Bill created from USU Tier II tuition postponed

The ASUSU executive council postponed making a decision about a bill that would allot $30,000 to student clubs and organizations at their Wednesday meeting.The ASUSU discretionary fund for clubs and organizations would create a fund from Tier II tuition money that could disperse up to $30,000 to student clubs and organizations annually.Tier II tuition comes from students’ tuition rather than state and federal funding. The state dictates how Tier I tuition is spent, but Tier II funds are spent at the student leaders’ and university president’s discretion.The bill was postponed due to concerns about additional hours and responsibilities for the ASUSU executive council and advisers, and to clarify whether this fund would be available to distance education students and students at regional campuses.According to the bill, a member of ASUSU must co-sponsor an event held by any student clubs or organizations and an adviser must be present for liability reasons. The advisers expressed concern that this bill would add more hours to their already full-time positions.Kevin Webb, an ASUSU adviser, said he supports what the bill aims to accomplish but wants the council to discuss it further.”We need to fine-tune the purposes of the fund so the advisers don’t have to stay on campus longer,” said Kaho Fiefia, ASUSU diversity vice president and one of the bill’s sponsors.Rachael Anderson, ASUSU extension representative, said she wanted to know if students at regional campuses or in the distance education program would be able to apply for these funds and if money for the fund would come from their tuition as well. Tyler Tolson, ASUSU president and the bill’s other sponsor, said he did not have an answer to the first question at that time. Keenan Neuhring, ASUSU administrative assistant, said they would need to look into whether or not students’ tuition at regional campuses contributes to the same tier II tuition fund as the main campus.Tolson also said this fund’s affect on ASUSU’s budget and increase in tuition would be minuscule.

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