he University of Connecticut Board of Trustees confirmed a new degree program for American Sign Language studies Wednesday morning, the first of its kind in the United States.
The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees unanimously decided to increase the general university fund fee and to implement the recreation center fee for undergraduate students Wednesday morning. The board also discussed mental health programs on campus in the wake of increased mental health issues reported by students.
While the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has not yet announced who the new UConn president will be, the board voted unanimously Wednesday to raise tuition and fees for the UConn School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine for the next three years, as well as to renovate Whitney Dining Hall.
The University of Connecticut Dining Services spends a majority of its $74.5 million budget on personal expenses and fringe benefits for employees.
“You have to look at the (enormity) of how big we are. We are probably one of the largest self-operating dining services in the United States,” Dennis Pierce, Director of Dining Services, said.
The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees currently includes voting student trustees—one from the undergraduate class and another from the pool of graduate students. Though the Governor has rejected prior proposals to double the number of student trustees, the move becomes more necessary with each tuition hike and budget reduction.
Christine Savino, the trustee candidate and now former USG senator for McMahon Hall, said the case was baseless. Savino said “false news” and rumors were being spread by her opponent for the trustee position, USG Speaker George P. Wang. Wang said he was gathering information but denies spreading rumors.