Student Fee Advisory Board

2013-2014 Board MembersStudent Fee Advisory Board 2014-2015

  • Benedicta Asamoah, School of Pharmacy
  • Laura Bozzi, Graduate School
  • Sirah Ali, School of Social Work
  • Seda Tolu, School of Medicine
  • Kelsey McVey, School of Social Work
  • Joe Vandigo, Graduate School
  • Frederick Curtis, School of Law
  • Kimberley Lebron, School of Dentistry
  • Jonathan VanRyzin, Graduate School


Request a Student Fee Increase

Proposed Standard Operating Procedures

  1. Purpose
    • According to the Board of Regents Policy 260.0 VIII-2.50, revised June 22, 2012, Section I.5.i, the Student Fee Advisory Board (SFAB) is responsible for advising the President and Board of Regents of The University of Maryland, Baltimore on the type, and amount of mandatory student fees including; Student government association, transportation, housing, and support facilities. Each year the advisor compiles the proposals from each school’s mandatory fees committee with the SFAB proposal and submits all the recommended proposed student fee types and amounts to the President.
  2. Composition of the Board
    •  Board
      • The board will consist of 7-10 student members including 1 student chair, and 1 student co-chair. Each seat will be selected for a single year term.
      • The 7-10 member board will be decided by the advisor and co-advisor.
    • Chair
      • The selection of the chair will be made by a joint committee comprised of the previous SFAB Chair, advisor and co-advisor.
      • The chair will be selected early in the spring semester in order to provide enough time for selection of board members.
      • Should a vacancy arise in the Chair’s position during the course of the year, the co-chair will become the chair and the SFAB will select a co-chair from the already existing board members.
      • The chair or co-chair will report to the USGA on the Board’s final proposal to the President.
      • The chair is responsible for leading each board meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order.
      • The chair is responsible for crafting the memo to the President with the recommended proposed student fee changes.
    • Co-Chair
      • The co-chair is responsible for taking minutes during the meetings, chairing the meetings in absence of the chair, and assisting the chair in any of his/her duties as necessary.
      • The co-chair is responsible for sending the meeting minutes to the Campus Life Services representative to be placed on the website after each meeting.
    • Board Members
      • The Board will consist of 7-10 voting student members who are enrolled for no less than 6 credits at the University of Maryland Baltimore and are in good academic standing.
      • The Board cannot fall below 7 voting members.
      • The members will be selected through an application and interview process conducted by the advisor and co-advisor.
      • Should a vacancy arise in the general membership of the Board, it will be filled for the unexpired portion of the term using the appointment process in d(iii).
      • Board members must attend the majority of the meetings.
      • Board members will be selected during the spring semester, normally three weeks after the chair is selected.
      • At least 5 of the schools must be represented on the Board.
      • Those Board members whose terms expire must reapply for membership in order to be considered for a new appointment.
      • Each board member’s term is April 1-Dec 31.
    • Advisors
      • The Assistant Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs will appoint an advisor and co-advisor who will advise the Board and chair on administrative issues.
      • The advisor and co-advisor will have a complete understanding of university policies and finances and advise the Board regarding the SFAB operations.
      • The advisor or co-advisor must attend all meetings.
      • The advisor and co-advisor will compile all submitted proposals from the schools and SFAB, attach a memorandum and submit to the President by December 1.
  3. Procedure
    • Training: All board members will attend a meeting in the spring semester in which budget procedures, ethics, university policies, review of bylaws, Robert’s Rules of Order, and departmental operations are explained.
    • Nominations will be conducted for department liaison assignments during the first Board meeting.
    • During the spring semester, each requesting department will be assigned a liaison from the board. It is the liaison’s responsibility to familiarize him/herself, in depth, with the department’s budget and any potential budget increase requests the department may propose. The liaison is also expected to maintain ongoing communication with the department’s Director to answer any questions the Board members may have about the funding process.
    • It is the responsibility of each Director to meet with the liaison a minimum of 2 times before the voting meeting in September.
    • Requirements for Fee Increases- fee change requests must be submitted online by August 15.
    • After August 15, each department will conduct a brief orientation for the Board. No budget figures will be discussed at this time, only services the department provides to the University.
    • The advisor will compile all requests and send them to the board members.
    • The board will meet to discuss the fee increases in September. The departments who requested an increase will be invited to the meeting to answer questions from the board.
    • Each fee will be voted on directly after the question session, those requesting fee increases must leave during voting.  
    • When voting on the fee proposals, board members will cast a yes/no or abstain vote, one vote per board member.
    • Board members must be present to cast a vote.
    • The chair will tally the votes, and fees approved with a two-thirds majority vote will receive a recommendation for increase in the memorandum.
    • Fees denied by the committee, will be included in the memorandum to the president with an explanation from the Board.
    • Once voting is completed, the chair will present the results to the departments requesting increases.
    • Once all votes are cast, the chair will draft the memorandum to the President by October 15. The chair can submit the memo to the Board for revisions before giving it to the advisor.
    • The Assistant Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs will set a deadline for the schools to submit their proposals and will collect them from the schools.
    • The President of the University can convene the committee at any point.
  4. Documentation, Communication and Transparency
    • All meetings, allocations, budgets and recommendations will be documented.
    • All board meetings will be open for the student body to attend.
    • All documentation will be handed down from the previous chair.
  5. Method of Amendment
    • A two thirds majority of the board may at any time during the term recommend to the Assistant Vice President that the bylaws be amended. The co-chair will amend the bylaws after the vote.