Q: Why is the payment structure for Fitness Center Membership changing?
Answer: Over the course of the last five years, the UNTHSC student population has grown by 35% however, the state funding that supports the operating budget for the division of student affairs has only grown by 5%. Additionally, the student population is expected to increase by another 4-5% in the Fall of 2016. During the budgeting cycle for the coming fiscal year (2016-2017), the division of student affairs was asked to reduce our state allocated funds by 4%. This was necessitated by state, UNT System, and UNTHSC budget priorities. Therefore, we are now providing services for roughly 40% more students with minimal additional funds. As a result, we have prioritized the programs and services we currently provide to the campus and the community. Those offices that are related to compliance, accreditation, and academic support were budgeted as priorities. The second level of priorities were the student development and student organization programs. Third on the list were auxiliary services such as the fitness center. The budget needed to sustain the current level of services within the division is in excess of the available funds for the coming fiscal year. Therefore, we decided to implement an activity center use fee. The purpose of this fee is to enable the fitness center to become a self-sustaining auxiliary enterprise.
Q: I am a student. Does the fee change mean my tuition will decrease or I will be refunded any money from fees I have paid?
Answer: No, none of the fees that you have paid or will pay are budgeted for the fitness center, therefore no money will be refunded and your mandatory fees will not decrease.
Q: Am I required to pay the fitness center fee?
Answer: No, the fitness center fee is optional and only required of those who would like to become members.
Q: Do you offer any membership specials or discounts?
Answer: We offer a year-round price of $200 for our students, employees, alumni and retirees of UNTHSC which reduces the cost to $16.67/month, and $300 for community members, which reduces the cost to $25 per month.
Q: How do I stop my payroll deduction?
Answer: In order to stop payroll deduction, a payroll deduction form must be filled out and signed under the Terminate section. Payroll deduction forms can be found on our website under membership forms. Forms can be emailed to Recreation@unthsc.edu or dropped off at the fitness center.
Q: How old do you have to be to utilize the UNTHSC Fitness Center?
Answer: No one under the age of 16 years of age is allowed in the fitness center under any circumstances (includes use of the outdoor basketball court). Anyone who wishes to utilize any of the fitness center amenities must be 16 years of age and must be a member of the facility.
Q: Can I bring my child with me while I work out?
Answer: No. The fitness center does not allow anyone under the age of 16 years in the facility under any circumstances. (This includes use of the outdoor basketball court.) Click here to view this policy.
Q: I’m an employee of UNTHSC, how do I sign up for membership?
Answer: To become a member, visit our Membership Forms page. Both forms on that page will need to be filled out completely and sent via campus mail to Melinda Ciaglia–FAC or you can hand deliver the forms to the fitness center front desk. Once the forms are on file, you can begin working out!
For payment, you can either utilize the payroll deduction option or you can pay upfront for a membership of 3 months, 6 months, 9 months or 12 months via cash/credit at the fitness center front desk. See the Membership Rates page for current pricing.
Q: I want to add my spouse or dependent to my membership. How do I do that?
Answer: Unfortunately, your spouse/significant other/or dependent cannot be added to your payroll deduction. However, they are still eligible for membership. See the Membership Rates page for requirements and fees for community members.
Q: If I am a member, can I bring a guest with me?
Answer: Yes. Any fitness center member is able to bring a guest with them for a $5 day use fee (exact change only; cash only). The fitness center does offer a guest pass good for 3 free visits to guests before initiating the $5 guest fee. Guests are only allowed one (1) free guest pass every six (6) months. For more questions on this policy, please contact Melinda Ciaglia, Student Services Associate.
Q: Where can I park when I come to workout at the UNTHSC Fitness Center?
Answer: From 7am-5pm members may park in the LAST ROW (facing Clifton Street) of the large clinic lot (Lot C). The remainder of Lot C is open for member use AFTER 5pm on weekdays and ALL DAY on the weekends. (Approved by the UNTHSC Campus Police Dept on 12/16/2010)
Q: Are there shower facilities in the fitness center?
Answer: Yes. Showers are available in both the men and women’s locker rooms. Shower towels can be checked out at the front desk. Wall mounted hair dryers are also available in each locker room as well.
Q: Can I join the fitness center if I am not a student/do not work at UNTHSC?
Answer: Absolutely! The fitness center is open to alumni, community, and retiree members with a minimum 3 month commitment. For prices and requirements, please visit our Membership Rate.
Q: Can I check out equipment from the fitness center?
Answer: Yes. The fitness center has several pieces of equipment available to check out for use off campus. To see what equipment is available and for more details on how to check the items out, contact the UNTHSC Fitness Center Front Desk (x2209) or email Recreation@unthsc.edu.
Please email Recreation@unthsc.edu if you have any questions.
This page was last modified on October 1, 2017