June 18, 2007 — The University of Virginia is expanding access to its recreational sports facilities as an added benefit to members of the University community.
Effective immediately, current full-time students, as well as faculty and staff members who are eligible for University benefits, will be able to sponsor one adult (18 years or older) who resides in the same household for a University Recreation membership. All other existing policies related to membership, including family membership, remain unchanged.
The Plus One program is being implemented as a result of a recent opinion -- issued June 7, 2007 -- by Virginia Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell. The opinion, which was requested by the University, states "the University of Virginia is authorized to provide a recreational gym membership to an adult who is not a spouse and who lives in the household of an employee or student."
Proof of age and verification of residence of the Plus One member will be required as part of the Recreational Sports membership application process.
Cost for Plus One members sponsored by faculty and staff currently is $257 a year but will increase to $270 on July 1. Plus One members sponsored by students will pay $80 a semester. All Plus One members will be issued Recreational Sports identification cards.