The new fee will be part of broader discussions about students’ tuition and fees that are beginning Thursday. It stems from a systemwide campus security report championed by UNC-system President Tom Ross and presented in July 2014.
If approved, it would create about $5.4 million annually for campus security measures. The money would provide additional support for trained investigators and hearing officers, Title IX compliance coordination, counseling staff and security training.
Board member Marty Kotis said these moderate fees are evolving into a mountain of payments, which is a continual burden for students.
“It’s easy to say everyone wants more security,” he said. “Should we spend $30 more or $1,000 more for this? The students are having to pay for this.”
For the 2014-2015 school year, UNC-CH students paid $1,498 in student fees. The average UNC-system school pays $1,863 — and that amount will increase 4.9 percent to $1,955 under the 2015-16 tuition and fees proposal.