Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) Monmouth/Middlesex, has submitted legislation to provide more information and individual control over the use of student activity fees at all public colleges, universities, and county colleges in New Jersey.
The bill was drafted following the controversial use of student activities funds to pay for Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi’s recent two-hour $32,000 appearance at Rutgers University, according to the senator.
“Student activities fees pay for a great deal of good at the state’s institutions of higher education such as libraries, technology, health facilities, infrastructure and other worthy uses of what are essentially tuition dollars,” said Kyrillos in a release. “However; there are discretionary uses of those funds that many students and parents find outright objectionable.
“My legislation will empower those paying the tuition bills with information on exactly how student activities fees are allocated, and also allow students to ‘opt out’ to paying the entertainment portion of this fee.”
If passed, the legislation would require institutions that assess ancillary student fees on tuition bills to detail the allocation of resources from the fund. Currently, these fees are not clearly defined or detailed, according to Kyrillos. Under the proposed law, students may ‘opt out’ of paying the portion of the fee that funds entertainment activities or events, though other portions of the fee funding basic institutional operations such as libraries and technology will remain mandatory.