Eli Ridder | Report

A joint committee made up of stakeholders from Humber College, the University of Guelph-Humber and the IGNITE student union is providing oversight for the implementation of the Student Choice Initiative on campus, Humber Et Cetera reported on Tuesday.

“Every ancillary fee that a student pays is overseen and administered by a committee and this committee has IGNITE people on it and it has members of Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber administration on it,” IGNITE Executive Director Ercole Perrone told the Et Cetera.

Perrone said the meetings will determine with all the parties ensuring they’re approaching the intent of the policy correctly, “and what’s going to stay, what’s gonna go, what’s going to be mandatory, and what’s going to be optional.” The existence of the “fee protocol committee” has not been previously reported.

The SCI leaves IGNITE with a level of uncertainty over how much funding it will receive, as previously reported by The Avro Post. Student unions across the province are scrambling to find out more information.

The optional student fees coming into play this fall after being introduced by the provincial Progressive Conservative government earlier this year has received backlash from student unions, campus publications and other organizations normally funded by fully mandatory fees on top of tuition.

The average Humber College and Guelph-Humber undergraduate student pays $75 in fees to fund largely the medical insurance offered by IGNITE but also events, clubs and other services provided by the student union. The campus does not have a funded student newspaper.

The Et Cetera interviewed the IGNITE executive director who had told students during the Annual General Meeting in March that they could come to the student union’s offices to get more information on finances. Peronne never responded to two requests for meetings from The Avro Post or its staff.

Image of Humber College North Campus from The Avro Post.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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