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KU Student Senate Votes To End Athletic Fee

Associated Press - March 13, 2014 7:12 am

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The University of Kansas Student Senate has voted to eliminate a student fee that supports women’s and non-revenue sports.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has the authority to reject the Wednesday’s vote on the nearly 35-year-old fee.

The fee costs students $25 each semester. Students have been paying the fee since the late 1970s to help the university comply with Title IX, which requires universities to support women’s sports.

The student senate leaders say Kansas Athletics Inc. has enough revenue to support women’s sports without a subsidy from students. The fee raised $1.1 million last year, when the athletics department’s had a total of $93.7 million in revenue.

Gray-Little has refused to comment on whether she would veto or uphold the student senate’s vote.

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Associated Press information from: Lawrence Journal-World

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