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  1. Although it is common for student governments to allocate at least a portion, if not all, of the student activity fee, how common is it for an SG to allocate the total student activity fee?
    Summary: Although it is common for student governments to allocate at least a portion, if not all, of the student activity fee, how common is it for an SG to allocate the total student activity fee?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  2. Ask the Experts - 2006.09.20 - NSU Orlando question about spending their budget
    Summary: Our SGA President had some questions for your regarding the most effective way to spend/utilize their money at NSU Orlando. They have already established a Discount Card Program and now they want to best use the money they have without spending it on food.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  3. Can ASGA help us open our own banking account for our SGA?
    Summary: Our SGA is looking into opening up its own bank account. Because we are a part of ASGA, do you know if our local chapter could use the national groups’ EIN to open up a local bank account or is there another avenue for AUIE SGA to obtain an EIN? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Category: Ask the Experts


  4. Can SGs take financial donations directly? 1 of 2 responses
    Summary: I have a fundraising legal question. The situation is this: Our SG recieves and manages student fees from the College each semester. The money is all held by the College, but in a specific account within the College. We manage the funds of all student organizations, many of whom do fundraising of some sort. One in particular raises between $2-5k each semester, including some donations of a few hundred dollars each. Sometimes these go through the College's Advancement office, (which is not separate from the College legally), sometimes the donations will come through us. As this really applies to all student groups fundraising, I've become concerned about some flack I'm getting from the College telling me that they will not provide receipts for donations restricted to SG/student organizations, because such entities "do not really exist" as far as the College is concerned. However, if a donation came in restricted to the Biology department, that would be okay because it is a "real department" of the College. Having worked in a college foundation before, dealing with a number of restricted gifts, I find the College's refusal to assist our student groups by recognizing donations/donors disrespectful in the extreme. I was hoping that perhaps members of the panel could provide me with specific legal or procedural guides or documents (i.e., sample restricted gifts policy) to handling restricted gifts to student organizations and/or Student Governments in a 501(c)3 College.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  5. Can SGs take financial donations directly? 2 of 2 responses
    Summary: I have a fundraising legal question. The situation is this: Our SG recieves and manages student fees from the College each semester. The money is all held by the College, but in a specific account within the College. We manage the funds of all student organizations, many of whom do fundraising of some sort. One in particular raises between $2-5k each semester, including some donations of a few hundred dollars each. Sometimes these go through the College's Advancement office, (which is not separate from the College legally), sometimes the donations will come through us. As this really applies to all student groups fundraising, I've become concerned about some flack I'm getting from the College telling me that they will not provide receipts for donations restricted to SG/student organizations, because such entities "do not really exist" as far as the College is concerned. However, if a donation came in restricted to the Biology department, that would be okay because it is a "real department" of the College. Having worked in a college foundation before, dealing with a number of restricted gifts, I find the College's refusal to assist our student groups by recognizing donations/donors disrespectful in the extreme. I was hoping that perhaps members of the panel could provide me with specific legal or procedural guides or documents (i.e. sample restricted gifts policy) to handling restricted gifts to student organizations and/or Student Governments in a 501(c)3 College.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  6. Can the college/university take control of the student activity fees away from student control?
    Summary: Can the college/university take control of the student activity fees away from student control?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  7. Do institutions have individual budgets (one for the student government and one for the student activities)?
    Summary: Do institutions have individual budgets (one for the student government and one for the student activities)?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  8. Do most institutions allocoate a portion of student fees for SGs to operate with?
    Summary: What about funding to operate SGA? Do institutions allocate a portion of the student activity fees for SGA's to operate with? My institution has a limited budget!

    Category: Ask the Experts


  9. Do most institutions have a student activity fee?
    Summary: Do most institutions have a student activity fee?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  10. Do student groups getting money from SG already have a budget or is SG the sole provider of their yearly budget?
    Summary: This year, our SGA has started to give money to other student organizations. From what I understand this is common practice with most SGA's. I  was just wondering if the student organizations that receive money from SGA's already have a budget to work with or if SGA was the sole provider of their yearly budget.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  11. Do students have control of this student activity fee?
    Summary: Do students have control of this student activity fee?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  12. Do you have any pointers on how to choose which clubs get money and which don't?
    Summary: We are trying to develop a system for awarding clubs money. In the past we have not had a successful process. Last year we decided that they would have to present to us and then we would decide on awarding them. After the money was awarded we wanted them to write a report at the end of the year letting us know that the money was used for what it was awarded. This process has yet to be taken seriously. I was wondering if you had any ideas as to how we can establish an effective process that will make this easy on everyone. We are considering having clubs fill out a form that says what they want the money for and how much. At the end of the semester we would like an update or small report as to what happened to the money. Obvisouly we can't give money to every club that seeks it because we just don't have the funds for that. Do you have any pointers on choosing which clubs should be awarded and which should not? Any comments you have on this would be greatly appreciated.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  13. Does the "Southworth" case apply to control of student fee money by students and not administrators?
    Summary: I have a question about the Southworth case and how it applies to student fee money being controlled by students not administrators. We're from a public institution in Indiana (one of the Ivy Tech Community College campuses).

    We had $200,000 in money generated by the activity fee that has accumulated in a "roll-over" account. Student Government was a good steward of student monies by not engaging in the typical government "use it or lose it" mentality.

    However, recently the college student affairs vice provost told the SGA advisor that they would no longer have that money. She "took" the roll-over funds without informing the SGA.

    What recourse do we have, if any?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  14. Does the university administration have jurisdiction over student fees-- raising them and spending money generated from it?
    Summary: Does the university administration have jurisdiction over student fees-- raising them and spending money generated from it? If this is not true what documentation would support a SGA to have full control over their budget if the budget is derived from a Student Activity Fee?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  15. How can we obtain our SG financial records from the administration?
    Summary: This is the second academic year in a row that our SG hasn't been able to obtain any of our account balances—no general ledger, or any other updated information. We have no idea how much money we have, and the administration has pressured us to approve a budget that applied two years ago. Even our advisor has requested our budget information, and he's getting the "blow off" as well.

    We reside in the state of California, and I do know that this information is public, by law. I just don't know where to start with this process.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  16. How do other schools/SG go about giving allocations to the student newspaper?
    Summary: How do other schools/SG go about giving allocations to the student newspaper?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  17. How is the student activities fee generated?
    Summary: How is the Student Activities Fee generated?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  18. How is the student activity fee disbursed?
    Summary: How is the student activity fee disbursed?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  19. How many student governments charge a Mandatory Student Government Fee?
    Summary: How many student governments charge a Mandatory Student Government Fee? What is the fee used for? Is it a percentage of the Student Activity fee? If so, what is the usual % ? For example: 10% AND is the fee used to run/manage the affairs of the Student Goverment?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  20. How should a "student representative fee" be implemented?
    Summary: My question pertains to the Student Representative Fee, of which there is a special provision in the "Community Colleges" section of the California Education Code. The problem that I have is that the administration is having us do all the legwork for the implementation of the fee. If I could get a list of any other California Community Colleges that have implemented the fee that would greatly assist me. More to the point, I need to get the administration a detailed summary of how the fee will be implemented and how students may opt out for moral, ethical, or religious purposes (as stated in the Calif. Ed. Code). Such details include how the fee will be charged to students, what account the funds from the fee will be allocated to (and whether we need to set up a special account for just this purpose).

    Category: Ask the Experts


  21. How should SG allocate funds to student organizations? (1 of 2 answers): Balance rigor with flexibility
    Summary: I am currently looking to review the way in which my Student Government Association allocates funds to other student organizations. Currently we allocate almost all student funds to student organizations in the spring for the next academic year. We do reserve a sum of money to provide additional funding to organizations who need it for specific purposes that contribute to the campus community. Our concerns with the process include the involvement and responsibility students take in using and organizing their budgets. We are looking to see if allocating smaller operational budgets upfront and requiring a requesting process for organizations' programming expenses would resolve some problems.

    Any information you could provide as to how your SGA allocates student organization funds, any requesting process students use to request funds that works and how students respond to these processes would be very helpful.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  22. How should SG allocate funds to student organizations? (2 of 2 answers): Allocate budget up front
    Summary: I am currently looking to review the way in which my Student Government Association allocates funds to other student organizations. Currently we allocate almost all student funds to student organizations in the spring for the next academic year. We do reserve a sum of money to provide additional funding to organizations who need it for specific purposes that contribute to the campus community. Our concerns with the process include the involvement and responsibility students take in using and organizing their budgets. We are looking to see if allocating smaller operational budgets upfront and requiring a requesting process for organizations' programming expenses would resolve some problems.

    Any information you could provide as to how your SGA allocates student organization funds, any requesting process students use to request funds that works and how students respond to these processes would be very helpful.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  23. I had been told in an interview that our student government is one of the few that still has control over allocation of money to student organizations for events and that in other universities it is the administration that is in charge. Is this true?
    Summary: I had been told in an interview that our student government is one of the few that still has control over allocation of money to student organizations for events and that in other universities it is the administration that is in charge of this. Is this true?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  24. Is a negative "check-off" for a student fee common?
    Summary: Currently you have to check a box to add $1 to our rep fee fund. We (the AS) would like to have a negative check-off (meaning you have to uncheck the box to not give the dollar). We have written resolutions and our advisor has argued on our behalf but our president (of the college) refuses. She claims it's cheating and would cause excess work for Admissions and Records (They're for the negative checkoff too) doing refunds. I'm hoping to show the college president that this is a common practice (not cheating or underhanded).

    Category: Ask the Experts


  25. Is the amount of the student activity fee able to be changed by students?
    Summary: Is the amount of the student activity fee able to be changed by students?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  26. Is there a "standard" budget for Student Governments across the country?
    Summary: Do you know if there is a standard budget for Student Government groups? I know this would vary greatly--but, I am at a relatively large community college and our yearly budget (this is my first year in my role) is $1,000. I am making a proposal for next academic year to increase this amount, but having some basis for understanding how others fund their Student Senate would help a great deal.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  27. Should our SG agree to a fee increase to renovate a campus building?
    Summary: I am the Treasurer of my college's SG. Recently, our university president proposed that we raise our "student activities fee" to $152.50 from $112.50 per semester. The reason for this is that he wants to renovate an old ice arena into a new sports complex. The project will cost about $3 million, and he wants the students to donate about $1 million of that. Over a four year period, by raising our activities fee to what he has proposed, we can raise the $1 million. However, I'm not sure that this is a project that students should donate that much money to. We are just finishing paying of a ten-year project to build a campus center, the end result of which is a building that many people are not satisfied with. Secondly, a survey was just completed of our students, and those polled stated that this project is only the fourth most desired project out of six. If the results show that, how can we justify this project to the students, those who are paying (seemingly, our taxpayers)? What I'm wondering is do you see this project as something we should support? The other projects discussed in the survey do not have substantial fundraising efforts underway, which this one does. If you want any more information, please let me know. Thank you for your time.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  28. Should SG provide student funds to religious student groups?
    Summary: Let me try and explain the situation briefly. A student approached the SGOV and asked if he could get funds for his club. This club used to be very active years ago and was called Up-Side-Down but they changed the name to Leading Into Faith. The student, happens to be a religious individual and wants to bring part of his experience and some other religious topics into this club. (this is how we interpret this club's views so far)

    The outgoing president of SGOV is still on charge of everything until September 1, therefore she claims that the SGOV cannot allocate any funds to religious clubs because state and church are two separate things that shouldn't go together. She responded to the student that they can put together a club or an event or any religious thing on campus but the SGOV will not fund them as other clubs.

    I partially agree with both, with the student that wants to get funded and with the outgoing SGOV president as well.
    In your opinion, how should we proceed? Is there any rule that specifically talks about this case?

    Finally, because the Financing Committee will meet in the first week of June, could you please let me know before June 1st.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  29. To whom is the student activity fee money disbursed?
    Summary: To whom is the student activity fee money disbursed?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  30. What is a Student Activities Fee?
    Summary: What is a Student Activities Fee?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  31. What is allowed to be funded?
    Summary: What is allowed to be funded?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  32. What is not allowed to be funded?
    Summary: What is not allowed to be funded?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  33. What is the best policy for SG members to collect monies from members of SG?
    Summary: What is the best policy for SG members to collect monies from members of SG? For example, if the SGA decides to purchase shirts, should the members collect money and receipt or should all monies go to the bursar's office?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  34. What's the best practice for raising the SGA/Student Activity Fee?
    Summary: What's the best practice for raising the SGA/Student Activity Fee? Do most schools require a vote by the student body or can the SGA senate increase the fee as representatives of the student body?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  35. Who has ultimate authority on SGA budgets? (Students or advisors?)
    Summary: Who has ultimate authority on SGA budgets? (Students or advisors?)

    Category: Ask the Experts


  36. Who manages the student activity fee?
    Summary: Who manages the student activity fee?
    Category: Ask the Experts


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