HCCs Wellness Center Rules and Regulations
HCC Central will be waiving membership fees to the Wellness Center for the upcoming semester for all HCC students, faculty, and staff (subject to change). We will not be offering services to relatives, guests, or the community at this time. Before using the facility, you must complete a member’s Liability Waiver Form. Once met, students, faculty, and staff will have to sign-in in at the front desk, to use the Weight & Cardio Room, Gymnasium, or Mindful Room (…coming soon). While using the facility, members must follow the Health and Safety Precautions, Wellness Center’s Rules and Usage, and the proper dress code. Members may be subjected to show their student ID or faculty/staff ID to fitness center staff.HCC - Wellness Center Emergency Action Plan
Health and Safety Precautions
The HCC Wellness has implemented the following measures to help with everyone’s health and safety:
- A mask is not required but is strongly encouraged while entering and leaving the Wellness Center.
- Decreased member capacity to 8 participants at one time, entry to the Wellness center is through appointment ONLY
- Reduced hours to allow staff opportunity for more frequent cleaning in between appointments
- 6 feet minimum in between all equipment and machines
- NO towel or lock rental services
- Locker rooms will be accessible and monitored closely to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Wellness Center Hours
Currently, the Wellness Center is open, Monday through Friday, between 9 AM to 4 PM. HCC Students, Faculty, and Staff can sign in to use the gym after completing a Liability Waiver Form. If you have trouble, don’t hesitate to contact the Fitness Center manager, Daniel Lawson, via email, phone at 713.718.6084, or in person at the front desk. Appointment availability is limited; NO GUARANTEES.
The HCCs Wellness Center Calendar information will be updated regarding closing or changes to the regular calendar. The Wellness Center will be open during the academic year and closed during school closure, intersession breaks, and summer. The schedule may also change for inclement weather situations.
HCC Wellness & Fitness Center Rules and Regulations
Access to Wellness Center with Student’s College ID or Faculty/Staff ID.
A valid Houston Community College Student ID or Faculty/Staff is required to access the Weight & Cardio Room, Mindful Room (…coming soon), or the Gymnasium, NO EXEMPTIONS! Students, Faculty & Staff must present their ID every time they wish to utilize the Wellness Center.
Wellness Center Attire Policy
To promote safety, reduce the spread of communicable diseases, and prevent additional wear and tear on the equipment, all members are asked to wear appropriate athletic clothing while working out or participating in activities. Members not wearing the proper attire will be told to adjust as needed.
The following items are considered appropriate and permitted:
- All members require athletic sneakers/shoes that are closed-toed.
- T-Shirt/Tank tops that cover your back, chest, sides, and stomach are required.
- Yoga Pants, sweatpants, athletic pants, and shorts are required.
- All clothes must not display any indecent or offensive images or
- All members are required to adhere to all the stated
The following items are considered inappropriate and not permitted:
- Street clothes (Jeans, studded pant, belt, or studded belt)
- Revealing clothing (Short shorts, halter tops, bathing suits, or string t-shirts)
- Sandals, open-toed shoes, or flip-flops
- Wet and dripping shoes/clothing
- No inappropriate language on clothing.
- Backpacks or duffle bags (place in the locker room)
Food and Beverages
ONLY water is allowed within the Wellness/Fitness Center. NO food or colored beverages are permitted.
Locker Room & Personal Items
The Wellness Center men’s and women’s locker room offers highly secured lockers and six showers each room for members to freshen up after a workout. HCC Wellness Center staff are not responsible for any lost or stolen items, and we highly recommend that all personal items, such as backpacks, duffle bags, loose clothing, etc., be stored in a locker USING YOUR OWN LOCK. We will do our best to ensure the safekeeping of all member’s ideas.
The use of any tobacco products in the Wellness/Fitness Center is PROHIBITED. Members who use tobacco products in the Wellness Center will lose their privilege as a member.
Fire Alarms and Emergency Exit
When a fire alarm is activated, the appropriate action by any current occupants of the Wellness Center is to evacuate the facility immediately. In the event of an emergency, there are emergency exits in the Weight & Cardio room, Gymnasium, and the Wellness Center Lobby. They are labeled as such and should only be utilized in the case of emergencies. Violators who exit through them when no immediate emergency is present are subjected to losing their members’ privileges.
Health and Safety
As stated previously, the health and safety of our members are vital to the functioning of the Wellness Center. As a reminder, if you have the flu, cold, or any other contagious illness symptoms, please do not enter the Wellness Center until you feel better. Training while infected with an illness can significantly increase the risk of injuries, so for your safety, GET BETTER. Additionally, contagious diseases can occur rapidly because of their proximity to other members. Disinfectant spray and wipes will be available in and throughout the Wellness Center for members to clean up after using equipment or a machine. Please be courteous of your fellow members and utilize these supplies offered.
Any member who sustains an injury while using the Wellness Center should immediately contact an employee for assistance. If more extensive first aid is required, the proper personnel will be contacted. It is essential that all injuries or illnesses sustained within the Wellness Center be reported to a staff member to begin the appropriate procedure. An Incident Report will be filled out and filed by a staff member.
Lost and Found
Any lost articles or clothing in the Wellness Center are kept behind the front desk as you enter the facility for a total of 14 days. Unclaimed items will be either discarded or donated. The Wellness Center is not responsible for any lost or stolen items left at the front desk while you are training. We advise all members to utilize the locker room to store their items securely and safely.
Cardiovascular Equipment Usage Procedures
Cardio equipment (Treadmills, Ellipticals, Stair-stepper, etc.) is first-come-first, serve basis. We ask that you please limit use to 30 minutes while other members waiting. The Wellness Center staff can assist you if you have any questions or concerns. We encourage all our members to wipe down cardio equipment after use.
- Regarding the courtesy of all Wellness Center members and for safety reasons, all lifters MUST re-rack dumbbells and weight plates after they are done using them. Additionally, having weights scattered throughout the weight room is hazardous. Failure to abide by this Wellness Center policy may lead to the suspension or termination of membership.
- Please DO NOT slam or drop the weights. Members must be mindful that we share this building with ongoing classes. We must not do anything to disturb the teaching of courses.
Membership Revocations and Suspension
The Wellness Center staff enforces college policies and Wellness Center policies and procedures. Members must respect the authority of the Wellness Center staff and respond to their directions accordingly. Courtesy for other members, staff, and the equipment in the Wellness Center is expected and required. Loud, obscene, or abusive behavior, such as rudeness, profanity, horseplaying, and disrespect, will NOT be tolerated. Failure to comply with college policies and Wellness Center guidelines may result in immediate removal from the fitness center, revocation of membership, and the possibility of disciplinary action. By entering the Houston Community College Wellness Center, you are entering at your own risk and agreed to follow these policies and procedures. Any member failure to adhere to the Wellness Center policies and procedures will lose their privilege of using the facilities.
Replacement, Damage, and Theft
Members are subject to replacement charges for damaged equipment because of reckless or negligent behavior. Members who remove any Wellness Center equipment or property will lose the privilege of using the facility. Members may be charged for the replacement of the equipment or property.
Any person who enters the Wellness Center during unstaffed hours will lose their privilege of using the facility. Those who are suspected of using another member’s Student ID, both members will be subjected to an immediate suspension and termination of their memberships.
The Wellness Centers will also be closed during inclement weather and college class cancellations. Please feel free to call the Wellness Center during these times to check on the status 713.718.6084.
Music and Television Policy
NO speakers are allowed in the Wellness Center. Please use personal music players with headphones for other fitness activities—NO tampering with the Television or Stereo System. If members want a TV tuned to a specific channel, please ask a staff member.