Description of UCSC Fees/Referenda

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Campus-based mandatory fees are initiated and approved by students via a student referendum (through the campus elections process) and later approved by The Regents; fees are a condition of enrollment. The type of fees and fee levels vary between undergraduate and graduate students based on the terms of the referendum, and the revenues must be used in accordance with the referendum language. This page provides a description for all current campus-based fees. Click on the fee/measure name for more information about the ballot question and language, summary points, and pro/con statements.

»  Campus Childcare Fee (Proposition 1 – enacted 1986, increased 1991 & increased 1997)
Provides general operating subsidies to the child care center on campus and a fee subsidy for students with children enrolled in the infant program.

»  Campus Programs Fee (Enacted 1969 & updated 1972)
Supports campus-wide student activities, service projects, and Educational Opportunity Programs.

»  Campus Sustainability Program Fee (Measure 9 – enacted 2003 & increased 2005 for undergrads only with Measure 14)
Distributes funds to student organizations for programs and events that facilitate collaboration between students, administration, faculty, and the community to create, implement, and monitor environmentally sound practices on campus.

»  Campus-wide Student Government Fee (Proposition 2 – enacted 1986, increased 1989 & increased 2003 with Measure 8)
Supports administrative and office expenses for the Student Union Assembly and the UCSC representatives to the University of California Student Government Association and resources for outreach to the undergraduate student body.

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»  Community and Resource Empowerment Fee (Measure 15 – enacted 2005)
Funds existing and future K-12 student-initiated outreach programs, the American Indian Resource Center, African American Resource and Cultural Center, Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, Chicano Latino Resource Center, the Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center, and the Women's Center.

»  College Student Government Fee (Regents – enacted 1965, updated 1995 & increased 2007 for grads only with Measure 33)
Funds extracurricular programs in the colleges and the Division of Graduate Studies.

»  Cultural Arts and Diversity Fee (Measure 49 – enacted 2011)
Provides funding to the Cultural Arts and Diversity Center for the support of student-directed cultural arts performance organizations and campus-wide cultural programs.

»  Engaging Education Program Fee (Measure 10 – enacted 2003 & modified 2005 with Measure 17)
Support programming that addresses issues, including the low rates of recruitment, retention, and graduation of historically underrepresented communities in the university system.

»  Free/Anonymous HIV Testing Fee (Measure D – enacted 1999)
Augments the HIV testing at the Student Health Center and supports outreach testing by HIV Peer Test Counselors.

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»  Health Insurance (Measure A – enacted 1998 for undergrads only)
Premium for mandatory health insurance plan; students with their own insurance may waive this fee.

»  Increase Library Hours of Operation Fee (Measure 42 – enacted 2010)
Provides funding for the University Library (McHenry and Science & Engineering) to increase their hours of operation.

»  Intercollegiate Athletic Sports Team Fee (Measure 31 – enacted 2007)
Helps to expand the athletic department training room hours and supports athletic team allocations, travel, equipment, game management, student workers, membership fees, and salaries for administrative staff and coaches.

»  Intramural & Sports Club Team Activities Fee (Measure 23 – enacted 2006)
Funds a variety of intramural and sports club team activities and supports teams with allocations for travel, equipment purchase, and officials.

»  Learning Support Services Fee (Measure 30 – enacted 2007)
Support Learning Support Services’ tutoring services, including subject tutoring and Modified Supplemental Instruction.

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»  OPERS Fitness Facilities Fee (Measure B – enacted 1996)
Fund the capital construction and furnishing of the OPERS Fitness Center.

»  Physical Education Program Fee (Measure 32 – enacted 2007)
Provides funding for a variety of physical education programs such as new class offerings, educational outreach at colleges to encourage participation, equipment replacement, and salary equity for PE instructors.

»  Recreation Programs Fee (Measure 26 – enacted 2006)
Funds a variety of recreation programs, including trips, clubs, vehicles, the Fall Festival, holistic health, and leadership.

»  Renewable Energy Fee (Measure 28 – enacted 2006 & amended 2010 with Measure 44)
Funds for on-site renewables and energy efficiency projects that will directly reduce our campus' carbon footprint in combination with supporting a local offsets program and purchasing renewable energy certificates to offset campus emissions.

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»  Seismic Safety Fee (Chancellor – enacted 2004)
Funds seismic retrofitting projects and health and safety improvements in various student fee-supported buildings.

»  Seymour Marine Discovery Center Fee (Measure 27 – enacted 2006)
Provides funding to allow free, unlimited, admission to all registered undergraduate students to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab and helps fund animal care and facility costs.

»  Student Facilities Fee (Regents – enacted 1965, increased 1987 & updated 2003)
Maintains student lounge and recreation facilities in the colleges and in the Division of Graduate Studies, and also provides for repayment of construction loan(s) for new and existing facilities.

»  Student Health Center Expansion Fee (Measure 18 – enacted 2005, assessment began in 2010)
Provides funding for the expansion and renovation of the Student Health Center.

»  Student Health Center Green Building Fee (Measure 35 – enacted 2008, assessment began in 2010)
Funds the purchase and installation of green materials, implements green practices, and obtains a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "Silver" certification for the Cowell Student Health Center.

»  Student Life Facilities Fee (Measure 1 – enacted 1985)
Funds the capital construction and furnishing of the Student Union, Student Media facilities, and expanded sports and recreation facilities.

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»  Student Media Council Fee (Measure 13 – enacted 2005 & amended 2011 with Measure 50)
Supports the Student Media Council for equipment, software, and facility improvements to support registered campus student media organizations.

»  Student Programs Fee (Measure 7 – enacted 2003)
Supports a wide variety of existing and future student programs that provide an enriching learning environment that are complementary to, but not part of, the instructional program.

»  Student Voice and Empowerment Fee (Measure 16 – enacted 2005)
Supports the SUA Student Committee on Committees to facilitate student representation on all major campus decision making and advisory committees, ensure communication with and between student representatives on committees, and facilitate campus-wide outreach for available positions.

»  Support GIIP Fee (Measure 37 – enacted 2008)
Provides funding for the Global Information Internship Program, enabling more students to learn information technology skills and implement social justice and sustainable development internships with global and local community organizations.

»  Sustainable Food, Health & Wellness Fee (Measure 43 – enacted 2010)
Provide funding for programming and educational support related to sustainable food and health and wellness initiatives for undergraduate students.

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»  Sustainability Office Fee (Measure 45 – enacted 2010 for undergrads only)
Provide funding for the Sustainability Office to engage undergraduate students by hiring more student interns, funding collaborative projects outlined in campus sustainability plan, and providing initial funds for a revolving loan fund for projects that implement sustainable and cost saving technology and practices.

»  Sustaining the Student Media Voice Fee (Measure 34 – enacted 2008)
Provides funding to support and strengthen the diversity of the student voice in television, print, radio, and inter-media by ensuring training and advising for student-run media.

»  Theater Arts Fee (Measure 11 – enacted 2003)
Provide funding to the Theater Arts Department to primarily subsidize ticket office costs as well as replace income formerly gained through student ticket sales.

»  Transportation Fee (Proposition 2 – enacted 1970, increased and updated 1988, increased 1990, increased 1995, increased 2002 with Measure 1 & increased 2006 with Measure 24 )
Supports the contracted free-fare use of the local transit system and the campus shuttle systems.

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