The Campus Fee Advisory Committee at California State University, Fresno approved on Wednesday two student fee increase recommendations â€“ totaling $52 â€“ which will be forwarded to the president.
The recommendations call for an increase in the Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) fee: one calling for a $20 increase per semester for educational activities; the second calling for a $32 increase to support campus intercollegiate athletics.
The vote came after an hour-long open forum at which students and faculty members expressed views both favoring and opposing fee hikes.
Currently, the IRA fee is $10 a semester, which funds educational activities, field trips and other learning experiences sponsored by an academic program, discipline or department related to instructional offerings. Students contribute $7 per semester from their Student Body Fee to athletics.
The committeeâ€™s recommendations will be sent to President John D. Welty, who will make the final decision on any fee increase.
The committeeâ€™s charge was to review the results of a non-binding referendum April 8-10 in which students opposed a $70 per semester IRA increase that called for $20 to be dedicated to project funding and $50 for athletics. Students disapproved of the proposal by a 777-412 vote. The fee advisory committee also voted not to support that proposal.
Approximately 5 percent of the universityâ€™s 22,000-plus students voted in the election, which also decided student body officer positions.
Dr. Paul Oliaro, vice president for Student Affairs and committee chair, said he would draft a memo on the recommendation and send it as soon as possible to the president. No timeline for Weltyâ€™s decision has been determined.