Mandatory incidental fees
- resolution of disputes
(1)The board for each public university listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) shall collect mandatory incidental fees upon the request of the recognized student government under a process established by the recognized student government of a university in consultation with the board. The process may include a student body referendum conducted under procedures established by the recognized student government. Mandatory incidental fees collected under this section shall be allocated by the recognized student government.
(2)(a) The mandatory incidental fee, use of the fee or decision to modify an existing fee may be refused by the board or the president of a university under the board’s control if the board or president determines that:
(A)The recognized student government assessed or allocated the mandatory incidental fees in violation of applicable local, state or federal law;
(B)The allocation conflicts with a preexisting contractual financial commitment;
(C)The total mandatory incidental fees budget is an increase of more than five percent over the level of the previous year; or
(D)The fee request is not advantageous to the cultural or physical development of students.
(b)The mandatory incidental fee, use of the fee or decision to modify an existing fee may not be refused by the board or the president of a university based on considerations about the point of view that the funding seeks to advance.
(3)The recognized student government and the board shall seek to reach agreement on any dispute involving mandatory incidental fees, if necessary with the aid of mediation, prior to a decision by the board.
(4)If an agreement is not reached, the decision of the board may be appealed to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission by the recognized student government within seven days of the board’s decision. The board shall submit its response within seven days of the appeal. The commission shall render its decision within seven days of its receipt of the board’s response.
(5)Mandatory incidental fees are not subject to ORS 352.102 (Tuition and mandatory enrollment fees). [2013 c.747 §202; 2013 c.747 §202a]
Atty. Gen. Opinions
This section does not require that programs funded with mandatory incidental fees be under supervision or control of boards that collect these fees, (2015) No. 8289