These Student Services & Activities Fee Guidelines are established by the CWU Board of Trustees pursuant to RCW 28B.15.045 to assist the students and administration in implementing the provisions of RCW 28B.15.041, RCW 28B.15.044, and RCW 28B.15.045 relating to the programs, services, and activities funded through student services and activities fees (S&A fees). These guidelines are intended to give students a strong voice in presenting recommendations to the board of trustees regarding the allocation of S&A fees.
- Services & Activities Fee Committee
- S&A Fee Budgeting Procedures
- S&A Fund Management
- Dispute Resolution Procedures
(1) SERVICES & ACTIVITIES FEE COMMITTEE
There is hereby established the CWU Student Services & Activities Fee Committee reporting for administrative purposes to the dean of student success.
(A) Committee Structure
1. Committee Members. The S&A fee committee shall consist of thirteen voting members, which includes the ASCWU-SG executive vice president, and two ex officio nonvoting members.
2. Ex Officio Members. The dean of student success (or the dean’s designee), and the student funds financial manager shall serve as the two ex officio nonvoting members.
3. Student Members. Eight of the thirteen voting committee members shall be students appointed by the ASCWU Student Government (ASCWU-SG). The student members will serve a one-year term and may be reappointed.
a. Student Representation. Student members should represent the diversity of the student body and its varied interests. So far as practicable, there should be at least one student from each of the four academic colleges, one non-traditional student, one student who resides on campus, and two students serving at large, with at least one of the nine students representing or acting as liaison to the university centers.
b. Academic Standing. Student members must be in good academic standing at the time of their appointment and for the duration of their term.
c. Preferred Qualifications. Student members should have general knowledge of and/or the ability to understand university policies, procedures, and budgets in addition to having knowledge of the programs, services, and activities funded through S&A fees.
d. Student Appointments. Prospective student members will be interviewed by the executive vice president of the ASCWU-SG and nominated/recommended by the ASCWU-SG by June 1st of each year. The Dean of Student Success shall appoint the student committee members no later than the third week of classes of fall quarter.
4. Faculty Members. Three of the voting committee members shall be faculty members appointed by the provost/vice president for academic & student life from among those faculty recommended by the faculty senate. The faculty members will serve staggered four-year terms and may be reappointed.
5. Administrative Member. One of the voting committee members shall be an administrative staff member appointed by the university president. The administrative member may serve a four-year term and may be reappointed.
6. Committee Officers. The committee will elect three of the student members to serve as committee chair, vice chair, and parliamentarian. The vice chair will assume the duties of chair when the chair is unable to serve. The parliamentarian will assume the duties of the chair when the chair and vice chair are unable to serve. The chair, vice chair, and parliamentarian will serve a one-year term and may be reelected.
7. Committee Advisor. The dean of student success (or designee) will serve as advisor to the committee.
(B) Committee Meetings
1. Training Meetings. The first two meetings of the S&A fee committee will be reserved for training purposes. Members of the ASCWU-SG are encouraged to attend these meetings.
2. Regular Meetings. Regularly scheduled meetings of the S&A fee committee will be held on Wednesday evenings while classes are in session at a time and place to be established by the committee at its first meeting. The committee chair and/or advisor will notify members if any scheduled meeting is cancelled. Additional meetings may be called by the committee chair in consultation with the committee advisor. The chair and/or advisor will notify members of the time and place of such additional meetings, giving as much notice as practicable in the circumstances.
3. Public Comment. Meetings of the S&A fee committee shall be open to the public and the committee shall provide an opportunity for all viewpoints to be heard at a public meeting during the committee’s consideration of funding requests. Published meeting agendas should include the name of each group requesting funding and a brief description of each request. The ASCWU-SG and CWU administration may address the committee regarding any issue during the public comment portion of the meeting or by requesting to be included on the agenda. The committee may meet in executive session if permitted by law as determined in consultation with the assistant attorney general. The committee will otherwise follow any applicable guidelines for public meetings as provided in the Open Public Meetings Act, RCW 42.30.
4. Voting and Disclosure Requirements.
a. Voting. Committee members must be present to vote. Voting by proxy will not be allowed.
b. Conflicts of Interest. Committee members are required to disclose their relationships and/or any conflicts of interest with respect to any groups or organizations that are requesting or receiving funding through S&A fees. Committee members who have authority over, or who work for, such groups shall abstain from the voting concerning such groups, but may participate in the committee’s discussions in the same capacity as a member of the general public.
a. Requirements. Committee members are expected to attend all committee meetings and to provide prior notice if they are unable to attend a meeting.
b. Excused Absences. Committee members are allowed three excused absences from scheduled meetings during any academic year. An excused absence requires prior notice to the committee chair and/or advisor. Additional excused absences must be approved by a vote of the committee.
c. Removal. A committee member with more than two unexcused absences may, by a vote of the committee, have his/her name submitted to the appropriate appointing authority for removal from the committee. The committee member will be given notice one week in advance of the committee vote.
(2) S&A FEE BUDGETING PROCEDURES
(A) General Guidelines
1. Budget Information. The student funds financial manager will provide the S&A fee committee as needed with information regarding anticipated S&A fee revenues, debt service costs, and other pertinent financial data.
2. Campus Notification. The S&A fee committee will provide information in a timely manner to the campus community concerning the guidelines, procedures, and timelines for reviewing funding requests, conducting budget hearings, allocating available funds, and reviewing funded budgets.
3. Funding Priorities. The S&A fee committee must give priority consideration to preexisting contractual obligations, debts already incurred, legal obligations, contracted agreements recognized and approved by the committee, the Student Union and Recreation Center and support costs, and stability for programs affecting students.
4. Budget Proposals. The S&A fee committee will accept budget proposals from previous funding recipients as well as new proposals for S&A funding. Giving first priority to the obligations referenced in section (2) (A) 3, Funding Priorities, immediately above, the committee will proceed to evaluate funding requests and to prepare recommendations for the allocation of S&A fees, with supporting documentation. All requests, whether new or continuing, will be evaluated in accordance with how the funding proposals will benefit CWU students.
5. SURC Reserve Fund. The S&A fee committee may recommend allocating a portion of the available funds to the reserve account for the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC). The union board will have a strong voice in the utilization of those funds, subject to final approval by the dean of student success.
6. S&A Fee Reserve Fund. The S&A fee committee may recommend allocating a portion of the available funds to the services & activities fee reserve fund. The S&A reserve fund shall maintain a minimum reserve balance of one million dollars. Funds allocated to the S&A reserve fund in excess of that amount may be allocated as supplemental funding in accordance with section (2) (E), Supplemental Funding Procedures, below.
(B) Changes in Services & Activities Fees
1. S&A Fee Changes. S&A fees shall be established by the board of trustees on recommendation of the CWU administration. Pursuant to RCW 28B.15.069, S&A fees may be (but are not required to be) increased annually by a percentage not to exceed the annual percentage increase in resident undergraduate tuition.
2. Initiation of Fee Changes. The S&A fee committee and/or CWU administration may initiate a request that the board of trustees approve an increase or decrease in S&A fees. Recommended changes will be reviewed by the S&A fee committee, the ASCWU-SG, and CWU administration prior to submitting a recommendation to the board of trustees. Disputes between the S&A fee committee and CWU administration, if any, will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures provided in section (4) (A), S&A Fee Change and Allocation Disputes, below.
3. Timeline for Approval of Fee Changes. Proposed changes in the amount of S&A fees must be published at least twenty-one calendar days before the regular June meeting of the board of trustees in order to comply with the public notice and comment requirements of RCW 28B.15.067.
(C) Base Funding Allocation Procedures
1. Solicitation of Funding Requests. No later than October 1st of every fourth year (beginning October 2008), the S&A fee committee will publicize the timeline for considering proposals for funding of programs, services, and activities through S&A fees for the next four-year funding cycle. A notice will be published in the first issue of The Observer for the academic year inviting recognized clubs and organizations at the Ellensburg campus and university centers to submit proposals.
2. Submission of Funding Requests. Base funding proposals must be submitted to the dean of student success no later than December 1st of every fourth year (beginning December 2008). To facilitate the development of such proposals, the student funds financial manager will provide training and/or assistance to organizations for the purpose of forecasting funding needs.
3. Committee Review. The S&A fee committee will begin hearing base funding requests no later than the third week of classes during winter quarter. The presentation of funding requests will be limited to ten minutes for each presentation, with ten additional minutes allowed for questions, for a total of twenty minutes. The committee reserves the right to recall presenters to provide additional information and respond to further questions.
4. Administrative Review. The S&A fee committee shall submit recommended S&A base funding allocations, with supporting documentation, no later than the last week of March to the ASCWU-SG and to the CWU administration, to include the budget and finance committee, through its dean of student success. The ASCWU-SG and the CWU administration by its dean of student success shall provide a written response, with supporting documentation, to the S&A fee committee no later than the end of the first week of spring quarter. The response from the dean of students shall outline potential areas of difference between the recommendations of the S&A fee committee and the proposed budget recommendations of the CWU administration. Disputes between the S&A fee committee and CWU administration will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures provided in section (4) (A), S&A Fee Change and Allocation Disputes, below.
5. Board of Trustees Review. Proposed S&A base funding allocations must be submitted for consideration by the board of trustees at or before its regularly scheduled meeting in June. Student representatives from the S&A fee committee shall have the opportunity to address the board before decisions are made regarding recommended S&A fee budgets and/or any disputed matters pursuant to section (4), Dispute Resolution Procedures, below. Final action shall be by the board of trustees, which, pursuant to RCW 28B.15.045, shall adhere to the principle that the desires of the S&A fee committee be given priority consideration with respect to funding proposals that do not fall into the categories of (a) preexisting contractual obligations, (b) bond covenant agreements, or (c) stability for programs affecting students.
(D) Annual Adjustments to Base Funding Allocations
During each year of each four-year funding cycle, the S&A fee committee will evaluate the impact of inflationary or other costs on base funding allocations and may, in the committee’s discretion, propose adjustments to those allocations. The recommended adjustments will be subject to the review and approval procedures under section (2) (C), Base Funding Allocation Procedures, above.
(E) Supplemental Funding Procedures
1. Supplemental Requests. Groups and organizations receiving S&A funding are expected to operate within their base funding allocations. Funding requests made outside of the base funding allocation process will be considered as supplemental funding requests.
2. Evaluation Criteria. The S&A fee committee will evaluate supplemental funding requests in accordance with the following criteria listed in order of funding priority:
a. First Priority. The request pertains to conditions that were not reasonably anticipated at the time of the base funding request (such as the acquisition of essential equipment due to loss, destruction, premature failure, etc.).
b. Second Priority. The request pertains to opportunities to add, expand, or enhance programs, services, or activities that do not result in the addition of non-student payroll positions.
c Third Priority. The request pertains to opportunities to add, expand, or enhance programs, services, or activities that do result in the addition of non-student payroll positions.
d. New Programs. New programs, or programs not historically funded through S&A fees, may be funded in the discretion of the S&A fee committee using the above criteria as guidelines.
e. Emergency Requests. Supplemental requests to fund amounts already committed will not be approved unless such expenditures are determined by the S&A fee committee to be necessary for the safety of the campus community or for the protection of CWU and/or ASCWU property and equipment.
f. Base Funding Increases. Supplemental requests for increases in base funding allocations may be considered, for good cause shown, in accordance with the criteria set forth above for evaluating supplemental funding requests.
3. Supplemental Funding Limitations. Notwithstanding the above provisions for evaluating supplemental funding requests, such requests will not be funded if such funding would cause the services & activities fee reserve fund to fall below one million dollars, except with respect to unforeseen conditions substantially impairing existing contractual obligations, including but not limited to bond covenant obligations or the operation of the SURC.
4. Supplemental Budget Hearings.
a. Submission of Supplemental Requests. The S&A fee committee will conduct hearings on supplemental funding requests on as-needed basis as determined by the committee chair in consultation with the committee advisor. A group or organization requesting supplemental funding must notify the committee chair in writing via the committee advisor. Unless otherwise approved, supplemental requests must be received no later than fifteen academic work days in advance of the requested committee hearing.
b. Student Funds Manager Review. The student funds financial manager must review all supplemental funding requests before such requests can be placed on the committee’s agenda. No funds may be expended or committed, nor may any contracts be executed, before supplemental funding is approved by the S&A fee committee and board of trustees.
c. Committee Review. Upon receiving one or more supplemental funding requests, the committee chair and/or advisor will notify the committee, the requesting party (or parties), and the campus community of the date, time, and place of the supplemental budget hearing(s). The hearing(s) will be conducted in the same manner as the committee hearings for base funding requests.
d. Administrative Review. The S&A fee committee shall submit its recommendations regarding supplemental funding requests to the ASCWU-SG and to the CWU administration through its dean of student success. The ASCWU-SG and the CWU administration will provide a written response to the committee outlining any identified concerns with the committee’s recommendations. Recommendations as to which there is a disagreement between the S&A fee committee and the CWU administration will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures provided in section (4) (A), S&A Fee Change and Allocation Disputes, below.
5. Board of Trustees Review. Final approval of supplemental funding proposals shall be by the board of trustees, except that the university president (or the president’s designee) shall have delegated authority to approve supplemental requests under twenty-five thousand dollars per request.
(3) S&A FUND MANAGEMENT
(A) Administration of Funds
1. Fund Management. S&A fees, as well as revenues generated by programs, services, or activities funded by such fees, shall be deposited, expended, and accounted for through the office of the vice president for business & financial affairs. Such funds shall be managed in accordance with applicable state laws and institutional policies or procedures, including but not limited to the State Budgeting & Accounting Act, RCW 43.88.
2. Fund Transfers. With the exception of any funds needed for bond covenant obligations, once the budget for expending S&A fees is approved by the board of trustees, S&A funds shall not be shifted from any budgeted S&A fund account, or from the services & activities fee reserve fund, to any other fund account unless the CWU Administration provides written justification for the proposed transfer and the transfer is approved by the S&A fee committee and by the board of trustees. In the event of a dispute among the S&A fee committee, the CWU administration, and/or board of trustees, such dispute shall be resolved pursuant to the dispute resolution procedures provided under RCW 28B.15.045(12) and section (4) (B), Fund Transfer Disputes, below.
3. Budget Review, Accounting, and Reporting.
a. Excess Fee Revenues. Any S&A fee revenues collected that are in excess of initially budgeted and allocated amounts will be subject to RCW 28B.15.045(13) and all applicable provisions of these S&A Fee Guidelines.
b. Over-Expenditures. Groups receiving S&A fund allocations are expected to expend and/or commit no more than the maximum amounts allocated. Over-expended fund accounts will result in an account deficit carrying forward to the subsequent year, thus reducing available funds. Repeated and/or egregious overspending will result in the account being placed in probationary status and may result in the denial of future funding. Conditions of probationary status will be determined by the S&A fee committee and shall include mandatory periodic budget reports to the committee and to the dean of student success.
c. Under-Expenditures. Unused S&A fund allocations may be carried forward from one academic year to the next, but may not be carried forward beyond the fourth year of each four-year funding cycle. Exceptions may be approved by the S&A fee committee, but only in advance and for good cause shown.
d. Unexpended Salary. If S&A funds are allocated to fund a staff position, and the position remains vacant for six consecutive months, any salary savings resulting from the unfilled position will revert to the S&A fee committee for reallocation of those funds.
4. Annual Reports. No later than December 1st of each year, each recipient of S&A funding must submit a written report to the S&A fee committee and to the dean of student success describing: (a) how allocated S&A funds were used; (b) any funds provided in addition to S&A funds in support of the funded program, service, or activity; (c) any approved transfers from one S&A fund account to another; and (d) the specific program, service, or activity supported by S&A funds (e.g., type and location of the program or service, the number of students directly or indirectly served, and how they benefited). Failure to submit the required annual reports may result in the denial of further funding.
5. S&A Committee Review. The responsibility for recommending program priorities and S&A funding levels for that portion of program budgets derived from S&A fees shall reside with the S&A fee committee. The committee reserves the right, for good cause shown, to review and recommend changes at any time to any S&A base funding allocation.
6. Public Information. Information pertaining to S&A fees budgets shall be made available to interested parties pursuant to the Public Records Act, RCW 42.56. In addition, by September 30th of each year, the S&A fee committee, in coordination with the CWU administration, shall post S&A fees expenditure information for the prior academic year on the CWU website so that the information is clearly visible and easily accessible to students and the public. At a minimum, such information must include all major categories of expenditure and the amounts expended in each category.
(4) DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURES
(A) S&A Fee Change and Allocation Disputes
Disputes between the S&A fee committee and CWU administration regarding recommended S&A fee changes and/or funding allocations will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures provided under RCW 28B.15.045(6), (7), and (8), as now or hereafter adopted, and the remaining provisions of this section (4) (A), S&A Fee Change and Allocation Disputes.
1. S&A Fee Committee. In the event of a dispute or disputes involving the S&A fee committee recommendations, the CWU administration shall meet with the S&A fee committee in a good faith effort to resolve such dispute(s) prior to submitting a final recommendation to the board of trustees.
2. Dispute Resolution Committee. If the dispute is not resolved within fourteen calendar days, a dispute resolution committee shall be convened within fourteen calendar days by the chair of the S&A fee committee. The dispute resolution committee will consist of two nonvoting advisory members appointed by the CWU administration, three voting members appointed by the board of trustees, and three voting student members of the S&A fee committee appointed by the S&A fee committee chair. The S&A fee committee chair will also appoint a student member of the S&A fee committee to serve as a nonvoting chair of the dispute resolution committee.
3. Dispute Resolution Procedures. Meetings of the dispute resolution committee shall be open to the public. The dispute resolution committee shall meet in good faith and shall settle by vote any and all disputes. In the event of a tie vote, the chair of the dispute resolution committee shall vote to settle the dispute.
4. Board of Trustees. The board of trustees may take action on those portions of the S&A fee budget that are not in dispute in accordance with customary budget approval timelines established by the board. The board of trustees shall consider the results, if any, of the dispute resolution committee and shall take action.
(B) Fund Transfer Disputes
Disputes among the S&A fee committee, CWU administration, and/or board of trustees relating to proposed fund transfers will be resolved pursuant to RCW 28B.15.045(12) and the applicable dispute resolution provisions of this section (4), Dispute Resolution Procedures.
(A) S&A Committee Review
Proposed changes to these S&A Fee Guidelines may be reviewed by the S&A fee committee or by a sub-committee thereof consisting of three student members, one faculty member, and the administrative member, with the ASCWU-SG executive vice president and the dean of student success (or designee) serving in ex officio capacities.
(B) Administrative Review
The S&A fee committee, upon review of the proposed changes, will submit a recommendation to the ASCWU-SG through its executive vice president and to the president’s cabinet through the dean of student success. In the event of any disagreement, the ASCWU-SG executive vice president and the dean of student success will meet and confer in a good faith effort to resolve the matter.
(C) Board of Trustees Review
The president, giving due consideration to the recommendations of all interested parties, will submit recommended changes for final review and approval by the board of trustees. These Guidelines may also be amended by the board of trustees on its own motion.
[Approved by Board of Trustees June 5-6, 2008]
[Responsibility: Student Success, Reviewed/Endorsed by: S&A Fee Committee and ASCWU-BOD 11/7/12, 4/20/16, Dean of Student Success, 11/21/12, 5/16/16, Approved by Provost Council, 6/16/16, Approved by Board of Trustees, 02/01/13: Motion 13-04, Res 13-01]