Membership Policy

1-Year Wellness Recreation Memberships

  • Employees using payroll deduction or paying by check or credit card will be rolled into a fiscal year membership running from July 1 through June 30.
  • Payroll deduction will automatically spread out payments that add up to the yearly goal amount according to the individuals pay schedule. Payments will be taken out 24 or 26 times throughout the fiscal year depending on your pay cycle.
  • All members will have the opportunity to cancel their memberships prior to the July 1 rollover. This will take place June 1 through June 30.
  • If you have any questions about your membership or a special circumstance, contact Debbie Gatch at dag7@cornell.edu or (607) 255-5133.
  • 1-year memberships are non refundable unless the member leaves Cornell or submits a doctors note.
  • Lack of participation does not eliminate this responsibility. In some instances we may reimburse a member who leaves the University or is unable to participate because of a medical reason. In these situations members will only be reimbursed for the remaining time on the membership and only from the time we are made aware of the situation.
  • Other circumstances that require cancellation must be approved by the Cornell Wellness, and will be subject to a $30 cancellation fee.

If you have any questions about our enrollment system, please contact the Cornell Wellness administrative office at (607) 255-5133.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I switch to payroll deduction?
Yes. We prefer for you to use payroll deduction if you are currently receiving paychecks from Cornell University.

Will you still notify me about renewal?
You will hear from us once per year in June. You will need to let us know only if you wish to cancel your Recreation Membership. If you do not respond, you are committed for another year through June 30 of the next year.

I paid by credit card or check, and my membership expires some time next fiscal year. What do I do?
If you paid by credit card or check, you will be contacted when your membership runs out. We will then ask you to pay from your expiration date through June 30 of next year. This fee will be prorated to take you to June 30. Or, if you are inclined to switch to payroll deduction at that time, that would be even easier.

I will be out of Ithaca for 2 months. Can I freeze my membership?
We do not freeze memberships. At under $15 per month, this is the lowest yearly fee available for a fitness center membership. We can cancel your membership if you have a medical reason or if you leave the University.

What if I am a 10-month employee?
Memberships run for one year. Even if you are not working for two months, you are still able to attend classes, swim, and work out in a fitness center. 

I just joined. Can I cancel my membership by June 1 even if I only was a member for 2 months?
Yes - the new "window" to let us know about canceling is June 1 through June 30.

I don't have e-mail. How will you contact me?
We will mail information to your work address. You can also provide us with your home e-mail address if you do not have or use a Cornell e-mail address. 

I have a scholarship for this membership year. How will this new system affect my payment?
Scholarships for Cornell employees are available for one year time periods. Unfortunately, at this time, scholarships are not available to spouses or partners. Subsequent scholarship requests made by employees will be available to members during the June communication for the next year's membership. Beth McKinney will work this out with you on an individual basis.

I am a retiree and I live in Florida half the year?
Talk directly with Keri Johnson (607) 255-3886. She is working closely with retirees to meet your needs.