PWG Guidelines & Policies

Guideline and Policy Statement 

The Yale University Department of Campus Recreation encourages and embraces the diverse recreation, leisure, and wellness needs of our community.  Our support of and ability to permit activities and behaviors may be limited and impacted by the following:

  • The health and safety of both the individual(s) and/or others.
  • The impact on others and their ability to enjoy, utilize or access our facilities, programs, and services. 
  • The impact or damage to our facilities and/or equipment.

The Department of Campus Recreation reserves to make final judgments for any activities, issues, or behaviors not directly addressed in the guidelines and policies below.  Members can e-mail for additional information or clarification as to if their activity is permitted in the PWG. 

The Department of Campus Recreation reserves the right to update, alter, or add guidelines and policies at any time. It is the responsibility of our members, guests, and participants to comply with the information listed below.

General Guidelines & Policies
Israel Fitness Center
3rd Floor Practice & Kiputh Exhibition Pools 
Lanman Center & 5th Floor Activity Courts
Brady Squash Center
Multipurpose Rooms (5th, 6th, & Floors)
Locker Rooms
Membership Services
Group Fitness & Instructional Classes
Discipline, Suspension, and Loss of Privileges 

PWG COVID Guidelines & Policies

COVID Guidelines for the PWG can be found here. 

PWG General Guidelines & Policies

  • To access PWG members are required to present their Yale ID, Mobile App barcode or Yale Rec Key Tag at the Welcome Desk. There are no exceptions to this policy. 
  • Members, guests, and participants must follow the direction of Campus Recreation and Athletics staff. 
  • Food, glass, and alcohol are prohibited.
  • Appropriate attire is required at all times (closed-toe, closed-heel, non-marking shoes and athletic wear.)
  • Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Personal belongings should be stored in a cubby or locker.
  • Harassment and unsportsmanlike conduct (use of derogatory language, fighting, etc.) is prohibited.
  • All equipment must be used in the manner for which it is designed. Modification of equipment is prohibited.
  • Equipment must be returned to its original location after use.
  • Equipment stored within a specific space may not leave the space without written approval from Campus Recreation. 
  • Unsolicited photography and videography is prohibited.
  • Training or instruction by anyone other than Campus Recreation, Athletics, or approved individuals/groups (written approval from Campus Recreation or Athletics required) is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to both paid and unpaid lessons, training sessions, classes, etc.
  • During open recreation, individuals must share facility spaces. Groups are not permitted to monopolize spaces without a reservation. Music and activities may not interfere with the ability for other individuals/groups to utilize the facility.
  • Individuals must wipe all shared objects and key equipment touch points with disinfectant wipes before and after use.
  • Individuals should consult their health care provider before beginning or participating in any Campus Recreation programs or services and/or engaging in any self-directed exercise or physical fitness activities.   
  • Scooters and skateboards are not permitted past the  PWG Welcome Desk and cannot be stored in stairwells. They must be parked in the designated parking space inside the lobby. 
  • Bicycles are not permitted inside PWG. They must be parked outside along the available bike racks. 

Yale Sport and Recreation User-Agreement & Waiver

  1. By enrolling for membership in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium or by participating in any Recreation Program at Yale University, I acknowledge that certain recreational activities require a minimum level of health and physical ability I therefore warrant that am sufficiently physically fit and healthy to participate in any activities I undertake and understand that a choice to participate includes a voluntary assumption of risk of injury, which may arise from my participation in these activities. These types of injuries may be minor or serious and may result from one’s own actions, the actions of others, or a combination of both.
  2. I understand that Yale University takes no responsibility for verifying my physical readiness for my use of Yale University recreational facilities. I take full responsibility for my health and fitness. I agree to check with my physician and discuss my proposed participation in any exercise programs if I have any questions regarding my physical ability to participate. Whether or not I choose to see my physician, I hereby release Yale University, its trustees, officers, agents, employees, and students form any and call claims which may occur as a result of personal injury or property damage arising out of or connected in any way with my participation in recreational programs of while using Yale University athletics facilities.
  3. I agree to abide by the posted or distributed rules and regulations, which are designed for the safety and protection of recreational users at Yale University facilities.

Israel Fitness Center

  • During peak hours, individuals are encouraged to keep their use of individual equipment to a maximum of 30 minutes.
  • Individuals should be aware and stand clear of moving equipment.
  • Chalk (powder and liquid) is prohibited.
  • Uncontrolled dropping of weights and barbells is prohibited.

3rd Floor Practice & Kiputh Exhibition Pools

  • Pool Hours can be found here. 
  • Everyone must shower before entering the pool.
  • All swimmers must wear a swimsuit. Exercise shorts, leotards, and t-shirts are prohibited. 
  • Running, boisterous or rough play is prohibited.
  • Street shoes are not allowed on the pool deck.
  • Urinating, spitting, or blowing the nose in the pool is prohibited.
  • Any person known or suspected of having a communicable disease shall not use the pool.
  • Glass objects of any kind are prohibited in the pool.
  • No flotation devices allowed in the pool.
  • Swimmers must be able to pass a swim test, administered by the lifeguard to use the pool.
  • Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult and are only allowed to swim during designated hours.  To use the PWG pools, Jr. Household Members (ages 5-15) must be able to complete the swim test (one lap in the pool). 
  • Swimming instruction is only permitted by Yale Athletics employees.
  • This is a public space. Consideration for others is expected.
  • Lifeguards have final authority on all matters in the pool.

Pool Lane Etiquette 

  • Choose the lane that best suits your ability and speed. Outside = Slowest, Inside = Fastest
  • Swim counterclockwise and always stay to the right.
  • Always pass in the center of the lane.
  • Stay in the corner when stopping at the end of the lane.
  • In you are consistently being passed or passing others, please change lanes.
  • Return all equipment to appropriate storage areas.

Lanman Center & 5th Floor Activity Courts

  • Tape may not be applied to any floors without written approval from Campus Recreation.
  • Roller skates, scooters, and skateboards are prohibited.
  • Balls which may damage the space including but not limited to outdoor lacrosse balls, cricket balls, baseballs, etc. are prohibited.  
  • Basketball games are limited to “First to 15 Points” when others are waiting for court space.
  • Groups must be ready to play to use court; “holding” courts is prohibited.
  • Equal court rights are given to all sports, not only basketball.

Brady Squash Center

  • Brady Squash Center Hours can be found here. 
  • Members may use courts 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, & 13.
  • Courts 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 & 9 are unavailable for open recreation
  • Metal racquets must have racquet guards.
  • Protective eyewear is strongly recommended.
  • Courts may not be reserved.
  • Drop-in use by individuals and groups for purposes other than squash is not permitted.
  • Appropriate athletic footwear/attire is always required.
  • Footwear with white soles or light colored (white or grey, gum rubber) non-marking soles only.
  • Members should carry their squash shoes to the courts. Street shoes are not permitted. Members should wear a different pair of footwear and change within the Brady Squash Center or locker rooms.
  • Campus Recreation reserves the right to remove anyone for inappropriate attired/footwear or footwear which may damage the court.   

Multipurpose Rooms

5th & 8th Floor

  • Tape may not be applied to any floors without written approval from Campus Recreation.
  • When not reserved for programming or events, multipurpose rooms may be used for individuals or group open recreation. 
  • Use of the house sound systems are limited to Campus Recreation programs and group reservation with written approval from Campus Recreation. In most cases, reserved groups and open recreation individuals/groups must supply their own sound system. 
  • Roller skates, scooters, and skateboards are prohibited.

6th Floor 

  • The 6th floor Multipurpose Room is only available for approved reservations for Spin classes and use of Spin Bikes. 
  • Individual(s) and groups without an approved reservation are not permitted to use this space. 

Locker Rooms

  • The Locker Rooms are public spaces. Consideration for others is expected. 
  • Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Persons will be prosecuted for unlawful behavior. 
  • In order to prevent infections, members are encouraged to wear footwear when showering, changing, and moving from the locker rooms to the pool. 


  • Only members who have purchased a locker rental may store their belongings overnight. 
  • Coin operated lockers are available for daily use. Members and guests must remove belongings at the conclusion of their workout.  
  • Members and guests may not store any items deemed illegal in the state of CT or prohibited on the Yale University campus. If found, those items will be turned over to University Police for investigation. 

Discipline, Suspension, and Loss of Privileges 

  • Members, Day Use Visitors and Guests of the PWG who fail to comply with Yale Campus Recreation, Athletics, and University policies or procedures may be subject to disciplinary action. Failure to comply with facility policies may result in, and are not limited to, the following actions: removal from the facility, suspension of membership/guest privileges, disciplinary action with the College Dean, and criminal prosecution.
  • Examples of offenses include but are not limited to providing false identification, destruction of property, theft of property, failure to follow facility or Campus Recreation policies or procedures, failure to follow the direction of Campus Recreation and Athletics staff, trespassing, aiding or abetting, and verbal or physical harm inflicted upon staff, members, guests, participants, or others. 
  • Actions that involve any form of harassment, violence, threats, sexual misconduct, or any other Yale University policy may be forwarded to the College Dean. 
  • Depending on the severity and circumstances of the initials’ actions, decisions on disciplinary action will be made by the Associate Director of Athletics - PWG & Campus Recreation, and Yale Athletics Leadership.