15 West Fitness Center Acknowledgement

Individuals utilizing this facility do so at their own risk. This area is not monitored. All gym bags and personal items need to be left in the student’s residential room. Regarding guests, their items should be left in the room of their host. Students and guests understand and agree that the RISD is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property in, on, or about the premises.

Please see the 15 West Fitness Center Rules HERE.

Please follow equipment directions carefully and only use the equipment as it was intended to be used. 

Not all exercises are suitable for everyone, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Therefore, please consult a Doctor before utilizing the 15 West Fitness Center facility, especially if the student or guests have any chronic or recurring condition and/or if the student or guests are pregnant or nursing. In addition, utilizing the 15 West Fitness Center facility is NOT recommended if the student or guest experiences chest pains, shortness of breath, uncontrolled blood pressure, or other chronic diseases. 

Using any equipment or performing any exercises, students and guests assume ALL risks of injury from doing so. Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, its officers, or its employees are NOT responsible or liable for any injury or loss someone may sustain by using the facility, its equipment, or by participating in any exercise programs. 

Always warm up before beginning any workout, and NEVER exercise beyond the level at which an uncomfortable feeling occurs. 

PLEASE stop exercising immediately if experiencing pain, soreness, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness, faintness, blurred vision, headache, nausea, sickness, illness, dehydration, excessive sweating, or any other discomfort. If any of these symptoms persist after the exercise is stopped, please seek medical help immediately. Also, do not utilize this fitness center if under the influence of alcohol, stimulants, or depressants.

Students and guests should consult their physician or other health care professional before utilizing the 15 West Fitness Center to determine if it is right for their needs. Consultation with a physician is critical if students and guests(or family) have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, or have experienced chest pain when exercising. Also, they need to consult with their physician if the student or guest has experienced chest pain in the past month when not engaged in physical activity, smoke, have high cholesterol, are obese, or have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in physical activity. Do not utilize the 15 West Fitness Center if a physician or health care provider advises against it. 

By using this equipment and/or participating in any exercising programs, students and guests accept and assume full responsibility for any and all injuries, damages (both economic and non-economic), and losses of any type, which may occur to a student or student’s guest, The student and guest hereby fully and forever release and discharge the RISD, its insurers, employees, officers, directors, and associates, from any and all claims, demands, damages, rights of action, or causes of action, present or future, whether the same be known or unknown, anticipated, or unanticipated, resulting from or arising out the use of said equipment and facilities.

All guests must be accompanied by their host (15 West resident). No exceptions. Students agree to be solely responsible for their guests’ safety and well-being. Students and guests understand that RISD does not provide supervision, instruction, or assistance for the facility and equipment.

Students and their guests agree to comply with all rules imposed by the RISD regarding the use of the facilities and equipment. In addition, students agree to conduct themselves in a controlled and reasonable manner at all times and to refrain from using any equipment in a manner inconsistent with its intended design and purpose.

Students and guests understand and acknowledge that the use of exercise equipment involves risk of serious injury, including permanent disability and death.

Please immediately report any faulty or damaged equipment to a staff member by emailing housing@risd.edu. Please include a picture of the broken machine with a description of the problem.