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Division of Student Affairs

Student Services Fee Committee

Purpose 

The Student Services Fee is a mandatory fee charged to all students to provide access to a variety of student activities and services.  The fee is prorated for part-time enrollment.  The Student Services Fee Committee (SSFC) recommends a fee level and fee allocations to the university president.  The president submits a recommendation to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, which makes the final determination of fee levels and fee allocations.

Student Services Fee revenue collected in excess of committed allocations will be deposited into the Student Services Fee Contingency account for purposes described below.

Committee Charge

The charge of the Student Services Fee Committee is to:

    • Serve in an advisory capacity to the University president
    • Review student services fee funding requests at the University
    • Make recommendations to the University president regarding allocation and fee changes that focus on program support rather than micromanagement of programs 
    • Provide oversight of the Student Services Fee Contingency account by making recommendations to the University president for allocations of one-time funding requests 

Current Members, Spring 2014

Students

 

NISG President, Chair

Kevin Gartman

Org and Finance Chair

Katie Evans

NISG at-large appointment

Corey Cooling

NISG at-large appointment

Thomas Madsen

NISG at-large appointment

 

NISG President Elect

(Non-voting, ex-officio)

 

NISG Director of Administration and Finanace

(Non-voting, ex-officio)

Carl Reitz

Staff

 

Financial Accounting and Reporting Services

Jeanne Alcantara, Accountant

School of Music

Jeff Funderburk, Professor

Career Services

Matt Nuese, Associate Director

Information Technology Services

Tom Peterson, Director, User Services

Dean of Students

Leslie Williams, Dean of Students

Membership and Appointments 

As required by Iowa Code 262.34B, a student fee committee composed of five students and five university employees shall be established at each of the universities governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.  The voting membership (10) at the University of Northern Iowa is comprised of: 

    • Current president of Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) (serves as chair)
    • Chairperson of NISG Organization and Finance Committee
    • Three student representatives at-large (appointed by NISG)
    • Five faculty/staff representatives at-large (appointed by University president) 
      • Two representatives from Student Affairs
      • Two representatives from Academic Affairs
      • One representative from Administration and Financial Services
Appointment preference should be given to individuals whose organization/department/college has no vested interest in the allocations being considered. 
 
The non-voting, ex-officio membership is comprised of:
      • President-elect of NISG
      • Current NISG Director of Administration and Finance
      • Staff member from Financial Accounting and Reporting, if representation from this office is not obtained as an appointed voting member
      • Staff member from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to provide administrative support to the committee
 
Appointments are to be reviewed annually and completed by September 15.  Reappointments may occur at the discretion of the appointing body.  If a vacancy occurs prior to the end of a term, the appointing body may make an interim appointment.
 
Appointments for committee members run from September 15 through September 14.
 
Appointment of the committee chair runs from the day following Commencement through Commencement of the following year. 
 
Procedure 
    • Committee meetings will occur primarily during the academic year.  Summer meetings may be conducted via email when issues of importance arise that require action prior to the start of the academic year.
    • A committee orientation will be conducted in early fall through a series of meetings to inform committee members about the allocation process and procedures and to acquaint members with the initiatives receiving funding. 
The following procedures apply to the process of recommending student services fee allocation changes:
    • Review allocation recommendations from the previous year’s committee that will take effect in the subsequent academic year
    • Recommend allocation distributions to the president for the following academic year
    • Provide recommendation before the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, docket deadline or April 15, whichever comes first.
    • Provide a copy of the SSFC recommendations to the Student Senate of NISG.  The Senate may review the recommendations and provide comments to the University president and the Board of Regents.  
    • The University president will transmit a copy of an endorsement or a different recommendation to the Student Senate of NISG.  The University president will transmit the recommendations of the SSFC and an endorsement or different recommendation to the Board of Regents for consideration.  
    • The Board of Regents will make the final decision on the student services fee allocation changes.
The following procedures apply to the process of recommending the student services fee as part of the tuition and mandatory fee proposal:
    • Solicit funding requests from entities currently receiving fee allocations and entities seeking new funding.  (Student organizations are not eligible for routine funding through this source; funding for student organizations is allocated through NISG.)
    • Evaluate programs, activities and services seeking funding.
    • Discuss an appropriate level of support to the entities seeking funding.
    • Prior to the conclusion of the spring semester and based on enrollment projections, recommend to the University president the student services fee that will be required to fund the entities at the agreed upon level.
 
Student Services Fee Funding Criteria 
The following criteria will be used by the Student Services Fee Committee when evaluating funding requests.  The Committee shall use these guidelines when recommending line allocation funding.  The intent of these guidelines is to offer members of the Committee, as well as entities requesting student fees, clarity regarding the intended use of student fees.
 
Priority consideration will be given to programs, activities, or services that:
    • Enhance student life and the out-of-classroom experience, promote student interests, enhance student involvement and/or meet student needs
    • Are consistent with the mission and values of the university
    • Provide opportunities for students, either by direct participation or by participating in the audience, to develop new skills, competencies or appreciations
    • Foster the development of community on campus
    • Are designed for, open to, serve and benefit the greatest number of students (consideration will be given to the number of unique students rather than counting one student multiple times)
    • Have administrators who have demonstrated a record of fulfilling their stated objectives and using previous allocations in accordance with the intent of the SSFC
    • Have administrators who have made a good-faith effort to seek alternative funding and/or collaborate with other entities for resources
    • Contribute to the educational experience of students by promoting, supplementing or enhancing curricular activities outside the realm of instruction. 
    • Are developed primarily at the request of students
    • Involve students in deciding how student fee money is spent
Less consideration will be given to programs, activities, or services that:
    • Are intended primarily to fulfill course, department, and/or degree requirements
      • The extent to which non-major students participate will be given consideration
    • Are directly related to job seeking and not applicable to all students, such as job fairs, interviews/auditions, and the like
    • Are directed toward the community and/or prospective students
    • Provide scholarships and/or assistantships for students from these funds
    • Request funding for salaries, stipends, or payments to non-student staff and faculty within the requesting organization, unless fee support is the sole funding source for the entity
Exceptions to the funding criteria may be made at the discretion of the SSFC.
 
Student Services Fee Contingency 
 
Purpose
The Student Services Fee Contingency account will receive funds collected in excess of allocations and will support shortfalls when revenues are collected below committed allocation levels. The target account balance is recommended not to fall below $100,000 in order to support any shortfalls that may occur.  Account balances above $100,000 may be used to fund initiatives that are generally one-time requests that cannot be met through the annual allocation process.  
 
Procedure
The SSFC will recommend to the University president allocations to be made from the contingency account.  Preference will be given to initiatives associated with services already funded through line allocations.  The president will make the final determination of support.
 
The SSFC will establish the timeline and criteria for determining allocations from the contingency account.  The process should begin after a committee orientation process in the fall.  Emergency requests may be reviewed at any time when determined appropriate by the committee chair.
 
Student Services Fee Descriptions (FY15)
 

Student Organizations (NISG)
This fund is administered by the Northern Iowa Student Government and is used to support a variety of student organizations, including the operation of NISG. Student organizations apply to receive funds from NISG.

Panther Pass
This line provides free admission for students to UNI athletic, music and theater events, and also provides reduced ticket prices to events at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Intercollegiate Athletics
These funds are used to support general operating costs of the athletic program.

Athletics General Fund Conversion

This fund offsets some of the general fundg dollars currently supporting Athletics; it is not new money to Athletics. Revenue generated from these fee dollars will be removed from Athletics general fund support and targeted toward academic services that directly benefit students. In order to have transparency with this offset, a seperate line was created for the Athletics conversion rather than combining the funds with other lines dedicated to Athletics. 

Intercollegiate Academics
This fund supports intercollegiate academic experiences for students. It provides funding for student attendance at professional conferences with priority given to professional development experiences.

Northern Iowan
This provides partial funding for costs associated with the University's student newspaper.

Homecoming
This partially funds the all-campus event with dollars directed toward publicity, window painting, the pep rally, and the festival.

Student Involvement and Activities Center 

This fund provides support for a number of student activities. The component lines receiving funding include CAB-Spotlight/Film/Administration; CAB-Entertainment; CAB-Speakers; Panther Productions; Service and Leadership Council; and the Student Involvement Center.

Center for Multicultural Education
This fund supports diversity programming on campus, including racial/ethnic minority heritage months.

Panther Shuttle Bus
This line provides free, convenient bus transportation around campus, including the ROTH Complex. 

NISG/UNI Weekend SafeRide

This evening weekend transportation service provides students with safe and reliable bus transportation to entertainment venues around the city. 

Family Weekend
These dollars help support family weekend activities that can be enjoyed by UNI students and their families.

 

Origination date: March 1993
Revision date: March 2004, February 2010, August 2010