Do you know which clubs and organizations have benefit from the student activity fee? The nine-member Student Activity Fee Committee reviews requests from students, student organizations, campus wide committees and employees and dictates if the party’s activity is worth funding.
Shouldn’t the committee, who oversees an estimated annual budget of $400,000, be required to account for every cent of student’s money?
The committee reviews and grants requests during its monthly open meetings, but not everyone is able to attend. Meetings were closed to the public from the implementation of the fee in fall 2006 until President Robert Zeigler ordered the committee to open the meetings in November 2011.
Students, who are forced to pay $1 per credit hour every semester as a tuition requirement, have a right to know where their money is going.
Students should be able to see what clubs are getting funded and which are not.
The committee needs to distribute funds in an equal manner, post online minutes from each meeting and list how much money each club is awarded.
Who knows where the money goes if students cannot find a way to see those documents?
Making the expenditures public also shows clubs how to request funds from the committee.
Also, if a club or organization receives funding for an activity, students should know how that party benefited.
In the beginning, the committee established a requirement that clubs report back on projects to benefit students at large, but The Ranger knows of such presentations or we would have covered them.
Not only will the funding help club members build knowledge, but it will also help them demonstrate what they have learned.
Students have a right to see where and to whom their money is going.