Access and Policies

The following rules have been established to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants, and to preserve our facilities for their intended use. Cooperation of all participants is appreciated. Staff have been hired to enforce all facility rules and regulations. Participants who notice violations of rules/regulations/policy are asked to bring it to the attention of the staff.

General access and open recreation

Who can access the Rec Center

All currently enrolled students pay a recreation fee and have access to the Rec Center (excluding FitSpace and group fitness classes) during posted Rec Center building hours. During the summer, students must be enrolled in summer or fall classes to have Rec Center access.

Current faculty and staff have access to check-in to the Rec Center, Monday-Friday until 12:30 p.m., for morning and lunch time open recreation activities. All other access requires membership.

Access to FitSpace and group fitness classes requires the purchase of a Fitness or All-Inclusive membership and biometrics (photo and finger scan) by everyone, including students.

Guest/Day Passes

Day passes are available for purchase by anyone 18 years of age and older with a valid photo ID. There are no refunds on day passes; however, the face value of pass ($8) can be redeemed on any semester or longer membership purchase. You may redeem only one pass per membership. Cannot be combined with any other discount. Day passes and discount expire one year from date issued.

Parking on campus requires a permit or use of a metered spot between the hours of 12:01 a.m. Mon. through 5 p.m. Fri. Daily parking passes are available at the Information Booth on Bartle Drive or in Parking Services. For details on parking visit parking.binghamton.edu.

Rec center facility rules

  • Participation is at your own risk. Users are responsible for reading and adhering to published policies and posted signs.
  • Participation is restricted to adults 18 years of age and older (or matriculated Binghamton University students). Children under 18 years of age are ONLY permitted to participate in specific programs as indicated.
  • Please be respectful of others throughout the building and in activity areas. Spitting, inappropriate language, verbal abuse and fighting will not be tolerated.
  • Athletic attire and clean, non-marking athletic footwear are required (except for swimming) for participants at all times. No street clothing — sandals, jeans (denim material) or boots — are permitted in activity areas. Full length shirts (i.e. no bra tops, midriff or muscle tanks) with sleeves are required. Shorts must be of a modest length which allow for full coverage, even during movement. Using clothing as a barrier between an individual and fitness equipment reduces the chances of acquiring an illness or infection (such as MRSA), and also protected the equipment from degradation from body oil.
  • In order to keep facilities clean and safe for use, please wipe feet when entering the building. Users are encouraged to change out of street shoes before entering activity spaces.
  • Participants should attend to matters of personal hygiene as well as cleanliness of workout wear.
  • All personal belongings should be locked in lockers during facility use. No coats or bags are allowed inside any activity area.
  • Gallon jugs (bottle limit: 32 oz.), smoking, smokeless tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and gum are not permitted. Beverage containers must have a screw on lid. Food and beverages are not allowed in the main gym.
  • Please be considerate of other users. You may be required to limit the length of your workout or activity based on posted guidelines in the each area.
  • Equipment and facilities should be used for their intended purpose. Modification is prohibited. Please report equipment malfunction or damage to a staff member.
  • Any person who maliciously uses, damages or defaces equipment or facilities. violates any stated rule, or fails to cooperate with staff will be asked to leave. Such action may also result in removal from the facility, judicial action or notification of University Police.

Summer access — including graduate students working or conducting research

The following groups have access to the Rec Center over the summer:

  • Students enrolled in summer or fall courses
  • Students employed on campus for the summer (5:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. access only)
  • Faculty/staff (5:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. access only)
  • Current fitness or all-inclusive members

Students must be active in Banner and enrolled in classes in order to be eligible to access the Recreation Center East Gym over the summer. This requirement is established by the University's policy that student access is contingent on continuous enrollment.

Therefore, PhD or ABD students teaching, conducting research or taking classes must remain enrolled in order to be eligible for Rec Center access. Students who are NOT currently enrolled in summer or fall courses must purchase a summer affiliate all-inclusive fitness membership.

During the summer, graduate students who are employed by a department but are NOT taking courses must be entered into the HR system as an employee, at which time you can receive an "employee" status ID card. An employee ID card will allow you faculty/staff access privileges 5:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. only. Additional access requires a fitness or recreation membership.

Undergraduate students who are employed on campus for the summer but are NOT taking courses must obtain an "employee" status ID card at the Registrar's Office. Employee ID cards will work for entrance purposes 5:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. only. Additional access requires a fitness or recreation membership.

PhD or ABD ID cards are not eligible for access unless you are registered for summer or fall courses. Summer employees must have an employee ID card for access. You may need to speak to your academic department regarding your student/employee status.

Open Recreation

All current student University ID cards are activated for access privileges to open recreation offerings. Faculty and staff have limited access privileges: current University faculty/staff have free access to open recreation activities in the Recreation Center or West Gym racquetball courts, 5:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

A valid University ID must be presented to Events Center staff to access the track during posted walking/jogging hours. Damaged ID cards are the responsibility of the cardholder to replace.

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take part in all activities to the extent of their personal interest. In a voluntary program, participants assume responsibility for their own well-being and safety. Consult the University Health Services or your physician on matters regarding your health status.

No bicycles, skateboards, smoking, smokeless tobacco, alcoholic beverages or animals are permitted inside any facility. Turf shoes, cleats, spikes or roller blades must be removed before entering any indoor facility.

Racquetball

Racquetball courts are locked at all times (effective Feb. 11, 2014), and users are required to show identification (University or recreation ID card) at the East Gym to obtain a key.

Access to the courts is limited to University students, faculty/staff (see details under "Open Recreation" above) and paid all-inclusive fitness members during posted open recreation hours. 

At no time will any University staff unlock a racquetball court for use without approval from a building administrator or open recreation supervisor.

Racquetball court key check-out policies:

  • Keys can be checked out for a maximum of two hours.
  • User is responsible for locking the court after play and returning the key to the East Gym.
  • User agrees to keep the court key in his or her custody and will not assign or sublease it to any other person.
  • User is responsible for any unauthorized use of the key while it is assigned to his or her account, which may include restriction of court key privileges or revocation of membership.
  • User is responsible for lost or un-returned key, as well as damage incurred to the key, lock, door or court while the key is checked out in his or her name.
  • User must return the itemized court key that was checked out or will be charged for a lost key. Any key that is returned with uncommon signs of wear or damage will be charged to user's account. The current replacement fee for a racquetball court key is $65.
  • User will not be able to check out any other rental equipment until a late/missing key is returned or account charges have been cleared with member services

Racquetball users are strongly encouraged to wear protective eye gear when using the courts. To signal the court user(s) that you wish to enter the court, please switch off and on the light only when play is stopped. Do not open door while play is in session.

Pool

Swimmers must wear a bathing suit and shower in locker room prior to entering pool; running is prohibited on pool deck; pollution of pool is prohibited (e.g urination, blowing of nose, etc.); and circle swim must be followed at all times when indicated.

Tennis Courts

Tennis courts are for tennis play only; use of the courts for private lessons is strictly prohibited; courts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis; and courts are closed during inclement weather.

Walking/Jogging

Participants must have clean dry shoes; must walk on track (in Events Center); joggers should use inside lanes and walkers should use outside lanes.

Outdoor fields and track

Classes, practices, competitions and other scheduled activities have priority usage of the track & fields; no golfing or alcoholic beverages are permitted in outdoor areas; rollerblades, bicycles, skateboards, pets, strollers, and cleats are not allowed on track; for safety reasons they are closed during periods of inclement weather. When practice is in session, track lanes 1-4 are reserved for varsity only & lanes 5-8 are for recreational use.
Violation of any stated or posted rules, regulations or policies; malicious use or defacing of facilities; verbal abuse of staff; or lack of cooperation with staff can result in notification of University Police, removal from facility, judicial action or loss of membership.

 

Additional access for members

purchasing a membership

Membership sales are available in person at the Recreation Center Front Desk. Once purchased, the fitness membership will be activated on the participant's University or Rec ID card and members may utilize the fitness facilities immediately. Members who are not eligible for a University ID card at the time of purchase will be issued a Rec ID card. Lost ID cards are the responsibility of the owner to replace. University ID cards are replaced by the Registrars Office (for students) or Human Resources (for faculty/staff). Rec ID cards can be replaced at the Rec Center Front Desk for $10.

Current students, faculty and staff can purchase memberships online with valid PODS log-in. Students wishing to purchase online must be registered for classes. Purchases made on-line are processed and available for use the next business day. Members should retain their receipt as proof of purchase until the membership is activated on their ID card. Please note, all students, faculty/staff must have a current University or Rec ID card with them or have biometric information on file (photo and finger scan) to enter the Rec Center at all times. Receipts will only be used to verify membership status until the membership is actually applied to the ID card itself.

Please note: Locker rentals are available for East Gym lockers only and do not require the purchase of a fitness membership for students, faculty and staff. Full-size lockers, annual memberships paid by month, Affiliate and Community memberships may ONLY be processed in person. Due to their limited supply, full length lockers are only available for the academic annual and annual membership periods.

Annual paid by month/repetitive billing

Annual memberships and lockers can be paid monthly with a valid credit card on file. The following  terms and conditions apply:

  • Only annual memberships and lockers can be paid on a monthly basis.
  • Member must leave a valid credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover) on file at the time of registration. It is the member's responsibility to update the front desk of any changes to credit card information (i.e. new expiration date, cancellation of card).
  • Members will be required to pay an Initial Join Fee (unless waived) — the first and last month's payment — at the time of registration. The first month's payment will be prorated for the number of days left in the month. If registering after the 15th of the month, the member is required to pay for both first and second month's payments at the time of registration.
  • If the first year's contract is fulfilled completely, the last month's payment will be applied as the last repetitive charge (i.e. the 12th installation). No refunds of this payment will be provided for accounts that do not fulfill the entire contract period or that have outstanding balances.
  • Credit card will be billed at the beginning of each month (between the 2nd and 6th of the month) for that month's balance.
  • If the monthly amount due is not paid in full (i.e. card is declined), the membership and all access will be immediately frozen. Access will resume once monthly payment has been made in full.
  • If payment is declined on two occasions, membership will be cancelled. Members wishing to regain access to the facility will be required to purchase the remainder of their membership term in full. There will be no refund of past charges.
  • Accounts unresolved after 30 days will be cancelled and the member will be billed for the entire balance of the contract period. After 60 days, all unpaid bills will be sent to Student Accounts for collection.
  • Registration is for an annual membership and/or locker for the duration of the required contract period below.
           MEMBERSHIP PURCHASED IN REQUIRED CONTRACT PERIOD ENDS
  Fall '14 (September - December) August 21, 2015
  Spring '15 (January - April) December 23, 2015
  Summer '15 (May - August) May 18, 2016
  • All repetitive billing contracts will automatically renew and continue into the next membership year unless notification is given at least 45 days in advance of contract end date by completing the cancellation form available at the front desk. If membership is not cancelled in person, the billing cycle will continue at the same rate. No additional paperwork is required for renewal.
  • Cancellation requests made during the required contract period are subject to the normal refund policy terms and conditions.
  • If member status at the University changed during the contract year (i.e. student who graduated is now an alumnus/affiliate member), member account will be adjusted accordingly and the new rate will be applied to the monthly billing cycle when the contract renews.
  • After the completion of one full contract period, members may cancel at any point. Cancellation must be done in person and requires a minimum of 45 days notice.
  • Biometrics identification (photo and finger scan) is required of all fitness members in order to use FitSpace and/or take part in group fitness classes. The use of biometrics is part of members' contractual agreement, and therefore is not optional (i.e. you may not opt out). Provisions are only made when a finger scan is physically not able to be collected.

Membership Refund

Members wishing to obtain a refund must request so in person. Full refunds are considered only during the first seven (7) calendar days of membership. Thereafter, applications for refunds will be considered for the following reasons, provided proof is also submitted: medical or departure/withdrawal from Binghamton University. A $20 processing fee will be assessed for these refunds. The duration of a membership may not be altered for any reason, including freezing or transferring.
For more information, contact the Rec Center Front Desk at 777-PLAY (7529).

Biometics

Biometrics identification (photo and finger scan) is required of all fitness members to use FitSpace and/or take part in group fitness classes. The use of biometrics is part of your contractual agreement — you may not opt out. Provisions are only made when a finger scan is physically not able to be collected.

Fingerprint authentication is a method of patron verification that uses a pattern of contact points on a person's finger. It does not capture or store an actual fingerprint. The pattern is converted to series of digits, encrypted, and then securely stored. It is not viewable nor is it able to be queried/retrieved.

Campus Recreation moved away from ID card verification in favor of fingerprint authentication for a number of reasons. Benefits include:

  • Greater convenience for members who no longer need to bring their ID card to the Rec Center
  • No problems related to damaged cards or cards that won't read/swipe
  • Reduced instances of unauthorized use of FitSpace and Group Fitness classes

Members can register at the Rec Center front desk from during regular business hours. For more information contact the Rec Center front desk at 777-PLAY.

Fitspace rules

The following rules and procedures have been developed for the safety and enjoyment of all members. Users are responsible for reading and adhering to published policies and posted signs.

  • Participation is at your own risk. Users are responsible for reading and adhering to published policies and posted signs.
  • A valid fitness membership is required to enter.
  • Clean, dry, athletic footwear is required at all times. No open shoes, sandals, boots, or bare feet are allowed.
  • Appropriate athletic clothing must be worn. Full length shirts (no bra tops, midriff or muscle tanks) with sleeves are required*. No street clothing is permitted. Shorts must be of a modest length which allow for full coverage, even during movement.
    * Using clothing as a barrier between an individual and fitness equipment reduces the chances of acquiring an illness or infection (such as MRSA), and also protected the equipment from degradation from body oil.
  • Participants are encouraged to attend to matters of personal hygiene and cleanliness as well as the cleanliness of their workout wear.
  • No crutches or open-toed casts are allowed in the facility.
  • No book bags, personal bags or coats are allowed. All items brought into the center must stay on your person.
  • Gallon jugs (bottle limit: 32 oz.), smoking, smokeless tobacco, alcoholic beverages and gum are not permitted. Beverage containers MUST have a screw on lid.
  • Limit the length of your workout at a single station when others are waiting. Allow others to work in between sets. Refer to posted time limits for cardiovascular equipment.
  • Do not drop or throw weights. Weights MUST be returned gently to the floor and/or racked where they belong.
  • Users are responsible for engaging in safe lifting practices. Excessive grunting or shouting is not allowed.
  • Olympic style power lifting is not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to; hang cleans, jerks, and snatches.
    *Users may not perform the aforementioned lifts as we do not have proper setup, equipment and space. Proper setup would include a lifting platform, a power lifting cage with no permanent side/crash bars, and rubber bumper weights that can be dropped safely. Lifts that are allowed INSIDE the cages include squats, bench press and deadlifts. Barbells should remain inside the cages, or on the benches at all times.
  • Wipe off equipment after use.
  • Re-rack all plates, dumbbells and attachments after each use.
  • Equipment and facilities should be used for their intended purpose. Modification is prohibited.
  • ONLY certified personal trainers employed by Campus Recreation are permitted to train in our facility. No patron is allowed to receive personal training from a person unaffiliated with Campus Recreation.
  • Report equipment malfunction or damage to a staff member. Use of broken equipment is strictly prohibited.
  • Violation of rules and posted policies, property damage, solicitation or verbal abuse of employees will be investigated by the staff and/or University Police and may result in loss of membership and/or judicial or criminal action.
    *Campus Recreation is committed to providing a safe environment for both patrons and staff. Actions or behaviors that jeopardize the safety of others or oneself will not be tolerated. Recreation will take action to ensure the overall safety & integrity of their services. CRS retains the right to revoke access to anyone who is uncooperative or creates a dangerous environment.
  • Campus Recreational Services is not responsible for any personal items lost or stolen, including those in locked lockers or left overnight.

Group fitness rules

  • Participation is at your own risk. Participation is restricted to adults 18 years of age or older. Users are responsible for reading and adhering to published policies and posted signs.
  • Class participants must have a valid BU photo ID card to enter the facility. No one will be allowed to take a class without their ID card, despite being a member.
  • Book bags, personal bags, coats or sweatshirts are NOT allowed in the group exercise room. All items brought into the facility must stay on your person or secured in a locker.
  • Members must be on time for class. Due to safety concerns and the importance of warm up, late participants will not be allowed into class.
  • SPINNING® class participants are required to have a water bottle.
  • SPINNING® participants are encouraged to pre-register due to the limited number of bikes. E-mail exercise@binghamton.edu up to a day in advance OR check in at FitSpace up to 15 minutes before a class begins. Pre-registered members have first priority for a bike in that class. Reserved spots are only held until the start of class; members not present at the start of class will lose their spot. Remaining spots will be filled with participants on the wait list first, then walk-ins. If you cannot attend a class you have signed up for, please call to cancel your spot. "Walk-ins" are always welcome. Check in at the spinning room #22 before class for remaining spots to be filled on first come, first serve availability.
  • Wear clean attire appropriate for the type of workout. Clean athletic footwear is required at all times. No sandals (open-toed shoes), jeans (denim material) or boots are allowed. Participants are urged not to wear athletic shoes with excessive tread especially in Kickboxing classes as this can cause torquing in joints. Spinning® participants are urged to wear stiff soled athletic wear such as cross-trainers or biking shoes.
  • Users are urged to attend to matters of personal hygiene and cleanliness, as well as the cleanliness of their workout wear.
  • The use of ankle weights are prohibited during the cardio segments of classes. Throwing weights is prohibited.
  • Equipment and facilities should be used for their intended purpose. Modification is prohibited.
  • Wipe off equipment and put away in its designated place after use.
  • Please report equipment malfunction or damage to a staff member immediately. Use of broken equipment is strictly prohibited.
  • Violation of rules and posted policies, property damage, solicitation, or verbal/physical abuse of employees will be investigated by the staff and/or University Police and may result minimally in immediate loss of membership and/or judicial or criminal action.
  • FitSpace, Campus Recreation and Binghamton University are not responsible for any personal items lost or stolen, including those in locked lockers or left unattended. Users are strongly urged to secure belongings.

Last Updated: 5/27/15