Message from Department

SMU Campus Recreation is committed to the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and members in serving their recreation and fitness needs. As conditions dictate, SMU Campus Recreation will change or modify risk mitigation protocols and strategies in compliance with University and government guidelines.

SMU Campus Recreation



  • Must be an SMU Student or current Dedman Center Member (See Memberships) or purchase a Guest Pass
  • Must present an SMU ID, Dedman Member Card, or government issued photo identification. PICTURES OF A PHOTO ID ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
  • See Member and Guest Expectations and Standards and Facility Rules Below.

Family Recreation Hours were created to permit Dedman Center Members with minor children an opportunity to recreate together, as a family.

·       Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays Only (does not include local ISD breaks or holidays)

·       Minor Child MUST have a Dedman Center Minor Membership available from the front desk or Online Member Portal.

·       Minor Children Members must be accompanied by adult parent Dedman Center member to enter and at all times while using the facility.

·       Minor Children are NOT permitted in the weight room or use of fitness equipment.


Dedman Center Facility Space rules are located below in the dropdown.

Visit the Campus Recreation Aquatics page for dedicated Pool Open Swim Hours and Outdoor Adventures page for Climbing Wall and OA Rental Shop Hours.

In the event of University closure or inclement weather, go to Emergency Closure Protocols

Dedman Center will close partially or all day for SMU Home Football games. Modified Hours for University Breaks (No Classes) and Federal Holidays.

  • Monday-Thursday: 6 A.M. – 11 P.M.
  • Friday: 6 A.M. – 10 P.M.
  • Saturday: 10 A.M. – 10 P.M.
  • Sunday: 1 P.M. – 11 P.M. 


  • Friday, March 8 – Saturday, March 16: Spring Break Hours (see Break Hours)
  • Friday, March 29: Good Friday Holiday Hours 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 31: Easter Sunday Closed
  • Saturday, May 6: Summer Break Hours Begin (See Break Hours)
  • Saturday, May 13: Spring Graduation Closed


  • Monday-Friday: 6 A.M. – 9 P.M.
  • Saturday: 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.
  • Sunday: 1 – 8 P.M.


The Dedman Center’s ability to be open and serve our community relies on each of us taking personal responsibility to adhere to known and prescribed protective and safety measures and guidelines while practicing courtesy and respect with “good gym etiquette.”  If you are not willing or able to help us by following the standards and protocols outlined here, regardless of agreement, we ask that you refrain from visiting the Dedman Center.

All Members and Guest are expected to:

  1. Treat every student, member, and guest as they would like to be treated with respect, dignity, and courtesy.
  2. Abide by University and Dedman Center Policies, Mandates, and Rules and expect others to do the same.
  3. Adhere and follow Campus Recreation Staff directives and instructions.
  4. Report injuries, illness, and inappropriate or suspicious behaviors to the Dedman Center’s Operation Staff or Desk.
  5. Wear appropriate attire for the activity (See Rules and Protocols)
  6. Ask Dedman Center Operations for assistance if needed or not familiar with the operation or use of equipment, machines, rules, or protocols.
  7. Return Dedman Center check-out equipment to the desk in the condition it was given.
  8. Not use obscene and offensive behaviors or language including music loud enough for others to hear.
  9. Commit to role model proper gym etiquette:
  • Cleaning equipment, machines, and mats after use;
  • Picking up trash and equipment;
  • Returning towels, equipment, and benches to proper locations;
  • Racking own weights; and
  • Don’t “homestead” on equipment or machines. Share when not using.


  • Be considerate of all Dedman Center users and activities. 
  • Follow directions of the Dedman Center Operations staff and Campus Recreation professionals in an emergency.
  • Report any damage, malfunctioning, or injuries/illnesses to Campus Recreation Operations staff.
  • Music and language deemed offensive or obscene is not permitted.
  • Proper workout attire including closed toe shoes are required within the building and while participating in all activities (excludes indoor pool).
  • Unless reservation required or currently reserved, courts and other available spaces are first come, first served basis and are not to be dominated by individual or groups.  See Room Reservation for more details.
  • No Food permitted past the entry gates.
  • No Open Containers including can drinks permitted past the entry gates. Drinks and bottles must have a lid to prevent spill hazards.
  • No possession, consumption, or under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs on property.
  • Smoking and Vaping are not permitted on premises and only 25 feet from the front entrance per University Policy 1.19 Smoking and Tobacco
  • Pets are not permitted. Service Animals as defined and in compliance with University Policy 1.17 Animals are welcome. Prior approval from University is required for Service Animal-in-Training.
  • Weapons, as defined by University Policy 9.5 Weapons, are prohibited on property.
  • Solicitation is prohibited on property as stated in University Policy 9.13 Solicitation. Exclusions are informational only activities by University departments and student organizations.
  • Wheeled devices not ADA compliant for mobility are not permitted use or secured inside the building to include but not limited to: roller blades/skates, scooters, skateboards, hover boards, wheeled shoes, etc. See University Policy 9:14 Electric Scooters.
  • Only SMU Campus Recreation employees by provide personal training.  Non-employees providing personal training and client will be expulsed and suspended from facility.
  • Individuals that fail to return or cause damage, intended or not, to equipment or property will be charged for repair, retrieval, or replacement.
  • Lockers must be emptied daily before closing unless rented from the Dedman Center.
  • Athletic teams must acquire Campus Recreation Department approval to conduct team practices, team events, or team workouts.

Facility Specific Rules


·       Do not hang on rims or nets.

·       Proper athletic shoes are required to play basketball.

·       Personal music speakers should not be loud enough to disturb other users and no explicit language.


·       When in use, close all exterior doors.

·       Personal music speakers should not be loud enough to disturb other users and no explicit language.

·       If no basketball courts available, badminton takes priority for half court.


·       Do NOT adjust convertible squash court wall without assistance from Campus Recreation Operations staff.


·       Follow the Daily Direction sign located at the top of the main stairs to track level.

·       Interior lane for slower traffic

·       Middle lane for passing

·       Exterior lane for faster traffic


·       Return game area to original condition upon departure.

·       Do not sit on billiard or shuffleboard tables

·       Personal music speakers should not be loud enough to disturb other users and no explicit language.


·       Must have a reservation.  See Room Reservation for more details.

·       Classrooms are only for meeting-type functions.

·       Audio/Visual and stereo are not included.


·       Clean equipment and machines after use.

·       Return equipment to proper location and rack weights.

·       Proper workout attire AND closed-toe shoes at all times

·       No personal speakers.

·       Bags and personal items should be stored in the cubbies and NOT permitted in lanes of traffic.

·       Refrain from “home-steading” with weights or on machines.  Allow others to use between sets.

·       Refrain from loud outbursts or obscene language.

·       Ask for help if spotting needed.


·       An SMU Campus Recreation employed lifeguard must be present when using pool.

·       SMU Aquatics Swim lessons take precedence and limited to 1 lane and shallow lagoon.

·       Proper swim attire required. 

·       No floatation devices other than what is provided by SMU Aquatics.

·       Children, not potty trained, are to wear a swim diaper.

·       No gum.


·       Unless reserved event or a facilitated program, entry to and exit from the area is through the Dedman Center.  Violators accessing the area by other means and accomplices will be prosecuted.

·       No glass containers or products permitted in the area.

·       No smoking or vaping in compliance with University Policy 1.19 Smoking and Tobacco

·       No possession or consumption of alcohol or drugs on property.

·       Leave the areas better than you found it. 


·       Unless reserved event or a facilitated program, entry to and exit from areas is through the Dedman Center.  Violators accessing the area by other means and accomplices will be prosecuted.

·       No glass containers or products permitted in the area.

·       No smoking or vaping in compliance with University Policy 1.19 Smoking and Tobacco

·       No possession or consumption of alcohol or drugs on property.

·       Leave the areas better than you found it. 



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


External-to-SMU Persons, Organizations, and Businesses

To film in the Dedman Center, all external-to-SMU affiliated individuals (not currently enrolled student, SMU employee, or SMU Academic/Business Department) must seek permission from SMU Marketing and Communications.


SMU Students, Employees, and Academic/Business Departments

Photographing/filming for any purpose will require approval the Dedman Center Administration.  A completed Request to Photograph/Film at Dedman form must be submitted 24 business (Monday-Friday) hours in advance of photo/film shoot date (See Below).




If approved, the requesting individual will be responsible for completing a SMU Consent for Publication of Photograph collecting consent signatures from any individuals appearing in the product including but not limited to: models, participants, crew, and bystanders appearing in product.


Dedman Center Photographing/Filming/Videoing Policies:

  • Requesters are to adhere to University Policy 5.15 Commercial Photography
  • Photographs and film may not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever to include social media.
  • Photography, videography or filming is not permitted in Dedman Center locker rooms or restrooms.
  • Under no condition are Minors (<18 years of age) permitted to be photographed or filmed.
  • All photography, videoing, and filming must be conducted during operational hours without disturbing, interfering, or limiting Dedman Center operations or member’s access to facility space or equipment.
  • Prior permission by all photographic subjects must be secured with signed photo release. More information upon approval.
  • SMU Campus Recreation reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or the reproduction of photographs that include facilities, members, and staff.
  • Violations of Dedman Center policies will be subject to University disciplinary and/or criminal charges as deemed appropriate.


    Procedures to Request Photographing/Filming/Videoing at Dedman Center:

    • Complete the Dedman Center Photo/Video/Film Request form below a minimum of 24 business (Monday-Friday) hours prior to your anticipated time of photography/filming. 
    • Forms submitted on weekends or holidays will not be reviewed until the next business day.
    • Approval or denial will be in the form of a Docusign document.
    • Approvals will receive a follow up email with additional and required directions and instructions.
    • Non-SMU associated with production or project will need to complete Guest procedures to enter Dedman Center.
    • Requests to photograph, film or video Group Exercise classes, Personal Training, Intramural events, and Climbing Wall/Outdoor Adventure activities will require additional approvals.


    Submit Request to Photograph, Video, or Film in Dedman Center

    For questions, please contact the Campus Recreation Associate Director of Operations at 214-768-4823 or

Dedman Center's Lost/Found is located at the Front Desk.  If the owner can be identified, Dedman Center staff will make attempts to notify via email.  To better assist you, provide the date of lost/missing, detailed description of lost/missing item(s), and suspected location last seen or placed.


NOTE: SMU Campus Recreation complies with University Policy 9.9: Use of Surveillance Equipment. If suspected theft of personal items, please contact SMU Police at 214-786-3388.

Lost/Found Protocols and Procedures:

  • Unclaimed items will be retained for 2 weeks, at which time items will be donated to a local charitable organization. 
  • In most cases, items meeting our definition of “valuables”, personal items (wallets, credit cards, etc.), electronics and jewelry estimated in value of over $100, will be forwarded to SMU Police for University Lost/Found within 48 hours.
  • A photo ID will be required to retrieve items designated as valuable.

Contact the Dedman Center at 214-768-33754 or or the following Campus Recreation professionals:

Assistant Director of Operations and Aquatics: 214-768-9916 or

Associate Director of Operations: 214-768-4823 or