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Recreational Activities Policy

Certain recreational activities, including skateboarding, long-boarding, cycling, parkour, fire arts and slack-lining are permitted on the Lewis & Clark campus in specific locations by Lewis & Clark students.  These recreational activities may be restricted to hours that do not conflict with the normal class schedule.  Conducting any of these activities in a reckless manner is prohibited, and only members of the Lewis & Clark community are permitted to partake in these recreational activities on campus. 

These recreational activities all have inherent risks, mostly associated with falling, with the potential result of bruises or scrapes, and in more serious falls, broken bones, dislocated joints, concussion, permanent injury, and even death. The College’s position regarding participation in such activities is that the participants do so at their own risk. Participants are responsible for conducting these activities in a safe manner and will be responsible for any injuries to bystanders or damage to property caused by their activities. 

Skateboarding is not permitted in/on locations that could cause damage to College property.  Those using long-boards and skateboards as transportation are not restricted as to time and place. They are, however, cautioned against boarding at high rates of speed in areas frequented by pedestrians and motor vehicles. Boarding on city streets, particularly while also engaged in activities like listening to iPods, etc., is a violation of the Oregon Vehicle Code and could result in a citation.

The devices commonly known as hoverboards are prohibited on campus.

Cycling is restricted to designated streets/sidewalks and maintained pathways on campus, and riders shall yield to pedestrians. Cycling is not permitted on stairways.

Slack-lining is allowed on campus. However, the line may not be elevated to a height more than three feet, and only Douglas Fir trees with a diameter greater than one foot may be used to support the line.

Parkour is allowed on campus.  However, parkour is not permitted from unsafe heights, on unstable or slippery objects, off of roofs, out of windows, or on vehicles.  Parkour is also prohibited anywhere anyone could reasonably expect it to cause property damage.   

Fire arts are forms of performance or non-performance art that use active flames as an essential part of the piece. Fire arts are permitted on campus. However, organizations or individuals interested in partaking in these and any other activities producing open flame must work with Student Activities to set conditions for engaging in such and must receive advance approval from the Fire Marshall.

Camping or sleeping overnight outdoors or in any building on campus other than the residence halls is prohibited. 

Students involved in recreational activities will be responsive to requests from College officials to cease their activities should their recreation become problematic in a particular area. Campus Safety will enforce this policy and continue to work with L&C students to ensure that these activities remain safe, not only for participants, but also for others who may be in the area.

Amended by Executive Council: September 9, 2016

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