President’s Response: Late Fees Assessed to Undergraduate Students

DATE:    July 16, 2018

FROM:    Eric J. Barron

TO:          Michael Bérubé

I have reviewed the Advisory and Consultative report, Late Fees Assessed to Undergraduate Students, which was passed by the University Faculty Senate on April 24, 2018. I concur with the following report, which includes the following recommendations beginning this coming fall semester:

(1) postponing the first bill date for a semester until after the regular drop/add period of that term, and;

(2) implementing an optional four-installment payment plan to distribute the bill payment across the first four months of the fall and spring terms.

Owing to the shorter length of the summer session, the payment plan for that term will remain at the current three installment schedule.  Any action on the final recommendation to place a cap on the maximum late fee that can be incurred by any student will be deferred until the impact of the above changes in payment can be evaluated.

By copy of this memo, I am asking that Robert Pangborn, Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, implement the recommendations.

Thank you for the opportunity to review this item.

cc:  Kathleen J. Bieschke
Dawn Blasko
Nicholas P. Jones
Robert N. Pangborn