Campus Recreation & Fitness Center

Policy Manual

Historical Information

In 1986, a referendum was passed by the Student Government Association to begin collecting student fees for the purpose of building a Fitness Center. It was determined that $30 of a 6> hour student's maintenance fee be earmarked for the construction of the facility. After completion of the Center, the $30 would continue to be assessed of students but its purpose would be to provide necessary monies for maintenance, operation and debt retirement. Those who contributed from 1986 until August 1991 were given gratis time to compensate for having paid fees toward the cost of the facility when it was not open for their use. The time clock on this gratis time began "ticking" as soon as the Fitness Center opened. All gratis time expired December 31, 1995.

Because students enrolled for 6 hours or more are assessed a $30 maintenance fee, they are granted use of the facility at no additional charge. It was decided that part-time students (students taking 1-5 hours) could purchase a Fitness Center membership for a fee.

SGA and the Fitness Center Building Committee further determined that the facility would be an open-recreational complex. They resolved that the facility would not be opened to the Athletics teams to practice or Academic Programs. This, of course, did not exclude these individual students from participating outside their group.

Advisory Committee

Purpose

The purpose of the Tennessee Technological University Recreation and Fitness Center Advisory Committee is to advise and make recommendations relative to activities, programs, and the general operation of the University Recreation and Fitness Center. The committee is responsive to the President, Vice President of Student Affairs and the Administrative Council.

Members

The University Recreation and Fitness Center Advisory Committee shall consist of the following members, appointed by the University President in accordance with approved procedures:

 Faculty - A minimum of three (3) faculty members
 Administrative - A minimum of three (3) administrators
 Clerical/Support Staff - A minimum of three (3) staff members
 Students - A minimum of four (4) students
 Terms of Office - Student members will serve terms of one (1) year, while Faculty/Administrators/Staff will serve terms of three (3) years, with appointments to be effective at the beginning of the fall semester; all members' terms are subject to renewal at the discretion of the President.
 Attendance at Meetings - a member who cannot be present for a meeting of the committee may send a voting representative.

Exception Policy

Exceptions which occur in the course of daily business will be made by the Fitness Center Director. On occasion, when the Director feels it necessary, he may consult with the Vice President of Student Affairs. In unusual situations, input may be obtained from the Fitness Center Advisory Committee members, either by telephone or by calling a meeting. Occasionally, exceptions may also be made by the TTU President, Provost or Vice President of Student Affairs.

Appeal Procedure

If an individual has a complaint or a disagreement with one of the Fitness Center rules, he may first discuss the situation with the Fitness Center Director. If satisfaction is not received, he may take the situation to the Vice President for Student Affairs. If, after following these two steps, he/she still feels a problem still exists, he/she may request the issue be placed on the next Fitness Center Advisory Committee agenda by calling the Fitness Center Director.

Membership Eligibility

Full-time and Part-Time students, faculty and staff, graduates of Tennessee Tech University, and their dependents are eligible for membership to the Fitness Center.  Membership also enables these individuals the opportunity to take advantage of certain programs in the facility at a discounted rate.  Memberships can be purchased in the main office of the Fitness Center during regular office hours.  The Fitness Center reserves the right to refuse admittance of a guest to the facility at peak usage times or for other reasons as determined by the director. 

Membership costs were increased effective January1, 2018. **Dependent fees are assessed per person as of July 1, 2011.  For all membership opportunities, dependents can be added for an additional fee per person.  Dependents are defined as the spouse of the primary member, and their children who are under age 22. 

  • Full-time Students – are those who have six (6) or more credit hours per semester.  They pay a student activity fee, which allows them access at no extra cost.  This will apply as long as they keep six (6) or more hours per semester.  Membership expires at the end of the semester. 
  • Part-time Students – are those who have five (5) or less credit hours per semester.  Part-time students must purchase a membership, which expires at the end of the semester.
  • Incoming freshmen and Transfer students – are eligible to purchase a membership for one semester only, prior to enrolling for classes.  Example:  a student graduates from high school and applies for admission to Tech.  Once the student has been admitted to Tech, he/she may purchase a summer membership at the student membership rate.  Student must provide the letter of acceptance to Tennessee Tech University before membership can be issued.
  • Permanent TTU Employees - may purchase a membership for six (6) months or 12 months.  Full-time, permanent employees may also take advantage of having the fees deducted automatically from their check.  The payroll deduction cost begins at time of sign up and continues until the employee status with the university changes, by leaving or retirement.  Extenuating circumstances such as health or family emergency will be considered if a termination of the Payroll Deduction is requested and is determined by the Director or Assistant Director. 
  • TTU Adjunct Faculty Employees – may purchase a 6-month membership with the expiration date not to exceed that of the signed contract.  The membership fee is the same as a full-time permanent employee.  If the department in which the member is employed indicates that this person will be re-hired, they may then purchase a 12-month membership at the permanent employee rate.  They are not eligible for Payroll Deduction until they have a Full-Time, Permanent Employee status.
  • Retired Faculty and Staff – All retired faculty and staff of Tennessee Tech University receive a free lifetime membership which includes the spouse.  Retirees begin their membership by filling out a form in the office.  Other services such as locker rental, towel, classes, punch cards, etc., are not included, but can be purchased.
  • Graduate of TTU – May purchase a six (6) month or 12-month membership at the Alumni rate.  Pre-Professional programs are also eligible to purchase the same type of membership at the graduate rate once they have completed their program elsewhere. 
  • Spouses of Deceased Members – Surviving spouses of Tech faculty/staff and alumni, may purchase a six (6) month or 12-month membership at the current rate.
  • Eligible Non-Members – are defined as those who could purchase a membership yet choose not to do so and pay $5 each time they use the fitness center.  ENM’s may not rent lockers or towels, and they must pay the ENM rate for all services and programs.  ENM’s who wish to take a fitness class must pay the $5 fee for use of the facility, and also $5 for participating in a class. 
  • Guests – Students, members and eligible nonmembers can bring up to five (5) guests to the Fitness Center and pay a per guest fee.  Members must accompany the guests while at the facility.  (See Attachment IV for Guest fees)
  • Visitors Pass – Persons must meet the following criteria.  The visitor must be a potential TTU Student recruit.  Must be a senior in high school or potential transfer student from another college or university.  Must be sponsored and accompanied by a university representative at all times.  Individual’s sole purpose for being on campus is to consider enrollment.  (Does not include summer camp participants) 24 – hour notification must be given for multiple guests by calling the main office at 372-6212.
  • Refunds – In general, membership money will not be refunded unless the member is moving out of town or has medical problems, which prevents use of the facility.  A physician’s statement may be required.  Other unique circumstances will be handled on a case-by case basis by the Director.
  • Extension to Memberships – Memberships can be extended for short periods of time such as for vacations or being out of town, periods less than two weeks, or for closings due to inclement weather or facility maintenance.  Exceptions may apply at the Director’s discretion.
  • Certain persons working for the university in different capacities are also eligible to purchase a membership at the faculty/staff rate and are listed below.  They are not eligible for payroll deduction.
    • Campus Ministry
    • University Bookstore
    • Physicians who provide services to TTU Athletic Teams
    • TTU Fisheries Unit
    • TTU Honorary Alumni
    • TTU Adjunct Staff
  • Extended Education/Auditing  – Persons taking classes through Extended Education Programs or Auditing are not eligible for membership.
  • Prorating Memberships – Exceptions may be made for unusual circumstances.  The price of the membership will be prorated upward to the nearest whole month.
  • Exceptions – Consideration is given by the director to those with exceptions to the normal eligibility rules.  Examples would include but are not limited to exchange students residing with a faculty member, (student must reside with host family for a minimum of one semester, or three (3) months and a maximum of one (1) year),  grandparents or other guardians having legal custody of a child.  Proof of custodial care may be requested.
  • Senior Fitness Program- is for persons age 55 and older is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Classes include water aerobics and cardio, flexibility and coordination.  Punch cards are available for purchase and are recommended.  The first class is always free. 
  • Punch Cards - Punch cards for aerobics classes and massages are available for purchase in the main office during office hours.  Punch cards are in 15 and 30 punches and Massage cards are in 4 and 12 punches.  Expiration dates are 7 weeks or 3 months depending on which card is purchased.  Refunds will not be made to individuals who purchase a punch card at the ENM rate and soon after, purchase a membership.  

Miscellaneous Notes

The Fitness Center reserves the right to decline admittance to the facility at peak usage times or for other reasons as determined by the Fitness Center Director. Tours of the facility will be made available to any potential student and/or their parents upon request. These requests can be made by calling the Fitness Center Office at 372-6212 at least 24 hours in advance. Drop-in requests for tours will be accommodated whenever possible.

Membership Identification –

TTU Students, and faculty and staff who are members of the Fitness Center must use their Eagle ID.  If their card does not work, they must go to the Eagle Card office to get the issue resolved.  Fusion Photo ID Cards will be issued to the spouse, as well as children who are under age 22, of TTU Students and Faculty Staff upon purchase of a membership. 

All other members, (alumni and their dependents, and spouses of Retired Faculty/Staff) must be processed through the membership office and receive a photo ID card.  This card is for access to the Fitness Center only and cannot be used anywhere else on campus. 

TTU Faculty and Staff, and current students who have Eagle Card IDs will NOT be issued Fusion ID cards.  

Lost Cards - Lost/stolen Member cards can be replaced at a charge of $25 to the member.

Credit hour classes vs. noncredit hour classes - To be eligible for a Fitness Center membership, a student must be enrolled in classes for credit (Extended Education or Continuing Education classes are not for credit). Auditing a class does not make an individual eligible for a Fitness Center membership because the student does not pay any monies that will be credited to the Fitness Center budget.

Purchase Hours - Memberships can be purchased in the Fitness Center Office 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Room 118. 

Aerobic Punch Cards

Aerobic Punch Cards can be purchased by members or eligible nonmembers. The cards reserve a space in a designated class (up to 4 classes) for an individual. The cards are good for 30 classes. One punch is used for each class. The member fee is $25 and the eligible nonmember fee is $125. A member pays for 25 classes and is given 5 classes free. The cards are nontransferable and refunds are given only for unusual circumstances (e.g., for medical problems which prevent participation in an aerobic class). Aerobic Punch Cards are printed on lavender card stock.

Senior Class Punch Cards

Senior Class Punch Cards can be purchased by members, eligible nonmembers or guests. Like the aerobics punch cards, the cards are good for 30 classes and one punch is used for each class. The member fee is $25, the eligible nonmember fee is $50 and guest fee is $75. By purchasing the punch cards as a member, individuals pay for 25 classes and they are given 5 classes free. The cards are nontransferable and refunds are given only for unusual circumstances. The Seniors' Class Punch Cards are printed on gold card stock.

Racquetball Court Regulations

For racquetball reservations call 372-6215 or come by the Fitness Center Front Desk. Reservations can be made by telephone or in person the day of play only. When making reservations, individuals may block only one hour per day. If an individual's partner wants to reserve an hour, he/she must call or be present at the time of the reservation. Courts not claimed 15 minutes after reserved time may be forfeited. Reservations can be made anytime during normal operating hours. Court walls are not to be hit intentionally. All safety rules should be followed while playing. Do not enter courts until play ends. It is highly recommended that all players wear protective eye guards at all times while playing. To help avoid collisions, be aware of your playing partner's position on the court at all times. Proper shoes are required for play (i.e., no jogging shoes or street shoes).

Operating Hours

Please see the home page for semester and holiday hours.  For the convenience of students and members, it remains open for operation on several holidays. Most of the year the Fitness Center is open 7 days per week for approximately 100 hours per week. 

Facility Rules

  1. Those who are not Tennessee Tech students and who are less than 16 years of age must be accompanied by a member at all times when inside the center.
  2. No food or open drink allowed in the building except in vending area.
  3. Only suitable indoor athletic shoes, not jogging shoes, may be worn on the wooden playing surfaces. No black soles or other soles that mark the floors are allowed. Please be sure shoes are free of dirt before beginning play. If you are not sure about your shoes, ask a Fitness Center staff member.
  4. For your safety and the health of others, bare feet are not allowed.
  5. Alcohol, narcotics, steroids, or tobacco products may not be consumed, possessed, or displayed in the Center. Weapons are not allowed in the building.
  6. Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, and pets are not allowed in the facility.
  7. No signs, posters, advertisements, or decorations may be placed in the Center without approval of the Director.
  8. Use of the facility is a privilege. Individuals not cooperating with established policies will be asked to leave and may have their privileges revoked.
  9. Unauthorized persons are not to alter the arrangement of equipment or change the height of non-adjustable equipment.
  10. Users are asked not to carry on an activity in such a way as to interfere with another activity in an adjacent segment of the building.
  11. Persons abusing the equipment may be prohibited from using the facility.
  12. Clothing should be appropriate to the activity: swimming suits or trunks (not cutoffs) for the pool; upper and lower body covered for other activities.
  13. "Spotters" should be utilized for free weight usage.
  14. Weights are not to be taken from the designated area.
  15. Free weights must be replaced in the appropriate racks after use.
  16. Please - - - No profanity.
  17. Individual must join before dependents are eligible for membership.
  18. Proof of dependent identification may be required at time of dependent membership purchase (joint checking account for spouse, birth certificate for child, etc.).
  19. Guests should stay with member at all times and must leave the facility at the same time as member.
  20. Racquetball court reservations will be lost if court is not occupied 15 minutes after reservation time.
  21. The 1/6 mile track is for running and walking. Please do not stretch or stand on the track. Baby strollers are not allowed on the track. An East to West pattern is used on the track.
  22. The person who checks out equipment is responsible for it. If the equipment is damaged, lost, or stolen, payment must be made for the replacement cost.
  23. An Eagle card or valid membership must be presented to Front Desk Attendant upon entering facility.
  24. An individual must be 16 to participate in an aerobics class.
  25. For the safety of all children under the age of 16, all weight room and cardiovascular equipment is off limits! This equipment is not properly sized for them and use could result in injury.

Facility Use by Teams Rules

The Fitness Center is pleased to be able to work cooperatively with other TTU departments when there is a need. In unusual situations (i.e., when the Cheerleading campers need Hooper Eblen Center for opening or closing ceremonies or when the gym floor at the Hoop is being refinished), the Director may make an exception to allow a Varsity sports team (either TTU or a visiting camp team) to use one of the Fitness Center gyms for a practice or for a game. However, it is important that all teams using a Fitness Center gym be aware of and cooperate with the following rules:

Absolutely NO running shoes, street shoes, outdoor shoes, cross-trainers with runningshoe bottoms or bare/sock feet will be allowed on the gym floor.

Water bottles, canned drinks and coolers are not allowed in the building. Water fountains are conveniently located just outside the gym.

Large numbers of spectators are not permitted in the building. There is no seating in the gyms and standing around the wall presents a danger to players and officials. No observing, photography or videoing from the track.

Teams must be accompanied by their coach when entering the building.

Coaches must remain with their teams at all times.

Coaches of summer camps can use the facility by paying the $3 guest fee during the time they are attending camp. A list of names for identification should be provided to the Fitness Center by each Camp Director.

Players will not be allowed to wander about the building. If teams are interested in a tour, let us know and a staff member will be glad to assist.

Teams will be allowed to enter the gym only 5 minutes prior to their scheduled game.

Profanity is not tolerated at any time.

Lost & Found Procedures

  1. All watches, rings, other jewelry, and other small valuables should be turned in to the Office or a Supervisor on duty as soon as they are found. These items will be kept in the safe in Room 118 (the Office) for one year and then turned over to the Campus Warehouse to be included in the Campus' annual auction.
  2. Membership cards and other small items, except those mentioned above, will be kept locked in the Pro Shop cabinet in the Equipment Room.
  3. Student and employee Eagle Cards will be logged into a logbook when they are turned in to a Campus Recreation employee and the cards will be kept in a secure location in the main office. After 2 weeks the cards will be sent to the Eagle Card office.
  4. All lost clothing will be kept in the Equipment Room for one month.

Locker System

Students

  • Daily - No Cost
  • Fall/Spring - $25
  • Summer - $25

Members

  • Daily - No Cost
  • 6 Months - $25
  • 12 Months - $35

Note: When all full-size lockers designated for rental by the Director have been rented, a student or member can rent a small locker for $6 for Spring or Fall Semester or for a 6-month period. The fee for members for a 12-month rental of these small lockers will be $12.

Lockers may not be rented past membership expiration date for members or end of semester for students.

The Fitness Center is not responsible for items left in rented lockers that have expired or left unlocked.

Items will be removed from lockers 10 days after expiration date if locker is not renewed. Items of value (this to be determined by Fitness Center Staff) will be stored at the Fitness Center for one year. Items of little or no value (socks, soap, etc.) will be kept one semester. If items are not claimed within the specified length of time, all rights to the items are forfeited and the Fitness Center can dispose of them as they see fit.

Lockers will be rented on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Locks are included with locker rental and should remain on all rented lockers at all times for protection of articles.

Lockers may be rented Monday through Friday in Room 118 (the Main Office) of the Fitness Center.

Gender Specific Locker Rooms

Locker rooms are gender specific. Please observe this regardless of your child's age. A Family Changing Room is available at the pool.

TTU Alumni Parking Permits –

Campus Recreation will issue parking permit to active members who are NOT TTU faculty, staff or students.  The parking permit gives access to the Fitness Center ONLY and cannot be used anywhere else on campus.  Parking is available at ten (10) 2-hour parking spots located on McGee Blvd.  Please visit https://www.tntech.edu/police/parking/ for specific parking regulations and maps.  To obtain a parking permit, please come to the membership office Mon-Fri. 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The vehicle make and model as well as plate number is required.  Two permits per family will be issued.

Parking without a permit is not allowed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. regardless of the location.  Campus Recreation is NOT responsible for tickets issued to vehicles parked illegally or without a permit.  

Reservation Policy

The Fitness Center allows its multipurpose rooms, conference room and pool to be reserved for special usage. To prevent scheduling conflicts from occurring and to ensure that the rooms are used only for purposes for which they are intended, an "Application for Use of Facilities" form must be completed and approved by the Director. The applications can be picked up in the Main Office (Room 118) and should be returned to the Fitness Center Office Supervisor.

Snow/Inclement Weather and Fitness Center Closing Policy

The Fitness Center remains open as much as possible during inclement weather but will close (sometimes with little or no advance notice) when the safety of employees and/or members could be jeopardized by remaining open.  We will do our best to post information as soon as we are made aware, on the Campus Recreation webpage https://www.tntech.edu/recreation

Pool Rules

  1. Swimming is permitted only at authorized times
  2. Positively no diving allowed; pool depth only 3-5 feet
  3. No running on deck or horseplay in pool
  4. Shower before entering pool
  5. No food or drinks allowed in pool area
  6. No chewing gum
  7. Proper swimwear required (i.e., no cutoffs)
  8. Shoes are not permitted on deck
  9. Please shower after sunbathing before re-entering
  10. Locks on lockers are highly recommended
  11. Children under 16 must be accompanied by parent/guardian while swimming
  12. Please do not hang on lane ropes
  13. When entering the pool, please be aware of each swimmer's lane position. If you are going to share a lane with an individual, please make them aware of it before starting.
  14. All Lost and Found items will be collected by the lifeguard at the end of the day and brought to the Euqipment Room. Jewelry, wallets or other valuables will be kept in the Fitness Center Office safe (Room 118).
  15. For your safety, vacate the pool during electrical storms.
  16. Please allow enough time to shower and dress before appointed closing time.
  17. Entrance to the pool is through the Fitness Center's main entrance. Doors at the pool are for emergency exit only.