Housing and dining rates to increase, concealed carry policy approved

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Housing and dining rates will increase for the next school year at Kansas State. Pictured is the construction site for Wefald Hall next to Goodnow Hall off Denison Avenue on July 5, 2016. (Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

Wednesday’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting included many decisions that affect Kansas State, according to K-State Today. Among the decisions were an increase in housing and dining rates for the next school year and approval of the university’s concealed carry policy.

The increase in typical housing and dining rates for the 2017-2018 school year, according to K-State Today, will be 2.8 percent, or $65, for housing and 2.1 percent, or $80, for dining.

A document attached in K-State Today detailed the increases by each type of living arrangement.

The largest increase was 9 percent for a traditional private single room, from $3,600 to $3,925 per semester. The smallest increase was 1.1 percent for a traditional private double room in West Hall, from $2,800 to $2,830 per semester.

The unlimited access meal plan will increase by 3.4 percent, from $2,225 to $2,300 per semester. Rates will also increase for campus apartments, summer session living arrangements and the Polytechnic campus in Salina.

The additional $1.6 million of revenue will be used to cover inflationary increases in costs.

Concealed Carry

K-State’s concealed carry policy, which was approved by the Regents, will go into effect on July 1, 2017. The policy states that no university location will be designated as “prohibiting concealed carry with permanent adequate security measures.”

Open carry of firearms will remain prohibited on campus.

Other Approvals

Over $10 million was approved for repair and rehabilitation from the Education Building Fund. Among the 32 approved projects was $774,000 for a roof replacement for Hale Library.

K-State and the Regents approved a new three-year performance agreement. Meeting the goals in the agreement is required for the university to receive new state funds.

K-State’s six goals include increasing first to second year retention, the number of degrees and certificates awarded, the rank for total research expenditure, the rank for annual giving, the number of students from underrepresented groups receiving degrees and the percent of degrees and certificates awarded in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

A doctorate in leadership communication was approved, which involves the Staley School of Leadership Studies, communications and agricultural education and communication studies.

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Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.