On June 19, 2014, the University of Tennessee’s Board of Trustees approved the Policy on a Student Programs and Services Fee (“Policy”). Pursuant to Section 7.A of the Policy, the Chancellor of UT Knoxville has established the following opt-in procedure allowing every student the opportunity to expressly authorize the University to allocate a certain amount or percentage of the Student Programs and Services Fee (SPSF) for Student-Organized Programming as defined by the Policy.
Opt-in Procedure and Language
Starting July 7, 2014 at 12:01 AM, any student that logs into the MyUTK portal will be presented with a pop-up screen image that will ask them to make a selection regarding the allocation of SPSF dollars for Student-Organized Programming. The specific language that will appear is as follows:
An integral part of any university education involves exposure to diverse ideas, subjects, and speakers. In order to provide the best education for our students, the University of Tennessee supports a diversity of programming organized by student organizations and student programming boards (“Student-Organized Programming”). The University allocates a portion ($15.46 for full-time students ) of the Student Programs and Services Fee to Student-Organized Programming such as Volapalooza, Vol Night Long, Sustainability Week, speakers, and ticket subsidies for student theater, symphony, and opera. A complete list of Student-Organized Programming supported by the Student Programs and Services Fee during the preceding academic year may be seen by clicking here <insert link>.
Student-Organized Programming may be considered by some to be controversial or personally objectionable. As such, you are asked to specifically authorize the allocation of this portion of the fee to Student-Organized Programming. If you choose not to have a portion of the fee allocated to Student-Organized Programming you will not be eligible for free or discounted student tickets to events funded by this portion of the fee.
Option 1: I authorize the University to allocate a portion of my Student Programs and Services Fee ($15.46 for full-time students) for Student-Organized Programming.
Option 2: I do not authorize the University to allocate a portion of the Student Programs and Services Fee ($15.46 for full-time students) to Student-Organized Programming. However, I understand that this portion of the fee will be reallocated for another use that benefits students.
NOTE: You may change your selection through the first day of the semester by logging on to MyUTK and updating your selection. After that date, your selection is final and cannot be changed until the next semester.
The pop-up screen will continue to appear each time the MyUTK portal is accessed until the student makes a choice, or until the “switch” is turned off at the end of the late registration process preventing the pop-up from appearing. In accordance with the Policy, if a student fails for any reason to opt in prior to the time the switch is turned off, that student’s SPSF funds will not be used for Student-Organized Programming.