Edi­to­rial: SSMU an­cil­lary fee ref­er­en­dum en­dorse­ments

The Stu­dents’ So­ci­ety of Mcgill Univer­sity an­cil­lary fee ref­er­en­dum, which con­cerns manda­tory fees charged by the Univer­sity in ex­cess of tu­ition, takes place from March 28 to April 1.

The McGill Daily - - Commentary - —The Mcgill Daily edi­to­rial board

WUSC Stu­dent Refugee Pro­gram fee in­crease – YES

The Daily en­dorses a “yes” vote to the World Univer­sity Ser­vice of Canada (WUSC) fee in­crease ref­er­en­dum ques­tion. Col­lected since 1986, this fee has sup­ported the WUSC Stu­dent Refugee Pro­gram, which pro­vides fund­ing for stu­dents liv­ing in refugee camps to study at Mcgill. The fee cur­rently amounts to $0.50 and has never been ad­justed for in­fla­tion, which means that only one stu­dent can be spon­sored each year. In­creas­ing the fee to $2.00 would al­low WUSC to spon­sor up to three stu­dents an­nu­ally.

Re­newal of the Ac­cess Mcgill an­cil­lary fee – YES, WITH RESERVATIONS

The non-opt- out­able Ac­cess Mcgill an­cil­lary fee amounts to $2.00 per stu­dent per se­mes­ter and sup­ports ser­vices for stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties. The ser­vices it funds, such as in­vig­i­la­tion for ac­com­mo­dated ex­ams and pay­ment for the peer note-tak­ing pro­gram, are ex­tremely im­por­tant; how­ever, these ser­vices should be pro­vided by the Univer­sity with­out sup­ple­men­tary stu­dent pay­ment, par­tic­u­larly given the fact that Mcgill re­ceives a gov­ern­ment grant for stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties. Be­cause a “no” vote would leave stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties worse off at this time, The Daily en­dorses a “yes” vote on the re­newal of this fee, but does so with reservations.

Re­newal of the Mcgill Writ­ing Cen­tre fee – YES

The Mcgill Writ­ing Cen­tre an­cil­lary fee sup­ports the Mcgill Writ­ing Cen­tre, an es­sen­tial re­source for stu­dents that pro­vides as­sis­tance on es­says and other writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tions and of­fers cour­ses in aca­demic and pro­fes­sional writ­ing, spe­cial­ized writ­ing ser­vices, and a tu­to­rial ser­vice. This non-opt-out­able fee of $1.50 per stu­dent per se­mes­ter cur­rently sup­ports one-on-one in­di­vid­u­al­ized tu­tor­ing and small-group work­shops, among other ser­vices, and the devel­op­ment of new ini­tia­tives on-site and on­line. While The Daily would pre­fer to see these ser­vices pro­vided by the Univer­sity at no cost to stu­dents, The Daily en­dorses a “yes” vote on the re­newal of this fee to en­sure their con­tin­u­a­tion.

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