Why is there a membership fee for FitSpace at the Recreation Center at the East Gym when students already pay a recreation fee?
Campus Recreation is entirely self-supporting and receives no tuition or state revenues to operate. The general recreation fee that students pay is the foundation for funding all Campus Recreation programs: intramurals, club sports, open recreation activities, wellness programs, and Outdoor Pursuits. The general recreation fee also pays for operational expenses including facility and recreation equipment and salaries for staff, including student workers. A Fitness membership fee is charged for activities such as FitSpace and group fitness classes due to its nature and expense.
What does the Fitness Membership fee cover?
FitSpace and group fitness classes have always had an additional fee except during the renovation when limited fitness activities were available in the University Union. FitSpace has grown from 4,000 to 10,000 square-feet and now has 60+ cardio machines, two selectorized circuits with 30+ stations and a larger free-weight area with 40+ stations. Group Fitness classes have expanded from 50 classes a week to over 100 classes a week. All proceeds of the Fitness Membership fee support staffing, equipment maintenance and replacement, and other expenses of the overall recreation program, including salaries.
Campus Recreation is one of the largest on-campus employers of students, so much of the staffing expense for FitSpace and group fitness classes, and campus recreation generally, is paid out to our own students.
Without the Fitness Membership fee, the University simply would not be able to maintain such a space for use by students and the campus community.
Is the Fitness Membership fee mandatory?
Students can choose to pay this optional membership fee for use of the entire facility and classes, or they can choose to use only that portion of the Campus Recreation program supported by the general fee.
Aside from FitSpace, what other changes can students see at the Recreation Center?
There is a new gym floor, a new wellness suite for massages and other services, all-new locker rooms, 3 new multi-purpose rooms, new administrative space and a restored pool area.
Are fees higher because students are paying for the renovation?
No. SUNY policy does not allow the use of student fee proceeds to cover capital expenses. The campus paid for the $14 million project with critical maintenance dollars and some other campus capital funds.