General Guidelines for Establishing and Allocating Services and Activities Fees
Operating and Facilities
- The term "services and activities fees" or "S&A fees" is defined to mean fees, other than tuition fees, charged to all students registering at a WSU campus. S&A fees are used to fund student activities and programs, student buildings and similar uses. S&A fees are charged to all students registering at a campus or the Center for Distance and Professional Education (CDPE).
- S&A fee rates must be approved by the Board of Regents prior to implementation.
- The Board may increase the existing fees annually, by a percentage not to exceed the annual percentage increase in student tuition fees for resident undergraduate students. This restriction does not apply to that portion of the S&A fees previously committed to the repayment of bonded debt. (RCW 28B.15.069)
- Rate setting action by the Board may cover a single year or multiple years.
- The Board may, at its discretion, establish special S&A fees for dedicated purposes. (An example of such a dedicated S&A fee is the fee established to build the Student Recreation Center on the Pullman campus.)
- The S&A Fees Committees (described below) may recommend to the University President a S&A fees increase or the establishment of any special S&A fees. The president will convey the recommendation to the Board.
- Fees may be the same or different by campus.
- The Board may increase the existing fee by a percentage that differs among campuses.
- The Board may, at its discretion, establish special S&A fees for dedicated purposes at a single campus or group of campuses.
- Certain allocations set by law.
- 3.5% is deducted from tuition and S&A fees for deposit into an institutional student financial aid fund. (RCW 28B.15.820) Short-term loans and student aid in the form of grants are made from this fund.
- S&Amp;A Fees Committees
- A S&Amp;A Fees Committee shall be established for the Pullman campus, for the Spokane campus, for the Tri-Cities campus, for the Vancouver campus and for the Distance Degree Program.
- These committees are responsible for proposing to the University President and the Board of Regents how estimated S&A fee revenue shall be allocated.
- The Chancellors of Washington State University Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver and the Dean of Distance Degree Programs appoint S&A Fees Committees for their respective units. The University President appoints the S&A Fees Committee for the Pullman campus.
- Students shall hold at least a majority of the voting memberships on each committee. The student members shall represent diverse student interests, and shall be recommended by the student government association.
- The chairperson of the S&A Fees Committee shall be selected by the members of that committee.
- Each campus and the Distance Degree Program Committee will develop operating guidelines that are consistent with these general provisions.
- Allocating S&A fees revenue.
- S&A fees allocations must be approved by the Board of Regents prior to implementation.
- The Board of Regents shall give S&A Fees Committee recommendations priority consideration while also honoring preexisting contractual obligations, bond covenant agreements, and stability for programs affecting students.
- Each campus and the Distance Degree Program S&A Fees Committee will develop a proposed budget to the University President and the Board of Regents for allocating S&A fees revenue during the spring of each year.
- The total amounts to be allocated to the various programs that benefit students at each campus and for the Distance Degree Program will be based on estimates of S&A fees revenue from the WSU Budget Office.
- Each S&A Fees Committee shall invite representatives of programs that benefit students to present a budget request for the following academic year and summer session.
- After review of the requests, the S&A Fees Committee discusses the merits of each request and develops a budget, or allocation plan, that divides the estimated revenue among the various programs.
- Students from all locations should share in the support of Intercollegiate Athletics as a shared benefit for students on all campuses. PAC 10 membership adds value to the WSU degree and experience, and attracts support to all programs and locations of the university. At the beginning of the academic year the Student Government Council will discuss an appropriate target for total S&A funding for Athletics and what each campus's and DDP's proportional share would be. The target is advisory to the several S&A Fees Committees. Authority to make S&A fee recommendations to the Regents on the actual level of support rests with the S&A Fees Committees of the individual campuses and DDP.
- The proposed budget will be delivered to the University President's office for review by a date mutually agreed upon by the chair of the S&A Fees Committee and the President's office. The University President, or designee, will later present the budget to the Board of Regents for its approval.
- The University President, or designee, shall review the S&A Fees Committee proposed budget, and publish a written response to the S&A Fees Committee. In the event there are areas of difference between the S&A Fees Committee proposed budget and the written response, the difference will be resolved as outlined in RCW 28B.15.045.
- Once a new academic year begins, revenue transfers are made by the Controller's Office from a central account to accounts designated by each campus. Each group that receives an allocation of S&A fees revenue shall be subject to all applicable policies, regulations, and procedures of WSU, and the Budget and Accounting Act. (RCW 42.88)
- As an academic year progresses, the Budget Office will compare budgeted revenue to actual revenue received and may revise the revenue forecast. The S&A Fees Committee may propose to the University President supplemental allocations or reductions to allocations if actual revenue is expected to be significantly different from the budgeted amount. The Board of Regents delegates to the University President the authority to make minor supplemental changes to the allocations for each campus not to exceed five percent of the campus total.
Tri-Cities Campus: S&A Fees Committee Operating Guidelines
S&A Fees Committee:
This committee shall have initial responsibility for proposing program priorities and budget levels for that portion of program budgets that are derived from S&A Fees.
Review and recommendation process:
- The S&A Fees Committee holds an initial meeting in early spring but can convene earlier or later if necessary.
- The members of the committee shall select a Chair.
- The Business Office will provide an update on actual revenue received and may revise the revenue forecast for the academic year.
- The S&A Fees Committee may recommend to the Chancellor supplemental allocations or reductions to allocations if actual revenue is expected to be significantly different from the budgeted amount.
- At subsequent meetings the Committee will be responsible for proposing to the Chancellor, the University President and the Board of Regents allocations of all S&A fees paid by students.
- A timeline, testifying and appeals format will be approved.
- The Committee shall invite individuals or groups requesting funds to present a budget request for the following summer session and academic year. Each group must submit a written request and make an oral presentation to the S&A Fees Committee.
- The Committee will arrange to hold hearings for oral presentation and give adequate notice of impending hearings to the campus community through the ASWSU Tri-Cities newsletter-Cougar Tracks or other communications media.
- After the presentations, the S&A Fees Committee discusses the merits of each request and develops a budget, or allocation plan, that divides the estimated revenue among the various groups, including Non-Academic Facilities Committee, ASWSU Tri-Cities, recognized clubs and other requests.
- The Committee shall submit a budget proposal for the expenditure of S&A fees to the Chancellor and the University President.
- Each group that receives an allocation of S&A fees revenue will have an account maintained by the Business Office. A booklet titled "Spending Your S&A Fee Allocation – A Guide for Advisors, Staff, Students," is available as an overview of the more important rules that apply to S&A fees expenditures.
Composition and Tenure:
- The Chancellor shall appoint the Tri-Cities Campus S&A Fees Committee as follows:
- Four undergraduate students nominated by ASWSU Tri-Cities and appointed by the Chancellor (one-year positions).*
- The current President of ASWSU Tri-Cities (standing position).
- The current Finance Chair of ASWSU Tri-Cities (standing position).
- A member of the teaching faculty appointed by the Chancellor from nominations made by the chair of the Resident Faculty Organization (two-year position).
- The Budget Director, or designee; and Student Affairs Director, or designee.
*At least one of the six student positions is to be filled by a graduate student currently enrolled in the academic year.
- A vacancy in any Committee position shall be filled prior to any formal Committee meeting.
- The Committee elects the Chair from the student members.
- Each member shall have one vote.
- A quorum shall consist of seven members, a majority of whom shall be students.
- February 13, 2013
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- February 14, 2013
Group Trainingsfor Requestors - 3-4 p.m.
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S&A Deliberations 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in West 131
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