AY20-21 Announcement Regarding Fees
Mines will not be waiving mandatory student fees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. These student fees will continue to benefit students during in-person, remote, and online instructions due to COVID-19.
Aggregated student fees support vital student services, instruction, programs and operations across semesters and classes – not just in the current term. Student-fee funded programs and services will continue to be available to students during this time through limited in-person, online, or other virtual systems regardless of whether instructions is online, hybrid or in-person format.
Student fees will continue to provide support for students with disabilities, student government and organizations, mental health services, career advising, technology services, and more. In addition, the university is investing in additional resources to support our students in the classroom, hybrid courses, and those delivered remotely during this time.
Each year, student fee proposals are presented to the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments (on behalf of the student body), the Campus Budget Committee, and the President. All proposals are reviewed and decided by a majority vote before going to the Board of Trustees for final approval. Student fees are a key component to ensuring that all students are provided important services, use of effective facilities and opportunities to enable their success. Maintaining these fees over time is essential to sustaining this infrastructure for our students, making it necessary that the fees be paid regardless of whether or not, or how often, an individual student uses the services, spaces, and opportunities they support.
- All sports are still playing but games have been shifted to Spring 2021 for the safety of the Mines Community.
- All other sports activities (practice, workouts, and recruiting) are still occurring and have not changed.
- Support for club sports and student employees continues through the use of facilities and employment.
- Student engagement efforts continue via social media.
Academic Facilities Construction Fee
- The Academic Construction Fee was established to fund buildings that are used primarily for general classroom instruction and teaching lab space.
- The fee is used to pay for capital projects directly as well as to fund annual debt service on debt-funded projects.
- 8% of the fees each year are reserved for classroom teaching and research lab space maintenance and remodeling.
- Approximately 59% of fee revenue pays for annual debt service commitments for prior construction and expansion projects.
- The remaining 33% pays for cash-fund capital projects that create or improve space for classroom instruction or teaching labs on campus and off.
Associated Student Fee
- Supports the activity/functions of Associated Students of the Colorado School of Mines (USG and GSG)
- Funds programs such as travel grants, substance abuse prevention, and emergency assistance.
- A considerable amount of this fee is allocated by the student government to the Mines’ registered student organizations, and to other governing bodies, such as Mines Activities Council, which provides programming for all students.
Intermodal Transportation Fee
- This fee provides all Mines students with:
- Free Local, Regional, and Airport bus and rail services via the RTD College Pass.
- Free rides on the local Golden/CSM Circulator Bus.
- Supports other transit demand management issues as determined by the Student Government.
Recreation Center Fee
- Approximately 16% of the fees collected annually are allocated towards annual debt service commitments and additional operational costs for the Student Recreation Center.
- Approximately 56% of the fees collected directly pays for ongoing expenses, utilities, and facility maintenance.
- The Student Recreation Center reopened in July and all program areas are operational including Fitness, Aquatics, Intramurals, Club Sports, and the Outdoor Recreation Center.
- New and innovative programs and services are being offered in addition to what was traditionally offered. These include, but are not limited to, a weekly newsletter full of dynamic content, virtual fitness classes, and the launch of E-Sports.
- A new fitness space, The Motion Lab in Spruce Hall, will open in Spring 2021.
Student Health Services Fee
- Approximately 11% of the fees collected annually are allocated towards annual debt service commitments and additional operational costs for the Student Health Center.
- Students continue to have access to a wide range of robust health and well-being services, made possible by their student fees. Student fees are primarily used to pay staff salaries so that we can continue providing important health and well-being support for Mines students.
- Medical services continue to serve students at and Student Health Center, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Available services include primary care, laboratory, behavioral health, x-ray, and physical therapy. Medical providers are also available by phone to address students’ questions and concerns related to COVID-19 and other health issues.
- The Dental Clinic is staffed part-time by a dentist, hygienist, and dental assistant who offer exams, X-rays, cleanings, fillings, retainers/night guards, consultations, and referrals.
- YOU@Mines, our online student success tool, has added 40+ COVID19 related resources to help students adapt to a changing world.
- The Student Outreach and Success Team assists and supports students who may be facing personal and/or academic difficulties during their time at Mines. This team also reviews reports of concern about members of the Mines community and when appropriate, reaches out to the member directly to offer support.
Student Services Fee
- Approximately 30% of the fees collected annually are allocated towards annual debt service commitments and additional operational costs for the Student Center.
- The Mines Counseling Center continues to offer an array of virtual mental health services to all students regardless of location. Services include phone consultations with counselors, secured video teletherapy sessions, drop-in virtual office hours, and peer support groups offered daily, skills seminars on relevant topics such as anxiety, self-care, grief and loss, screen overuse and mindfulness, and case management services which assist students in accessing specialized care.
- SAIL (Student Activities Involvement and Leadership) provides support for all student groups including Greek Life.
- The Student Center provides all students with a physical location to study or log in to their online classes. Academic classes are also being held in the Student Center to accommodate social distancing.
- The BlasterCard Office is issuing new and replacement cards to all undergraduate and graduate students.
- The Career Center supports all students with career advisement and placement.
- Mandatory fees collected for the purpose of providing or purchasing equipment or programmatic activities relating to computer equipment, laboratory equipment, or other technology.
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