P.E. Membership type and are described below.
The transfer of any ID card to another person, or the possession of another person’s ID card, may result in confiscation of the card and judicial action.
The DukeCard is the official Duke University and Health System ID. It serves as an electronic key, allowing you to easily enter facilities and to use services for which you have privileges. The DukeCard is the property of Duke University and should be carried at all times, whether physically or digitally. It must be presented upon request to any University Official.
Duke University Faculty, Staff and Students are eligible to add their DukeCard to their Apple or Android device, which is known as their Mobile DukeCard. For detailed information about DukeCard and MobileDukeCard, please visit the DukeCard's website.
MyRec Mobile ID
The DukeCard Office is no longer issuing cards for anyone who is not Faculty, Staff or a currently enrolled Student. Please download the MyRec Mobile App to your smartphone if you do not have a DukeCard or Mobile DukeCard. This app will provide you with a barcode that will be scanned upon entry to our recreational facilities.
Card sharing is not allowed. If the photo on the card does not match the individual presenting the card to the front desk of Wilson, the card will be immediately confiscated. There will be no initial warning, this will be an immediate action with no recourse and the individual presenting the card will be asked to leave the facility. Only the individual’s name that appears on the confiscated card may claim the card by requesting a pick-up appointment. In addition, you are required to be in possession of your DukeCard for the duration of your time in the facility.
It is an extraordinary commitment to prepare, coordinate and staff our facilities, programs, and services. Therefore, all payments are non-refundable and non-proratable, with few exceptions. For complete details, visit our Refunds & Cancellations Policies webpage.
Recreation Center Policies
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited unless part of a rental agreement.
- Bikes/skateboards/roller skates/rollerblades are prohibited.
- Strollers and baby carriers are prohibited on the cardio level, weight room, climbing wall and pool areas.
- Pets, other than service animals are prohibited.
- Headphones are required for personal music or listening devices.
- Unauthorized filming and photos are not permitted in the facilities. Failure to comply may risk in suspension or termination of membership.
Recreation Center Etiquette
Please observe these guidelines to help maintain the cleanliness, safety and inclusive nature of our facilities:
- For everyone’s safety, please remember to always clean any equipment with the disinfectant provided before and after use.
- Food is permitted to be consumed in labeled areas of the facility. Beverages in sealed, non-glass containers are permitted with the exception of the weight room where only water in non-glass containers are permitted.
- Check in with the front desk staff to claim facility reservations.
- Secure all valuables at all times. Duke Recreation & Physical Education will not be responsible for lost or stolen property.
Proper athletic attire is required in all Rec & P.E. facilities and programs. Shirts, athletic pants or shorts and shoes are required throughout the facilities. Sandals, flip flops, open-toed shoes, socks, and bare feet are prohibited unless articulated otherwise in specific program or space policies. Proper attire will be left to the discretion of management.
Various pieces of exercise and sporting equipment may be borrowed while utilizing our facilities. Please visit the Front Desk or Weight Room Desk of either facility to inquire about availability, or view Free Equipment on our Equipment Rentals webpage.
We also have equipment available for rent. Sports equipment such as rackets, soccer balls or footballs, as well as a variety of outdoor equipment and yard games are available. View the full list of prices and additional details on the Equipment Rentals page.
Informal Recreation & Outdoor Spaces
Many spaces within Rec & P.E. facilities are available for drop-in, informal use.
Lockers & Locker Rooms
Lockers in our facilities are for daily use only. Items and locks must be removed at the end of your visit. Please be advised that we reserve the right to cut locks without prior notice. Items will be bagged and able to be claimed for a limited time by reaching out to email@example.com.
No bags of any kind are allowed in the weight room and must be stored in lockers located in a locker room, or in a locker or on a hook outside of the weight room at either facility. Please do not leave personal belongings on the floors of hallways or entrances to the weight rooms.
Lost & Found
Duke Recreation and Physical Education is not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced items.
Lost items, if found, will be held at the Front Desk of either recreation center. Items of value such as DukeCards, credit cards, driver’s licenses, headphones, cell phones, jewelry or glasses are claimed by appointment only. If you believe you lost an item of value, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the item and your contact information. Please note this is a courtesy and there is no guarantee we will have your item.
Closing at the End of the Day
Recreation facilities are scheduled to close promptly on time. In order for this to happen, you should prepare to leave the facility 10-15 minutes prior to closing. You will receive a courtesy “Last Call” at or around 15 minutes prior to closing, asking you to prepare to exit the facility. Failure to follow this procedure may result in you forfeiting your privileges.
For details about parking on Duke's campus, visit the Duke Parking & Transportation website.
Duke Recreation and Physical Education has implemented the following photo and video policies to protect the rights and privacy of our patrons. Prior to any type of filming or photography, permission must be obtained by the Rec & P.E. facilities and marketing teams. Please submit this form within one week of your proposed date of filming or photography.
Duke Recreation and Physical Education 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.
For Personal Use
- Taking photos or video of identifiable individuals without their consent is prohibited, must be deleted and is cause for immediate removal from the Campus Recreation Centers, its outdoor spaces, and could result in possible suspension from the facilities.
- Photography and video are permitted in Recreation Centers and its outdoor spaces for personal use, with the exception in the aquatic facilities, restrooms, and locker room spaces.
- Personal use is defined as media of yourself, friends, or family obtained informally for personal/private use.
- Personal privacy of participants must be respected. You must have the explicit permission of every person who may be identified in any photo or video (exceptions may be made for approved intramural and sport club competitions, and special events).
- Photography/video of minors (individuals under the age of 18) requires permission of a parent or guardian.
- All participants have a right to decline.
For Academic Use
- Duke Campus Recreation and Physical Education supports and recognizes the need of students who require taking photo/video as part of their academic coursework.
- Academic use is defined as media obtained/reproduced for academic purposes including class projects.
- Students wishing to take photos or video in Campus Recreation Centers and/or outdoor spaces for academic use must have approval in advance. To request approval, complete our Online Photography and Video Request Form at at least one week before the anticipated time you wish to shoot photo/video and email Chris Policastro, Director of Facilities. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed approval.
- Once approved by the Director of Facilities, all persons obtaining photos, videos, or other forms of media within the Duke Recreation Centers will be given a media pass. This pass must be worn and plainly displayed during the entirety of the photo/video shoot. Persons without an approved media pass will be asked to leave the building.
- Students taking photo or video for academic use must obtain explicit permission of every person who may be identified in any photo or video (exceptions may be made for approved intramural and sport club competitions, and special events).
- Students are not permitted to take photos in the aquatic facilities, restrooms, or locker rooms for personal or academic use.
- Photography and video are permitted only of facility amenities. No patrons may be in the shots.
- Group photography is only permitted outside of the facility and away from building entrances.
For Outside Media
- Department of Recreation and Physical Education accommodates reasonable photo and video requests for journalistic, news-related, and non-commercial shooting by members of media. To request approval, complete our Online Photography and Video Request Form at least 72-hours before the anticipated time you wish to film and email Chris Policastro, Director of Facilities. Once approved by the Director of Facilities, all persons obtaining photos, videos, or other forms of media within the Duke Recreation Centers will be given a media pass. This pass must be worn and plainly displayed during the entirety of the photo/video shoot. Persons without an approved media pass will be asked to leave the building.
- For news and media outlets requesting interviews/comments from Duke Recreation & Physical Education, please contact Nathan McKinnis.