Policies

Dodge Fitness Center Policies

  • 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 fee will apply for abandoned items and missing keys.
  • Overnight lockers must be renewed or emptied by the end of each semester.  Renewal deadline reminders will be communicated via email. Items not removed from lockers will be stored for two weeks from locker expiration. If items are collected within the two weeks a $20.00 retrieval fee will be applicable.
  • Storing contents is a courtesy- the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and/or Columbia University will not be responsible for lost items during the locker clean-out procedures.
  • The use of personal locks is not permitted. Personal locks will be cut if found on a locker.
  • Do not hang bathing suits or other items outside of lockers. Any items left outside lockers after closing are subject to removal.
  • Turn off water faucets and showers when finished using them to conserve water and energy.
  • Place towels in the bin outside of the locker room entrance after use.
  • Members may check out a range of fitness and sport equipment by using their Columbia ID. For a full list of equipment please visit perec.columbia.edu.
  • ID cards will be scanned at the time of equipment check out and again when items are returned.
  • Members who have towel and locker service will need to present their ID to receive a locker key and/or towel.
  • All equipment, including locker keys, must be returned before leaving the gym. Unreturned items will result in a fee.
  • Place towels in the bin outside of the locker room entrance after use.
  • Dodge Fitness Center saunas produce dry heat and will be irrevocably damaged by any liquid. Such damage will result sauna closure.
  • Excessive clothing should not be worn when using the sauna.
  • Do not adjust the sauna temperature, it is regulated by the Department of Health. Please report sauna temperature issues to the Recreation Operations Office (DFC 401).
  • Sauna usage 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, do not bring electronics into the sauna.
  • All policies of the sauna are in compliance with the New York City Health Code Article 165.
  • Everyone must shower before using the pool.
  • Appropriate swimwear is required.
  • Diving is only allowed during scheduled practice times.
  • Scuba equipment including masks and snorkels, are not permitted in the pool. Exceptions will be made only for those participating in Physical Education classes, Group Fitness, and those with current medical approval on file with the Recreation Operations office.
  • No running on the pool deck.
  • No sitting or hanging on lane lines.
  • Swimmers must remove all bandaids, and other first aid coverings before entering pool.
  • Pool staff are not responsible for swimmer’s personal belongings such as towels, jewelry, etc. Lockers are provided through the Membership Office (room 439).
  • Food, drinks, chewing gum, spitting or the use of tobacco/vape products are not permitted in the pool area.
  • Swimmers must wear proper bathing attire, i.e. no gym shorts, leotards, cut-offs, etc.
  • No one is allowed entry to the pool deck without a lifeguard present.
  • During recreational swim times, circle swimming is enforced when there are more than two people swimming in the lane.
  • Be courteous of personal space and communicative with fellow swimmers when sharing a lane.
  • Children under 16 will not be allowed to use the pool unless under the direct supervision of an adult.
  • All members must follow the directive of aquatic staff to ensure a safe swimming environment.
  • Pool schedules are subject to change due to Physical Education classes, recreational programming, intercollegiate athletics, special events, and/or maintenance.
  • The pool area shall be maintained in a safe and orderly manner. Excessive noise, rowdiness, or interference with lifeguard surveillance is not allowed.
  • 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 weight room attendant.
  • Members can claim their machine at any time during their 30 minute reservation.
  • Please use spray bottles and paper towels to wipe down machines and mats 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.
  • A full back shirt and closed-toe athletic shoes must be worn in the Tri-Level Fitness Area at all times.
  • Jeans, medical scrubs, work boots and other nonathletic attire are not permitted in the Tri-Level Fitness Area.
  • Do not remove carabiners from cable machines.
  • No one under the age of 16 is permitted in the Tri-Level Fitness Area.
  • 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.
  • Squash Courts 1-6 may only be used for racquet sports.
  • 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.
  • Members 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 Recreation Operations Office (DFC 401), on the pool deck, and in the Physical Education Office (DFC 336 9:00am-5:00pm).
  • Ice bags are for members that have injured themselves in the facility.