Student Service Fee Committee and Other Compulsory Student Fee Committees
UPPS No. 03.02.03
Issue No. 8
Effective Date: 1/27/2015
Next Review Date: 1/01/2019 (E4Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Specific purposes of this policy are to:
ensure full participation in the allocation of student service fees; and
ensure the appropriate allocation and use of student service fee reserve funds.
Specific objectives of this policy statement are to:
provide a mechanism for recommending the annual allocation of student service fees;
provide a mechanism for review of requests for expenditures from the student service fee reserves and presentation to the president for final approval or denial;
define the roles of the various participants in this process;
ensure representative student participation in the process of recommending allocations from student service fees, medical service fees, campus recreation fees, and student center fees throughout the fiscal year; and
provide a means for the annual updating of reference material for use by other compulsory student fee committees and the President’s Cabinet.
PROCEDURES FOR ESTABLISHING STUDENT SERVICE FEE COMMITTEE
Membership on the committee:
By September 1 of each year, the president of the university will appoint four faculty or staff members to the Texas State Student Service Fee Committee (SSFC) for the upcoming academic year. The associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of Students will chair the committee. The remaining members, as listed below, will receive appointments on a rotating basis, allowing one member to rotate off the committee each year. They will be:
provost or the provost’s designee;
vice president for Student Affairs’ designee; and
a fourth person who is representative of the institution, to be selected by the president.
In addition, the student body president of the Student Government will appoint five student members and one alternate student member, all enrolled for no fewer than six semester credit hours. In even-numbered years, the student body president will appoint three students to serve two-year terms and two students to serve one-year terms on the committee. In addition, one student alternate to serve a one-year term will be appointed. In odd-numbered years, the student body president will name one two-year appointment, two one-year appointments and one one-year alternate, with two two-year appointees of the former student body president finishing their second year. The alternate student member will serve a one-year term and have all rights and privileges of a regular committee member, except the right to vote. If a regular committee member cannot attend a committee meeting, the alternate shall assume the voting position. A student member who withdraws from the university will forfeit the committee position. The student members will elect one student member as the committee co-chair each year.
An individual appointed to a vacancy in an appointed position will serve the term’s unexpired portion in the same manner as the original appointee.
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT SERVICE FEE COMMITTEE
The Texas State SSFC will make recommendations to the president via the vice president for Student Affairs for the allocation of student service fees only.
As a general rule, the SSFC recommendations shall not normally exceed a 10 percent allocation change from the current year to the forthcoming year for each individual funding area. However, on those occasions when the full committee feels strongly on a change of more than 10 percent (increase or decrease), the committee shall forward this recommendation through the normal procedure.
The SSFC will meet, as needed throughout the academic year to review allocation requests from student service fee reserves. During the annual budgetary process, the SSFC chair, in accordance with the university budget calendar, may establish procedures and timetables.
The committee will allocate funds for programs that provide direct services for students and that are separate and apart from the regularly scheduled academic functions of the institution (Texas Education Code Sec. 54.503).
The SSFC will not base allocations from compulsory student fees to registered, competing campus organizations and related programmatic activities based on content or viewpoints. Chartered student organizations may request funds via their department as long as they are not funded through another area that has income-generated fees.
Sponsored events supported in whole or in part by compulsory student fees need not and should not avoid controversial political, religious, or ideological content, subject to the understanding that, under current policy, the university has a responsibility to assure an ongoing opportunity for the expression of a variety of viewpoints.
PLANNING, REPORTING, AND ACCOUNTABILITY
At the request of the chair of the SSFC and the vice president for Student Affairs, the director of Institutional Research will conduct a comparative study of funding for all student service fee areas at comparable Texas universities as needed. This study will be used to assist the SSFC in determining the broad areas of interest that merit funding emphasis.
On or before March 1 of each year, the associate vice president for Budgeting, Financial Planning, and Analysis will prepare a detailed statement of student service fee funds available for the forthcoming fiscal year. He or she will submit this statement to the vice president for Student Affairs, the vice president for Finance and Support Services, and the chair of the SSFC.
The vice president for Student Affairs will provide the SSFC with an annual statement indicating balances for student service fee reserve funds.
The university will hold account managers responsible for budget overruns. Account managers will receive a copy of the August 31 account balance each year. They will have 10 working days to zero out the balance through appropriate fund transfers. If a deficit exists at the time of the August 31 budget run, the following year’s allocation will decrease by the deficit amount.
PROCEDURE FOR ESTABLISHING OTHER COMPULSORY STUDENT SERVICE FEE ADVISORY COMMITTEES AND COMMITTEE GUIDELINES
The director of the Student Health Center, the director of the LBJ Student Center, and the director of Campus Recreation will appoint separate advisory committees each year to review and make budget recommendations. Students will make up the majority of the membership of each of these advisory committees.
By September 1 of each year, the student body president will appoint two students to serve on each of the advisory committees.
The advisory committees of Campus Recreation, the LBJ Student Center, and the Student Health Center will review budgets for each of their individual areas and forward their recommendations to the vice president for Student Affairs.
The budgets developed must take into account the direct services for students and the need for maintenance and repair to facilities associated with these operations.
REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS
Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:
Position Date Associate Vice President and Dean of Students January 1 E4Y Vice President for Finance and Support Services January 1 E4Y Student Body President, Student Government January 1 E4Y
This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students; senior reviewer of this UPPS
Vice President for Student Affairs