On March 25, 1996, the Governor of the State of Washington approved the Second Substitute House Bill 2293 enabling technology fees to be established and charged to each enrolled student at institutions of higher education with the written agreement of respective student government associations and the governing board of each institution, separate from tuition fees. Any technology fee could not exceed one hundred twenty dollars for a full-time student. Any technology fee charged to a part-time student shall be calculated as a pro rata share of the fee charged to a full-time student.
Revenue from this fee shall be used exclusively for technology resources for general student use. The student government association shall approve the annual expenditure plan for the fee revenue. Three and one-half percent of revenues from the technology fee shall be deposited into the institutional financial aid fund under RCW 28B.15.820.
The technology fee is charged to students to recover, in whole or in part, the costs of providing and maintaining services to students that include, but need not be limited to: access to the internet and world wide web, e-mail, computer and multimedia work stations and laboratories, computer software, and dial-up telephone services.
The Board of Directors of the Associated Students of Central Washington University chose to implement a graduated fee payment plan for full-time students with freshmen being required to pay the mandatory student technology fee of $25.00 in all, 1996. In all 1998, all students will be required to pay the mandatory $25.00 student technology fee. This includes students at the University Centers.
A Technology Fee Committee was also established as an oversight committee to fulfill the role of Section 1, Subsection 5 of the Second Substitute House Bill 2293: The Technology Fee Committee shall be chaired by a student who is appointed by the ASCWU President. Five additional student seats shall be appointed by the ASCWU-BOD. Three (3) other seats shall be determined by the University, but shall not be filled by anyone who is employed through the Office of Computing and Telecommunication Services (CTS).
The Technology Fee Committee shall be advised by a non-voting administrator from CTS (or other expert source deemed equivalent by the Director of CTS). The annual expenditure plan shall come before the ASCWU-BOD for final approval. All supplemental funding, non-annual funded projects, shall be left to the jurisdiction of the Technology Fee Committee. The chair and the advisor of the Technology Fee committee shall make quarterly reports to the ASCWU-BOD.
The University has kept its commitment to technology by providing two (2) full-time technology service employees for student needs out of state funded resources, not from the student technology fee revenues. The university also acquires, updates and maintains computer workstations in the computer labs out of state funded monies. Computer laboratories in the residence halls are outside of the resources generated by the technology fee and questions and concerns regarding these labs should be taken to the Office of Residential Services.
A Strategic Plan was presented to President Nelson Winter Quarter 1997 and a revised Plan was submitted Spring, 1998. The plan focused on future plans for student technology and detailed the change toward a student-oriented approach to technology.
The legislation did not provide for the ability to waive the student technology fee for students. The Technology Fee Committee discussed this issue and determined that no request for waivers would be accepted or approved. Students with concerns in this area may write to the Associated Students of Central Washington University to express their opinion.