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What is the fee referendum and why is it happening?

What is the fee referendum and why is it happening?
Each term, the Augustana Students’ Association (ASA) collects a $65.00 fee from each full-time student at Augustana. Every five years, Augustana students are given the chance to vote on whether or not to continue paying this fee that funds the ASA’s operation. This year is a referendum year and students will have the chance to vote on March 8 and 9.“We bridge the resources from North Campus here to Augustana students,” saidChristine Tran, ASA Vice President Student Life. The ASA operates under the Students’ Union (SU) and follows SU bylaws. The ASA provides more services than other student associations because of Augustana’s unique situation as a satellite campus.

“The ASA has a membership fee of $65.00 per semester. Every 5 years, we hold a fee referendum,” said Tran. She added that, “this is a process which allows students to reaffirm the continued collection of the faculty association membership fee that each student pays.”

The referendum is mandated to be held as per Students’ Union bylaw 8200 section 9 (1e). Further, Students’ Union bylaw 8200 section 7 (5) the fee can only be implemented if the referendum passes with majority, and there is also a required voter turnout of 15 percent for the vote to be considered valid.

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