Volume 93, Issue 94

Tuesday, March 28, 2000


O-week becomes issue again

UWOFA may strike

Ancillary fees get the big chill

Shinerama fund-raising threatened by the Safe Streets Act

U of T sit-in comes to an end

Campus break out of break-ins


Caught on campus

Ancillary fees get the big chill

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

Even though the cold winds of winter are long gone, the Student Services Committee was doing their best to freeze student fees at Western last week.

The committee reviewed the present rates of ancillary fees and the process by which they were administered and decided little change needed to occur.

The report, presented recently by the SSC to the Campus and Community Affairs Committee, recommended compulsory non-tuition related ancillary fees be frozen for the 2000-01 academic year, said University Students' Council VP-finance Derrick Taub.

The SSC, a group composed of student representatives and administration, review the ancillary fees annually before reporting their findings to the CCAC. The CCAC then offers their recommendations to the university's Board of Governors, said Susan Grinrod, senior director of housing and ancillary services.

The SSC chose three particular ancillary fees to scrutinize this year – Campus Recreation, First Nations and Off-Campus Housing, Grinrod said. "I think they did an in-depth study," she added. "Everyone is in agreement that the funds exist [for this freeze] and I think everyone is trying to keep costs down for students."

Taub, who was also a member of the SSC, said the committee was successful in freezing fees in 1999-00 at $311.95. He said he hoped the freeze would be carried over for years to come.

The committee also re-confirmed that the fees would stay universal and that all students would be charged all fees, with no exceptions.

Chair of the CCAC, Jim Etherington, said ancillary fees were set by the SSC and would likely be accepted by BOG. "I'm pleased to see the rates frozen in a time of escalating costs for students," he said.

Dave Ross, spokesperson for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the Ministry did not necessarily govern ancillary fees, but issued policies to ensure ancillary fees were determined properly.

"In 1994 we issued a policy which said each college and university must follow a process, including consultation of student government or representatives, before any increases to ancillary fees can take place," Ross said.

The SSC's findings and the CCAC's recommendations will be presented at Thursday's BOG meeting.

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