FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does my membership at Dodge Fitness Center include?
-Three Floors of Cardiovascular and Strength Equipment
-160 meter Indoor Running Track
-Eight-Lane 25-Yard Pool
-Multi-Sport Gymnasia
-10 Squash Courts
-Scandinavian Sauna and Showers
-Use of Lockers/Towels*
-Over 70 Group Fitness Classes*
-Personal Training*
-Intramural & Club Sports*
-Two Guest Passes per visit*
*additional charge will apply    

Are students automatically members?
Students who pay University Facility, Student Life, or College Fees in their term bill are automatically members of the Dodge Fitness Center (undergraduate students, Teacher's College, Barnard, some graduate students).  Please check your SSOL account to determine your membership status.  (Please note: towel and locker service is not included with the above fees.  Please see a Membership Office staff member to buy a towel and locker service).  If you have trouble with swipe access, please, bring a copy of your current tuition bill to the Membership Office. Students, whose tuition does not include University Facility, Student Life Fees or College Fees may purchase access at the Membership Office located in the Dodge Fitness Center lobby ($203).                                                                                                        

Who is eligible for membership to the Dodge Fitness Center?
-Alumni of Columbia University, Teachers College and Barnard College
-All CU students, staff, officers, casual and temporary employees
-University Visiting Scholars

-Students and employees of Teachers College and Barnard College
-Students and employees of Manhattan School of Music, Bank Street College, Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Union Theological Seminary (UTS), St. Lukes, St. John the Divine, Riverside Church
-Spouses/domestic partners and children, ages 6 to 26, of Dodge Fitness Center members
-Guests accompanied by a Dodge Fitness Center member can get a day pass (please read the guest pass policy below).

How can I join the Dodge Fitness Center?
Bring your school identification (Columbia University, Teachers College, Barnard, Manhattan School of Music, Bank Street College, Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Union Theological Seminary (UTS), St. Lukes, Riverside Church, or St. John the Divine ID) to the Membership and Ticketing Office located in the lobby of the Dodge Fitness Center.

Are there lockers available for rental?
Yes.  Locker prices (listed below) depend on your Columbia University affiliation.  We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards.  Combination locks are provided for overnight locker rental (please note: we do not permit personal locks, please use the locks we provide).  Overnight lockers must be renewed or emptied by the deadline.  Please mark your calendars with locker rental end date.

  • Basic Locker Room Membership: Includes locker room service, use of 60" long temporary locker and a towel. All temporary lockers must be emptied when leaving the gym.
  • Blue Locker Room Membership: Includes rental of a 12" box locker for the duration of membership, use of temporary locker and towel service.
  • Bronze Locker Room Membership: Includes rental of a 30" squash locker for the duration of membership, use of temporary locker and towel service.
  • Silver Locker Room Membership: Includes rental of a 60" tall dress locker for the duration of membership, use of temporary locker and towel service.
  • Gold Club Locker Room Membership: Includes use of private Gold Club Locker Room, 60" Gold Club Locker, use of temporary locker, laundry and towel service. Gold Club Locker rental begins in August and continues until August of the next year.

When does my overnight locker expire?
Fall 2013: Overnight locker expires on December 22, 2013;
Spring 2014: Overnight locker expires on May 18, 2014;
Summer 2014: Overnight locker expires on August 10, 2014.

I purchased a locker.  Where do I get a towel and a key to my temporary locker? Towels and keys may be borrowed at the Equipment Desk, located on the 4th floor (prior to the running track).  To take a towel and a temporary locker key, please scan your ID at the Equipment Desk scanner. Please, always return your towel and a temporary locker key.  Please always scan your ID card again when returning borrowed items.

Is there a choice of locker room?
Yes, there are three locker rooms:
-Main Locker Room: Basic, Blue, Bronze, and Silver Locker Room Memberships (4th Floor).
-Pool Locker Room: Blue Locker Room Membership only (1st Floor, direct entrance to Uris Pool).
-Club Locker Room: Gold Club Locker Room membership only (4th Floor).

I left my items in a locker after my membership expired. Where are my belongings?
Abandoned items will be kept in storage for about 1 term prior to disposal.  There is a $20 retrieval fee.  Storage of abandoned items is a courtesy, and the Dodge Fitness Center will not bear responsibility for missing items.  

How can I save time and money at Dodge Fitness Center?
-Purchase your membership for more than one term.
-Mark your calendar with locker rental end dates.  Avoid retrieval fees, please, renew or empty lockers on time.
-Some health plans will issue a generous refund for fitness facility membership fees.
-Check our website for schedule updates, required documentation, contact information, etc. www.dodgefitnesscenter.com

I am an American Language Program (ALP) student. How I can get a membership?
Please, visit the Membership Office (4th floor of Dodge Fitness Center) with your current Columbia University student ID card to pay the DFC Access Fee ($203). An additional charge will apply if you need a locker.

What is the DFC Access Fee?
Students who do not pay University Facility, Student Life or College Fees are subject to an access membership fee of $203 per semester. This includes students enrolled in the following programs: M&F, ALP, Health Sciences and Public Health. GSAS and Ph.D. students who are eligible for Student Access Membership will have this indicated on their tuition bill.

I just graduated. How do I purchase a membership?
Congratulations!  There are two membership options: 1) Student acess membership for the first term following graduation;  2) Alumni membership through June 30th, 2014. For an alumni membership, please present a document confirming you year of graduation (diploma, a photograph of your diploma, or transcript). 

I am a student, but don't plan to take classes during the summer. Can I still use the gym?
Yes. A payment of DFC Access Fee of $203 will cover the use of the gym from the end of May until mid-August, 2014. 

Can my family members join?
Eligible family members include spouse/domestic partner and children, ages 6 to 26.  Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to use the tri-level fitness center equipment and must be accompanied by an adult at all times throughout the building. 

To obtain family membership privileges, please 1) bring proof of marriage or common residence (marriage certificate, utility bill, personal check, driver's license, etc.) 2) primary member must have at least a basic membership (towel and locker service); 3)  bring state issued ID cards; 4) obtain DFC ID card if necessary; 5) Sign the Release of Liability Form. 

Does my spouse/partner/child need an ID card?
Yes.  The Membership Office will issue DFC ID cards to new members. However, Library CU ID cards can be activated to access the fitness facility.

I am a Columbia University Retiree.  Are there discounts?
Yes.  Columbia University Retirees can obtain a basic membership at a 50% discount.  The basic membership includes a temporary locker and a towel service.  Please make sure to bring your Retiree CU ID card.

How do I bring a guest?
Dodge Fitness Center members may invite up to two guests per day.  All visitors must bring their photo ID cards.  All non-student members must be at least 18 years old when hosting the guest/s. 

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to enter the tri-level center area and must be accompanied by an adult throughout the rest of the building.

Guest/s can use the entire facility as long as it is available for recreation.  Guest/s may use the locker-rooms and borrow the daily locker key/s and a towel/s.  All guest/s must be accompanied by the sponsoring member at all times.  The sponsoring member will be responsible for the guest’s actions while at the Dodge Fitness Center.

All Guests/Sponsors must complete and sign the Release of Liability Form. Guests under 18 years of age must submit the Release of Liability Form for Guests signed by their parent or guardian.  Guests of a CU, TC, or Barnard student pay a $10 guest fee. Guests of other members pay a $15 guest fee. The guest pass expires at the closing time of the same day when it was purchased. 

My ID card does not provide me access to the DFC. What should I do?
Please visit the Membership Office (4th floor of Dodge Fitness Center) and talk to one of our membership representatives.  Students might be asked to present a term bill to verify charges of University Facility, Student Life or College Fees.

My insurance can reimburse me for fitness center memberships. Whom do I contact?
Please check with your health benefits advisor for reimbursement requirements. We will support you with a print-out of your visits and receipts.  Please, always make sure to scan your ID card at the turnstile entrance. 

I am a student. How do I get tickets to football and basketball games?
All students with a valid Columbia Card (or Barnard College) ID may receive free admission to all Columbia football and basketball games. Valid ID must be presented at the student gate at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium or Levien Gymnasium to receive entry.

Do I have to be a member in order to hire a Dodge Fitness Center personal trainer?
Yes, your Dodge Fitness Center membership must be current in order to hire the services of one of our qualified personal trainers.

How do I hire a personal trainer?
You may visit the Personal Training Office located in Room 336 in the Dodge Fitness Center or you can register online at
www.dodgefitnesscenter.com

Can I bring in my own personal trainer?
No, personal trainers who are not employed by the Dodge Fitness Center are strictly prohibited from doing business at the fitness center. While at the Dodge Fitness Center, members may only utilize the services of a Dodge Fitness Center personal trainer.

I passed my Required Physical Education class. How do I get a $20 refund for towel and locker service?
Always save your cash receipts. For a $20 refund, please, bring your transcript, receipt and the same credit card.

How do I register for voluntary classes?
To view a list of courses or to register, please visit our website:
www.dodgefitnesscenter.com.  You may also come to the Physical Education Office, Room 336 (3rd floor). Present your CUID or Dodge Fitness Center ID with current membership.


PRICES: March 2014- August 2014 (tentative prices; prices already include the 50% discount for Spring 2014; the 50% off does not apply to Student Access fee.

STUDENTS*

Spring Term

Summer Term

Summer

Basic Membership

$19

$38

-

Each Family Member**

$33

$66

-

Box Locker (12" high)

$30.50

$61

-

Squash Locker (30" high)

$42

$84

-

Dress Locker (60" high)

$55

$110

-

Club Locker (60" locker and laundry service)***

annual only

annual only

$247.50 (spring and summer)

*Students who don't have University Facility or Student Life Fee listed on their tuition bill will pay additional $203.
**The student must obtain at least a basic membership in order for a family member to join.  Please bring all necessary documents.
***Students will also pre pay summer access fee of $203.  This fee is refundable with University Facility or Student Life fees listed on Summer 2014 term bill.

FACULTY/EMPLOYEES

Spring Term

Spring and Summer

Summer Term

Basic Membership

$57.50

$172.50

$115

Each Family Member

$55

$165

$110

Box Locker (12" high)

$72.50

$217.50

$145

Squash Locker (30" high)

$85.50

$256.50

$171

Dress Locker (60" high)

$89

$267

$178

Club Locker (60" locker and laundry service)

annual only

annual only

$345 (spring and summer)

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AFFILIATED NEIGHBORS &
VISITING SCHOLARS

Spring Term

Spring and Summer

Summer Term

Basic Membership

$86

$258

$172

Each Family Member

$63.50

$190.50

$127

Box Locker (12" high)

$112

$336

$224

Squash Locker (30" high)

$127.50

$382.50

$255

Dress Locker (60" high)

$137.50

$412.50

$275

Club Locker (60" locker and laundry service)

annual only

annual only

$445 (spring and summer)

*Affiliated Neighbors include students and employees of UTS, JTS, MSM, St. Luke's Hospital (on Amsterdam Ave.), St. John the Divine, Riverside Church.

 ALUMNI MEMBERSHIP
50% off Now-June 30, 2014
(the prices below already reflect the 50% discount)

Individual Price List:
Basic Membership with Towel & Locker Service
Class of 2013...........................$142.50
Classes 2007-2012..................$230
Classes 2004-2006..................$292.50
Classes 2003 & Prior................$365
*Please bring proof of your year of graduation (ig. copy of diploma; unofficial transcript, etc.) 
*Additional $7 fee for ID card may apply.

Alumni Family Memberships
-Family Members include spouse/domestic partner and/or child ages 6-26.
-Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied at all times.
-Alumnus member must have basic or higher membership.
-Present proof of marriage or common residence.
-Family member must present a photo ID.
-The family member will sign the Release of Liability Form

Alumni Family Member Price List
Basic Membership with Towel & Locker Service
First Family Member.................$135
Each Additional Member............$110
*Additional $7 fee for ID card may apply.

Alumni Overnight Locker Price List
Box/Pool 12" Locker..................$62.50
Squash 30" Locker....................$92.50
Long Dress 60" Locker...............$127.50
Private Club Locker....................$207.50
Female Private Club Locker........$195

Membership Office Hours:
Monday & Thursday..................... 9am-7:30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday......... 9am-4:30pm
(Membership Office is open extended hours on the first 3 weeks of the membership term)



IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
Membership Office......................212-854-2547; 212-854-2546
Football/Basketball Tickets.........888-LIONS-11
Facility Schedules.......................212-854-7149
Voluntary Programs....................212-854-3439
Personal Training........................212-854-4439
Intramurals/Club Sports.............212-854-4002
Sports & Youth Camps................212-854-2233
Squash Court Reservation...........212-854-7149
http://www.dodgefitnesscenter.com/