Ballot Initiatives

Definitions

Definition of Return to Aid: The return to aid surcharge, 25% of the total fee charged, is assessed to every campus-based, student initiated, mandatory new fee and increase to an existing fee initiated 2006 or later.  The surcharge is used by the campus to cover need-based financial aid for UCSB students whose financial aid awards would not otherwise cover student-imposed mandatory campus fees.  The fee applies to undergraduate and graduate student fees.

Definition of Administrative Fee: The administrative fee, 1-8% of the base fee charged (depending on year originally passed), is assessed to every campus-based, student initiated, mandatory new fee and increase to an existing fee passed 2010 or later.  The fee is used by the campus to cover the administrative costs of collecting, accounting, and disbursing the student-imposed mandatory campus fees.  The fee applies to undergraduate and graduate student fees.   

New Initiatives, Fee Increases, and Constitutional Amendments

Graduate Student Internship Fellowship

Do you approve a mandatory quarterly fee of $1.65 per graduate student, assessed every fall, winter, and spring quarter ($1.16 goes to GSA, $0.41 goes to return-to-aid, $0.08 goes to administrative assessment) to create a Graduate Student Internship Fellowship program? If passed, the fee would begin Fall 2017, and continue until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2021.

    Yes

    No

    Abstain

According to the recent UC Graduate Student Well-Being report – which assessed responses from over 13,000 graduate students from all 10 UC Campuses – “career prospects” was the best predictor of life satisfaction at UC as a whole. As a result, the Graduate Student Internship Fellowship Program aims to expand career opportunities for graduate students to explore diverse career paths and gain valuable work experience while in graduate school. Internships can unlock essential opportunities for graduate students to gain transferable skills often not gained through their graduate studies, but are nonetheless crucial to their career success. A 2015 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that 72.5% of employers prefer to hire applicants with related experience, and graduate students typically look outside of the university setting to gain this direct experience. Unfortunately, many of these career opportunities are unpaid, and graduate students are often unable to take advantage of them due to financial constraints. Collected through GSA, the fee would establish four to five $2,000-2,500 fellowships, which would be managed by the GSA executive board and the Graduate Student Career Counselor in Career Services. A committee made up of a GSA executive board representative, a graduate student, and a Career Services staff member will award every spring quarter, starting Spring 2018.

Fellowships will be awarded based on the following criteria, and in accordance with University policy:

  • Potential for substantive learning experience and valuable career experience/career growth
  • Financial need and impact of fellowship to ease need
  • Completion of application, submission of a résumé or CV, and met eligibility criteria

GSA Reaffirmations

GSA Conference Travel Grant Fund Fee

Do you wish to continue a mandatory fee of $4.28 (including summer) per graduate student per quarter, in order to create a fund, available to all graduate students via application, for conference travel grants, (Breakdown: $3.21 goes to GSA for the grant fund, $1.07 is for return to aid)?  Of the $3.21 for the grant fund, a 7% administrative assessment will be charged to all non-capital expenditures.   

If reaffirmed, the fee would continue to be collected until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2019.

    Yes

    No

    Abstain

The funds enable GSA to make a conference travel grant available to students.  It allows GSA to grant roughly forty-five $200 travel grants to graduate students each quarter.

Student Medical Emergency Relief Fund (SMERF)

Do you wish to continue a $0.89 per student per quarter, including summer, mandatory fee in order to provide funding for the Student Medical Emergency Relief Fund (SMERF), which provides grants for students who are not able to cover the costs of medical procedures?

If reaffirmed, the fee would continue to be collected until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2021.

    Yes

    No

    Abstain


Campus Wide REAFFIRMATIONS

Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity (WGSE) Support Fee, formerly known as the Women’s Center Support Fee

Do you wish to continue a mandatory fee of $8.17 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including summer, in order to support the Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity Department (WGSE)? Breakdown: $7.18 goes to WGSE, $0.98 is for return to aid.  Of the $7.18 for WGSE, $2.94 is subject to a 7% administrative assessment on all non-capital expenditures.

If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2021.

    Yes

    No

    Abstain

The Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity (WGSE) Support Fee helps maintain staff and programs including Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources; Women's Center programming; and Non-Traditional Student Services.

The fee helps maintain public spaces within the Women’s Center, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD), and Non-Traditional Student Resource Center (e.g., libraries, art galleries, meeting rooms) through the addition of new technology, library acquisitions, art gallery resources, and replacement of aging equipment. It also helps improve current WGSE programs and services such as:

  • sexual violence advocacy services;
  • help for individuals in crisis;
  • support for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/intersex/ally communities;
  • student-initiated activities and events;
  • student internships and employment opportunities; and
  • educational programming

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS, formerly Counseling Services) and Career Services Support Fee

Do you wish to continue a mandatory fee of $5.85 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including summer, in order to provide funds to maintain service levels for Counseling & Psychological Services and Career Services ($2.69 goes to CAPS, $3.16 goes to Career Services)?  If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2021.

  • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) currently collects an additional:
  • $33.07 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (including summer), collected through a campus lock-in fee, for a total of $35.76 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter to support CAPS.
  • Career Services currently collects an additional:
    • $14.90 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (including summer), collected through a campus lock-in fee, for a total of $18.06 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter to support Career Services.

    Yes

    No

    Abstain

Counseling & Psychological Services receives $2.69 (of the $5.85 fee) to see graduate and undergraduate students who are in emotional distress. Along with providing confidential individual counseling, we work with roommates, friends, parents, teaching assistants, faculty, and staff to help get counseling for someone in need. Students also now have access to counseling 24/7 through our phone consultation services.

Reaffirmation of this fee will allow us to continue to support psychologist positions, and, budget permitting, avoid co-payments and reduced hours. A yes vote for this reaffirmation will ensure that we are able to continue offering these essential services to graduate and undergraduate students in need.

Career Services receives $3.16 (of the $5.85 fee) to assist approximately 10,000 students per year with career-related issues such as major and career selection; access to internships and part- and full-time jobs; assistance with graduate school applications; and provision of job search tools such as workshops, employer information sessions, job fairs, and on-campus interview assistance.  Specifically, these monies support one career counselor, one job developer and related marketing efforts, and the free three-month grace period for students after graduation.

Reaffirming this fee will support employer development, outreach, career counseling staff, and, budget permitting, enable us to avoid reducing hours and instituting or increasing fees for testing, job fairs, and workshops. By reaffirming this fee, you ensure Career Services will continue to be available for your career counseling needs and offer quality services.

Health & Wellness Programs Fee

Do you wish to continue a mandatory fee of $7.13 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including summer, in order to support Health & Wellness Programs, (Breakdown: $5.35 goes to Health & Wellness, $1.78 is for return to aid)?  Of the $5.35 for Health & Wellness, a 7% administrative assessment will be charged to all non-capital expenditures.  If reaffirmed, the fee would continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2021.

    Yes

    No

    Abstain

While best known for Dog Therapy Day and Free Massages, Health & Wellness offers many other research-based programs that reach a substantial number of UCSB students.  This fee allows Health & Wellness to fund the staff necessary to continue student-centered and student-requested programs on topics such as sex and relationships, healthy eating, drugs, stress-reduction techniques, and positive psychology.  The Wellness class (ED 191W) and internship program provide professional training and leadership certification for as many as 330 students per year.  Annually, Health & Wellness staff and interns facilitate over 90 workshops, 26 field trips, over 100 healthy food demos and the distribution of healthy snacks, and over 20 events such as Dog Therapy Day, HIV Testing, Sleep Challenge, Rejuvenation Station, Random Acts of Kindness, Sex Affair, and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  A reaffirmation of this fee will allow Health & Wellness to continue providing resources such as weekly massage, organic apples, and condoms to students at no additional cost.  This fee preserves Health & Wellness services and helps UCSB students continue to thrive academically, physically, socially, and emotionally.