Campus Recreation is dedicated to enabling a healthy way of life for the campus community. The Aquatic Recreation Center is open to current students, faculty and staff, with health and safety protocols in place to protect everyone who uses and works in ARC facilities.
- New ARC health and safety protocols are in place.
- Users can will find a reconfigured layout of spaces and equipment.
- Campus Recreation provides tips and suggestions for use of the ARC in compliance with new health and safety best practices.
New ARC Health and Safety Protocols
In compliance with requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NIRSA guidelines, extensive cleaning, enhanced safety procedures and social distancing practices are now in place. Students, staff, faculty and employees are expected to follow guidance on signs and floor decals throughout the facility. Spacing is increased between equipment and within workout areas to allow for appropriate social distancing. Extra cleaning supplies will be available throughout the facility.
What to Expect
Since temporarily closing in response to shutdown requirements in March, Campus Recreation staff have given the ARC a facelift toward preventive measures to protect health and safety and to provide an enhanced experience.
Users will see changes in most areas of the building. Where some equipment and amenities are offline or limited, this is based on maximum safety as are enhanced cleanliness and safety protocols in place.
Upon arrival, users will be asked health screening questions about possible exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19. In addition to extensive signage with information on protocols in place, ARC staff welcome questions.
Enhanced virtual and in-person programs will be available. Outdoors Program equipment rentals will include stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, cornhole game sets and more. Fitness programs will continue to offer both online classes and personal training.
Tips for a Healthy Experience
Stay at home if you don’t feel well or have been in contact with others who are sick.
Before entering the ARC:
- Bring your own water
- Come wearing your exercise clothing
- Bring with you only necessary items
- Plan your workout so that you can be as efficient as possible in time spent and in
Your movement throughout the facility
- Bring an extra face mask or two in case one gets damp from perspiration or exhalation
While at Campus Recreation facilities:
- Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands frequently
- Wipe down equipment after use
- Use one piece of equipment at a time
- Practice social distancing
- Wear a face mask during all activity
- Monitor how you feel during your workout and adjust accordingly
- Avoid touching your face
At the end of your workout:
- Clean your equipment
- Check to make sure you have all of your belongings
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before leaving
- Get plenty of sleep to allow your body to recover
- Drink plenty of water
- Wash your clothes and other items
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Office of Student and Family Engagement works to plan and host events that are outside the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. . Events will be organized on evenings and weekends. In addition, other campus offices and student organizations will offer programming.
Campus Recreation maintains updated status information on the ARC at this website.
A combination of in-person and virtual programs will be offered to engage students. The format and structure of in-person programs will follow current recommendations and guidelines provided by state and local officials, the CDC and University officials on the maximum number of participants allowed and social distancing requirements. Student engagement and support services such as those offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Women and Gender Equity and the Center for Student Wellbeing will offer programming during the day and evening.
Student organizations such as fraternity and sorority life, student government, campus ministries and major-specific clubs will also be active in the fall semester. Student organizations hosting in-person programs or events will be expected to follow current health and safety guidelines.
The University will host Welcome Week during the first two weeks of classes. While activities may different than in previous years, the goal of engaging with students and providing opportunities for connections to the campus is the same.
Welcome Week events will include in-person, virtual and hybrid formats. Students will be informed of these activities via the SCRAPPY (for UTC students) email listserv, UTC social media, the Office of Student and Family Engagement’s texting information service (text UTC to 76626 to sign up) and , the UTC online student organization portal.
The Office of Student and Family Engagement works to plan and host events that are outside of the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. . Under the current circumstances, events will still be organized for evenings and weekends. Student organizations also will be active in fall 2020, and student resident assistants will be providing programming in the residence halls throughout the semester.
All UTC students, regardless of membership in a fraternity or sorority, are held accountable to the Student Code of Conduct. In addition, Fraternity and Sorority Life is a department within the UTC Office of Student Engagement that supports these organizations. Support includes the creation of policies and processes specifically designed to address organizational conduct. Leaders from all Greek organizations are required to attend meetings with UTC staff throughout the semester, and these will include discussions on COVID-19 guidelines and expectations for chapters.
UTC Panhellenic Council moved recruitment to a fully virtual format for fall 2020. A full schedule for Panhellenic recruitment and information on how to participate in Council, National Panhellenic Council and other special-interest groups is at: https://www.utc.edu/fraternity-sorority-life/how-to-join.php