The Student Fee @ SOU

The student incidental fee has been officially recognized and established by the passage of HB 2747 by the Oregon Legislature in 1983 and again in HB 3120 in 2013. While it is subject to the approval of the University President, the students involved in the process make the decisions allocating the funds. 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 giving students budgetary authority within the University.

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

 

Structure of the Student Fee Committee & Subcommittees

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

What Does the Student Fee Pay for?

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.

Student Fee Timeline

Fall Term:

October 26 : CoC SFC and Subcommittee placements

November 3: SFC Training

November 3: SFC Sets Criteria and Approves Timeline, Forms

November 7: Senate approves criteria, SFC timeline

November 14: SFC decides directions to subcommittees, Presentation by Mark Denny about current balance

November 14: Senate approves forms

November 15: President Schott approves criteria, forms

November 22: Form 1 goes to the groups seeking Funding

November 20-30 : Subcommittees initial meeting


Winter Term:

January 8: Forms due

January 12-26: Subcommittee Budget Hearings/ Deliberations

January 29-February 6: Subcommittee Proposals to SFC

February 7-14: Buffer week for appeals, SFC recommendation rejections

February 19: Final SFC Deliberation, approval

February 20: Presentation to Senate

February 27: Senate deliberation, approval/rejection

March 1: Possible SFC re-deliberation

March 6: Final Senate approval

March 7: Final ASSOU President approval

March 9: Submitted to President Schott

Spring Term:

Week 8: Deadline for Carry Over Requests