Appropriations continues to tweak funding policies

Feb. 2, 2010, 12:15 p.m.

The Undergraduate Senate Appropriations Committee, which sets policy for how Stanford’s more than 650 student groups can spend general and special fees money, continued early into Tuesday morning to tweak its recommendations for next year’s special fees policies, which apply to some 50 of campus’s largest groups.

Anton Zietsman ’12, chair of the committee, said in an e-mail Tuesday that he had received “a few” responses from financial officers to the recommendations made at a special meeting Sunday.

Among the late changes to the policies were a number of instances where “documentation,” rather than quotes, would now be required. That change appeared in sections on choreographers’ honoraria, equipment, equipment rental or maintenance and travel fares.

Neither the current special fees funding policies nor the proposed ones are available on the committee’s Web site.

The committee’s recommendations are set for a vote tonight by the entire Undergraduate Senate; if approved, they would be in effect until the next review a year from now.

There was no previous notice about the policies vote in last week’s Senate agenda; Zietsman said that these recommendations, like those that come out of his committee’s usual Friday meetings, were sufficiently publicized without previous notice. The Senate this year has typically voted on group-specific recommendations from Zietsman’s committee without previous notice.

Senate Chair Varun Sivaram ’11 did not immediately respond to an e-mail from The Daily about whether the policies bill may be voted on tonight. The Senate bylaws require that the text of bills be presented to the group on week ahead of a vote.

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