In late November, December, and January, UTMSU and UTSU participated in the Quality Service to Students council to shape operating plans and budgets.
Voting at QSS won’t happen for several weeks, and will be held in late February to allow the student governments to make their final decisions.
The current proposed changes are as follows.
The Career Centre, which has seen a 25% increase in résumé critiques, a 36% increase in one-on-one appointments, and a 39% increase in student fair attendance from the 2008-09 school year to the current school year, is looking to increase their fees from $53.69 to $56.30 for full-time students (4.9% increase).
The Department of Physical Education proposed no increase to their fees for the 2011-12 school year. The fees will remain at $161.21 for full-time students and $32.04 for part-time students.
The Family Care Office, which has assisted 77 UTM community members this past year, including seven students, 20 staff members, 48 faculty members, and two departments, is looking to increase their fees by 3% in the coming school year. Fees currently stand at $7.92 and are proposed to increase to $8.16 for full-time students for the school year and from $4.08 to $8.16 for the summer.
The Health Services Fee is proposed to increase by 1.8% in the 2011-12. The fee currently stands at $28.15 for full-time students for the school year and is proposed to increase to $28.67. The summer fee is currently %5.63 and is set to increase to $5.73.
The Student Services Fee currently stands at $125.58 and is proposed to increase in the 2011-12 school year to $131.01. Included in the Student Services Fee are the UTM Shuttle Service (proposed increase from $39.43 to $41.16), the Career Centre (proposed fee changes stated above), Child Care Support (proposed fee changes stated above as Family Care Office fee), Handbook and Communications (fees proposed to remain at $0.48), space costs for student societies (proposed fee increase from $21.27 to $22.07), Alcohol Education and Monitoring (proposed fee to remain at $0.60), Family Care (proposed fee to remain at $0.60), and International Centre (proposed fee increase from $2.13 to $2.18).
Other proposed fee changes include the UTM summer shuttle service fee, which is proposed to increase from $3.94 to $4.12. Changes to the service include an addition of one Saturday trip to and from the St. George campus and an addition of a Sheridan bus for evening classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Also included is the addition of the summer UPass, whose fee was passed at $86.50. Also included is the raised UPass fee of $131.50.
A Q&A session was held on January 21 for students to ask questions about the proposed fees. The UTM Grads Students’ Union, Residence Council, UTM Athletics Council and UTMSU have a seat on QSS and will be voting.
UTMSU president Vickita Bhatt said that UTMSU will not vote on any fees “until we have discussed it at our Ministries, Commission, and Board. We want to get as much student feedback before making a decision.”
QSS Financial Documents:
201011 fee summary with updated CCS 110114
family care and child care handout 110114
international centre handout 110114
As a member of the UTMSU Board of Directors I find it disheartening to read in the Campus news paper
“A Q&A session was held on January 21 for students to ask questions about the proposed fees. The UTM Grads Students’ Union, Residence Council, UTM Athletics Council and UTMSU have a seat on QSS and will be voting.”
Why was this not advertised to the student body in any way shape or form? Why did these organizations who are supposed to represent the student body not ask for input. For shame.