The purpose of the Penn State Berks Student Initiated Fee (SIF) is to enhance the co-curricular experiences of all students by distributing student fee monies in an equitable, viewpoint-neutral, and timely manner as empowered by the Student Fee Board (SFB) at University Park and the University Board of Trustees. The Student Initiated Fee (SIF) improves the overall quality of the out-of-class experiences through supporting facilities, recreation, services, and non-credit-bearing programs and activities at Penn State Berks based on the needs, expectations, and requests as determined by Penn State Berks students.
At the time of the creation of the Student Fee Board, the University charged three student fees in addition to tuition: (1) the Information Technology Fee, (2) the Student Facilities Fee, and (3) the Student Activity Fee. Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, the Student Activity Fund (SAF) and the Student Facilities Fund (SFF) were combined into one Student Fee called the Student Initiated Fee (SIF). The Information Technology Fee was integrated into tuition in the spring of 2020.
According to the Student Fee Board Handbook, Section 1.3:
The purpose of the fee is to enhance the out-of-class, non-credit-bearing experiences at the campuses based on identified student needs. The following principles guide the use of the fee monies:
- Students should control the collection and utilization of their student fee dollars under the authority of the University President.
- Generally, revenue raised should remain at the campus where it is collected; however, multi-campus initiatives are permitted with the approval of the appropriate fee board(s).
- Student Fee revenue should supplement, and not replace, current University funding to programs and services.
- Student Fee revenue raised will support non-academic improvements to student life.
- The Student Fee will not be folded into general tuition funds.
- The Campus Allocation Committee will allocate funds collected at each campus.
- A Student Fee may only increase/decrease with the approval of the designated fee board.
- The use of this fee should be public knowledge and actively reported to students. Meetings and official business of the Student Fee Board shall, by default, be open to the student body.
- Meetings may be closed to the public by a seconded motion, if the deliberation includes sensitive matters, provided that the Chair publicly announces the reasoning for moving into an executive session. No official votes or decisions shall be made in a closed meeting.
- Any single objection to this motion will move this motion into a majority vote to enter an executive session.
Student Activity Fee
The purpose of the Student Activity Fee is to provide students with the funds to enhance their co-curricular campus experience while here at Penn State Berks.
Per the Penn State Student Fee Board Handbook, Section 2.1: Activities funding enhances the student out-of-class experiences including programming, travel, equipment, and media publication. The primary use for activities funds is to enhance the campus climate through student-initiated programming, activities, and experiences. Student activities educate, entertain, and/or engage students outside of academic requirements.
Student Facility Fee
The purpose of the Student Facility Fee is to provide students with the funds to enhance or improve the Penn State Berks infrastructure by making improvements and expansions of non-academic, recreational, multi-use space for students.
Per the Penn State Student Fee Board Handbook, Section 2.2: Facilities funding enhances student out-of-class experience by supporting both large-scale and small-scale infrastructure projects primarily intended for student use or benefit. Large-scale projects include facility development through building and/or renovating University facilities intended for student out-of-class use. Small-scale projects can include, but are not limited to, student requested enhancement/increase of existing resources, support of facilities for recognized student organizations, campus beautification and memorial projects, and the purchase of equipment designed for a student facility.
- Penn State Berks Student Initiated Fee (SIF) Handbook
- SIF Proposal Tips
- SIF Red Flag Policy
- Penn State Student Fee Board Handbook
- Commonwealth Fee Board and Commonwealth Student Initiated Fee Operating Procedures
- Student Initiated Fee (SIF) Allocation Committee Application
- Student Activity Fee (SAF) Proposal Form – Programs and Services
- Student Activity Fee (SAF) Proposal Form – Personnel Staffing
- Student Facility Fee (SFF) Proposal Form
- Catering Order Form
- Student Initiated Fee (SIF) Appeal Form