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Information for Faculty & Staff

Welcome to the U-Rec

All faculty and staff have an automatic membership to the U-Rec. Graduate assistants have a membership if Whitworth provides housing as part of the assistantship. Adjuncts will have a membership while their contract is active, although this group is not eligible for dependent benefits. If you have a question about your individual status, feel free to call the member services desk at 509.777.3734.

Family and Dependents of Faculty and Staff

A full-time faculty or staff member can obtain a membership for an immediate family member or dependent ages 14 to 25 by completing an online family pass application. A dependent is defined as a member of the household who is claimed as a dependent on a tax return.

The form is located on Pirate Port in the "forms" link which is located within the systems tab. After providing your username and password to access the forms web page scroll down to Recreation Center and select the "U-Rec Family Membership Application" link. After this paperwork is completed, please provide HR approximately 5 days to process. Once you receive word that the application is processed, a guest pass card can be obtained from Student Life (upstairs in the HUB). Access to U-Rec cannot be obtained on the same day as card pickup. It takes 24 hours for the data associated with the new guest card to be pushed into U-Rec's facility access software. Guests must present this card in order to gain entry to the U-Rec, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Daily or weekly guest passes can also be purchased by anyone 18-plus years old. The guest must be accompanied by a faculty/staff member possessing a valid Whitworth I.D. card.

Family Days

Family Days are an opportunity for faculty/staff members to use the climbing wall and courts with their immediate family members. Top rope climbing is available and everyone is welcome to try bouldering on the wall. Court games such as pickle ball, basketball, mini volleyball, and badminton are available for the whole family. Children under 14 are not permitted to be in the cardio/weight area, but family members ages 14-17 can use the fitness area while directly supervised by a parent/guardian. Closed-toed shoes are required for all activities. Climbing shoes are available to rent through the member services desk for $1, but closed-toe athletic shoes are fine to use on the wall. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the U-Rec before the event. Please bring your Whitworth I.D. card.

Outdoor Recreation

As members of the Whitworth community, faculty and staff have access to the Outdoor Rec rental equipment and are encouraged to take part in this program. Information on prices and equipment offered can be found at Additionally, this group has access to trips offered through Outdoor Rec by contacting the assistant director to make arrangements.

Fitness Incentive Programs

The U-Rec sponsors campus-wide fitness incentive programs multiple times per semester. Everyone is welcome to participate in these programs by signing up at Some programs will have separate student and staff leagues, but universal challenges are open to anyone in the Whitworth community.

Climbing Wall

The climbing wall is a benefit included in every membership. Before using the climbing wall, everyone must go through a short safety orientation, which can be performed by any climbing wall staff member during open hours. Open bouldering is available to those who have done a safety orientation whenever the facility is open, but top roped and lead climbing are only allowed when the climbing wall is staffed. For climbing wall open hours and offerings, please check facility hours.

Anyone who has belay experience is welcome to belay in the facility after passing a belay test with a staff member, and staff members are available to belay anyone who wishes to climb during top roping hours. Belay and lead climbing classes are offered periodically and for a small fee. Climbing shoes are available to rent through the member services desk for $1. While not required, climbing shoes are recommended for the best experience. Harnesses, ropes, belay devices and carabineers are available to use in the facility for free during open hours.