November 20-21, 2003

ITEM 121-112-R1103

Draft Amendments

940.24 Collection and Remittance of FeesFunding for Student, Non-profit and Non-partisan OrganizationCorporations; The University of Montana-Missoula

Effective July January 1, 19892003

Board policy:

1.  The Associated Students of The University of Montana-Missoula (ASUM) is responsible for governing student run non-profit corporations operating on the campus of The University of Montana  Missoula. These corporations are required to be member groups of The ASUM as defined by The ASUM, and must submit to the fiscal policy held by The ASUM. The ASUM will maintain a funding system that is both balanced and equitable for all student organizations recognized by the ASUM and allow member groups to collect reasonable membership dues in accordance with the fiscal policy of the ASUMauthorized to collect a special and voluntary fee of any amount up to, but not exceeding $3 per semester on behalf of Montana Public Interest Research Group; and to remit the proceeds thereof to that corporation and under the following terms and conditions:.


1.  The corporation must be a Montana non-profit and non-partisan corporation run operated solely registered by University of Montana-Missoula students.

2.  The articles of incorporation and by-laws of the corporation shall assure that the procedures and activities of the corporation are democratically controlled by registered Montana college students of the University of Montana, and shall clearly limit the corporate activities to those activities which advance the general welfare of students consistent with the overall educational mission of The University of Montana-Missoula.

3.  The fee Any membership dues or contributions will be collected incidental apart fromto the regular registration process and that it be made clearly known to each student that it is a voluntary feecontribution.

4.  The fee collection process be initiated only after it has been clearly demonstrated that there is general and substantial support for the corporation among the students of The University of Montana-Missoula.

5.  An assessment of collection and disbursement costs of up to 3.5% of all funds collected shall be deducted prior to remittance to the corporation of the balance of the fees collected.

6.4.  The agreement between The ASUM and member groups will be maintained by The ASUM and its Board on Member Organizations.MontPIRG entered into pursuant to the authority of this policy shall be for a period of two years. This agreement shall be renewed by:

a. the majority vote of the students voting on continuation of the MontPIRG voluntary student fee in a referendum to be held either as a part of winter term registration or to coincide with ASUM spring elections and with voting to continue until at least 25 percent of the student body votes; or by,

b. a majority of the U of M student body signing a petition in support of continuing the MontPIRG voluntary student fee.