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Student Fee Board Votes To Hold Annual Hearings For Student Government Funding

The University Park Student Fee Board voted Friday morning to hold annual hearings to determine student government funding each year.

The decision to hold these funding hearings annually instead of every three years means budgets can change on a year-to-year basis. It also allows financial documents to be posted online for anyone to access.

The Fee Board discussed the use of the “Funded By Your Student Fees” stamp and whether it should be required for advertising events in the Student Fee Board Handbook. This would mean that the offices the Fee Board collaborates with would be strongly encouraged to put this stamp on as much as possible and would not mean that they lose their funding.

The University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC) requires its logo on all materials that it funds, which already says “funded by your student fee.” UPAC has a form on OrgCentral that requestors that need printed materials have proof that they are incorporating the “funded by your student fees” logo.

Chair Claire Kelling proposed to discuss with the offices the Fee Board works with in the next few weeks to gauge their feedback before making a final decision.

The Fee Board also discussed the Facilities Fee Reserve and how incorporating a memo of how it is being used will be beneficial.

“We will have discussions about a memo for how we make sure that our priorities are codified and written down in a way that can be adhered to by folks that are making decisions on projects,” Kelling said.

The memo would be a governing document to help with consistency of what the Facilities Fee Reserve would be used for to provide stability for the reserve’s spending.

The Fee Board will also hear from projects that want to be funded by it at a later date. Kelling said that sustainability will also play a role in incorporating it into the Fee Board’s structure of reserving funds for sustainability projects.

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