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Board of Trustees plans to raise fees for some students

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The Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet this week for the first time since June.
A 447-page Board Agenda document was released that explains what the various committees are set to discuss and vote to approve.
The Finance Committee is scheduled to discuss several technology, undergraduate program and distance learning fees that are being altered or introduced. Undergraduate students in the College of Nursing will pay an additional $95.40 in annual fees, and students in the School of Communication will pay an annual $98 technology fee. According to Board notes, a separate $190 distance education fee was established for students in the College of Nursing in June, which will only apply to those enrolled in online courses.
Students in the Fisher College of Business will pay an additional $100 in program fees for fiscal year 2013, and those in the Department of Psychology will pay a $54 annual increase in fees.
Fees for Masters and Ph.D. students will increase 3.5 percent, or $384 annually.
Among other issues scheduled to be discussed is the naming of the new residence hall at 230 W. 10 Ave. that opened for the start of Fall Semester. The residence hall is scheduled to be officially named “The Residence on Tenth.”
The Finance Committee is expected to discuss several construction projects taking place on campus. The agenda notes that the $171.6 million south high rises renovation and addition project is on budget, but actions are being taken to keep it on track. This includes the geothermal well construction on the South Oval.
The renovated residence halls Smith, Steeb and Siebert halls are expected to open before Fall Semester 2013.
The $30.6 million Sullivant Hall and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum project is on time, but actions are being taken to make sure it stays on track. Construction is expected to be completed in October 2013.
The $77.3 million South Campus Central Chiller Plant project is on time and on schedule. According to the agenda, the facility will have the ability to chill 20,000 tons, and could additionally expand another 10,000 tons.
The Board is also scheduled to vote to amend the university’s retirement plans.
The Board Governance Committee had an executive session meeting Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. The meeting, which was originally scheduled to be held in Longaberger Alumni House but moved to Bricker Hall, was not open to the public or media.
At the last scheduled Board meeting, members approved a 3.5 percent tuition increase, a 50-year parking lease agreement with an Australian investment firm and a fee for students enrolled in 18 or more credit hours on semesters, among other things.

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