Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports

Gym Policy & Etiquette

Dedman Policies and Etiquette

Every gymnasium has a set of rules or policies.  Rules and policies are often for safety and security and will be in the form of a directive to include commands like "must", "only" or "no". 

Etiquette can be defined as commonly accepted code of conduct or behavior.  Etiquette is often the "unwritten" rules guiding decisions and actions for a specific social group, culture, organization or activity.  Think "sportsmanship".  Most recreation centers or "gym" adhere to an etiquette that reinforces respect for place and courtesy for others.

All patrons of the Rec Center are required to follow policy and asked to demonstrate appropriate etiquette. 

General Dedman Center Rules/Policies include:

  • Access to Dedman is for enrolled students, members and paying guest and MUST provide proper proof of identity (SMU ID, Dedman Member ID or daily guest pass)
    • Entry by deception will result in loss of privilege, cancellation of membership without refund, and/or possible University sanctions.
  • Food and open drink containers are NOT allowed in activity areas such as courts, track, pool, climbing wall and fitness floor
  • ONLY minors (under the age of 18) of active members are permitted access to the facility.  Access is  restricted to family hours , holidays, or facilitated activities (e.g. swim lessons) and the minor MUST be accompanied by the parent/guardian.
  • Activity or behavior with the intent (real or perceived) to cause harm to self, other patrons, staff or property will NOT be tolerated and result in removal, loss of Dedman access and reported to University Community Standards and/or SMU Police.
  • The consumption or possession of alcohol or drugs on Dedman property is strictly PROHIBITED. 

Dedman Etiquette includes but is not limited to:

  • Courtesy:
    • Return weights, equipment and towels to the appropriate location.
    • Remove dirt and debris from shoes before entering Rec Center.
    • Avoid taking pictures in work out areas, locker rooms or pool-it's just creepy.
    • Foul language, grunting and yelling is discouraged- if it is that hard, perhaps back off a little.
    • Avoid "homesteading" on equipment or in workout areas to allow others access between sets or while resting.
    • Disinfect and wipe down machines and mats after use.
    • Proper and appropriate attire please (shirtless, sports bras, and workout attire that is "revealing" is not considered appropriate)
  • Care:
    • Wear shoes with non-scuffing soles in the activity areas.
    • Report malfunctions, spills, broken equipment, etc. to the desk staff.
    • Avoid dropping weights except in areas specifically designed for the activity.

Blatant violations and disregard for Dedman policies and etiquette could result in loss of access privilege, University sanctions and/or law enforcement.  Any questions or comments should be directed the Main Desk at 214-768-3374.

Specific Area Rules/Policies:

Fitness Center:

  1. MUST be age 18 (or a current SMU student) or older to use fitness/cardio equipment or weights.
  2. NO outside personal training will be permitted under any circumstances and may result in the loss of membership privileges.
  3. Closed toe shoes are required.
  4. No sports bras and patrons must wear a shirt.
  5. Do NOT remove weights or workout equipment from fitness floor or studios.

Recreational Pool:

  1. The Recreational Pool will be available to swimmers under the age of 18 during the following hours: Friday, 6:00pm-8:00pm (Recreational pool only) Saturday, 10-6pm (1-6pm Recreational pool only) Sunday, 1:00pm-6:00pm (Recreational Pool Only)
  2. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult in the facility; under the age of 14 must be in the pool area. There must be a ratio of 4 children to 1 adult.
  3. Non-potty trained children must wear a swim diaper.
  4. Only Coast Guard approved lifejackets will be allowed in the pool area.

The Falls:

  1. The Falls will only be available to those under 18 on Saturdays from 8:00am-1:00pm
  2. No glass containers are permitted at The Falls or sand volleyball courts
  3. Rinse off sand before entering The Falls.

Climbing Center:

  1. Climbers under the age 18 are only allowed in the Climbing Center area during staffed hours. This will be the only time they can climb on the Taos Tower and Hueco Bouldering wall.
    1. Friday: 6-10pm
    2. Saturday 10am-6pm
    3. Sunday 1-6pm
  2. Climbers under the age of 18 AND their legal guardian or parent must sign a Climbing Center waiver to climb in the area.
  3. Climbers under that age of 13 are designated “climb only” and must be belayed by staff or an Approved Climber.
  4. Climbers above the age of 13 can acquire an Approved Climber Card. 
  5. To access the Climbing Center, climbers must be Dedman Center Members or affiliation with SMU (Faculty, Staff, or Student). Unless included by a family membership or spouse membership, the climber is considered a guest and charged the associated fees.
  6. Due to limited equipment, climbing equipment will be first come, first serve.
  7. All climbers are expected to abide by Climbing Center Safety Policies and posted Rules.

Filming at the Dedman Center:

To protect the privacy of Dedman Center members and Southern Methodist University, filming within Dedman Center property is prohibited without proper approval.

Non-SMU Affiliation

To film in the Dedman Center, non-SMU affiliated individuals must seek permission from SMU Public Affairs.

SMU Student or SMU Affiliation

Prior to filming for any purpose, the individual will need approval from Dedman Center management.  Submit the Filming Request Form (PDF) for approval and signature by Dedman Center management.  This signed form must be presented to the front desk staff on the day of filming for filming access to be granted.

Submit the form in-person at the Dedman Center or email

After Filming

A Consent for Publication of Photograph Form (PDF) must also be completed, and signatures must be obtained from every person being filmed. This form must be submitted to the front desk after the filming takes place.

Forms for Filming

If you have any questions or comments, please contact 214-768-4823.