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KU Recreation Services: Sport Clubs Policy


To create a fair and balanced structure in a safe environment

Applies to: 

Programs, services, facilities, participants of KU Recreation Services

Policy Statement: 

Introduction & General Information

The University of Kansas Sport Club Program consists of student organizations sponsored by KU Recreation Services and is directly administered by the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs, and Student Program Managers.  The Sport Club Staff provides guidance and encouragement, in an advisory capacity, to all clubs within the Sport Club Program.  In addition, the Sport Club Staff will administer and/or develop University and KU Recreation Services policies and procedures, which are associated with the Sport Club Program and its participants.  

Each club is formed, developed, governed, and administered by the student membership working with the Sport Club Staff.  The key to the success of the Sport Club Program (and each club involved in the program) is student leadership, interest, involvement, and participation. Much of the responsibility for club activities rests with the officers and members of each club.  

Sport Clubs are managed by both the rules and regulations governing all recognized student organizations at the University of Kansas through the Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC), and those established by the KU Recreation Services.  The policies and procedures within the Sport Club Handbook are designed for the safety and protection of each club and its participants. They were developed in conjunction with the University of Kansas Legal Counsel. These procedures and policies serve as a guide for the Sport Club Program within the University framework and shall be always adhered to.  It is the responsibility of each club to follow, learn, and understand these guidelines.  

These guidelines were developed in accordance with the University of Kansas Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities published in the Student Handbook.  Situations involving any sport club business or activity that are not covered in the above handbooks should be referred to and discussed with the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs.

A University of Kansas Sport Club is a registered student organization recognized by the Sport Club Executive Board and formed by individuals with a common interest and desire to participate in a sport or recreational activity that is non-sedentary and involves rigorous physical exertion.  Clubs may be competitive, recreational, or instructional in nature, or may have any combination of these characteristics.  Sport Clubs are administratively supported by the KU Recreation Services; however, there is an emphasis on student leadership as the clubs are student-organized, student-managed, and student-operated.

The Sport Club Program is designed to serve the sporting interests of University of Kansas’ students, faculty, and staff.  The objectives of the program are to offer sport activities for any interested member of the University Community who wishes to:

  • Participate in sport or recreation. 
  • Provide an opportunity for extramural competition.
  • Help participants develop skills in leadership & sport.
  • Provide a bond between individual student organizations, which are athletic or recreational in nature.

Administration & Leadership

Program Manager Assignments:
Sport Club Program Managers are the liaisons between the Sport Club Officers and the Assistant Director. Sport clubs should relay any questions and/or concerns regarding the daily operations of their club - directly to their designated program manager.  

Sport Club Supervisor Assignments:
The Sport Club Supervisor reports to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and Sport Club Program Managers. Supervisors will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of the Sport Club Program, including (but not limited to): event management, practice supervision, office coverage, data collection, risk management, implementing policies and procedures, and equipment inventory.  SC Supervisors are the first point of contact for Clubs at all Home Events and Practices (Tennis Courts, Sand Volleyball Courts, Shenk, ASRFC, Central Turf Field & Super field).  

Appointments with Sport Club Staff:
Preferably, appointments should be made with either the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs or Program Manager well in advance via email to give them time to prepare for the meeting.  The Assistant Director of Sport Clubs typically works Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm and the Program Managers have established set office hours determined at the beginning of each semester.  Drop-ins are welcome with the understanding that the Assistant Director or Program Managers may be busy or unavailable.  

If one of the following would occur, Death of a Student, Serious Accidents or Injuries Involving Students, or Assault of a Student, please call the below personnel, in the order listed, until one person is reached.  If during 8:00am-5:00pm M-F, call the office number listed above. Call anytime and leave a message with each number called.

The Sport Club Executive Board consists of five sport club officers.  Each year Sport Club Officers will have the opportunity to apply to be a member of the Sport Club Executive Board. If voting is deemed necessary (by the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs) then the SCEB members will be determined by their peers through a vote determined by the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs.  Board members shall serve at least one term, which runs from September through July of each fiscal year. There shall be no more than one Sport Club Executive Board members from each active Sport Club.  The Executive Board shall have the following responsibilities:

  • Serve on the Recreation Advisory Board (see details in Recreation Advisory Board section).
  • Attend all scheduled Supplemental Budget Request Hearings and approve/deny all supplemental requests from the Sport Club Supplemental Funding Account.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Sport Club Officers and the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and/or Recreation Advisory Board/Student Senate.
  • Serve as a consultant to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs on information gathered from the Sport Club Officers and/or Recreation Advisory Board concerning amendments or additions to Sport Club policies and procedures contained in the Sport Club Handbook.
  • Serve as a consultant to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs in creating a Sport Club Budget Proposal to present to the Sport Club Officers.
  • Serve as a consultant to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs on all fiscal allocations associated with the Sport Club portion of the Restricted Fee.

*To make any decisions, the majority of the Executive Board must agree (i.e. 3 out of 5 board members must come to the same conclusion).

The Recreation Advisory Board is responsible for the administrative, budgetary, and appellate procedures for KU Recreation Services.  These responsibilities shall be limited to recreation programs and the facility use for students, faculty, staff, and their immediate families.  The Recreation Advisory Board shall ensure that all funding for Sport Clubs, Recreational Facilities, and Recreation Services follows all funding regulations enacted by Student Senate Funding Rules and Regulations.  Members of the Recreation Advisory Board shall include the following or designee:

Sport Clubs at the University of Kansas are self-administrated student organizations.  The daily operation of all clubs is the responsibility of its officers.  The contribution of each officer is vital to the overall success of each club, but it is the President who is ultimately responsible for seeing that a club functions smoothly and properly. All officers should always be listed and up to date on DoSportsEasyKU and Rock Chalk Central. 

Although the duties of officers will vary from one club to the next, one consistency with all club officers is that the officers all must be students.  In addition, the Sport Club Staff will manage the decision-making processes of clubs relating to the Sport Club Handbook and University policies and procedures with the student club members listed on DoSportsEasyKU.  These officers must be receiving and applying input from the membership of their clubs when dealing with the Sport Club Staff. Officer terms will depend on each individual club.  All new officers should be elected by each clubs’ scheduled Exit Interview; however, we strongly encourage new officers to be elected by February 1st, to provide the new officers a chance to shadow the current officers and to get accustomed to their responsibilities.  Club elections should be conducted in accordance with processes outlined in each club’s constitution.

Clubs are required to elect the following three positions, however more positions may be added as a club sees fit. 

Preside over club meetings, know the Sport Club Handbook, and always follow its policies, maintain consistent communication with the Sport Club Staff and maintain all club records. 

Assist the President, preside in the absence of the President, manage equipment and inventory, handle club correspondence and circulate publicity.

Handle all financial actions, maintain all financial records, and work closely with Sport Club Staff concerning the Restricted Fee Allocation and Endowment Account usage.

The task of conducting the business of a Sport Club should be delegated between all the clubs’ officers. The Sport Club Staff will expect one of the three officers to perform the following duties:

  • Coordinate all club activities with KU Recreation Services Sport Club Staff. Including but not limited to securing facility reservations and seek event approval for Club functions (practice, competitions, and special events) through the Sport Club Staff.
  • Submit all required forms and documents with the Sport Club Program and on DoSportsEasy. 
  • Serve as the liaison between the club and the Sport Club Staff.
  • Ensure that club members are knowledgeable of the policies and procedures contained in the Sport Club Handbook, and that these policies and procedures are being followed.
  • Register the club with SILC (Rock Chalk Central) and the KU Recreations Services (DoSportsEasyKU) each academic year.
  • Attend all Sport Club Officer Meetings and/or send another club member in their place.
  • Develop and maintain an accurate Membership Roster. This must be done via DoSportsEasy.
  • Complete and file Accident Reports with the Sport Club Staff when injuries occur.
  • Ensure all club financial obligations are met and kept up to date.
  • Check the club’s mailbox, located at KU Recreation Services, on a weekly basis.

A club’s constitution should be your “operating guide” on how the club should run, make decisions, and any other important matters that may arise. Each Sport Club must develop a constitution suited to the practical operation of their club.  A “Constitution Guide” can be obtained online.  The constitution must be easily interpreted, so that the Club can operate consistently from year to year.  If modifications are made to a Club’s constitution, a new copy of the constitution must be filed with the Sport Club Staff as soon as possible.  In addition, Club constitutions may not conflict or supersede any of the policies or procedures contained in the Sport Club Handbook, KU Recreation Services policies, or University of Kansas policies. 

Each club must have a University of Kansas Faculty/Staff Advisor to provide direction and help maintain continuity in club programming.  A good advisor can be an asset to a club in terms of providing mature judgment, advice based on experience, and insight into university operations and policies. The Advisor must be a full-time, adjunct/ad-hoc, faculty or staff member headquartered on the main campus in Lawrence. The following are criteria Advisors should embrace while carrying out their duties:

  • Ideally, a good Advisor can bridge the gap from year to year without undermining the authority of student leaders.  The turnover of officers and members can be frequent, and, at times, an Advisor may be the only link to the past.  An Advisor can help orient new officers and members to the history and purpose of the Club.  In addition, an Advisor can play an important role in helping members look toward the future by developing long-term goals and communicating those plans to future members.
  • Club Advisors are encouraged to support the student development concept maintained by KU Recreation Services. The advisor should guide members through the learning experiences provided by the Sport Club Program.  Any Advisor, who oversees a club to the extent that students are no longer the prime leaders, removes the opportunity for student development.
  • An Advisor should meet regularly with club members concerning club activities, as well as being aware of what activities are being planned.   
  • Any change of advisor must be made with SILC as well as the Sport Club Office. The Assistant Director of Sport Clubs must be notified of any change of advisor within a week of the interaction.

Clubs may seek the assistance of a coach/instructor. This individual should be an experienced and knowledgeable person in the club’s sport or activity.  It is a club’s responsibility to secure his/her services. Clubs must understand the following criteria as related to a coach/instructor: 

  • The selection of a coach/instructor must be made known to the Sport Club Staff by completing a “Coaching Application”. This form must be completed by a club officer and be on file with the Sport Club Staff before the coach can begin their duties. Clubs may have no more than four official club coaches. Coaching applications will only be valid for one academic year. A coaching application may extend through the summer session with the approval of the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs. Coaches must reapply each year to coach for a club. 
  • Coaches must also complete the “Agreement for Background Check” form when submitting their application for KU to run a background check on behalf of the club.
  •         A. Coaches cannot participate in any practices, events, training sessions, or travel with the club until their background check has been approved by KU Human Resources and the club and coach has been notified by the Sport Club Staff.
  • Coach/instructors should not play any type of officer role within the club.  The coach should solely be responsible for the coaching/instruction of the club but should never handle any sport club business.  It is up to each individual club to ensure that this philosophy is maintained in the everyday operation of the club. 
  • Coaches/Instructors must sign a Consent Agreement/Waiver.  In addition, the coach cannot sell or promote outside vendors on State Property.
  • Coaches may not pay for Travel expenses and/or Entry fees with the intent of receiving reimbursement from the club or University. 
  • Coaches may not utilize Sport Club travel competitions as personal vacations with family or friends. Sport Club Program travel is considered a university trip and must be treated as such.
  • Non-student coaches should not stay in the same hotel rooms as students during travel.
  • Coaches of the opposite sex to the participants on the club team should not stay in the same hotel room as the club participants. 
  • Coaches may be asked to complete the following training if deemed necessary by the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs, Associate Director of Programs, Director of Recreation Services and/or the University of Kansas; Sexual Harassment Training, Training with Student Conduct, Concussion / Head Injury Training. 

Before signing any contractual agreements with the club and any coach, we recommend that any contracts be reviewed by Legal Services for Students here on campus. Contractual agreements should last no longer than one year and should be renewed each year if the club would like to retain the services of the coach from the previous year.

Sport Club Officer Administration Resources

Clubs should always remember to treat the KU Recreation Services office staff and the student staff of the ASRFC with respect and courtesy. Remember, that you are not only representing your club, but you are also representing the Sport Club Program and ultimately, the University of Kansas.  Unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated! Clubs may print and make copies of club materials using the Printer/Copier in room 208. Please do not abuse this privilege. Any club found to be misusing the computers or printers may forfeit the ability to use the office suite for the remainder of the academic year. 

If Sport Club’s governing body requires that a form be verified by the University's Registrar’s Office, clubs are required to submit this form to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs for approval with all information filled out by hand.  Please include student’s full name, signature, and KU Student ID number to ensure correct identification and prevent delays in completion.  Forms should be submitted to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs or Program Managers at least two weeks in advance of needing the form completed.  Failure to do so will not guarantee approval in time.  Once completed, officers will receive notification that the form is available for pick up at the Registrar’s office. Note if the eligibility verification form has instructions to send to a specific address or contact, the Registrar will send directly.  

**Do not submit this form directly to the Registrar’s Office, it will not be accepted.

Every KU Recreation Services Sport Club is provided with a mailbox inside 205 ASRFC.  This allows the Sport Club Staff to communicate with the Clubs on a regular basis.  We recommend that Clubs check their mailbox once every 2 weeks. Clubs will be notified if anything is put in their mailbox. Clubs should use KU Recreation Services as a mailing address for all official club business and not for personal use by members.   Mail that is received will be put into the club’s mailbox.

Mailing Address
“Sport Club Name”
Ambler SRFC
1740 Watkins Center Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66045 – 7567

Operation within the Sport Club Program


All COMs (Club Officer Meetings) will be held in-person monthly in both the Fall and Spring semesters. The purpose of COMs is to convey information about policies and procedures, upcoming important dates, required forms as well as a forum to develop leadership for club officers.  These meetings give the Sport Club Officers the opportunity to discuss items concerning the Sport Club Program as well as speak with other fellow sport club officers. 

Each Sport Club shall have at least 2 officers in attendance at each COM unless otherwise noted by the Sport Club Staff.  Failure to attend the COMs or show up on time will result in disciplinary action.  If a Club cannot provide representation at a COM, the Program Manager must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.  If two club officers cannot attend the COM, a student club member may stand in for the officers if the change has been approved by the Sport Club Staff.  

Failure to attend will result in zero points on the clubs’ report card for the correlating COM and must be made up within 7 business days after the originally scheduled COM before the club can continue to be active in the Sport Club Program, including practicing, traveling, competing. A made-up meeting will result in half credit if it is made up within a reasonable amount of time, to be determined by the Sport Club Staff.  If the club fails to have the appropriate number of attending officers, the club will get points based on how many officers are present for the meeting in question.

The Sport Club Staff may adjust the schedule and content of the COMs meeting requirement on a yearly basis to meet the needs of and expand the education of Sport Club Officers.

Exit Meetings:
The final meeting of the spring semester will act as an Exit Interview and will replace the final COMS.  The purpose of the Exit Interview is to ease the transition of leadership within each Sport Club as well as have an opportunity to look at the overall successes/issues each club faced throughout the academic year.  The outgoing (previous President, Vice President, and Treasurer) and incoming (future President, Vice President, and Treasurer) officers are required to attend.  Advisors are strongly encouraged to attend but are not required. 

The Exit Interviews will take place towards the end of the spring semester.  The Sport Club Officers will be responsible for setting up a date that works for everyone.  To set a date with the assigned Program Manager, an online meeting reservation calendar will be opened and sent out giving the clubs ample time to schedule the meeting time that works for all parties.  Meeting times will be scheduled in one-hour blocks.  

If officer elections have not happened yet, Current Officers are the only ones that will need to attend. If this happens, current officers will need to give us the contacts for the new officers once elections have taken place.


Forms for Clubs:
All active Sport Clubs are required to complete various forms throughout the academic year. Forms will be required for both the club itself as well as members participating within the club. 

A required forms packet will be provided and due at the beginning of the Fall semester prior to any practices or competitions being held, for all clubs with the following forms included:

  • Budget Mockup: Required Yearly
  • No specific form included an excel sheet will be accepted.
  • Coach/ Instructor Agreement: Required Yearly
  • Coach/ Instructor Application: Required Yearly
  • Coach/ Instructor Background Check Consent: Required for New Coaches/ Instructors
  • Constitution Confirmation: Required Yearly
  • A link to your Rock Chalk Central page will be accepted.
  • On-Campus Facility Agreement: Required Yearly
  • Off-Campus Facility Agreement: Required Yearly
  • Inventory Confirmation: Required Yearly
  • Club Officers: Required Yearly
  • Travel Representative Forms: Required for New Travel Representatives
  • Bank Verification Letter or Voided Check, EFT, W9
  • Not a yearly form if you have current/active travel reps that have been approved.

Forms for Tryouts or Open Practice/Gym Events: 
All individuals interested in trying out or attending an open practice or open gym type of event for a sport club must complete a Participant Waiver form to be eligible to participate in the event. Once an individual is accepted or welcomed to be a member of a club, they must complete member registration on DoSportsEasy; this must be completed prior to participation in any events, practices, competitions, or travel with the respective club. Waiver can be found on Teams or by requesting the info from sclubs@ku.edu.

Forms for Active Sport Club Members:
All active sport club members are required to complete all areas on DoSportsEasyKU to be permitted as an active and approved member of a club. DoSportsEasy registration must be completed by the member prior to participation in any events, practices, competition, or travel with the respective club. Note if you would like to be a driver or safety officer members will need to provide and complete additional information and documentation:

  • Personal Information (Personal details, address, emergency contact).
  • Additional information (pertains to becoming a safety officer).
  • Driver information (pertains to becoming a driver for your club).
  • Risk & Conduct Forms:
  •      Release waiver
  •      Hazing prevention
  •      Concussion & Head Injury Guidelines
  •      Conduct Guidelines
  • Documents (Only needed if a member would like to be a safety officer or driver).

The KU Sport Club Program believes community service is a positive forum in which sport clubs can get out into the community and get involved with those who support KU. All Sport Clubs are required to attend the Sport Club Program’s community service events with a minimum of 25% attendance from each club. Any additional community service events completed by a sport club individually with a minimum of 50% club member attendance will be counted as bonus points on their report card. Involvement in community service opportunities can provide an excellent learning experience for a club and its members. The KU Sport Club Program would like to use this as a method of fostering the growth of our program, Sport Clubs, and individual members. Community service helps create a positive image for your club as well as the Sports Club Program.   

The KU Sport Club website is https://www.dosportseasy.com/kusportclubs/.  All KU Sport Clubs are required to utilize and update their club’s DoSportsEasyKU site on a regular basis. DoSportsEasy registration must be completed prior to the member’s participation in any events, practices, competition, or travel with the respective club.

Individual Membership within a Club:
Membership in any Sport Club is restricted to currently enrolled KU students, faculty, or staff.  KU Edwards campus and KUMC students are eligible to participate in the Sport Club Program, but those students must purchase the student memberships by coming into the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center Administrative Office.  Sport Clubs may determine their own membership rules, in addition to the above, but these membership rules must be free of any restriction based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or abilities.  

Eligible members of the University population must perform the following acts to be considered an active member of a Sport Club by KU Recreation Services:

Complete full registration on DSEKU including all the forms listed below prior to any level of participation within the club.

When determining active membership counts for a club, the Sport Club Staff will count the number of members who have completed all aspects of DSEKU registration.

*National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) may have additional or different competition requirements than KU Recreation Services, please consult with your NGB’s for more information.  Discuss any issues with the Sport Club Staff as needed.

Forms on DSE:
There are five sections on DoSportsEasyKU that all members are required to complete prior to becoming an approved, active member within a sport club; this means all aspects of registration must be completed prior to any level of participation within the club. Please note that if you will be a driver or safety officer for your club other documents and forms are required. In addition, if you fail to complete all items your membership in DSEKU will be pending, inactive and/or removed. Please visit DSEKU to view required items in depth.

Additionally, the Club Officers are responsible for filling out and submitting an additional 3 forms via DoSportsEasyKU when deemed necessary.  

It is up to the individual Sport Club to market and promote their student organization.  The Sport Club staff can offer advice and guidance but is not responsible for the individual marketing of each club.  

Artwork & Publicity Approval:
Any type of media or publicity (posters, flyers, T-shirts, etc.) must be brought before the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs for approval.  This procedure is used to ensure Clubs are properly adhering to publicity and media guidelines set by University Administration, and to protect the publicity privileges of the Sport Club Program. The vendor of the apparel must be licensed to print all the KU material.  If the apparel contains ANY KU logo (Jayhawk, “KU,” Kansas wording, etc.), the artwork must be approved by the Office of Trademark Licensing.  To acquire approval, email all artwork to the Sport Club Program Manager.  If any artwork adjustments are needed, the Club Representatives will be notified.  The process will continue until the artwork is approved and allowed to go into production.

Sport club report cards are based on factors such as administrative compliance, meeting attendance, involvement, and membership.  Each club will be given a ‘grade’ based upon the required criteria (points received and points deducted).  Sport clubs can receive current report grades by emailing sclubs@ku.edu.  Report Card grades are calculated between the last business day of February and the end of the first full week of March or after the March COMS meetings take place.  For 2023-2024 year, the Report Card Deadline will follow the March COMS meeting.

Graded Criteria:
Club’s receive points for various items through a Fiscal Year that make up their Report Card Grade.  Bonus points and point deductions are given by the discretion of the sport club personnel.  Any club that misses a requirement above can turn in the required paperwork late to receive partial credit for their report card grade.  The amount of credit given depends upon how late the requirement is met and is at the discretion of the Sport Club Staff.

Mandatory Meetings/Activities:
Any club that misses a COMs or Exit Interview meeting can make up said meeting to receive partial credit for their report card grade.  A made-up meeting will result in half credit if it is made up within a reasonable amount of time, to be determined by the Sport Club Staff.  If the club fails to have the appropriate number of attending officers, the club will get points based on how many officers are present for the meeting in question.

Community Service:
Sport clubs are required to participate in Sport Club Program Community Service Events and may receive extra points for participating in two community service events (maximum) for their own club.  A majority of the club’s active participants are required to attend the community service event.  Clubs are responsible for informing and receiving approval from their Program Manager of the community service opportunity for their own club prior to completing.  

Solely up to the discretion of the Sport Club Personnel and based upon club’s not abiding by the policies and procedures outlined in this handbook.  

Generated income is defined as any money that a club contributes to the SOFAS and Endowment account within a year: including dues, fundraising, and donations.  For report card purposes, the year begins on the 1st business day in February and ends on the last business day the following January; this follows the fiscal deadlines implemented by the University for Sport Club programs. The KU Sport Club Program maintains five tiers within Generated Income (described below): the highest being level 1 and the lowest being level 5.  To attain a particular tier, each club must meet the minimum deposit within the desired tier.

The KU Sport Club allocation system will be based upon a combination of two factors: generated income and a report card system.  Eligibility to receive funding requires clubs to meet both criteria.  Clubs will be placed into a tier system based upon Generated Income and a Report Card Grade. 

Clubs may request a Level 5 recognition if the club wishes to minimally participate in the Sport Club Program.  If a club requests level 5 status, a “Level 5 Recognition” document must be submitted by the designated deadline in the spring semester.  The Assistant Director of Sport Clubs will approve/deny the request which will then be applicable for the following school year.

Level 5 Clubs require minimal participation within the Sport Club Program.  However, certain documents and requirements are still a necessary part of Level 5 membership.  

Sport Club Finances

Although clubs receive funding from the Recreation Restricted Fee through the Recreation Services, the Restricted Fee (Allocated) should not become the sole source of revenue for any club.  

Each club is eligible for funding through the Recreation Restricted Fee.  This fee is used to pay travel expenses, personnel (officials/outside instructors), facility usage, and equipment costs a club may incur during a fiscal year.  Funds from the Restricted Fee are allocated to the clubs after the Student Senate Budget Process (March) for the upcoming fiscal year (Starting July 1st).

No funds of the Restricted Fee shall be allocated for:

  • Social functions including but are not limited to parties and dances, dinners, refreshments, food, or alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Insurance (liability or property).  The Recreation Advisory Board reserves the right to require clubs to purchase insurance for equipment purchased with club funds or that is owned by KU Recreation Services.
  • Items considered to be for individual or personalized use that cannot be utilized by more than one individual such as but not limited to shoes, rackets, grips, gloves, breaking boards, etc.
  • Individual memberships to associations or organizations.
  • Individual event registration for alumni, ASRFC faculty/staff memberships, and coaches (unless the members are students).
  • Coaching

Restricted Fee Use Penalty:

  • Clubs will be penalized 50% of their unused Restricted Fee for any amount 5% and over in their next fiscal year’s allocation.
  • Penalized funds will be added to the Supplemental Fund
  • Example 1: Snow Skiing Club had $480 (8% of their budget) left from the FY11 allocation of $6000.  The club will be penalized $240 of their FY12 allocation of $5000.  Therefore, the club will be left with $4760 for FY12.
  • Example 2: Jump Rope Club had $23 (4.6%) left from their FY11 allocation of $500.  The club will not be penalized for FY12.

Allocation of the Restricted Fee will be based on the Club Allocation System (Report Card Grade and Generated Income) detailed in the following section.

SOFAS (Student Organizational Financial Account System)

Setting up an Account: 
First and foremost, an organization wishing to obtain a SOFAS account must first be registered at the Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC).  A SOFAS account must be established prior to acceptance into the sport club program and usage of the Restricted Fee.  To open a SOFAS account, the club must submit a letter that states the club’s mission.  These documents should be submitted to the SOFAS coordinator in the Central Accounting and Purchasing Services (CASPUR) office.  After the paperwork is submitted and approved, an account will be set up for the club. Link to SOFAS Documents (Including Handbook):  http://procurement.ku.edu/sofas

Click the link: The University of Kansas (touchnet.net) 

Go to the “search” icon in the top right and enter your organization name. When you choose your organization, please make sure you choose the result that says “Student Organization” in the description. There it should pop up with the organization number (in this system it’s called the Stock number). 

Enter the amount you need to deposit. Click “Add to Cart”, then click “Checkout”. 

Enter your email address in the Contact Information section, then click “Checkout as Guest”. Enter all the card information and click “Continue”. Confirm all information is correct and submit payment. Funds will automatically be deposited into the club account. 

Payment Requests: 
Click the link: SOFAS | Controllers Office (ku.edu) 

At the top of the SOFAS Voucher Request, it should say “TeamDynamix”. If it doesn’t, you are using the wrong form, and you will need to let Jessie Hamm at SOFAS know. (sofas@ku.edu

click on “Request Service” on the right. Enter all the information with the red asterisk, this includes your organization/account number – it will not let you complete the form without this information, so please make sure you know that number. 

IMPORTANT: An invoice, statement, ITEMIZED sales receipt, or cash register tape from the vendor must accompany all vouchers.

*** SOFAS cannot reimburse with a credit card.  All transactions will be through paper checks.

Account Statements:
The statement reflects all the transactions for the month for SOFAS accounts. The Sport Club staff will receive a statement once per month for all Sport Club SOFAS accounts.  You can contact your Program Manager for an updated copy as needed.  Please bring any discrepancies to the SOFAS coordinator’s attention immediately.  

Sales Tax:
All sport clubs are NOT tax exempt through the SOFAS account.  Clubs will be required to pay sales tax on any items or services purchased as well as paying sales taxes on the sale of any items for a fundraiser.

SOFAS Account Codes:
The following codes will be required to identify SOFAS deposits.  The correct code will need to be listed on all deposit slips. Note: Recreation Services/Sports Club do not control the SOFAS accounts for the respected Sports Club.

Each Sport Club member must pay dues to participate in the Sport Club Program. The minimum dues payment per member is $5. However, the quantity of dues charged is determined by individual clubs and written into each corresponding constitution. The club’s officers will hold the authority to equitably set a Club’s dues.  Club members may not participate in club activities until the members have paid club dues.

All dues will be collected by the officers of the club and deposited into the club’s SOFAS account.  To deposit dues, please take them to the Cashier’s Office in 23 Strong Hall along with a SOFAS deposit slip.

Recreation Services has established an Endowment Account with the University of Kansas Endowment Association for the Sport Club Program. The type of Endowment Account established is titled Expendable Funds.  Donors may specify that their gifts be spent over a defined period for a designated purchase or objective. These types of gifts comprise the Endowment Association’s Expendable Funds. The Expendable Funds will receive modest income distributions.

The Endowment Association is considered a public charity, thus qualifying as an independent tax-exempt organization under Section 501© (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, because of its mission to support the activity of the University of Kansas which is a recognized tax-exempt purpose. An essential element in attaining and retaining any tax-exempt organization’s favorable tax status is that no part of the organization’s assets be used for anything other than tax-exempt purposes.  The use of Endowment Association assets to benefit an individual in a personal manner is prohibited.  It would jeopardize the Endowment’s tax-exempt status and breach its fiduciary responsibility to donors to use contributed assets in any other way.  The loss of 501(3) © status would destroy the Endowment’s ability to raise new funds and would greatly reduce the amount of funds available for University Purchases. 

It is very important that Recreation Services uses the Sport Club Endowment Account in the appropriate fashion. Therefore, anytime a club chooses to use this account it must done through the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs. If a club wishes to spend money that has been raised and placed into this account, solicit funds from donors to place into this account, or deposit funds into this account, it must be done with the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs in consultation with Recreation Service’s account manager from the Endowment Association. The Assistant Director of Sport Clubs has a copy of The KU Endowment Fund Administration & Use Handbook. It will be used on a constant basis to assure Sport Club compliance to Endowment Association policy.  Any time a club wishes to use the Sport Club Endowment Account, the first step should be to set up a meeting with the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs so that the handbook and account manager from the Endowment Association can be consulted.  No activity should occur before this meeting has been completed.

All funds raised and deposited for Sport Clubs within the Endowment Association will be placed in one Expendable Fund for the Sport Club Program. Donations should be sent directly to KU Endowment directed to the Sport Club Program account. Checks should be made payable to KU Endowment Association. Please have the donor write which club the donation will be applied to on the memo line of the check. Checks should not be sent to KU Recreation Services and should not be sent directly to club officers. The Sport Club Staff will account for money each club deposits and spends from the above account.  The amount of money each club raises, and that club can only spend deposits in the account.

Each Sport Club is expected to complete some level of fundraising as this is the main source of generated income a club will utilize for operations of said club. Fundraising is calculated as generated income to assist Sport Club staff in determining allocation amounts. Any income that is fundraised is expected to be placed into the club’s SOFAS account and/or endowment. Fundraising can be completed in various ways, including but not limited to apparel sales, collaborations with restaurants, entry fees, tabling events, donations, competition financial prizes, etc. (please consult your NGB’s rules and regulations prior to accepting prize money). 

LaunchKU is a crowdfunding initiative by KU Endowment that aims to help faculty, staff and alumni groups at the University of Kansas raise funds for their projects and passions, all to benefit KU and our students. 

More information about this program and to determine if your goals are in line with the purpose of this program, please visit https://www.launchku.org/about. To apply to participate in LaunchKU, please consult with the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs, who will assist you with the application process and other logistical details.

The University of Kansas is not responsible for outside bank accounts. Anything that happens with the operation of these outside accounts is the responsibility of the club’s individual members. Clubs are discouraged from opening outside bank accounts.

The purpose of supplemental funding is to provide clubs with the opportunity to receive funding for non-budgeted expenses or items and unforeseen situations.  Each club is eligible to submit a supplemental funding request once per semester.  This funding is intended for purposes such as qualification for regional and national competition, drastic increases in participation numbers, or unexpected equipment repair or purchase. This funding can also be allocated to newly recognized clubs as the club receives recognition as a Sport Club.  Funding to new clubs is not to exceed $500 for their first year as a recognized club.  A supplemental funding request cannot be submitted for events or expenses that have already taken place. Requests must be turned in at least 3 weeks in advance unless there are special circumstances such as a qualified national’s appearance.

All Supplemental funding awarded must be spent as designated within the supplemental funding request.  For example: If a club requests $2000 for a new set of jerseys and only spends $1750 on said jerseys, the remaining balance of $250 will return to the supplemental funding account for future requests.

Access to the Restricted and Endowment Accounts generally resides between July 15th and May 1st of each year, but specific deadlines can fluctuate depending on university policies and deadlines for submitting and receiving purchases. Financial records are kept for each club. Account balances are available by request via the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs or Program Manager; however, it is the responsibility of the club to keep track of all expenses and balances.

Any items purchased via the Restricted or Endowment Account are designated as KU Recreation Services property.  All items must be returned to KU Recreation Services upon the end of the academic year.  All items purchased with Restricted or Endowment funds can be stored in one of KU Recreation Services’ facilities with prior approval from the Sport Club Staff. All Sport Club purchases are subject to university purchasing policies and procedures.  All purchases will be shipped to the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center and will be inventoried by KU Sport Club staff before being checked out to the clubs.


Individuals should not pay for items “up front” then request to be reimbursed by the Restricted or Endowment Account. Reimbursements are intended for club travel and are not guaranteed for any other purpose unless approved by the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs.

A contractual service agreement and a w-9 must be submitted for any club wishing to pay referees/officials, guest speakers, instructors, athletic trainers, etc. via the Restricted Account.  A complete description of the performed service should be provided. For example, list the number of games officiated, what the guest speaker spoke about, or what the guest instructor taught.

The person to be paid shall complete and sign the form under the supervision of the Club President or designated representative. The person providing the service shall be the individual that will be paid.  There will be no third-party transactions relating to the payment of said service(s).

An employee of the University of Kansas (student, faculty, or staff) cannot be paid using a Contractual Services Agreement. Clubs must seek other payment arrangements in the case of KU employee services.

A Team Entry Fee is defined as fee paid for a team to participate in a league or conference, or to belong to an Association.  A registration Fee is defined as a fee paid to participate in a single tournament, workshop, or competition.  Clubs requesting to pay an entry fee or registration fee via the Restricted Account must submit an invoice, copy of the entry fee cost from the event’s website, and W9 to sclubs@ku.edu .  The W-9 form must match the address for the registration fee and cannot be a w-9 for an individual person.  The W-9 needs to be that of the university, the organization hosting, or in certain circumstances the club itself.  Invoices cannot be handwritten and must be professional in nature.

EQUIPMENT (Purchase Request Needed)
If a Club wishes to purchase equipment to benefit the entirety of the Club, it may do so with the submission of a Purchase Request and approval.  All equipment purchased with the Restricted or Endowment Accounts must be stored with KU Recreation Services at the end of each academic year.  Under no circumstance can this equipment be sold, tampered with, or given away without consent from KU Sport Club staff.

CLUB APPAREL, JERSEYS & UNIFORMS (Purchase Request Needed)
A Club may submit a Purchase Request for uniforms/jerseys/apparel if the desired items remain with the club from year-to-year.  A design must also be submitted along with the request to secure approval from the Office of Trademark Licensing.  We cannot place orders for apparel unless they have an approved design for the artwork.

Equipment Operations

Any equipment that is purchased by a club with their Restricted Fee Allocation is the sole property of the University of Kansas and that club and is not the personal property of any individual member. The Sport Club Staff will keep a current inventory via Fusion and are responsible for storing all equipment purchased with the Restricted Funds.  

The Sport Club Staff, along with club officers, will inventory club equipment once a year in the following manner: 

At the end of each academic year, clubs must check-in equipment purchased with the Restricted Funds or Endowment Account Funds with the Sport Club Program Manager.  

  • If equipment is missing, the club or person who signed for the equipment will be responsible for its replacement.  
  • If equipment is lost, damaged, or broken, please notify the Sport Club Staff immediately. The Assistant Director of Sport Clubs will assess the damage and determine replacement cost or procedures if necessary. 
  • No equipment will be checked out or practices will be held until replacement procedures have been concluded.

*The University of Kansas audits large equipment purchases once per year as well, so your club may be required to meet with a university staff member to confirm the location of large inventory items. 

*Under no circumstances are club members to sell, throw away, or dispose of any club property!

All KU Recreation Services owned individual Sport Club’s equipment will be stored at the Rec Center or alternate location with approval from the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs, when not in use.  

  • To gain access to a Club’s equipment, the Club Representative must set up a meeting with their Program Manager at least 48 hours in advance.  
  • It is the responsibility of the club to maintain the Inventory List.  
  • The Program Manager will designate the appropriate day, time, and location for the check-in/check-out.  
  • Officers of each club in the Sport Club Program can check out program equipment for club use.  Requests for use of equipment must be made by emailing sclubs@ku.edu.  The Sport Club Staff will issue equipment on a first come – first served basis.  

All Program Equipment can be checked out for up to a 72-hour period.  Any periods longer than 72 hours must be discussed and approved by a Sport Club Program Manager. To return Program Equipment, the Club Representative must set up a time to bring the Program Equipment back.  

Improper or inappropriate use of checkout equipment will result in disciplinary action.

If a Sport Club finds the Equipment being vandalized, destroyed, or being treated poorly by spectators, club members, and/or visiting teams, it is the responsibility of each club to report such occurrences to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs as soon as possible.  Clubs are responsible for equipment from the time it is checked out to the time it is returned to the Sport Club Staff.  Damages will be assessed once the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs has reviewed items.  Clubs which have a Restricted Fee Allocation will pay for damages from their accounts.  Clubs which do not have this sort of account will have to find alternative methods of paying for damages.

Facility Reservations & Usage


Practice Reservations:
To have scheduled practice times at the ASRFC, Central Field, KU Crossing Super field, Shenk Fields, Sand Volleyball/Tennis Courts, or Weight Room clubs are required to complete the Fall/Spring Practice Schedule Request form the Sport Club Program Managers provide by the deadline set by the Sport Club Staff.  Practice space will be given to clubs based on availability, in-season priority, and the overall club’s standing with the sport club program. First come first serve priority will apply if multiple requests by various clubs for the same facility/time are requested   All Sport Club Facility Requests are processed by the Sport Club staff through the Program Managers.  

DO NOT contact Recreation Services Special Events or Facilities Staff to secure space for your club to practice, meetings, tabling or host events. 

*Facility practice times operate officially from the first day of classes through the last day of classes for each semester.  There will be no Sport Club practices/events during finals unless approved by the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs due to special circumstances such as practicing for a Regional or National Tournament.

Competition Reservations:
Sport Clubs are required to submit all games, tournaments, neutral site hosting and events on the club’s DSEKU website by the deadline during the Fall and Spring academic semester.  Any added events throughout the semester shall be made at minimum 2 weeks in advance and are not guaranteed to be approved. If a club has agreed to be a host for a tournament, try, round-robin etc., where a KURS facility is utilized as neutral site for non-KU clubs/teams, the KU Sport Club hosting must be present for said neutral competition. 

Meeting Space Requests:
Sport Clubs may reserve rooms in Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center for meetings or recruiting.  Clubs must send an email to sclubs@ku.edu at least 5 business days prior to the meeting.  There is no guarantee that a meeting request will secure a meeting space location; however, the sport club staff will notify the club to let them know if their club is confirmed or denied. 

On Campus Events:
Clubs holding major events or events which are beyond normal club activities such as tabling at Wescoe, Union, etc. on campus are also required to submit a request for the event to  Event Management https://deptsec.ku.edu/~chancellor/forms/form/6. The following are some examples of when a form must be completed.

  • When advertising your Club on campus by means of displaying equipment at a specific or several locations, selling or giving away T-shirts or other paraphernalia, and handing out media material at a table or on foot.
  • Large tournaments or events that utilize university property outside of the control of Recreation Services (e.g. Bike races on West Campus).

Special Events:
No reservations are guaranteed. KU Recreation Services reserves the right to change, cancel, or alter any Sport Club reservations in the manner seen fit.  At times, clubs may be preempted from their facility space by an event sponsored by KU Recreation Services, HSES or other University events.  KU will attempt to keep these incidents to a minimum.  When these incidents do occur, the Sport Club staff will attempt to provide alternate facility space and provide advanced notice to club representatives regarding these changes.  

All Sport Clubs are eligible to schedule time in the Sport Club Weight Room.  Reservations are on a first come first serve basis as well as the status of the club within the Sport Club Program (i.e. report card grade).  To enter the weight room, the only door that can be utilized is the back door by the outside basketball courts.  

*Under no circumstance will any club member enter through the Men’s Locker Room.  The weight room is only allowed to be utilized when the ASRFC is open and when your club has reserved times.


  • There must be at least 4 club members present to use the weight room, one must be an officer.
  • Officers may request an access code through their Program Manager.  Your code will be distributed, in person, by the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs or other Recreation Services Professional Staff Member.  Only officers can obtain codes and should at no time share their code with other club members. Request can take up to 5 days to be completed.
  • Times must be reserved with the Sport Club Program Managers. Only club members allowed, KU IDs will be required and can be asked for by KU Recreation Services staff at any time.
  • The outside door is to be kept always closed. Do not prop the door open.
  • Report any missing or damaged equipment to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs or Program Managers immediately.
  • Closed containers for water or sport drinks only, no food allowed.
  • No pets are allowed inside or surrounding the ASRFC, including the weight room.
  • Do not take any equipment outside of the weight room.
  • Use appropriate language and volume (be aware that sound can carry into the locker room)
  • Do not hang, hit or touch the pipes.  Be aware of your surroundings when using the jump ropes.
  • Do not throw the medicine balls against the walls.
  • Do not lean on or touch the mirrors other than cleaning at the end of use.
  • Do not drop or throw dumbbells.
  • You must use the weight collars (clamps) with the Power Rack.
  • Only properly manufactured weight belts are to be used.
  • Each weight, plate, dumbbell & bar should be returned to its specific location after use. 
  • All equipment must be used as intended by the manufacturer.
  • The room must be cleaned at the end of each club’s use. No trash should be left on the floors or around the equipment.
  • Any violations of these policies will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Sport Club Handbook and could result in loss of usage for the academic year.

This facility was entirely funded by the Student Recreation Fee to be used as a recreation venue only.  Club members using the ASRFC must comply with all facility policies.  Club members must bring one of the following to be admitted into the ASRFC:

  • Current student KUID and/or use number pad to enter KU ID number.
  • Current Faculty/Staff KUID card (membership required) and/or use keypad to enter phone number on profile.
  • ASRFC membership identification card and/or use keypad to enter phone number on profile.

Field space is available to clubs for practice, competitions, and special events at the Shenk Recreation Complex, Central Turf Field, KU Crossing Super field and Sand Volleyball/Tennis Courts.  Recreation Services fields are student fee funded and open only to student practice and play.  Recreation Services Fields should ONLY be utilized for club activities when ASRFC employees are present and supervising the fields. Clubs should practice and play ONLY on the fields their club has reserved.  Sport Club Supervisors are available at every sport club practice and event for any questions and/or concerns.  Clubs should be conscience of wear and tear of the fields.  It is beneficial to the field if you rotate where your drills take place so that wear-patterns do not form.  If wear-patterns are noticeable, notify the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs.

Central District Field:
Central District Field is a turf field located at the corner of Ousdahl and 18th street between Downs Hall and Stouffer Place Apartments.  

Super-field turf field is located at 23rd St and Iowa St, west of Shenk grass fields. 

Shenk grass fields are located at 23rd St and Iowa St, east of Super-field turf field. The Shenk Complex is closed for the winter from approximately mid-November until Spring Break has ended. 

Turf & grass Field Policies: 

  • All users are expected to be responsible, courteous, and safety conscious always.
  • Metal cleats/shoes are not allowed on the turf surface; molded cleats are acceptable.
  • No smoking or use of any tobacco or alcoholic beverage products allowed in or around the field.
  • No food, (including sunflower seeds) gum or glass of any kind is allowed on the turf surface.
  • No animals allowed, except service animals.
  • Sharp objects such as tent stakes, corner flags, and/or poles that penetrate/damage the turf are prohibited.
  • No golfing or throwing of devices such as hammers, shot put, discus, or javelin.
  • Authorized vehicles only. No personal vehicles.
  • KU Recreation Services reserves the right to cancel activities at any given time.
  • KU Recreation Services reserves the right to make final decisions on policies not covered above.

Off Campus Facilities:
Clubs can utilize facilities off campus or campus facilities other than Super field, Central & Shenk Complex for practice or event venues.  Proper procedures must be followed when reserving and using facilities. Any practice and home competitions/events held at an off-campus venue should be included in Club’s practice schedules and any competitions/events should be listed using a DSEKU event forms.  Clubs should follow the same guidelines for use of off campus fields as for university fields.  It is the responsibility of the Sport Club to secure off-campus facilities. 

University of Kansas Athletic Corporation (KUAC) Facilities:
Under no circumstance should clubs contact KUAC (Coaches, athletes, athletic director, etc.) directly about their request. All requests must be submitted to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and will be at the discretion of the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and KURS.

Travel Process & Procedures

Clubs wanting to travel while representing the University of Kansas must follow the policies below:

  • Clubs must adhere to travel policies & procedures established by the KU Recreation Services, University of Kansas, and the State of Kansas.
  • KU Recreation Services shall regulate and approve or disapprove of all club travel.
  • Clubs must have AT LEAST 1 Travel Representative to take any trips as a club. To be a travel representative the individual must submit a W9, EFT (contact Sport Club Office), and Voided check to their program manager AT LEAST 15 business days in advance of travel. 
  • Prior to travel:
  •      Clubs are responsible for submitting all proper documentation, via the Travel Forms on DSEKU, at least 2 WEEKS prior to travel (roster may be submitted a minimum of 5 days prior to travel).
  •      Make sure the Sport Club Program Manager is informed about all travel arrangements. 
  •      Travel Representative, Lodging, Event Registration, Transportation 
  • Approval must be given, in advance, whether the club is or is not using restricted fees. 
  • The following are travel costs that the restricted fee can be used to cover:
  •      Registration Fees
  •      Rental of Commercial Vehicles (must be rented through enterprise, see policy below)
  •      Commercial Travel (charter bus, airline, etc.)
  •      Gasoline 
  •      Turnpike and/or parking fees
  •      Lodging 
  • Payment of travel using the Restricted Fee will only be available for student members of a Sport Club.  Travel funds from the Restricted Fee shall not be allocated/used for guest instructors, speakers, advisors, KU faculty/staff members, or coaches who are not student members.  Coaches may not pay for any Travel expenses and/or Entry fees with the intent of receiving reimbursement. 

Sport Clubs are responsible for checking for inclement weather prior to and during travel.  The Assistant Director of Sport Clubs may determine if travel should be canceled or postponed depending on weather conditions. On the road, it is up to the club officers to make the best choice of whether travel should stop due to inclement weather.  The club travel representative should inform the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs of any travel concerns due to inclement weather or changes in travel plans.   

Personal & Rental Vehicles:
As a Representative and/or Member of the University and the KU Sport Club Program drivers shall abide by the following guidelines:

  • Prior to travel, drivers must submit a current copy of the Driver’s License, Proof of Auto Insurance on DSEKU and receive approval from Sport Club Staff for anyone who may drive on the trip. 
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Follow all laws associated with driving a motor vehicle.
  • Possess liability and/or collision damage insurance. 
  • KU Recreation Services also strongly recommends that individuals possess personal accident and health insurance. 
  • KU cannot pay for taxes for vehicles rented in the state of Kansas.
  • Drivers should NOT drive more than 6 consecutive hours at a time.
  • Travel should not be conducted during the hours of 1AM – 5AM.
  • There should be at least 2 approved drivers per vehicle for trips more than 8 hours of driving.

If you are in an accident while traveling, please contact the Assistant Director Sport Clubs ASAP! 

Enterprise Rental Vehicles Process & Procedure:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the mandatory rental car company for the University of Kansas.  Enterprise has special pricing available to KU for local and nationwide rental car needs.  The pricing available with Enterprise Rent-A-Car includes the collision damage waiver.  This policy is mandatory for all rental vehicles that use restricted funds, SOFAS, or personal funding to travel.  You must be 21 years of age to rent and drive a vehicle.

To book a rental car for club travel, all clubs must complete the Qualtrics survey at the following link: https://kusurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zYs4gixeOrcvZ4 For more information regarding Enterprise Reservations and how this process works please refer to the Rental Vehicle “How-to” document on Microsoft Teams. 

The only potential exceptions to this policy are for rental vehicles that enterprise does not rent a comparable option, such as a large truck meant for towing a heavy trailer.  Any exceptions must be approved by KU through the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs at least 2 weeks prior to the trip in question.

Sport Clubs are responsible for reserving and planning for all travel reservations, including lodging. The university goes through Collegiate Travel Planning for all reservations and is mandatory. BE SURE to get everything booked at least three weeks in advance

Use this website: https://travel.ku.edu/collegiate-travel-planners. When the club contacts CTP directly via phone and/or email a $10-40 fee/transaction will be charged.  When the Assistant Director Sport Clubs completes the request online a $5-6 fee/transaction will be charged.  

Sport Clubs are responsible for reserving and planning lodging. Approved Travel Representatives should be the ONLY individuals listed on hotel receipts and invoices.  The university cannot and will not pay for lodging “purchased” by non-approved club members.

If using restricted funding, the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs can authorize payment via their KU Credit Card.  The club is responsible for providing a Credit Card Authorization form from the hotel to complete this process.  Ensure personal credit card is on file for incidentals at check-in and that KU Purchase Card is used to pay for room and taxes at check-out.

The Sport Club staff will only approve the number of hotel rooms needed for the # of members listed on the travel roster. 

The Sport Club officers are responsible for getting hotel receipts upon check out and bringing them to the Program Managers and/or Assistant Director of Sport Clubs within 3 business days of return.  Only lodging costs and applicable fees and taxes may be paid through Restricted Funds.  All other expenses (internet, safe fees, food, room service, etc. will need to be paid by the club members separately).  

Under no circumstances should opposite sex individuals stay in the same room – including, but not limited to club members, significant others, and coaches. Clubs are responsible for making sure enough hotel rooms are reserved for ALL traveling members of their club. Even if it is only 1 or 2 members in 1 room.

When Sports Clubs travel via airlines the club shall abide by the following guidelines:

  • Clubs must provide a list of all flight itineraries for each individual traveling to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs prior to travel.  All flight information should be included in the travel submission on DSEKU.
  • When using restricted to pay for flights a representative from the club must schedule a meeting with the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and come with the following items:
  • Completed Travel form on DSEKU.
  • All traveling members full names and birthdates.
  • All information for the exact flights desired.

All receipts of acceptable travel expenses and Travel Representative’s “Travel Receipt Logs” must be filed with the Sport Club Staff no more than 3 days upon returning from a trip.  This should include receipts for – gas, tolls, entry fees, and hotels.  This form can be found on Microsoft Teams.

Reimbursements will be deposited directly into the Travel Representative’s account. Travel Representatives should notify the Sport Club Staff if reimbursement has not been received within 4 weeks after submitting all documents.

*If the TOTAL Reimbursement is under $5, it will not be accepted.

All clubs that anticipate traveling for competitions/events etc., during the week, causing absence(s) from one or more courses should request an absence letter from the Sport Club Staff. Note that it is the responsibility of the club to request this letter in advance to provide ample time for completion. Please be advised that receiving an absence letter does not guarantee permission of an excused absence from a course. 

Disciplinary Procedures

Failure to comply with any of the Sport Club procedures and policies may result in disciplinary action.  The corrective discipline process has been developed to assist club leaders in correcting the mistakes that have caused problems for the club at hand as well as the University.

All schedules are available in multiple formats for Sport Club Officers.  Schedules are discussed at the end of the Sport Club Officer Workshops and COMs, listed online via the Sport Clubs KU Recreation Services website, hardcopies are distributed at the Sport Club Officer Workshop, and notification of all upcoming Sport Club Officer Workshops and COMs will be sent via email.  Thus, THE EXCUSE THAT A REPRESENTATIVE WAS “NOT AWARE” OF THE MEETING DATE(S) OR TIME(S) IS NOT VALID AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  

The entirety of all the required Sport Club Officer Workshops must be attended.  Failure for one or both Club Representatives to attend any portion of Sport Club Officer Workshops will result in the following disciplinary actions:

A probationary period including the following:

  • Report Card score of 0 (out of a possible 100 points)
  • $50 fine from the Restricted Fee Account/SOFAS Account
  • Verbal and written reprimand
  • Suspension of all club activities until the meeting is made-up.

Failure to attend any portion of a Club Officer Meetings will result in the following disciplinary actions:

  • All Meetings:  Report Card Score of 0 (out of possible 50 points)
  • First Meeting:
  •      $25 fine from the Restricted Fee Account/SOFAS Account
  •      Verbal and written reprimand
  •      Suspension of all club activities until the meeting is made-up.
  •      Restricted and Endowment Account freeze until the meeting is made-up.
  • Second Meeting:
  •       $50 fine from Restricted Fee Account/SOFAS Account
  •      Verbal and written reprimand
  •      Suspension of all club activities until the meeting is made-up.
  •      Restricted and Endowment Account freeze until the meeting is made-up.
  • Third Meeting:
  •      Loss of Club membership within the Sport Club Program

*All fines go to Supplemental Funding to be distributed by the Sport Club Executive Board

In the event a club decides to cancel practice for the day they must notify sclubs@ku.edu by 12pm on that day, otherwise the club is subject to the following:

  • First offense: 5pt. report card deduction and $10 fine
  • Second offense: 10pt. report card deduction and $10 fine

Third offense: 15pt. report card deduction and $10 fine. All scheduled practices at that time will be cancelled and that facility will then be made available for other clubs.

Major Infractions include actions, which are unacceptable standards of conduct or are in violation of KU Recreation Services, KU Student Code of Conduct, University, and/or State of Kansas policies and procedures or any applicable state or federal laws.  Examples of major infractions include but are not limited to the following situations: displaying conduct that is incompatible with the University’s function as an educational institution and the purpose of the Sport Club Program; misuse of the Restricted Fee Funds or Club funds in general; allowing ineligible individuals to participate in club activities; failure to adhere to the Sport Club Alcohol and Drug guidelines; misuse of Robinson Center, KU Recreation Services, University, or Off-Campus facilities.

When a Major Infraction occurs, the following steps can be made:

  • Extended probation
  • Expulsion from a club
  • Suspension of facility privileges
  • Suspension of funding
  • Suspension of Sport Club membership

These actions for Major Infractions may be carried out either coincidentally or independently and one action is not dependent on another.  It is the responsibility of the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs to carry out these disciplinary procedures when deemed necessary.

A Club will be notified of potential infractions via email and will be required to attend a meeting with the Sport Club Staff prior to a final decision regarding any disciplinary action.

Clubs may appeal against the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs’ final decision.  A written appeal must be made in accordance with KU Recreation Services policy.  Any appeal should be addressed to the Director of KU Recreation Services within 48 hours of the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs’ decision.  

If a club fails to adhere to the Sport Club Program regulations and policies set forth in this handbook, by the Sport Club Program, the University of Kansas, and State of Kansas, that club will be placed on a 1-year probationary period from the Sport Club Program before regaining eligibility to reapply for full Sport Club Membership.  The club must maintain active status with SILC for the duration of the 1-year probationary period.  

The 1-year rule also applies to clubs that were placed on a probationary period but have dissolved their student organization and created a new student organization/club of the same sport or activity with returning or new individuals as well as clubs that were suspended from the sport club program following the end of their suspension term. 

Following the 1-year probationary period the Club may then apply or reapply for Sport Club Membership.  Please refer to pages 14-15 of this handbook for details on applying for sport club status.

Risk Management

The safety of participants is of the utmost importance.  There are inherent risks involved in all recreational/competitive sport programs.  Participants in the Sport Club Program should be aware that involvement is totally voluntary and that the University of Kansas does not provide health or accident insurance.  It will be the responsibility of each club to minimize the risk of injury in all club functions. We highly advise that club participants have health insurance.

Each club shall develop, implement, & practice the following safety policies:

  • Each active member/participant of the club shall complete registration on DSEKU upon acceptance into the sport club program and or acceptance into the respective club itself.
  • Sport Club Officers, Club members, and Coaches/Instructors should always emphasize safety during all Club activities.
  • Develop and practice safety guidelines relevant to your sport.
  • Encourage all members of your organization to carry personal health insurance. A Student Health and Accident Plan endorsed by Student Senate can be obtained at the Watkins Health Center Business Office (call 864-9522 for details). In addition, each club should become familiar with accident and liability insurance available through the national associations governing their sport.
  • Inspect fields, facilities, and equipment prior to every practice session, game, or special event.  Report unsafe conditions to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs immediately. If at an off-campus site, report the condition to the proper managing authority.  Do not use or try to improve fields, facilities, or equipment if they are unsafe. While practicing at the Shenk Complex, Central Field, or Sand Volleyball/Tennis Courts the sport club supervisor on-duty will make the call as to if the fields/courts are playable.
  • Because of the inherent risks, participants, instructors, coaches, and spectators will not be allowed to consume alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs while participating/observing the Sport Club Program. Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are not allowed in or on university facilities at Club activities. Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs should not be consumed or transported in vehicles traveling to or from a contest. Infractions of this nature will not be tolerated, and it is the responsibility of each club to enforce these guidelines. 
  • Each club is required to have at least one member of the club become certified in CPR/AED during the early part of the Fall Semester; there is a deadline each year provided in your important dates document and on the report card.  Preferably, this should be an individual who will be regularly attending practices and contests held during the entire school year. KU Recreation Services will provide CPR/AED workshops throughout the semester. 
  • Each Club must file an “Accident/Injury Report Form” for each accident that may occur during practice or competition. These forms must be turned in to the Sport Club Program Manager no later than 3 days after the accident/injury. If an accident or emergency should occur, please remember to follow the following steps:
  •       First, seek medical attention that is necessary.  
  •      Second, make notification of the incident to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs. If the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs cannot be obtained, contact with the University should be made according to the KU Recreation Services Emergency Procedures and Notification List.  This can be found on page 6 of this document.
  •      Third, follow up with an “Accident Report Form” and submit it to your Program Manager. This can be found on Microsoft Teams, or you can request one from your Program Manager. Be sure to submit the Accident Report Form within 3 DAYS of the accident. 
  • When hosting a competition, practice, try out or special event on university property, clubs must have visiting team members or individual participants sign and complete a “Release of Liability Waiver (Visitor)” before participating. The Release of Liability Waiver will be provided by the Sport Club Supervisor on duty. If there is no Supervisor on staff, the form can be found on Microsoft Teams or emailed to you by your Program Manager. These forms must be filed with the Sport Club Staff no later than the day of the event.  Failure to comply with this policy will result in the loss of facility privileges for practices, tryouts, Special Events and/or competitions using University facilities.
  • If a serious accident, death, or assault were to occur during a Sport Club activity, the first step would be to ensure that all persons are safe. If necessary, call or send for assistance. Dial 911 for Emergency Assistance. In the event of an emergency, notify the KU Recreation Services Employee(s) according to the emergency calling tree listed above.  Never contact the family of a student involved in an emergency or accident unless authorized to do so. The University or medical/emergency service personnel will disseminate all necessary notifications. If the press should contact the organization, direct them to the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs. With the help of university personnel, a statement will be prepared.  Do not release any names or information unless you have consulted with university personnel.

If one of the following emergencies occurs during a Sport Club practice or contest on campus, please follow directions listed below.

  • Blood/Chemical Spill: Cease activity and contact KU Recreation Services staff member on duty for clean-up.  Do not clean up the spill on your own!
  • Fire Alarm: Cease activity and use nearest exit to leave building.  Participants can gather across Watkins Center Drive.  There is no such thing as a false alarm – we treat all alarms as real until told by Police and Fire personnel that the building is safe to re-enter.
  • Tornado: Cease activity once a tornado WARNING has been issued. You should hear internal building warnings and sirens from the neighborhood.  Participants who stay in the building must go down at least one level of the building to a tornado shelter area: bathrooms, locker rooms, dressing room, conference room next to administrative office, or anywhere KU Recreation Services staff directs you.  If you remain in the building, you must go to one of these locations until the WARNING has been lifted.  

If at Shenk or other outdoor location, and you are caught in the open in a tornado, try to find a depression such as a ditch or culvert to hide in. Lie flat, make as small a target as possible. If you can, wrap a covering around exposed portions of your body. Even small ground debris can cause serious injury when driven by tornado strength winds. 

  • Water Leak: Cease activity and report leak to KU Recreation Services staff member on duty who will then determine cleanup procedures and whether activity can continue.
  • Power Outage: Cease activity and follow direction of KU Recreation Services staff members.
  • Inclement Weather: The University of Kansas closes only in very rare circumstances.  Usually closing is associated with cancellation of classes and closure of the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center.  Inclement weather may or may not be declared at the same time classes are cancelled.  Inclement weather for the Lawrence campus is determined by the Provost’s Office.  If inclement weather is declared outside the normal workday from 8am to 5pm, the declaration will be announced via area news media (after 5:45a.m.), the inclement weather line (864-SNOW after 6a.m.), the KU website, and the Information Center (864-3506).  If the KU Campus is closed, there will be no Sport Club activities.


Heat Policy:
KU Recreation Services will use the following policy regarding programs and services that take place outside during extreme heat conditions. 

With safety our first priority, on-site staff can also make the decision to alter, postpone or delay programs or activities using information gathered from one of the following websites: www.weather.com  or www.NOAA.gov. Please make sure that you are using the WGBT Index temperature when deciding.  In addition, on-site staff can use their professional discretion to alter, postpone or delay play based on many other factors that can include, but are not limited to the following: play environment, condition of participants, type of activity being played, and physical or medical limitations that our participants may tell them about.

Cold Policy:
KU Recreation Services will use the following policy regarding programs and services that take place outside during extreme cold conditions.  KURS has identified several resources in creating these sports safety guidelines for cold weather.  Cold weather is defined as any temperature that can negatively affect the body’s regulatory system. 

The wind chill temperature is how cold people “feel” when outside. The “real feel” will be used as the temperature threshold when making decisions that could impact play and/or competition. 

Cold weather exposure can be life-threatening. Shivering is a means for the body to generate heat and serves as an early warning sign. Excessive shivering contributes to fatigue and makes performance of motor skills more difficult. Other signs include numbness, pain, swelling, and redness in fingers and toes or a burning sensation of the ears, nose, or any exposed flesh. As cold exposure continues, the core temperature drops. When cold reaches the brain, the victim may exhibit sluggishness, poor judgement, and may appear disoriented. Speech becomes slow, and movements become clumsy. Common cold exposure injuries include frostbite and hypothermia.

Below are the following guidelines KU Recreation Services staff will adhere to for cold weather policies.

Wind Chill above 32 Normal play/practice

Wind Chill of 26 -32 degrees Maximum 60 min. outside per session Participants may return outside after 15 min. indoors.

Wind Chill of 22 -25 degrees Maximum 30 min. outside per session Participants may return outside after 30 min. indoors.

Wind Chill of 16 -21 degrees Maximum 15 min. outside per session Participants may return indoors after 15 min.

Wind Chill of 15 degrees No outside play/practice

With safety first priority, on-site staff can also make the decision to alter, postpone, or delay programs or activities using information gathered from one of the following websites: www.weather.com  or www.NOAA.gov. They can make decisions based on email/text alerts from Weather Sentry as well. Please make sure to use the Wind Chill or Feels Like temperature when deciding. 

In addition, on-site staff can use professional discretion to alter, postpone, or delay play based on many other factors that can include, but are not limited to, the following: play environment, condition of participants, type of activity being played, and physical or medical limitations that participants may tell them about.

KU Recreation Services contracts Athletic Training services through Watkins Health Services for what are deemed to be high risk events and games held both on campus and off campus throughout the year.  The Athletic Trainers are scheduled based upon the event submissions input by each club in DSEKU. KU Recreation Services does not guarantee Athletic Training Services. In the event KU Recreation Services cannot find an Athletic Trainer, we will be in communication with the Sports Club.  Please communicate the following with your clubs at the beginning of the season and/or prior to events.

On-site Athletic Trainers offer the following services:

  • Pre-game taping (ankles, wrists, etc.)
  • Sideline evaluation of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Immediate and emergency care
  • Concussion evaluation and monitoring

Athletic Training Services at Watkins Health Center:

  • Available by walk-in appointment during normal business hours
  • Evaluation of athletic injuries
  • On-site x-ray 
  • Light rehabilitation of athletic injuries
  • Referral to a specialist if needed (PT, Orthopedics, etc.)

If you would like to request Athletic Training Staff at an event or practice that our department would not normally cover, please request this directly through the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs at least 3 weeks in advance of the event.  Depending on the length of your event and budgetary restrictions, there will most likely be a charge for any services provided for events that we do not deem coverage to be necessary.

*If you have Athletic Training staff scheduled to work at any event and your event changes, you must notify the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs along with the Athletic Training staff via email at least 72 hours in advance. Any event cancelled or changed without notifying ALL the proper individuals will result in a fine of $30 for your club.

In the event of any head injury or suspected concussion the following guidelines must be followed by both the individual involved in the accident and the club members and officers of the club:

Removal from Play:  Any Athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play for the remainder of the day or until cleared by an appropriate health care professional.  An athlete can be removed from play by an official, sport club staff member, another club member, athletic trainer, or a health care professional.

Signs/Symptoms of a Potential Concussion:

Signs Reported by Others Symptoms Reported by Athlete
Appears dazed or stunned Headache
Is confused about assignment Nausea or vomiting
Forgets plays Balance problems or dizziness
Is unsure of game, score or opponent Double or fuzzy vision
Moves clumsily or has slurred speech Sensitivity to light or noise
Answers questions slowly Feeling sluggish or drowsy
Loses consciousness Feeling foggy or groggy
Shows behavior or personality changes

Concentration or memory problems

Cannot recall events prior to hit Confusion

Cannot recall events after hit



*Concussion information adapted from http://kansasconcussion.org/ and KSHSAA

Return to Play:
ny participant who has been removed from a Recreation Services program, facility or event shall not return to that activity, competition, practice and/or event for the remainder of that specific day.

Return to Learn:
The first step to concussion recovery is cognitive rest.  This is essential for the brain to heal.  Activities that require concentration and attention such as trying to meet academic requirements, the use of electronic devices (computers, tablets, video games, texting, etc.), and exposure to loud noises may worsen symptoms and delay recovery.  Students may need their academic workload modified while they are initially recovering from a concussion.  Decreasing stress on the brain early on after a concussion may lessen symptoms and shorten the recovery time.  This may involve staying home from school for a few days, followed by a lightened school schedule, gradually increasing to normal.  Any academic modifications should be coordinated jointly between the student’s medical providers and KU Academic, Achievement and Access Center.

What is a Healthcare Professional?
A healthcare provider is “a person licensed by the state board of healing arts to practice medicine and surgery.” In Kansas this means a Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).  This does not include an Athletic Trainer.

Important Resources:

Academic Achievement and Access Center
Location:  Strong Hall, Room 22
Phone: 785-864-4064
Email:  access@ku.edu

Watkins Health Services
Location: Watkins health Center (1200 Schwegler Dr.)
Phone:  785-864-9500
Email:  whs-services@ku.edu

Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Location:  325 Maine St, Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-505-5000

All members of all Sport Clubs should be made aware of the risks involved in contact with contaminated articles and should always be concerned with their own safety as well as other members of the Club.  First Aid materials will be present and available during all sport club events.

When contacting an injured individual, the following procedures should be followed:

  • Any member helping an injured member must wear disposable rubber gloves.
  • If a towel is to be used, the disposable towel should be used first.  ASRFC towels should only be used as a last resort or in an emergency.
  • Towels and/or rubber gloves used to contact the injured person should be disposed of by placing them in a red plastic bag available in first aid kits designated for blood and bodily fluid disposal.  At the conclusion of the event and/or activity, any trash bags containing any of the affected items shall be secured tightly and placed in the designated contaminated dumpster on the East Side of Watkins Health Center.  The above disposal items should not be left at the Shenk Complex or in a trashcan at ASRFC.
  • If blood has met the floor, mats, equipment, etc., notify ASRFC staff. 
  • Players wearing jerseys/clothing with any blood on them must remove the item before continuing to play.  The soiled jersey/clothing should be secured in a plastic bag until it is washed.
  • Any player with an open wound must cover the wound before returning to the game and/or event.

Alcoholic consumption is always highly discouraged.  Illegal Drug consumption is also strictly prohibited to all University of Kansas students, employees, and affiliates.  Club members are responsible for following all federal, state, local, and the University of Kansas rules and policies pertaining to alcohol and drug use.  The Campus Code of Ethics for Alcohol and Drug Use is considered the minimum guideline, and each club’s executive board may set higher standards in a separate team policy.  Underage drinking is a violation of this Code of Conduct.  

Alcohol Guidelines for Sport Clubs:

  • The possession, sale, use or consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas of the campus is prohibited.  Any situation sponsored, authorized, sanctioned, endorsed, and/or financed by student organization must be following all applicable laws and policies of the state, county, city, and the University of Kansas.  
  • No alcoholic beverage may be purchased through a sport club’s funds, nor may the purchase of alcohol for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of, or on behalf of, the sport club.  
  • Open events, meaning those with unrestricted access to non-members of the sport club, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, shall be prohibited.
  • No members, collectively or individually shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor.
  • No sport club may enter into an agreement to co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor, charitable organization, or tavern (Tavern is defined as an establishment generating more than half of the annual gross sales from alcohol), where alcohol is given away, sold, or otherwise provided to those present.
  • No sport club may co-sponsor or co-finance a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host organizations or groups.
  • All membership recruitment activities associated with any sport club shall be alcohol free.
  • No alcohol shall be present at any new member activity of the sport club.
  • No event shall include any form of “drinking contest” or encourage the rapid consumption of alcohol in the activity or its promotion.
  • When traveling, you are considered representing the University of Kansas and KU Recreation Services from the time you leave campus until the time you return.  Club members and participants MAY NOT consume any alcohol during a sport club trip at any time (including dinner or after an event has concluded).  This policy applies regardless of the legal drinking age.
  • These rules apply to ALL club members as well as anyone coaching the club (Including student and non-student coaches)


The University of Kansas has a policy related to Sexual Harassment that can be located here:  http://policy.ku.edu/IOA/sexual-harassment-sexual-violence-procedures.

Reporting Sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual violence: 

  • Make sure the Complainant is provided with all the following information and removed from any immediate danger. 
  •      Complainant is defined as a person, group, or company that makes a complaint.
  • Make sure the Respondent is provided with all of the following information and removed from the situation.
  •      Respondent is defined as a person, group, or company that responds to an allegation. 
  • Contact Office of Civil Rights and Title IX: civilrights@ku.edu or 785-864-6414
  • Contact the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs (Mandatory reporter)
  • Call KU Public Safety Office: 785-864-5900 (non-emergency)
  • Call 911 
  • File a Complaint by filling out the “Personal Discrimination Form” or “Witness Discrimination Form” located here - https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofKansas&layout_id=20tp://ioa.ku.edu/file-complaint

Sport club officers are NOT required or encouraged to provide any type of counseling to individuals involved in a sexual harassment situation.  Complainant and respondent should not be interactive and kept separated as much as possible.  Sport Club officers, complainant, and respondent are encouraged to contact the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs (mandatory reporter) for any help or guidance especially if a report is made or going to be made, but it is not required for the Assistant Director to be notified of specific details.   

What Is Sexual Harassment?
“Sexual Harassment” means behavior, including physical contact, advances, and comments in person, through an intermediary, and/or via phone, text message, email, social media, or other electronic medium, that is unwelcome; based on sex or gender stereotypes; and is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a person’s academic performance, employment or equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from University programs or activities or by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment. Sexual Harassment may include but is not limited to.

1. Unwelcome efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship.

2. Unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities.

3. Threatening to engage in the commission of an unwelcome sexual act with another person.

4. Stalking or cyber stalking.

5. Engaging in indecent exposure; voyeurism, or another invasion of personal privacy.

6. Unwelcome physical touching or closeness.

7. unwelcome jokes or teasing of a sexual nature or based upon gender or sex stereotypes; and

8. Sexual Violence, as defined below.

Title IX and University Policy prohibit gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

To report a hazing incident, fill out the form found here:  https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofKansas&layout_id=3.

To find out more information about Hazing Prevention at KU please refer to the following website: http://preventhazing.ku.edu/.

Engagement in hazing of another person for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, or continuation of membership in any organization operating under the sanction of the University. Hazing includes, but is not limited to, any action, activity or situation which recklessly, negligently or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health, welfare or safety of a person, creates excessive fatigue, sleep deprivation, mental or physical discomfort, exposes a person to extreme embarrassment or ridicule, involves personal servitude, destroys or removes public or private property, or implicitly or explicitly interferes with the academic requirements or responsibilities of a student. It is presumed that hazing is a forced activity regardless of the apparent willingness of an individual to participate in the activity. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not neutral; both are violations of this rule.

University weapons policy must be always followed when participating in Sport Club events on any part of KU Campus.

This policy can be found here:  http://policy.ku.edu/university-kansas-policy-weapons-including-firearms-effective-july-1-2017 /.   

When traveling to any event associated with your Sport Club you must follow all local, state, and federal weapons laws along with those policies of the venues and campuses your Sport Club is traveling to.  It is the responsibility of the individual Sport Club member to educate themselves on all applicable laws and policies at these locations.

Mock Weapons
Only “mock” or practice weapons can be used during Sport Club practice times.  Under no circumstances can real weapons be brought into the ASRFC or to any Sport Club practice, competition, or special event.   Only approved "weapons" will be allowed during practice times.  The following are “mock” weapons approved for Sport Club practices: subarito, bokken, tanto, jo, wooden gun (preferably painted a bright color, not black), shainai, sai, aikiken, aikijo, fencing foil, epee, and saber.  Please contact the Sport Club Director if you have questions regarding other weapons.  Abuse of this policy will result in loss of privileges!

KU Recreation Services is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment. We believe everyone can engage in wellness and an active lifestyle; therefore, we are committed to providing quality programs, facilities, and services inclusive of all identities: Race, ethnicity, religion, spirituality, gender identity/expression, age, sexual orientation, or ability.  Please join us in our commitment to inclusion and promoting these values.

(The entire Nondiscrimination Policy at the University of Kansas is in the KU Policy Library at http://policy.ku.edu/IOA/nondiscrimination)

As a premier learning and research institution, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, must continuously address issues of diversity and multiculturalism. Every member of the university community is expected to engage in action that leads towards the development of a more democratic and inclusive community. Proactive efforts towards increasing diversity and the elimination of discrimination are necessary in our university.

The Sport Club Program holds the equality and inclusion of participants in the highest regard. Every participant has the right to an unbiased and fair opportunity to play. When an activity makes a gender designation, an individual can participate based on their self-identified gender identity.

Be aware that many National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) or Leagues that clubs participate in may have their own policies regarding participating in competition, please see the “Current Clubs” section of the Sport Club Website here for more information:  https://recreation.ku.edu/current-clubs.  If further clarity is needed, please consult with the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs.

No individual should be prevented from joining a Sport Club based upon their gender identity, regardless of their eligibility to compete with the club according to their NGB or league policies.  Furthermore, an individual’s gender identity should never be questioned and should always be respected by club members, officers, and coaches. 


A prospective Sport Club must meet all the following criteria to obtain Sport Club Membership within KU Recreation Services:

  • Your Club must be a registered Student Organization with KU and on Rock Chalk Central for at least a year before possible acceptance into the Sport Club Program - (President, Vice President, and Treasurer), Advisor, and roster of at least 8 student members.
  • Submit a “Request for Membership” document to a Sport Club Program Manager along with the required documents attached:
  • a. Written proposal that should include the following:
  • i. How your organization is consistent with the KU Recreation Services’ purpose and mission statement.
  • ii. Why your organization feels it should be a Sport Club at KU.
  • iii. How your organization plans to aid in the development of the Sport Club Program as a whole.
  • iv. Why your organization feels that it should be allowed KU Recreation Facility space.
  • b. Budget Mockup
  • c. Constitution
  • Meet the definition of a Sport Club
  • Open a SOFAS (Student Organizations Financial Accounting Systems) Account

Voting Procedure:
After the prerequisites have been met, the Sport Club Executive Board will vote on their recommendation to induct the prospective organization into the Sport Club Program. The current Sport Club Executive Board members will vote via confidential documentation. After the Executive Board confirms their recommendation, each club president will have the opportunity to vote on the prospective club’s acceptance into the Sport Club Program.  The prospective organization will be notified via email on its acceptance or declination to the Sport Club Program. 

First Year Sport Club Probationary Status:
Upon acceptance into the Sport Club Program the new sport club must complete the following steps within their probationary year. Note some items are required to be completed immediately upon acceptance into the Sport Club Program and will be noted below.

  • Immediate: Complete registration on DoSportsEasyKU.com for all club members. 
  • Immediate: Establish a safety officer for the club who is an active member who regularly attends practice, events and competitions.
  • Immediate: Complete all required paperwork.
  • By Required Date: Attend monthly meetings with Sport Club staff.
  • By Required Date: Complete a training/meeting with student conduct.
  • Topic and overall discussion of this training will be determined by Sport Club staff. 
  • Maintain a Report Card Grade of at least 80%.
  • By Required Date: Generate at minimum $200.  
  • By Required Date: Completed /renewed their registration with SILC. 
  • Immediate: Student interest in the club was demonstrated by a membership of 8 active members or more.
  • Club was represented by 2 or more at all required Sport Club Officer Workshops
  • Club attended all COMs and fulfilled any requirements set forth within the COMs.
  • Club purpose continues to be consistent with KU Recreation Service’s purpose and philosophy.
  • Adequate facilities and personnel continue to be available for the club to meet and practice.

*Upon acceptance into the Sport Club program, during the first year of probationary status, Sport Clubs are eligible to apply for up to $500 of the Sport Club Supplemental Budget. The request made by the club must follow the same requirements of the spending of restricted funds.   

Upon completion of one-year probationary status the executive board will determine, based on the clubs’ report card grade, generated income, and overall participation within the sport club program whether the status of the club will be renewed and if the club will have full membership within the Sport Club program.

A Sport Club will automatically be granted renewal pending that the Sport Club has met the following criteria:  

  • Club has renewed their registration with SILC and DoSportsEasyKU.
  • Club has completed the required membership registration for all club members on DoSportsEasyKU by required dates.
  • Club has completed all mandatory and required items requested by Sport Club Program & Sport Club Staff.
  • Student interest in the club was demonstrated by a membership of 8 active members or more.
  • The club was represented by 2 or more at all required Sport Club Officer Workshops.
  • Club attended all COMs and fulfilled any requirements set forth within the COMs.
  • Club purpose continues to be consistent with KU Recreation Service’s purpose and philosophy.
  • Adequate facilities and personnel continue to be available for the club to meet and practice.

When a club fails to renew their membership on Rock Chalk Central and DoSportsEasyKU or meet the criteria within a given school year, the club is no longer considered a Sport Club in the Sport Club Program. The club loses all funding, facility privileges, and must seek new club recognition status.



Jill Urkoski, Associate Director
Student Recreation Fitness Center

Approved by: 
Associate Director, Student Recreation Fitness Center
Approved on: 
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Effective on: 
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Recreation, club policies, sport clubs, renewals, advisors, officers, coaches, dues, weapons.
Change History: 

04/02/2024: Updated to reflect current sport club handbook.
07/20/2016: Updated to remove gendered pronouns.
10/07/2013: Updated Approve on and Effective on dates.
06/26/2013: Policy uploaded into the Policy Library.

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