2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
August 8, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Jacque, L. Taylor and Stroebel,
cosponsored by Representatives
Murphy, Kerkman, Felzkowski, Ramthun
and Zimmerman. Referred to Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges,
Children and Families.
1An Act to renumber
36.27 (6) (a);
36.09 (5) and 36.27 (6) (b); and to
36.05 (10m) and 36.27 (6) (ag) of the statutes; relating to: University
3of Wisconsin System segregated fees.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill limits the authority of University of Wisconsin System institutions to
charge students “segregated fees,” which the bill defines as mandatory fees that are
in addition to instructional fees. The bill requires the Board of Regents to ensure that
institutions charge segregated fees only for expenses related to the following: 1)
officially recognized student organizations; 2) student governance; 3) student media;
4) intra-collegiate student recreational sports; 5) intercollegiate athletics; 6) student
health, counseling, and child care services; 7) student transportation services; 8)
nonacademic student services; 9) student union programming and nonretail
operations; 10) facility maintenance; and 11) capital construction projects.
The bill imposes restrictions on segregated fees for intercollegiate athletics and
capital construction projects. For intercollegiate athletics, the amount charged to an
individual student for an academic year may not exceed the lesser of $225 or the
amount charged for the 2020-21 academic year. For a capital construction project
at a UW school, segregated fees may be charged only if the project is authorized by
a majority vote of the school's entire student body in two consecutive academic years.
In addition, no more than 50 percent of a project's cost may be funded with segregated
The bill also provides that an institution's students have responsibility for the
disposition of all segregated fees. Under current law, that responsibility is limited
to fees that constitute substantial support for campus student activities. However,
as under current law, student responsibility is subject to final confirmation of the
Board of Regents.
Finally, the bill does not affect the requirements under current law that the
Board of Regents must ensure that segregated fees are used only for the purpose for
which they are charged or that any fees for inter-institutional student government
organization must be optional, not mandatory.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
36.05 (10m) of the statutes is created to read:
“Segregated fees” means mandatory fees charged to students of 3
an institution that are in addition to instructional fees.
36.09 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
36.09 (5) Students.
The students of each institution or campus subject to the 6
responsibilities and powers of the board, the president, the chancellor, and the 7
faculty shall have primary responsibility for advising the chancellor regarding the 8
formulation and review of policies concerning student life, services, and interests. 9
Students in consultation with the chancellor and subject to the final confirmation of 10
the board shall have the responsibility for the disposition of
those student segregated 11
fees which constitute substantial support for campus student activities
. The 12
students of each institution or campus shall have the right to organize themselves 13
in a manner they determine and to select their representatives to participate in 14
36.27 (6) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 36.27 (6) (ar).
36.27 (6) (ag) of the statutes is created to read:
(ag) The board shall ensure that institutions charge segregated fees 2
only for expenses related to any of the following:
1. Student organizations officially recognized by the institution.
2. Student governance.
3. Student media.
4. Intra-collegiate student recreational sports.
5. Intercollegiate athletics, except that the amount charged to an individual 8
student for intercollegiate athletics for an academic year may not exceed $225, or the 9
amount charged to the student for that purpose for the 2020-21 academic year, 10
whichever is less.
6. Student health, counseling, and child care services.
7. Student transportation services.
8. Nonacademic student services.
9. Student union programming and nonretail operations.
10. Facility maintenance.
11. Capital construction projects at a university or college campus that are 17
authorized by majority vote of the entire student body of the university or college 18
campus in 2 consecutive academic years, except that no more than 50 percent of the 19
costs of a capital construction project may be funded with segregated fees.
36.27 (6) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) The board may provide students with the opportunity to pay an 22
additional fee to support an inter-institutional student government organization.
23The, except that the
board may not require students to pay the fee.
(1) The treatment of s. 36.27 (6) (ag) first applies to segregated fees charged for 2
the first semester or session following the effective date of this subsection.
This act takes effect on July 1, 2021.