Administrators have resisted student efforts to investigate the $116 health fee paid by PSU students every term. The Student Health Advisory Board, which was created by student government, aims to assure accountability of over $6 million spent each year by the Stuent Health and Counseling department.
"Student health fees are spent without student involvement," said Wafa Ghnaim-Alston, the ASPSU University Affairs Director. This winter, administrators ended the contract with Willamette Dental and opened an in-house PSU dental service. While the change in contract was planned for years, Wafa points out that "no effort was made to communicate the change to students."
In addition, the administration has refused to disclose over $40,000 in spending.
The board is also exploring the administration's reason for shelfing web education software that costs students $5,000 per year.
"It's very possible that the student health fee will increase unless we obtain more cooperation," said student David Alston, Chair of the Student Health Advisory Board, "Student involvement is crucial for the accountability of the student health fee."
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