Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find information about the Fogila Foundation Health and Recreation Center?
Where is the Health and Recreation Center located?
At Harper College, Building M, 1200 W Algonquin Road, Palatine. Parking is available in Lot 1.
What are the hours for the Health and Recreation Center?
The facility is open 7 days a week. See hours.
Will the Health and Recreation Center only be open during Harper’s semesters?
The facility is open year-round. The facility will be closed on major holidays. See dates/hours.
How much are memberships for the Health and Recreation Center?
There are several different types of memberships. See the membership page for details.
How do I become a member of the Health and Recreation Center?
There are several types of memberships available. Visit the membership page.
- Harper students taking more than zero hours will have access to the Health and Recreation Center – students need to activate their memberships at the Welcome Desk before entering the facility. *Note: for membership qualifications and restrictions, please stop by the Health and Recreation Center welcome desk. Learn more.
- Employees may join the Health and Recreation Center for a discounted rate of $25/month. To join,
visit the Welcome Desk in the Health and Recreation Center. Learn more about membership.
- Community memberships are also available. Learn more.
What is included with membership to the Health and Recreation Center?
See the membership page for details.
Can I add someone from my household to my membership?
Yes, you may one household member, 18 years of age or older, see rates by membership type. Memberships for more than one household member are available at the community membership rate. See membership for detail.
Who can use the walking track in the building?
The suspended jogging track is available to anyone with a Health and Recreation membership. Learn more about membership.
How many laps around the suspended jogging track equals a mile?
Eight. The facility’s three-lane suspended jogging track is 1/8 of a mile per lap.
What are the Open Swim hours for the pool in the Health and Recreation Center?
See the Open Swim schedule: https://www.palatineparks.org/rccms/hrcpoolhours/
Do I have to be a member of the Health and Recreation facility to use the pool?
Can we have pick-up basketball/soccer games in the gym?
Members of the Health and Recreation Center have access to the field house during the posted open times.
Can I rent the facility for an event? (i.e. Craft shows, Latino Summit, College Nights
for local high schools, etc.)
For information about rentals, visit harpercollege.edu/campusrec and select “Rent Our Facility.”
Fitness Classes at the Health and Recreation Center
What fitness classes are available?
Both credit and non-credit fitness courses are available in the Health and Recreation Center.
You can register for credit courses, such as KIN 100, through the MyHarper portal. You must have completed Harper’s application and registration process to enroll in a credit class.
You can register for non-credit fitness courses offered through the Palatine Park District by visiting: https://www.palatineparks.org/rccms/hrc/.
Are there Harper Continuing Education (CE) fitness classes offered in the new building?
Currently, the non-credit fitness classes in the Health and Recreation Center are being offered by the Palatine Park District. See classes.
When I enroll in a fitness class (credit or non-credit) held in the Health and Recreation Center, what do I have access to?
While in the building for your class, you will have access to the classroom and the locker rooms. You can take advantage of the other parts of the facility by becoming a member. See memberships.
Where can I find information about the NCH Outpatient Care Center’s hours and services?
Visit the NCH Outpatient Care web page.
Does the NCH Outpatient Care Center in the Health and Recreation Center offer immediate
The Outpatient Care Center offers both immediate care and primary care seven days a week. Insurance and fees apply. See hours.
Can I use the NCH Outpatient Care Center at Harper without health insurance?
Insurance is not required; fees for service do apply. The Outpatient Care Center at Harper accepts a variety of health insurance plans. If you do not have insurance, Harper students can obtain services at a discounted rate. Please visit the facility for more information.
My Harper program or sport requires a physical, can I get this at the Outpatient Care
Center on campus?
Yes, Harper students who are required to have a physical may visit the Outpatient Care Clinic. For specific questions, speak to your program coordinator or the Director of Athletics.
Who is distributing free condoms to students on campus now that Health Services is
Please visit Laura Crisman, Assistant Director, at the Health and Recreation Center.
Information for Harper College Employees
As an employee, can I have my membership fee automatically deducted from my pay slip? What about for my household member?
Harper College benefits-eligible employees may take advantage of payroll deduction for their personal membership, their one additional household membership and locker rental. Learn more.
What fitness classes are available to employees?
All classes offered in the Health and Recreation Center are available to employees; however, employee tuition waivers only apply to credit classes and have a registration restriction.
Employees may register for credit classes through the MyHarper portal. Please note, employees and their eligible dependents using a tuition waiver can only enroll in a KIN 100-level class one week prior to the start of the class.
Employees may enroll in non-credit fitness classes offered by the Palatine Park District by visiting: https://www.palatineparks.org/rccms/hrc/.
When can I enroll in a credit fitness class (KIN 100 level) class?
Employees and their eligible dependents using an employee tuition waiver must wait to enroll in any KIN 100-level class until one week prior to the start of the class, unless you or your dependent is pursuing a credential in this program of study. If you would like to enroll any earlier, you may do so by paying the full price of the class.
Please note: Effective spring of 2019, if you register more than one week prior to the start of a KIN 100-level class, you will forfeit your employee tuition waiver for the class (except for those pursuing a credential in this program of study).
Why do I have to wait to register for a KIN 100-level class credit class?
Employees must wait to register until the week before classes start because priority is given to students who need these classes to complete their degree or certificate.
When I register for a credit class at Harper, I pay the universal fee – why doesn’t
this entitle me to membership in the recreation facility?
The Universal Fee partially supports student access to the Health and Recreation Center. Employees and their dependents who are using a tuition waiver will need to pay the monthly membership fee.
Can I use my employee tuition waiver for Palatine Park District classes?
No, Harper employee tuition waivers do not apply to Park District classes.
Can I use an employee tuition waiver to take a CE fitness class?
Yes, if you are eligible for an employee CE tuition waiver, you may use it for CE’s fitness classes offered off-campus.
How does NCH Outpatient Care Center work with Harper's health insurance?
For members of the PPO or PPO Wellness plan, Northwest Community Healthcare is a plan provider. Simply present your Blue Cross Blue Shield card to the desk staff and they will bill Blue Cross accordingly. You will be responsible for paying either the co-pay or deductible, depending on the service you are receiving. Please contact Blue Cross Blue Shield directly for questions regarding your medical coverage. You will find the customer service number on the back of your medical insurance ID card.
HMO members must go to their primary medical group/physician listed on their insurance card for care. If you have selected Northwest Community Health Center (NCH – group #336) as your primary care, then you will only be responsible for paying the appropriate co-pay at the time of service. If you have chosen another primary care group/physician, you may still use the facility; however, you will be responsible for paying the full cost of the service provided. Your HMO insurance does not cover non-emergency care provided by anyone other than your primary care group/facility.
If I get injured while at work, do I go to the on-campus Outpatient Care Center or
can I go to my own doctor?
Employees are encouraged to go to NCH Outpatient Care Center in the Health and Recreation Center, Building M, for several reasons:
- You will be seen immediately at NCH Outpatient Care Center; no waiting for an appointment.
- The doctors at NCH Outpatient Care Center have experience with occupational injuries such as strains and sprains, possibly more than the general internist.
- NCH Outpatient Care Center has on-site diagnostic equipment such as x-ray for a faster diagnosis.
- NCH Outpatient Care Center will bill Harper directly so there will not be any complications with an employee's group health coverage.
However, you may choose to see your own physician. Learn more.
What should I do if a student experiences a non-life threatening injury or illness during a class or lab?
Students and guests may seek services at the NCH Outpatient Care Center in the Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center, Building M; however, they are responsible for all service costs. They may also seek treatment from their own primary care physician.
Don’t see the answer to your question? Please contact Laura Crisman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.925.6802.