SGA endorses student fee for Campus Recreation Center

While the Student Government Association is waging war against one $10 student fee increase, its gave its stamp of approval to another $120 fee increase at its April 18 meeting.

The Student Government Association passed a resolution supporting the creation of a student fee for improvements to the Campus Recreation Center.

If approved by Northern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents and Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education, the fee will be effective in the fall 2011 semester, charging students up to $60 per semester.

The fee will increase to up to $120 a semester in the 2012-2013 academic year, and up to $192 per semester in the 2013-2014 academic year. The fee will stay in effect for all undergraduate, graduate and law students, regardless of their use of the CRC, until the construction bond is paid off.

Another proposed resolutions introduced at the meeting makes an official statement that SGA does not support the proposed transcript printing fee for students and graduates.

The proposed transcript fee would charge students and graduates to receive copies of their official transcripts. The fee has not been officially set, but Registrar Michele Hall said NKU administration is discussing charging $10 for each copy on a regular order, and $15 per transcript on a rush order.

A second proposes that the registrar’s office require students to opt in to being included in Find It! (NKU’s online directory of student, faculty and staff contact information).
The last resolution SGA proposed was to change the registrar’s opt-out policy on Find It!, which lists student’s address and phone numbers, as well as office locations and phone numbers of NKU faculty and staff.

Currently, all students are automatically listed in the directory, unless they opt out. SGA would like the policy to change so that no one is automatically included in the directory unless they choose to be.

SGA cites privacy concerns as one of the reasons they would like the policy to change, and says that if students need to get in touch with someone, they can get in touch with classmates via Blackboard’s email feature.

Story by Cassie Stone