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The student fee process is the process through which the size of the student fee is decided upon and the funds raised are distributed to student run programs. The student incidental fee has been officially recognized and established by the passage of HB 2747 by the Oregon Legislature in 1983, and, while it is subject to the recommendations of the University President and Chancellor, the students involved in the process make the vast majority of decisions involved in it. They have control of what to fund, how much to fund, and even the size of the fee. As such, the student incidental fee is one of the best ways that students effect change and express their priorities on campus. It represents an opportunity to make formative changes that can, and will affect the campus for years to come.

The student incidental fee is allocated by students in a transparent, responsible, and objective process. The process is used to promote and enact shared governance by challenging students to take responsibility for their role at the University.

For more information on the regulations of the student fee, please review the Student Fee Bylaws.

 

Each Student Fee Committee is made up of senators, at-large students, an executive member, a judidical member, and an administrative advisor.

The Student Fee Committee is a recognized standing committee of the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University. Each senator of SFC also sits on one of the following subcommittees: EAAC, AAC, SUAC, EAC.

The Athletics Advisory Committee is recognized as a subcommittee of the Student Fee Committee, and is charged with conducting budget investigations and recommending yearly budgets for all athletics activities.

The Student Union Advisory Committee is recognized as a subcommittee of the Student Fee Committee, and is charged with conducting budget investigations and recommending yearly budgets for the operation and maintenance of the Student Union, as well as for all activities that reside in the Student Union (i.e. have office space in the Union).

The Educational Activities Advisory Committee is recognized as a subcommittee of the Student Fee Committee, and is charged with conducting budget investigations and recommending yearly budgets for all educational and cultural activities that do not reside in the Student Union and all student government activities.  

The Environmental Affairs Committee is a recognized standing committee of the Associated Student of Southern Oregon University tasked with allocating money from the Green Fund.

The Inter-Club Council Allocation Committee is recognized as a subcommittee of the Educational Activities Advisory Committee, and is charged with conducting budget investigations for clubs that do not get direct funding from the Educational Activities Advisory Committee, and allocating money out of the Inter-Club Council’s budget on a term-by-term basis to said clubs

At SOU, the incidental fee pays for a plethora of different things, including but not limited to athletics, certain administrative positions, operating costs and maintenance of the Stevenson union, as well as clubs and services operation out of it, and a variety of smaller clubs managed through the Inter-Club Council. The purpose of the student fee is to provide services and enriching experiences to the students at SOU.

The programs which are funded by the Student Incidental Fee must provide an extracurricular educational experience that develops student leadership, facilitates retention, and encourages community-based learning.

Below is a current list of programs funded

Student Fee Committee Programs

 

Fall Term:

October 6: All campus email sent out

October 6-17: Accepting Applications for SFC

October 20-23:  CoC SFC placements

October 20-31: Accepting Applications for Subcommittees

October 29-30: SFC Training (two evenings)

October 30: SFC Sets Criteria

November 3-6: CoC Subcommittee placements

November 4: Senate approves criteria, SFC timeline

November 5: SFC approves forms, directions to subcommittees

November 6: SFC meets- update from summer, approval of student life reorg.

November 11: Senate approves forms

November 12-13: Subcommittee Training (two evenings)

November 14: President Saigo approves criteria, forms

November 17: Budget authorities receive forms

November 17-21: Subcommittees initial meeting

 

Winter Term:

January 8: Forms due

January 14-30: Subcommittee Budget Hearings/ Deliberations

February 4-5: Subcommittee Proposals to SFC

February 9-13: Buffer week for appeals, SFC recommendation rejections

February 19: Final SFC Deliberation, approval

February 24: Senate deliberation, approval/rejection

February 26: Possible SFC re-deliberation

March 3: Final Senate approval

March 6: Final ASSOU President approval

March 9: Submitted to President Saigo

March 13-20: Appeals, Hearings board Process. 

 

Spring Term: 

May 21: Deadline for Carry Over Requests