UTM increases student services fees by 2% – The Varsity

On February 9, the UTM Campus Board reviewed mandatory student non-academic incidental fees and campus operating plans and fees. At the meeting, it approved increases in certain incidental costs.

Costs

Melinda Scott, students and student policy advisor, presented the 2021-2022 report on mandatory non-academic ancillary fees.

Fees in the on-campus services category include student services, health services, and sports and recreation at UTM, as well as fees for the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and Hart House which are levied on all three campuses. Students cannot opt ​​out of this fee, and the cost will fluctuate depending on each student’s full-time or part-time status.

Mandatory fees also include fees for the Part-Time Undergraduate Student Association, University of Toronto Graduate Student Union, U of T Community Radio CIUT 89.5 FM and the university. Students attending UTM pay specific division fees – student society fees based on campus location – for the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU), the Graduate Student Association from UTM (UTMAGS), the radio station CFRE 91.9 FM, The waythe UTM Athletic Council, the Master of Management & Professional Accounting Student Society and the UTM Residence Council.

Dean of Student Affairs and Deputy Director, Student Services, Mark Overton, presented the overview of UTM’s operating plans and fees, as well as its mandatory non-academic incidental fees plan for 2022-2023.

Fees for health services and athletics and recreation remain unchanged. However, Overton introduced an increase to $214.67 per session — $42.93 for part-time students — for student services fees. This represents an increase of 2%, or $4.31 per semester — $0.86 for part-time students — over 2021-22 fees.

Responding to the presentations, Salma Fakhry – the former president of the Quality Service to Students group, a UTM group of students and administrators looking for ways to improve the student experience, and a 2019 alumnus – said that “the only comment offered [from Quality Service to Students members] of the three fees was that students valued the services and programs offered, but felt the cost of attending the University of Toronto was already a significant burden on students — even more so during the pandemic.

Overton said the reason some fees weren’t increased was because “ultimately, over several years, the message [from students] comes across that they liked the services, but [there] is simply the financial challenge [from] fee increase. »

“It’s about affordability,” Overton added.

A number of student union fees are also set to increase, including fees for UTMAGS, which will begin raising its U Mississauga Transit pass fee by $7.01 per session for full-time and college students. part-time. Graduate students will also see an increase of $4.27 for the fall term and $4.28 for the winter term for both full-time and part-time students due to the Summer U-Pass of Mississauga Transit. During the 2022-2023 academic year, all graduate students affiliated with UTM will be charged $236.89 per session in mandatory incidental fees.

UTMSU fees will also see a number of increases, which were approved during the last meeting of the board of directors of UTMSU then, more recently, by the Campus Council. Total UTMSU fees per semester could reach $425.58 for full-time students and $157.94 for part-time students, charged to all UTM undergraduate students.

The total UTMSU fee per semester for Mississauga Medical Academy students will be $523.42 per session since UTMSU has increased the Mississauga Transit Summer U-Pass fee up to at $8.08 per semester.

Academic Affairs Meeting

UTM’s February 10 Academic Affairs meeting included Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean Rhonda McEwen’s presentation on newly hired faculty statistics.

There were 37 new recruits in 14 faculties. The highest number of new recruits in a “home unit” was eight, at the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy. Of the 37 new hires, 34 were hired as assistant professors on teaching, tenure and contracts, while only three were hired as associate professors on tenure.

Additionally, 24 of the 37 new hires were women. The humanities departments welcomed three new professors, all women. Social sciences received 17 professors, including 11 women; science received 11 professors, including seven women; and professional and applied sciences hired an equal number of women and men, three each.