Access and Policies

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. The staff has 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.

Access and facility rules

  • Who can access the East Gym, Recreation Center

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

    Students registered only for zero-credit courses, for which no mandatory fees are paid, receive a student ID card but are not eligible for student services sustained by mandatory fees. These services include recreational activities and services. Please note that Binghamton Advantage Program (BAP) students pay a mandatory fee, which allows them access to these services.

    Current faculty and staff have access to the East Gym, Recreation Center from Monday – Friday until 12:30 p.m. for morning and lunchtime open recreation activities. All other access requires membership.

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

  • East Gym, Recreation Center 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.
    • No bicycles, skateboards, self-balancing electric scooters (better known as hoverboards), smoking, vaping, smokeless tobacco, alcoholic beverages or animals (except trained services animals) are permitted inside any facility. Turf shoes, cleats, spikes or roller blades must be removed before enteringany indoor facility.
      • Pending further information from consumer product safety regulators, Binghamton University has determined that it is in the best interest of our students' safety to prohibit the use, possession or storage of hoverboards on campus and in campus facilities. This policy may be reviewed should the University learn from consumer product safety advisories that only certain models/products pose a risk. To become more informed about the hazards posed by hoverboards, review the statement from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
    • 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 allows 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 the 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, vaping 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.
    • Only Campus Recreation staff is permitted to train others in and around the facility (e.g. basketball courts, tennis courts, swimming pool, FitSpace). No patron is allowed to receive training from a person unaffiliated with Campus Recreation. It is a liability to allow people unaffiliated with Campus Recreation to train patrons. We cannot guarantee that outside "trainers" have the skills or knowledge to properly train our patrons. We enforce this rule to provide the safest environment possible for our patrons.
    • Please be considerate of other users. You may be required to limit the length of your workout or activity based on posted guidelines in 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.
    • Respect for the personal privacy and safety of all members, guests, and participants must be maintained at all times. The use of any device to photograph, record, monitor or videotape in the locker rooms, restrooms, pool or exercise areas is not permitted without authorization. Conversations using Skype, FaceTime, and other photos/video communications may be conducted only outside of these areas, in common spaces.
    • Photography and videography are only allowed with prior authorization by Campus Recreation management. For media and academic/class project purposes, advanced approval is required.
  • FitSpace rules
    • Participation is at your own risk. Users are responsible for reading and adhering to published policies and posted signs.
      • Patrons are responsible for their behavior and actions while at FitSpace/CRS. FitSpace/CRS requires students to read and agree to its rules and regulations prior to use. Adherence to these policies ensures individual and group safety as well as a positive experience and environment for all patrons in our facilities. Failure to read is not an excuse for not following rules.
    • A valid fitness membership is required to enter.
      • Biometrics – Biometrics identification (photo and hand 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 a member's contractual agreement – they may not opt out. Provisions are only made when a hand scan is physically not able to be collected.
    • Clean, dry, athletic footwear is required at all times. No bare feet, socks, open-toed shoes, loafers, sandals, boots, or slippers are allowed.
      • Closed toe activity-appropriate footwear is required. Socks and back-less shoes will not be allowed. Inappropriate footwear increases the risk of injury and exposure to a wide range of fungal, viral and bacterial foot conditions.
      • Please make sure shoes are free of debris before entering the facility. Footwear that is clean allows for FitSpace equipment and the facility to remain safe for oneself and others. Wet shoes (especially during the winter months) can cause floors to become slippery and dangerous. Dry shoes are also non-marking on floor surfaces.
    • Appropriate athletic clothing must be worn for health and safety reasons.
      • 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 protects the equipment from degradation from body oil.
      • Clothing deemed potentially damaging to the equipment is prohibited, as determined by Campus Recreation staff. Denim material, rivets and zippers can all cause excessive wear and tear on the upholstery. Therefore, this type of attire is prohibited.
      • Shirts that cover the entire torso, including stomach, back, rib cage and chest, are required. Shirts exposing the torso (cut-off tops, crop tops, sports bras, etc.) are not permitted in the fitness center. All tops must be of a length that reaches the top of the waistband of all bottoms.
      • Shorts must be of a modest length which allows for full coverage, even during movement.
      • Clothing with profane language, inappropriate subjects, etc. are not permitted to be worn in the facility.
      • Campus Recreation staff has the final determination on the appropriateness of specific exercise attire.
    • Participants are encouraged to attend to matters of personal hygiene and cleanliness as well as the cleanliness of their workout wear.
      • Attending to personal hygiene and cleanliness of workout wear helps to maintain a clean and comfortable environment for all patrons in FitSpace.
      • Strong odors are disruptive to other users. Staff may speak to patrons if this becomes an issue.
    • No crutches or open-toed casts are allowed in the facility.
      • The layout of FitSpace equipment is not designed for mobility with crutches. Using crutches in the facility is a trip hazard for both crutch users and others. Patrons can catch crutches on equipment and injure themselves.
      • Open toe casts are not allowed as it increases the risk of injury and exposure to a wide range of fungal, viral and bacterial foot conditions.
      • Patrons with accessibility concerns should contact professional staff for assistance.
    • No book bags, personal bags or coats are allowed. All items brought into the center must stay on your person.
      • These items cause excessive clutter in the facility. Clutter on the floors can become trip hazards  and may interfere with a clear path to emergency exits.
      • Loose or extra clothing may get caught in machines, which can cause injury or equipment failure. Minimal jewelry is also advised for this reason.
      • FitSpace/CRS is not responsible for personal items that are stolen.
      • Items that are allowed to be brought in must stay on the person or be left in the box at the FitSpace front desk, including keys, ID cards, water bottles, etc.
    • Gallon jugs, smoking, smokeless tobacco, alcoholic beverages and gum are not permitted. Beverage containers MUST have a screw on lid.
      • Smoking, vaping, smokeless tobacco and alcohol are not permitted anywhere on campus, including the East Gym, Recreation Center.
      • All of the aforementioned items have the potential to damage FitSpace equipment as well as cause health and safety hazards for other patrons. Having a screw-on lid reduces the chance of a spill which can produce slippery surfaces or ruin equipment. Beverage containers must be under 120 ounces.
      • Chewing gum while exercising can be a choking hazard and gum not properly disposed of can cause damage to the facility.
    • Limit the length of your workout at a single station when others are waiting. Allow others to work in between sets.
      • We limit workout times to allow equal access to equipment/services. Allowing others to work out between sets is customary gym etiquette. Also, cross-training is beneficial to your exercise performance.
    • Do not drop or throw weights. Weights MUST be returned gently to the floor and/or racked where they belong.
      • Dropping or throwing of weights can cause damage to both the weights and the facility floor, accruing unnecessary repair costs. Dropping or throwing weights also creates a higher risk of injury to oneself and other FitSpace patrons.
      • If you cannot control the weight through a full range of motion, you are likely using too much weight.
    • Users are responsible for engaging in safe lifting practices. Excessive grunting or shouting is not allowed.
      • Users are encouraged to ask FitSpace/CRS employees for assistance with unfamiliar equipment. Proper use of equipment reduces the chance of injury or equipment damage.
      • Grunting and shouting in FitSpace/at CRS may make other patrons uncomfortable or be distracting. CRS aspires to create a positive exercise environment that is comfortable and safe for all patrons.
    • Olympic style lifting is allowed on the Olympic platform ONLY (This includes cleans, snatches, jerks, etc). Loose chalk is not permitted in FitSpace.
      • Users may not perform the aforementioned lifts anywhere else but on the platform. We do not have proper setup and equipment for these to take place in other areas and it is dangerous to other patrons. Rubber bumper plates are also only allowed for the above lifts and must remain at the Olympic platform station.
      • Lifts that are allowed INSIDE the other cages include squats, bench press and deadlifts. Barbells should remain inside the cages, or on the benches at all times.
      • Rosin bags, chalk blocks and loose chalk is not permitted. Liquid chalk is permitted and available for purchase in the East Gym Lobby.
    • Wipe off equipment after use.
      • Wiping equipment after every use ensures a clean and safe surface for all FitSpace patrons. Cleaning equipment with the provided solution disinfects surfaces is not only proper gym etiquette but lessens the chance of contracting infections and other illness (including MRSA).
    • Re-rack all plates, dumbbells and attachments after each use.
      • Re-racking of the weights prevent safety hazards. Weights left on the floor are a tripping hazard. Weights left out may be too heavy to be moved by other patrons or FitSpace staff, which leaves the equipment unusable to others. Re-racking is traditional gym etiquette. FitSpace is kept orderly so all patrons can find equipment. Staff is NOT hired to clean up after patrons, they are hired to assist and maintain safety.
    • Equipment and facilities should be used for their intended purpose. Modification is prohibited.
      • Fitness equipment is designed for specific uses by the manufacturer to ensure the physical safety of the user. Using equipment in a way it was not intended for creates excessive injury risk to the user and other FitSpace patrons. Using equipment improperly can also cause damage, which can impact the warranty.
    • ONLY CRS/FitSpace certified personal trainers are permitted to train in the facility. No patron is allowed to receive personal training from a person unaffiliated with CRS/FitSpace.
      • It is a liability to allow people unaffiliated with CRS/FitSpace to train patrons. We cannot guarantee that outside "trainers" have the skills or knowledge to properly train our patrons. We enforce this rule to provide the safest environment possible for our patrons.
    • Report equipment malfunction or damage to a staff member. Use of broken equipment is strictly prohibited.
      • Reporting equipment malfunction or damage to FitSpace/CRS staff is necessary to ensure the safety of all patrons. Patrons can be injured using equipment that is not functioning properly. Early reporting of damaged equipment allows CRS to repair or replace the equipment in a timely fashion.
    • 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. CRS retains the right to revoke access to anyone who is uncooperative or creates a dangerous or violent environment.
      • CRS/FitSpace 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, and CRS will be forced to take action to ensure the overall safety of their services.
      • CRS staff have the final determination regarding appropriate activities and behaviors in the fitness center.
    • Campus Recreational Services is not responsible for any personal items lost or stolen, including those in locked lockers or left overnight.
      • Personal property is the responsibility of the patron. CRS is unable to monitor the personal property of patrons. We do provide a variety of options for securing belongings, including quarter, day use, and locker rentals.
    • Please be advised of the following policies pertaining to the SYNRGY360 area within FitSpace:
      • Jump roping is not allowed in any area of FitSpace, but can be done in the gymnasium.
      • No equipment may be removed from the functional training/SYNRGY360 area and taken to other areas of the fitness center.
      • No additional weight equipment may be brought into the functional training area (including, but not limited to, barbells, dumbbells, or kettlebells).
      • Shadow boxing is not allowed in any area of FitSpace.
  • Group fitness rules
    • 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. No one will be allowed to take a class without their ID card or biometrics, despite being a member.
    • Book bags, personal bags, coats or sweatshirts must be stored in the cubbies in the Group Fitness studios upon entry. 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.
    • Group Fitness participants are encrouaged to bring a water bottle and towel to all classes. 
    • SPINNING® class participants are required to have a water bottle.
    • SPINNING® and Float FIIT participants are required to pre-register for classes due to the limited number of equipment.
      • Members may register either online or through Campus Recreation's app for Android or Apple devices. Reservations can be made up to 48 hours in advance. If you're no longer able to come at your scheduled time, please cancel your reservation so that others may attend. 
        • Making a reservation online 
        • Canceling a reservation online 
          • Go to https://recreation.binghamton.edu/ or use the app, click the Reservations icon
          • All upcoming reservations are listed under the Upcoming heading 
          • Find the upcoming booking you want to cancel, click the three dots and then Cancel Booking 
          • Confirm your cancellation 
    • Clean, dry, athletic footwear is required for most group fitness classes. No bare feet or socks (with the exception of Yoga or Barre classes), open-toed shoes, loafers, sandals, boots, or slippers are allowed. 
      • Closed toe-activity appropriate footwear is required. Inappropriate footwear increases the risk of injury and exposure to a wide range of fungal, viral, and bacterial foot conditions.  
      • 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.
    • No crutches or open-toed casts are allowed in the facility. 
      • Using crutches in the facility is a tripping hazard for both crutch users and others. Patrons can catch crutches on equipment and injure themselves.
      • Open toe casts are not allowed as it increases the risk of injury and exposure to a wide range of fungal, viral, and bacterial foot conditions. 
      • Patrons with accessibility concerns should contact professional staff for assistance.
    • Appropriate athletic clothing must be worn for health and safety reasons. 
      • Using clothing as a barrier between an individual and fitness equipment reduces the chances of acquiring an illness or infetion, and also protects the equipment from degradation of body oil. 
      • Clothing deemed potentially damaging to the equipment is prohibited, as determined by Campus Recreation staff. Denim material, rivets, and, zippers can all cause excessive wear and tear on equipment. Therefore, this type of attire is prohibited. 
      • Shirts that cover the entire torso, including stomach, back, rib cage, and chest are encouraged. Wearing a sports bra without appropriate coverage is prohibited. 
      • Shorts must be of a modest length which allows for full coverage, even during movement. 
      • Clothing with profane language, inappropriate subjects, etc. are not permitted to be worn in the facility. 
      • Campus Recreation staff has the final determination on the appropriateness of specific exercise attire. 
    • Participants are encouraged to attend to matters of personal hygiene and cleanliness as well as the cleanliness of their workout wear. 
      • Attending to personal hygiene and cleanliness of workout wear helps to maintain a clean and comfortable environment for all patrons.
      • Strong odors are disruptive to other participants. Staff may speak to patrons if this becomes an issue. 
    • The use of ankle weights is prohibited during the cardio segments of classes. Throwing weights is also prohibited.
    • Gallon jugs, smoking, smokless tabacco, alcoholic beverages, and gum are not permitted. Beverage containers MUST have a screw on lid.
      • Smoking, vaping, smokeless tabacco, and alcohol are not permitted anywhere on campus, including the East Gym, Recreation Center.
      • All of the aforementioned items have the potential to damage facilities and equipment as well as cause health and safety hazards for other patrons. Having a screw-on lid reduces the chance of a spill which can produce slippery surfaces or ruin equipment. Beverage containers must be under 128 ounces (1 gallon). 
      • Chewing gum while exercising can be a choking hazard and gum not properly disposed of can cause damage to the facility. 
    • Equipment and facilities should be used for their intended purpose. Modification is prohibited.
      • Fitness equipment is designed for specific uses by the manufacturer to ensure the physical safety of the user. Using equipment in a way it was not intended for creates excessive injury to the user and other patrons. 
      • Patrons should follow instruction and guidance from the group fitness instructor when it comes to proper usages of equipment and facilities. If additional modifications are needed, please speak to the group fitness instructor leading the class. 
    • Wipe off equipment and put away in its designated place after use.
      • Wiping equipment after every use ensures a clean and safe surface for all patrons. Cleaning equipment with the provided solution disinfects surfaces is not only proper gym etiquette but lessens the chance of contracting infections and other illness.
    • Please report equipment malfunction or damage to a staff member immediately. Use of broken equipment is strictly prohibited.
      • Reporting equipment malfunction or damage to staff is necessary to ensure the safety of all patrons. Early reporting of damaged equipment allows CRS to repair or replace the equipment in a timely fasion.
    • 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. CRS retains the right to revoke access to anyone who is uncooperative or creates a dangerous or violent environment. 
      • 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, and CRS will be forced to take ation to ensure the overall safety of their services.
      • Campus Recreation staff have the final determination regarding appropriate activities and behaviors in group fitness classes. 
    • Campus Recreational Services is not responsible for any personal items lost or stolen, including those in locked lockers or left overnight. 
      • Personal property is the responsibility of the patron. CRS is unable to monitor the personal property of patrons. We do provide a variety of options for securing belongings, including quarter, day use, and locker rentals. 

Open recreation

  • General information

    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 weekday mornings (Monday – Friday) until 12:30 p.m.

    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.

  • FitCourt rules

    The following rules and guidelines have been established to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants and to preserve the facilities for their intended usage. Cooperation of all participants is appreciated.

    • Campus Recreation programs and activities have priority usage. The FitCourt may be closed at certain times for scheduled activities. 
    • Participation is voluntary and at your own risk. Users are responsible for reading and adhering to policies and posted signs.
    • Clean, non-marking sneakers only. NO bare feet, socks, spikes, boots, open toed shoes, sandals, loafers, or slippers. 
    • Do not leave personal items on the FitCourt surface while working out. All items must stay on your person or be left off the court.  
    • Inappropriate language or behavior will not be tolerated.
    • No loud or disturbing music is permitted. Personal music devices are allowed with the use of earbuds or headphones
    • Garbage must be disposed of in trash can.
    • No gum, food, or drinks (except clear water) are permitted on the FitCourt. No alcohol, tobacco or smoking is permitted.
    • Hanging is only allowed at stations as indicated. Use each station for its intended purpose only. Modification of equipment is prohibited. 
    • No pets are allowed on the FitCourt. 
    • Outdoor areas may be closed due to weather or facility conditions.
    • Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
    • ONLY Campus Recreation’s certified personal trainers are permitted to train clients in our facilities. No patron is allowed to receive personal training from a person unaffiliated with Campus Recreation. 
    • Report equipment malfunction or damage to a staff member inside the East Gym, Recreation Center. Use of broken equipment is strictly prohibited.

    Violation of stated or posted rules, regulations, or policies; destruction of the FitCourt; verbal abuse of staff; or lack of cooperation with staff can result in notification of University Police, removal from area, judicial and/or criminal action.

    The FitCourt is monitored by surveillance cameras 24 hours a day. In case of emergency contact University Police at (607) 777-2222.  For non-emergency assistance contact University Police at (607) 777-2393.

    Please notify the East Gym, Recreation Center staff if there are any questions or problems related to the FitCourt. For the most up-to-date activity schedules, visit play.binghamton.edu

  • Racquetball

    Courts are locked at all times 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.
    • The 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.
    • The 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.
    • The user is responsible for a 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.
    • The 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 the user's account. The current replacement fee for a racquetball court key is $65.
    • The 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 the door while play is in session.
  • Pool

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

  • Tennis courts

    Tennis courts are for tennis or pickleball 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 the facility, judicial action or loss of membership.

Memberships

  • 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 BingU 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.

    Parking on campus requires a permit or use of a metered spot, including the East Gym Lot E. Passes are available for purchase at Parking Services (Couper Administration Building, Ground Floor, AD-G9) or at the Information Booth on Bartle Drive. For details on parking visit parking.binghamton.edu.

  • Guest/Day passes

    Guest/Day passes are available for purchase by a student, faculty or staff member at Binghamton University. There are no refunds on day passes; however, the face value of pass 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 expires one year from date issued.

    • Day passes for current faculty, staff and students are $8

    Parking on campus requires a permit or use of a metered spot, including the East Gym Lot E. Passes are available for purchase at Parking Services (Couper Administration Building, Ground Floor, AD-G9) or at the Information Booth on Bartle Drive. For details on parking visit parking.binghamton.edu.

  • 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 processing fee will be assessed for these refunds. The duration of a membership may not be altered for any reason, including freezing or transferring.

    In the event of a forced closure due to COVID-19, memberships that are within the first 14 days will be eligible for a 50% refund. Otherwise, no refunds will be issued.

    For more information, contact the front desk at 607-777-PLAY (7529).

  • Biometrics

    Biometric identification (photo and hand 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 hand scan is physically not able to be collected.

    Handprint authentication is a method of patron verification that uses a pattern of contact points on a person's palm. It does not capture or store an actual handprint. The pattern is converted to a 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 East Gym, Recreation Center front desk from during regular business hours. For more information contact the Rec Center front desk at (607) 777-PLAY.

  • Health and the PAR-Q

    If you answered yes to one or more questions on the PAR-Q, talk to your doctor by phone or in person before you start becoming much more physically active or before you have a fitness appraisal. Tell your doctor about the PAR-Q and which questions you answered yes.

    You may be able to do any activity you want as long as you start slowly and build up gradually. Or, you may need to restrict your activities to those that are safe for you. Talk with your doctor about the kinds of activities you wish to participate in and follow his/her advice.

    Find out which community programs are safe and helpful for you.

    Please note: If your health changes so that you then answer YES to any of the above questions, tell your fitness or health professional. Ask whether you should change your physical activity plan.

    If you answered no honestly to all PAR-Q questions, you can be reasonably sure that you can:

    • Start becoming much more physically active — begin slowly and build up gradually. This is the safest and easiest way to go.
    • Take part in a fitness appraisal — this is an excellent way to determine your basic fitness so that you can plan the best way for you to live actively. It is also highly recommended that you have your blood pressure evaluated. If your reading is over 144/94, talk with your doctor before you start becoming much more physically active.

    However, you should DELAY becoming much more active if:

    • if you are not feeling well because of a temporary illness such as a cold or a fever — wait until you feel better; or
    • if you are or may be pregnant — talk to your doctor before you start becoming more active

    Note: This physical activity clearance is valid for a maximum of 12 months from the date it is completed and becomes invalid if your condition changes so that you would answer YES to any of the seven questions.

Wellness Classes

  • Wellness class refunds

    Campus Recreation will issue a refund for any wellness class canceled due to low enrollment. Applications for refunds will only be accepted for documented medical conditions. Refunds may be prorated based on class attendance. Otherwise, no refunds will be issued.

  • Class registration
    • In order to participate in a fee-based Wellness Program, participants must register in advance. No registrations will be taken at the time of the program, or at the program location.
    • Students, faculty, staff and Rec members MUST have a current University or Rec ID card to enter the Rec center. All others will be issued a card for facility entrance.
    • Programs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Most programs have a minimum and maximum occupancy. Programs that are popular fill up quickly. Please register early. Also, some programs have a registration date cut off. No one will be allowed to register after the cut off date.
    • No Day Passes are available for these programs.
    • Parking on campus requires a permit or use of a metered spot. Those without a parking permit will be issued a pass valid only during class times.