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Trustees propose fee increase (Released: 9/8/95)

by Thomas Becher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees today proposed increasing student fees by 3.5 percent beginning next fall.

The proposal to raise residence hall, board and General University fees in 1996-97 mirrors the percentage increase in tuition trustees approved in July. Final action is not expected until the board's November meeting to allow student input. A student hearing on the fee increases is scheduled for Oct. 5.

The proposed increases would raise the General University fee from $828 in 1995-96 to $856. The room fee would increase from $2,604 to $2,694, while the board fee would increase from $2,520 to $2,608.

Combined with the tuition increase approved in July, in-state undergraduates would pay $10,276 per year in 1996-97, up from $9,934 if the proposal is approved.

Trustees also voted to change the name of a new research center named after the late Sen. Christopher J. Dodd. The soon-to-be dedicated research center was renamed the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center to better reflect the building's function and to resolve the inconsistent use of its name. The building had been known since 1992 as the Sen. Thomas J. Dodd Archives and Research Center.

Hartley recommended the name change because the title "Senator" in the building name may have given emphasis to the office rather than to Dodd, executive trial counsel to the chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg trials following World War II. In addition, Hartley felt the word "Archives" in the formal name gave the false impression that the archives will contain only material from the late senator. In fact, the archives will include files from several noted Connecticut officials and other materials.

Dodd's son, U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, approved the name change.

President Clinton and other dignitaries are scheduled to dedicate the building next to Homer Babbidge Library during a ceremony Oct. 15. The center, expected to be completed Sept. 15, will house the University Libraries' Archives and Special Collections departments and the Center for Oral History and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life.

The building's dedication kicks off a four-day program with the theme Fifty Years After Nuremberg: Human Rights and the Rule of Law. The theme was drawn from the role Dodd played during the war crimes trials.

Trustees also approved the policies for the University's selection and acquisition of professional services and contractors in connection with UConn 2000 projects and other capital projects. UConn 2000, the $1 billion, 10-year plan to rebuild, renew and enhance the University's infrastructure, was approved by the General Assembly in June. The first bonding money is expected next month.

The approved policies establish a process for the selection of architects, engineers and construction projects.

In a separate matter, as a follow-up to their annual evaluation of him, trustees announced that University President Harry J. Hartley will receive a salary of $185,059 for the current year, an increase of $20,000. The new salary was made effective Aug. 18.

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