Posted: 3/01/07

Athletics Fee Referendum Vote at TAMIU March 6-8



Texas A&M International University students will have an opportunity to vote on a proposed Athletics Fee March 6, 7 and 8.

The proposed fee will assist the University in its move from the NAIA Athletic Conference to NCAA Division II (no football).  The move to NCAA requires additional funding levels for student scholarships and the athletics program to meet NCAA, Division II requirements.

The fee may not be imposed unless approved by a majority vote of the students participating in a general student referendum.

The fee’s implementation is also contingent on legislation being passed to allow the fee to be charged. If passed by the 80th Legislature, the fee will begin Fall 2007.

The proposed fee will be $5 per semester credit hour. It will cap at 15 hours during both the Fall and Spring semesters and at nine hours for Summer Sessions.

“If passed, this fee revenue will go towards our entry into the NCAA Division II and, in addition, fund larger portions of the growing athletics program while also increasing athletics scholarships,” said José García, vice president for finance and administration.

Voting will take place online for all currently enrolled students. Students should visit http://onecard.tamiu.edu to cast their vote.

Open forums on the proposed fee increase were held Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 20, 2007.

For additional information on the proposed fee, please contact García at 326.2380.

University office hours are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu