Fall Semester 2020 URecFit Fee Update

October 9, 2020

Dear Student,
 
I last corresponded with you on July 30, 2020 to provide an update about tuition and fees for the fall term. In the letter, I indicated the university’s intention to open University Recreation and Fitness (URecFit) facilities. However, after gathering input from infectious disease experts and the Co-Curricular Focus Area, we decided to keep URecFit closed for the fall term.
 
Physical and mental wellness during this time is immensely important, and in the wake of the pandemic, URecFit has reinvented the way it delivers services to students. I encourage you to visit Virtual URecFit for a complete listing of services and programming accessible to you. Since April 1, the URecFit team has offered approximately 45 virtual fitness and wellness programs with an estimated student engagement of 6,000 students. 
 
I imagine you may have mixed feelings about the closure of URecFit and virtual programming may not be right for you. You may also be concerned about your student fee supporting this service. I recognize these concerns and after consulting with the University Student Government Association (USGA) and the Student Fee Advisory Board (SFAB), it is our intention to reimburse 50% of the Campus Center Infrastructure & Services Fee (CCIS) associated with URecFit for the fall term, which is $41.50 for full-time students and $4.55 per credit for part-time students.
 
The remaining fee allocation will continue to support personnel (including student employees) and operating costs, as well as the University’s ability to cover maintenance costs that cannot be deferred, such as the pool. Additionally, in order to balance the budget, I have approved the use of campus center reserve funds in FY’21 in order to support URecFit. The URecFit leadership team will continue to maintain the facility, deliver virtual programming, and prepare for re-opening in the future.  
 
The process to reimburse the portion of the fee will involve a credit being posted to your student account since most have already paid the fee. If you have an outstanding fall balance, the credit will reduce the amount due. If your fall balance is paid in full by personal payments or loan funds, then you will receive a personal refund within three weeks via your selected refund method with BankMobile. If your account was paid by a third-party sponsor, non-refundable scholarships or UMB internal funds (GRAs, MD/PHD), then the credit will be returned to the original payment source and not to the student. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will not reduce your financial aid because of this reimbursement.
 
If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email at FLilly@umaryland.edu or register for a virtual session for a more in-depth conversation about the URecFit fee and plans for reopening.
 
Sincerely,
 
Flavius R. W. Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH
Vice Provost, Academic & Student Affairs