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Children's Policies

​Children/Dependent Access Policies

  • Special COVID Policies: For the safety and health of all, DePaul University requires all unvaccinated individuals to wear masks covering nose and mouth. 
    • ​Children 12 and under cannot receive the vaccine, therefore they MUST wear a mask while in the facility. (Exception: In the pool, swimming). We ask parents/guardians to comply with this guideline so that staff do not have to remind you or ask your family to leave the facility. 
  • If parents are members, their children and dependents age 15 and under receive free guest privileges when using the facility with their parents or another member 18 years or older.  
    • Members must register their children with Membership Services and pay a $25 per child activation fee (maximum $50 per family regardless of number of children).
    • A birth certificate is required for verification.  
    • Each child will have their picture taken and be issued a purple key tag. They must present the purple key tag in order to access the facility.
  • Access is limited during the academic year to Monday through Thursday from 9 am - noon, and all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Children are allowed unlimited access during summer months and academic break periods.
  • Children who are not members but are registered for instructional classes will be issued a non-member access card.
  • Members can purchase a membership at a matching rate for any of their children and/or dependents age 16 to 22.
  • Children whose parents are not members may come as a guest of a member by paying the $14 guest fee during children's access hours.

Escort/Supervision Policy:

  • Children must show their non-member access card or key tag to access the facility.
  • Children and dependents under 16 years old are required to be supervised at all times by a parent/guardian member unless they are in a paid program.
  • Children under 16 are not allowed on the second floor unless pre-approved through a registered program or special rental.
  • Children must be escorted to/from scheduled program by their parent/guardian. Parent/guardian must remain in the facility while the class is meeting.
  • Members may escort and supervise other members’ children in the facility.
  • Children whose parents are not members may use the facility if they are sponsored as guests, pay the $14 guest fee and supervised by the sponsoring member at all times.

Locker Room Access Restrictions for Children/Dependents:

  • Children aged 3 and under can use any locker room. Must be supervised.
  • Children aged 4 and over can only use same gender locker room or assisted change/unisex locker room. Must be supervised.
  • Children aged 7 and over may use the locker room unsupervised, but the supervising adult should wait immediately outside locker room.
  • The Assisted Change/Unisex Locker Room is located down the hallway to the pool.

Caregiver Policy:

  • Caregivers may escort member's children to and from paid programs.  Caregivers must wait on the pool deck or in the atrium during the program.
  • Caregivers must have their own membership to supervise other member's children during children's hours or to use The Ray. As a courtesy, a caregiver may be given the option to pay the $14 guest fee if supervising a child registered to an active membership account.
Additional question? Please email campusrecreation@depaul.edu or ask us at the Membership Services desk during Membership Hours. ​