Spring semester privilege fee not to be reimbursed despite suspension of in-person classes, limited operations

(Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

Despite Kansas State’s decision to suspend in-person classes and limit operations on campus due to COVID-19, privilege fees for the current spring 2020 semester will not be reimbursed to students.

Thomas Lane, vice president of student life and dean of students, said there are many reasons for this decision, including bond payment obligations for facilities such as the K-State Student Union and Recreational Services, equipment and facilities repair still occurring, as well as continuing payroll for student employees and full-time staff associated with fee entities.

“Additionally, several of the privilege fee funded entities such as Lafene, Counseling Services, Student Legal Services, Recreational Services, among others, continue to provide virtual services to students,” Lane said. “Spring 2020 privilege fee dollars help ensure these programs and facilities are available to students next academic year and beyond.”

Donny Riffel, senior in computer science and chair of the Privilege Fee Committee, said despite the suspension of in-person classes, most entities on K-State’s campus that operate on privilege fees are still providing services to students through virtual means, including Lafene Health Center.

“Lafene continues to provide services at this critical time to students,” Riffel said. “They are even doing COVID-19 testing. Although many students aren’t in MHK, they are taking Zoom appointments for many reasons. Other [facilities] such as the Student Union and Recreation Services are providing activities for students to interact with one another during this time of social distancing.”