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Facility Rental

Thank you for your interest in reserving our recreational facilities. Before completing the event information form, review the following pertinent information to guide you through the reservation process.


Campus Recreation can host a variety of events including but not limited to:

  • Current Registered and Recognized Student Organizations and Campus Departments events, Community Events and Lock-Ins
    • currently registered student organizations or outside school groups interested in an event or lock-in
  • School Groups
    • all outside school groups interested in visiting the Morris Recreation Center

Reservation Form


In order to process all completed paperwork and acquire necessary approvals, we require a minimum of 21 days completed reservation form submission for all small events. Large events require a minimum of 6 weeks from the point of reservation form submission. Evidence of liability insurance is required for any non-A&M-Commerce University affiliated groups requesting space.


This page does not include all the department’s policies and procedures, visit the facility rental policy page.

Please note that our reservation forms have changed. Old reservation forms will no longer be accepted. If you submit one, you will be asked to resubmit the current form. The 21 day submission policy will be enforced when the correct form is submitted.

If you have any questions, please contact:

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Contracts are one academic semester in length and must be renewed before expiration to avoid clean out and sale of locker. These can be purchased and renewed at our Front Desk. Due to University Policy, all contents from non-renewed lockers will be disposed of at the 30 day mark following the end of the locker service agreement.

Half-size lockers – $30 per semester

Full-size lockers – $40 per semester

Hallway Day lockers – $0.25 per use

Locker Room Day Lockers – Free with personal lock (must be removed by closing of facility)

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With the continued enrollment growth of Texas A&M University-Commerce, we have several capital projects underway. Construction has begun for our new Nursing and Health Sciences Building near Gee Lake. During this construction, please utilize Lot 18 and 19 as an alternate lot for parking while using the Morris Recreation Center. Lot 18 and 19 has a shuttle services starting at 7:00am and running until 9:00pm Monday-Friday. There is limited parking located in Lot 35 for Faculty and Staff. Appropriate parking permits should be displayed when parking in these lots.

Please visit The Pride Ride Campus Shuttle Website for more information.


All members (student, faculty/staff/retiree, community) of the Morris Recreation Center are required to purchase the appropriate parking permit to park in University parking lots. Community members must purchase a contractual permit (C). These permits can be purchased at the McDowell Administration Building or One Stop Shop. Permits must be displayed in order to avoid a citation.


All non-members who are a guest of Campus Recreation must obtain a visitor parking permit when parking on campus to use the Morris Recreation Center. Permits must be displayed in order to avoid a citation. Campus Recreation is not responsible for any citations given by University Police. Guest parking permits can be obtained by visiting the Cashiers window at the McDowell Administration Building. Guests may visit the University Police Website for more information.

Campus Recreation is not responsible for citations issued due to lack of valid permit and cannot issue visitor parking on-site.

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Campus Recreation MembershipsCost
Faculty/Staff/University Retiree$110/semester due to Presidents Discount
Payroll Deduct$27.50/month deduct from your paycheck
Alumni$155/semester plus a $5 ID fee
Community$165/semester plus a $5 ID fee
Monthly$50/month plus a $5 ID fee
Spouse/Dependent$155/semester plus a $5 ID fee

Campus Rec offers various memberships to the students, faculty, and the surrounding community.

Membership at Campus Rec has its benefits. With your membership you have access to the entire $12 million state-of-the-art facility, which is made up of the weight center, rockwall, basketball courts, racquetball courts, swimming pool, hot tub, sand volleyball courts and much, much more.

Visit our Member Services Desk during hours of operations to purchase a membership! Cash, debit, credit and checks are accepted. Students

Currently enrolled A&M-Commerce students who have paid the Rec Sports Fee are automatically members of Campus Rec. Those who would like to use the facility during the summer who are not enrolled in each summer session will need to purchase a membership at the student rate. Please visit our Member Services Desk for details.

Please note: Certain academic programs are not assessed a Rec Sports Fee and therefore do not receive automatic access. Those wishing to purchase a membership that fall under this category will be assessed the student fee.

Faculty/Staff/University Retiree Semester Memberships

Current faculty/staff/university retirees can purchase a semester membership at the price of $110 due to the President’s Discount.

Faculty/Staff Payroll Deduct

Current faculty/staff/univeristy retirees can purchase a membership using payroll deduct. Pay the first month up front, and have subsequent months taken out of your paycheck. Payroll Deduct Memberships are available in 2 semester or 12 month options. Please see below for member details.

Download Payroll Deduct Form Here.

Please return to our Member Services Desk with the initial months payment of $27.50. Cash, Credit, and Debit is accepted.

To cancel payroll deduct, please fill out the Payroll Cancellation Form and submit it to the Member Services Desk or directly to Stephanie Nielsen at
[email protected] A final deduction will take plus the upcoming month to cover the current month of membership. Please see form for more details.

Download Payroll Deduct Cancellation Form Here.

Alumni Memberships

Alumni may purchase a membership at $155 a semester. You may use your old student ID or purchase one from us at $5.

Spouse and Dependents

Spouses and dependents of those affiliated with the university may purchase a semester membership at the price of $155 plus a $5 ID fee. You must be sponsored a direct affiliate of the university and must provide their contact info when signing up for verification.


Those not affiliated with the university may purchase a semester membership to the student recreation center at the price of $165 a semester plus a $5 ID fee.

Monthly Memberships

Monthly memberships are $50 and available in 30 day cycles. Monthly memberships are available in 30 day cycles. The membership includes all the benefits of a semester membership, but for a shorter term. Memberships begin the day they are purchased and expire 30 days after. These memberships must be renewed by the 30 day mark in person to avoid a lapse in service. A $5 ID fee will be assessed for all new members.

Member Details

  • ID cards will need to be purchased from Campus Recreation for all those not currently directly affiliated with the university. A $5 replacement fee will be assessed for any lost cards.
  • Campus Recreation does not sell or assign parking permits. All permits must be purchased from the Cashiers Office located inside the BA Building during their Hours of Operation.
  • All members and guests must obey all departmental and university policies. Failure to due so will result in termination of membership without a refund.
  • All membership sales are final and cannot be refunded.
  • Memberships cannot be prorated.
  • Please visit our Policies and Procedures area for full details.
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  • Guest Passes are available for purchase at the rate of $8/Adult and $4/Child during the Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters.
  • Children who are the age of 16 years of age and younger are able to access the facility with a parent or legal guardian that has purchased a guest pass during the Fall and Spring Semesters starting on Fridays at noon and ending Sundays at 10pm.
  • Guests who are under the age of 16 and younger must be accompanied and actively supervised by a parent and guardian at all times.
  • All guests entering the facility must sign a waiver.
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Student Summer Memberships

Membership for students who are currently enrolled at the university but NOT taking summer courses.

Students enrolled prior to Fall 2015 will be charged a different rate than those enrolled since Fall 2015. Verification will be required.

  • Prior to Fall 2015 – Full Summer – $65
  • Prior to Fall 2015 – Session 1 or 2 – $32.50
  • Since Fall 2015 – Full Summer – $150
  • Since Fall 2015 – Session 1 or 2 – $75

Membership Dates

  • Full Summer – June 3, 2019 until August 31, 2019
  • Summer Session 1 – June 3, 2019 until July 8, 2019
  • Summer Session II – July 8, 2019 until August 25, 2019
    • Semesters are academically based and not calendar.

Alumni/Faculty/Staff/University Retiree Memberships

  • Start May 1st and End August 31st
  • Memberships cannot be prorated.
  • Faculty/Staff/University Retiree $110/semester due to the Presidents Discount
  • Payroll Deduct $27.50/month deducted from your paycheck
  • Alumni $155/semester plus a $5 ID fee
  • Community $165/semester plus a $5 ID fee
  • Monthly $50/month plus a $5 ID fee
  • Spouse/Dependent $155/semester plus a $5 ID fee

Guest Passes

  • Adult $8/day
  • Child $4/day
  • Children must be actively supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times while using the facility
  • A water bill will be asked to verify residency at point of sale.

Member Details

  • ID cards will need to be purchased from Campus Recreation for all those not currently directly affiliated with the university. A $5 replacement fee will be assessed for any lost cards.
  • Campus Recreation does not sell or assign parking permits. All permits must be purchased from the Cashiers Office located inside the McDowell Business Administration (BA) Building during their Hours of Operation.
  • All members and guests must obey all departmental and university policies. Failure to do so will result in termination of membership without a refund.
  • All membership sales are final and cannot be refunded.
  • Memberships cannot be prorated.
  • Please visit our Policies and Procedures area for full details.

Visit our Member Services Desk during hours of operations to purchase a membership! Cash, debit, credit, and checks are accepted.

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In an effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all patrons, reduce the risk of bacterial/virus transmission, further mitigate risk, consistent enforcement, and prolong the life of exercise equipment, Campus Rec has made updates to it’s current attire policy. This re-defined policy will go into effect January 2019. It is not the intent of these updates to turn anyone away from the facility. However, it is important for patrons and Campus Recreation staff to have policies that are uniformly enforceable. We’ve always had an attire policy, but it was more “understood” and not clearly defined.


DISCLAIMER: Illustrations displayed below are ONLY to be used as a reference to have an idea of what to wear and not to wear.

MRC Attire


  • Tops that cover the mid-section and majority of chest/back area prevent MRSA,ringworm, etc. from being passed from skin to pad/mat contact (even though you should clean your machines after use, unfortunately not everyone does). Click above for the research on it.
  • Excessive altered shirts contribute to excessive sweat and moisture, which can damage equipment and contribute to virus transmission. Click above for the research on it.
  • Research and surveys indicate that people are reluctant to begin an exercise program or enter a recreational fitness center if they are intimidated within the environment. We operate under a philosophy of creating a safe, welcoming environment for all members and patrons.


  • Shoes protect the feet from equipment that may be dropped accidentally.
  • Wearing athletic style shoes prevents slipping.
  • Backless shoes can easily slip off.
  • Shoes that do not cover the forefoot do not protect the entire foot from injury.
  • In some Group Fitness formats participants may be asked to remove footwear for the safety of the participant (Yoga, Pilates, etc).
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Facility and Access

  • All members of the Morris Recreation Center must have a valid and current Mane Card or MRC ID Card for entry into the facility during recreation hours. This is a zero tolerance policy.
  • Students and members must use their own valid Lion Card or MRC ID Card. ID cards are non-transferable and for the exclusive use of the person named on the card. Any individual in possession of another’s card and the owner of said card will be escorted out and asked to leave the facility. All parties involved in an ID passback situation will be suspended from Campus Recreation for one week from the incident. All parties involved are responsible for scheduling a meeting with the Assistant Director-Operations in order for their suspension to be lifted. Repeat offenders are subject to referral to the Office of Judicial Affairs.
  • Participants must possess and display upon request, appropriate identification. Campus Recreation reserves the right to request identification from a participant at any time they are using the facilities or services offered or overseen by the department.
  • If the photo, name or ID number(s) is not visible on a Mane Card, the card is not considered valid and entry will be refused.
  • Your cooperation in presenting proper identification is expected at all times.
  • A valid government picture ID is required to purchase a Day Pass.
  • Guests entering the facility must sign a waiver (guests who are 16 years and younger must be accompanied and actively supervised by a parent or guardian at all times).
  • Children are only allowed in the facility during Family Hours (Friday-Sunday), Summer Sessions, Mini Semesters and Campus Recreation Special Events in the accompaniment of a parent or guardian. They are also not allowed during any Intramural sporting event.
  • Minors must be accompanied/actively supervised by their guardian at all times including the restrooms/locker rooms. Minors ages 5 and under are allowed to enter a locker room with their guardian regardless of gender. Minors ages 6 and above must go through their respective locker room in order to access the pool. Campus Recreation staff will assist in escorting minors through the locker room to meet their guardians on the other end when necessary.
  • Waivers for entry to the facility for reservations will not be faxed the day of the event. Please make sure they are completed before arriving for your reservation.
  • The Morris Recreation Center is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Please utilize our day lockers or our semester lockers to store your belongings while using our facility.
  • There is a 5 to 1 ratio requirement for youth to adults per group. Groups greater than 10 will not be allowed in the building without prior reservation.
  • No animals are permitted in the building with the exception of authorized service animals.
  • Please leave all areas clean.
  • Bicycles, roller blades, skateboards and scooters are not permitted inside the facility.
  • Weapons are strictly prohibited.
  • Participants are financially responsible for any loss or damage to equipment while it is in their possession, including equipment used by a sponsored guest.
  • Equipment not returned (or equipment damaged) is subject to replacement charge(s). Replacement charges are dependent upon item(s) not returned/damaged.
  • Headphones are required for any personal stereos.
  • All paper passes will expire Dec. 1st 2014. We will no longer accept any paper punch pass following that date.
  • The possession, use, charging, and storage of self-balancing scooters, also known as hover boards, will be prohibited in all campus owned and leased properties. This notice also includes all residential living buildings.

Participant Conduct and Behavior – CODE OF CONDUCT

Patrons are expected to be courteous to other Facility users and employees and to follow the rules, policies and safety instructions outlined by Campus Recreational Services. Patrons who engage in behaviors or actions that might damage equipment or facilities, or pose a threat to the safety and well-being of themselves or others may lose their privileges. The staff and Patrons of Campus Recreational Services appreciate your cooperation in making our facilities a friendly and positive environment for recreational and social opportunities. Vulgar, obscene, abusive, derogatory and/or demeaning comments and gestures are not consistent with a positive environment and could lead to loss of privileges. We appreciate your support in continuing the positive environment that exists in the recreation facilities.

  • Inappropriate behavior which is not to be tolerated includes (list not all inclusive):Verbal Abuse
    • Physical Abuse
    • Mental Harassment
    • Obscene Gestures or Actions
    • Abuse of Staff in any Form
    • Profane or Indecent Language
  • The Campus Recreation Staff reserves the right to deny entry or remove patrons from the building for violating any of the Campus Recreation Policies and Procedures. University Police will be contacted when necessary.
  • Any incident occurring within Campus Recreation facilities or sponsored events will require an in-person meeting with Professional Staff members of the Department of Campus Recreation.

Food and Beverages

  • Food and drink is NOT permitted in the outdoor area. Food is only permitted in the lounge area located in the front lobby of the building.
  • Plastic water bottles with re-sealable caps are allowed in the building.


  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday: use track clockwise. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: use track counter clockwise.
  • Please refrain from spitting on the track or in the water fountains on the track.
  • Walkers and runners must be wearing proper attire while using the track. Barefoot running is not allowed.
  • Walkers will use the inside lane while runners will use the outside lanes. Please be mindful of your surroundings and the current day of the week for track direction.
  • Do not use the rails to stretch before, during, or after your workout. Stretching areas with mats are provided for your safety.
  • At no time should patrons be idle on the track. Spectating is prohibited at all times and will be actively supervised during Intramural events.

Personal Items/Valuables

  • The Campus Recreation Department is not responsible for any loss of property. It is suggested that valuables be stored in lockers.
  • Personal Items and bags are not allowed in the Cardio and Weight Room area. They are also not allowed in the climbing facility when outside hours of operation. Please utilize one of our many locker options to store your belongings.

Lost and Found

Due to University policy, items recovered within the facility will be kept for a maximum of 30 days before being donated to charity. The Department of Campus Recreation is not responsible for any lost possessions.
University Policy – Disposition of Abandoned and Unclaimed Personal Property

Proper Use of Equipment

  • Do not operate any equipment that looks damaged or has loose parts. If repair is needed for any equipment, notify a staff member as soon as possible. Do not attempt to fix or repair anything.
  • Equipment must be checked out at the front desk and by someone who is 18 years of age or older. Children are never allowed to check out any type of equipment.
  • Maximum of 4 people in racquetball courts unless playing Wallyball. At no time should patrons be standing at opposite ends of the racquetball court hitting/throwing balls at each other.
  • Closed toe/non-marking footwear is required at all times in the basketball courts, weight room/cardio area, and racquetball courts at all time.

Weight Room

No one under the age of 16 is allowed to use the fitness equipment, unless they are a current registered A&M-Commerce student.
Athletic attire is required at all times. Please refer to attire policies for details.
Please wipe-down equipment after use. Please use blue stripped towels and solution spray bottles located throughout the fitness area to clean the equipment after use.
For your safety, no gym bags or backpacks are allowed in the Weight Room and Cardio Areas. Day lockers should be utilized and are in the hallways and locker rooms.
No food is allowed.
Beverages in re-sealable plastic containers are permitted.
The use of collars is mandatory on all free weight bars.
Spotters are suggested at all press stations.
Users are required to re-rack weights.
Dropping weights is prohibited.
No equipment should be moved from its designed area.
Please refrain from performing exercises on the ramps between each level. This is dangerous to other patrons.
A thirty-minute time limit on all cardiovascular equipment will be enforced during peak times.
Facility supervisors have the authority to ask patrons to leave for failure to abide by any facility policies and/or failure to exercise proper weight room etiquette.
For your own safety, always use caution while utilizing equipment.
Chalk is not permitted in the weight room.
Personal training in the Morris Recreation Center can only occur through trainers certified and employed by the Department of Campus Recreation. Any other form of personal training is prohibited.

Basketball Courts

  • Please use proper etiquette when in the gymnasium.
  • Courts are available on a first come-first serve basis. Patrons will not be asked to leave or move in order to accommodate for other sports unless there is a reservation.
  • Goals and/or divider curtains will be raised/lowered at the discretion of the Operations Manager on duty.
  • Proper athletic attire is required at all times. No street shoes and/or black soled marking shoes are allowed.
  • Dunking is allowed; however, please do not hang on the rims. Any damage to the equipment resulting from this will be incurred by the responsible individual or party.
  • Hitting, kicking, or bouncing of soccer balls, basketballs, or any other piece of equipment is not permitted. This may cause damage to walls or sprinkler system.
  • Priority is given to previously scheduled activities and may interfere with open play.
  • Facility supervisors have the authority to ask patrons to leave for failure to abide by any facility policies and/or failure to exercise proper etiquette.
  • For your own safety, always exercise extreme caution when using the gymnasium.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs

  • Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, including vapor and e-cigarettes, are strictly prohibited. Any use or possession of these products by patrons will lead to removal from the premises as well as a suspension or ban of facility use.

Great OutRoars

  • 1. Food and drinks are NOT allowed in the outdoor pool area
    • Food is only permitted in the outdoor area for approved reservations.
    • Coolers entering the facility are subject to search. Any contraband, including but not limited to, alcohol and tobacco products will require UPD intervention
    • Cups without a screwtop will not be allowed in the facility or in the outdoor area. Patrons will be asked to dispose of these before entering
    • Glass containers are not allowed
    • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed
    • Smoking tobacco, vapor or e-cigarettes or other products is not allowed
  • Children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper.
  • Please enter and exit the pool and spa area slowly.
  • All users must shower before entering. Use of body lotions, oils or suntan preparation is prohibited in the pool.
  • All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied and closely supervised by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Proper swimsuit attire (bathing suit material) must be worn at all times. Boxer shorts and basketball shorts are not permitted.
  • No diving.
  • No running on the pool deck.
  • People with open wounds or infectious diseases are not permitted in the pool.
  • Lanes 1-3 are reserved for lap swimming. During peak times, multiple swimmers will share lanes.
  • Lifeguards have the authority to ask patrons to leave for failure to abide by any facility policies and/or failure to exercise proper etiquette.
  • For your own safety, always exercise extreme caution when using the pool and spa.
  • Inflatables, noodles, and inner tubes are NOT permitted.
  • Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times when using the outdoor basketball courts.

Climbing Wall

  • Climbing is dangerous. Exercise extreme caution while climbing, bouldering, or belaying.
  • Check-in at the OA desk before climbing.
  • Climbing is only available under the supervision of authorized personnel.
  • All belayers must have a current belay check.
  • All climbers and belayers must have a signed waiver.
  • Bouldering should not be attempted above the red line (12 feet).
  • Be aware of climbers’ fall and swing zones.
  • Use clear communication between climber and belayer.
  • Patrons are not allowed to store personal belongings in the climbing facility outside of hours of operations.
  • Patrons are not allowed to enter the climbing facility when closed.

Lockers (Day and Semester)

  • Day lockers are available for patron use on a first come, first served basis. It is the responsibility of the user to lock the locker. Campus Recreation will not open any locker without UPD presence.
  • Damage to locker due to forced opening will result in payment of the full amount of the damage assessed to responsible party or parties.
  • Due to University policy, Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or abandoned items. Lockers that are not cleaned out after the appropriate period will be emptied out and content of locker will be disposed of.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the user to make sure items are locked and secured. UPD will be notified of any suspicious behavior or items.

Guest Passes

  • Photo ID is required for guest pass purchases from all adults entering facility. Minors are only allowed during family hours and must be actively accompanied by a guardian at all times including locker rooms. A maximum ratio of 5 minors to 1 adult is required. A waiver must be filled out and signed prior to entering facility. Every one entering the facility must either purchase a guest pass or have an active membership. (Excluding guided tours)
  • Any discounts must be asked for prior to purchase. (Proof of residency is required for Commerce Community Summer Discount. Your government ID or utility bill must list Commerce as city of residence)
  • We cannot accept any bills larger than $20. We prefer you use a credit or debit card. In the event that change is not available, use of credit or debit card is required.
  • Refunds will not be given under any circumstances. Campus Recreation is not responsible for inclement weather or unannounced/sudden closure of the outdoor area/pool.

Media Policy – Photography and Filming Policies

Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Campus Recreation wishes to support the media in publicizing the Campus Recreation programs and services and also recognizes the need to support students who require Campus Recreation filming and photography in support of their academic coursework.

Therefore, Campus Recreation permits filming and photography in its facilities when it is consistent with the protection and security of students, members, employees, facilities and equipment, and avoids conflict with normal use and enjoyment of Campus Recreation facilities, programs and services by members.

  • Media Requests must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance by submitting the Media Request Form to the MRC Business Center during regular hours of operation. (The form will be available for download below)
  • Photographs and film may not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.
  • Photography and filming is not permitted in Campus Recreation locker rooms or restroom facilities.
  • All photography and filming must be conducted during operating hours and without disrupting Campus Recreation operations and service to its members or limiting access to equipment, stairwells, entrances/exits, high traffic areas or other high traffic locations within Campus Recreation facilities.
  • Prior permission by all photographic subjects must be secured via a signed photo release.
  • If a picture/video or interview request is made after 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, approval may not occur until the next business day. Weekend requests will be handled on the first business day of the week.
  • The Department of Campus Recreation 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.
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The recreation center is named in honor of Dr. Jerry D. Morris, the ninth President of East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce), 1987-1997. Dr. Morris served the University effectively for over 27 years. His commitment to developing the talent of faculty, staff and students, and his dedication to the importance of community relations is an enduring tribute to all who enter these doors. Dr. Morris’s portrait hangs in the lobby of the MRC.

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