July 5, 2022

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Student Affairs Committee, Canyon Bonner Talk Student Fee Change, New Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Facilities

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To Kenyon Bonner, Vice President of Student affairs“Transparency” in spending is important not only in running a university, but also in building a university New Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

“We have received a lot of positive support from our students about the cost and the actual facilities. They are involved in the whole process, “said Bonner. “And so we’re very clear and honest and transparent about what the cost of the building is, what’s in the building and how we pay for it.”

The Board of TrusteesStudent Affairs Committee Held a Public meeting Friday to discuss raising specific student fees, as well as implementing new campus recreation and wellness center facility fees. The fee increase that was discussed included Student Welfare Fee For the Pittsburgh campus, the Student Health Charges For the Greensburg campus and Student entertainment fees For the Johnstown campus. The committee also discussed the elimination of Student Health Charges At the Titusville campus. Bonner then answered questions from the media.

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The first resolution discussed a two-fold increase in student welfare fees for the Pittsburgh campus. The first fee increase will take effect in the coming fall semester. The second increase will take effect in the fall of 2023 and is aimed at helping programming into the new entertainment and wellness center. Both fee increases include an additional $ 50 for full-time students and $ 25 per year for part-time students.

According to the resolution, the first fee increase is to meet the “growing demand” of students’ mental health resources and to invest in existing services such as medical services, care support services, counseling, psychotherapy, health education and recreation.

The resolution was passed by a single resignation.

Bonner said the 2023 autumn fee increase is to hire more staff members for the new health facility.

“Two fee increases help recruit new staff for the new center. And so we can’t wait until the summer to hire those employees, “Bonner said. “We are hiring about 14 new professional employees and so we will start recruiting a good portion of those employees this year and then next year.”

The second resolution discusses new campus recreation and facility charges for the wellness center to be completed in the 2024-2025 academic year. According to the resolution, the fee meets the “sole purpose of funding the annual loan service” for the construction of the facility. Until 2025, or until the recreation and wellness center opens, students will not see the amount of the facility fee charged on their tuition bill.

The resolution was passed unanimously.

Bonner said it was important to “separate” the new facility fees from existing student welfare fees to avoid confusion and create transparency for student, family and loan services. He said new charges were needed to support the new facility.

“Currently, our current budget model does not and will not support new facilities, loan services or increased staffing and operating costs to support the 207,000-square-foot facility,” Bonner said. “So it was necessary to go to the committee and get approval to increase the fee and create a new fee.”

The third resolution discussed raising student health fees on Pitt’s Greensburg campus. According to the resolution, the cost of running a health center is “increasing” and the health center is “essential to the community”. This increase will support the cost of supporting medical records software systems, supplies and equipment, campus physicians and counseling centers. The resolution says the fee for full-time students will increase from $ 30 per term to $ 40 per term.

The resolution was passed unanimously.

The fourth resolution discusses an increase in student entertainment fees at Pitt’s Johnstown campus, which has not increased since the fall of 2020. According to the resolution, the cost of running a wellness center “continues to rise.” The resolution states that Planned eSports program Funding is also needed. The resolution states that the fee, which is currently डॉलर 76, will increase to $ 90 per term for full-time students.

The resolution was passed unanimously.

Bonner said the fee increase does not apply because of the low number of part-time students in Greensburg or Johnstown.

“The recommendations of those campuses that went through their student government did not include a fee increase for part-time students, and that is typical for that campus,” Bonner said. “They have a low percentage of part-time students and historically they didn’t charge that much.”

The final resolution discussed the removal of student health fees for the Titusville branch campus. Titusville was abolished after the transition to a non-residential campus and the closure of student services on August 3, 2020. According to the resolution, the current $ 50 fee will be waived due to lack of on-site services and lack of demand. Tele-health and tele-counseling services.

The resolution was passed unanimously.

Annual Board of Trustees Meeting Will be held on June 24 at 11:45 a.m. at William Pitt Union.

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