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After lengthy appeal, BSU granted funds

The Student Services Fees Appeals Committee decided to give the student group $54,992 for next year.

After two weeks of meetings and presentations, the Student Services Fees Appeals Committee made its final decisions Thursday morning.

The appeals committee unanimously voted to grant the Black Student Union $54,992, subtracting expenses that fees do not typically cover.

BSU was the only student group case the appeals committee had not yet decided. Both the appeals committee and BSU were continually forced to reschedule meetings over the last week and a half due to conflicts.

The Student Services Fees Committee did not grant any of BSUâÄôs initial $65,000 request since it âÄúfailed to produce records for multiple transactions.âÄù BSUâÄôs presentation on Thursday provided explanations and clarifications for those alleged discrepancies.

The decision comes more than two weeks after the original timeline dictated student groups could appeal SSFC final recommendations. The schedule initially said the appeals committee would meet with student groups from March 30 to April 5.

âÄúThe timeline was always tentative,âÄù SSFC chair Megan Freeman said in an email. âÄúIt is very difficult to make sure every single committee member can meet at the same time that group leaders can.

âÄúDelays are inevitable, and that is why the timeline has always been tentative.âÄù

In its first year, the appeals committee handled submissions from six students groups, including BSU, looking to appeal SSFCâÄôs final recommendations. Issues arose in the appropriate role of the fees committee throughout the process.

âÄúThe committee will also discuss further improvements for next year,âÄù Freeman said in the email. âÄúThere were many issues that came up this year, as it was the first year for an appeals committee.âÄù

Student groups can still submit appeals to Vice Provost for Student Affairs Jerry Rinehart. There will also be a public forum with Rinehart on Tuesday, April 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Coffman Union Theater to discuss fees allocation.

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