Columbia | Physical Education & Recreation

at The Dodge Fitness Center

Facility Policies & Guidelines


Locker Room 
  • Please secure your belongings. The Dodge Fitness Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Daily lockers may only be used during the time of your workout. Please make sure to empty your daily locker at the end of your work out.  A retrieval fee will apply for abandoned items.
  • Overnight lockers must be renewed or emptied by the end of each semester.  Renewal deadline reminders will be communicated by email, posted online, and on fliers around the facility.  Abandoned items will be emptied and stored until the end of the following term and a retrieval fee will apply.
  • The Dodge Fitness Center provides combination-locks, key-locks and keys. Personal locks will be cut and thrown away.
  • Do not hang bathing suits or other items outside of lockers.
  • Turn off hair dryers, water faucets, and showers when finished using them to conserve water and energy.
Equipment Check Out
  • The equipment room is located on the 4th floor by the running track.
  • Members whose membership includes the use of towel and daily locker may borrow keys and towels at the equipment desk.  Towels and lockers may only be used for the duration of your workout.  Please empty your daily locker and return keys and towels back to the equipment desk at the end of your workout.  Abandoned items will be emptied and a retrieval fee will apply.
  • Members may check out the following equipment at no additional cost: basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, medicine balls, kettle bells, stability balls, jump ropes, and light weight dumbbells.
  • ID cards will be scanned at the time of equipment check out and again when items are returned.
  • All equipment must be returned before leaving the gym. Unreturned items will result in a fee. 
Sauna
  • Saunas is located in the main locker rooms (men's and women's) on the 4th floor.
  • Please shower before entering the sauna room and remember to sit on a clean towel.
  • Street clothes and shoes are not allowed in the sauna.
  • Do not pour water on the sauna stones.
  • Do not adjust the sauna temperature. Please report sauna temperature issues to the Facility Operations Office (4th floor lobby).
  • Excessive exposure to sauna can be harmful to health. It is unsafe to exceed 30 minutes.
  • Sauna is not recommended for persons with certain health conditions, or during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor prior to using the sauna.
  • Please be considerate of others and refrain from bringing electronics into the sauna room.
Uris Pool
  • Uris Pool is located on the 1st floor.
  • Members must shower before using the pool.
  • Appropriate swim wear, including a pool cap if your hair is shoulder length or longer, is required.
  • Diving is prohibited during recreation hours.
Small Weight and Stretching Area
  • The stretching area is located on the 4th floor past the running track.
  • Mats must be wiped down after use.
Cardiovascular Equipment
  • All cardio equipment must be reserved no more than one hour in advance of use. Reservations on cardio equipment are limited to one 30 minute session. Please sign up for cardio equipment in person on the 4th floor by the running track.
  • Members can claim their machine at any time during their 30 minute reservation.
  • Please use spray bottles and paper towels to wipe down machines after each use. 
  • No one under the age of 16 is permitted in the cardio area.
Tri-Level Fitness Area 
  • Please use spray bottles and paper towels to wipe down machines after each use.
  • Always re-rack weights when you are finished using them.
  • Please observe proper lifting techniques.
  • Do not slam or drop weights
  • Use of spring collars is required for free weights.
  • Members are required to wear a full-back shirt with proper athletic shoes or sneakers in the fitness area at all times.
  • No one under the age of 16 is permitted in the tri-level fitness area.
Squash Courts
  • Squash courts are located on the 3rd floor.
  • Squash courts must be reserved in advance in person at the front desk or over the phone (212-854-7149).
  • Reservations can be made for one hour per day.
  • Courts 1-6 may only be used for squash and court 7 may be used for squash, handball, paddleball, or racquetball.
  • Athletic shoes with non-marking soles are required in all squash courts.
  • Eye guards are required for all racquet activities.
  • Please turn off the lights and leave the door open when leaving the courts.
  • Patrons can claim their court at any time during their one hour reservation.
In Case of Emergency 
  • In case of injury or other emergency, please alert any Dodge Fitness Center employee.
  • First aid kits are located in the Facilities Operations Office, the Pool Office, and the Physical Education Office.