RCW 28B.15.610 authorizes students to voluntarily maintain fees upon themselves for student purposes. This policy establishes the University process by which students may, when authorizing a voluntary fee, seek the support of the administration in fee collection and service administration
When a voluntary fee is authorized in accordance with the provisions of RCW 28B.15.610 the fee is thereafter mandatory for all students upon which the fee is imposed; however in situations where the fee is used to support political and ideological philosophies or other speech protected by the constitution students shall be allowed to opt out of the fee.
|A.||Assessment of Student Support
Prior to asking the administration to collect and administer a voluntary student fee, ASUW and GPSS must assess student support for the fee in one of two ways: a survey of the student body, or a written petition.
|B.||Sponsoring Administrative Unit
When proposing a voluntary fee that will be collected and administered by the University's administration, ASUW and GPSS must identify a sponsoring administrative unit that will provide the services that the fee is intended to support. If the fee is adopted and the Board of Regents approves collection, the sponsoring administrative unit shall both provide the services and serve as technical advisor to students in their oversight of fee administration. The sponsoring administrative unit shall provide fiscal support for a campus-wide survey, analysis of the survey results, and any necessary follow-up assessment. All data shall be jointly owned by ASUW and GPSS.
ASUW and GPSS, in consultation with the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Student Life, shall establish a fee oversight plan that includes, at minimum:
ASUW and GPSS shall develop, in consultation with the technical and Student Life advisors, a memorandum of understanding, which codifies the following:
Following adoption of the memorandum of understanding, the signatories shall jointly seek authority from the University of Washington Board of Regents for the administration to collect and administer the fee on behalf of students. Implementation of the fee as envisioned in the memorandum of understanding is contingent on the regent's approval.
AP, May 12, 2011.