WSR 04-03-073



[ Filed January 16, 2004, 11:19 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-14-041.

Title of Rule: Chapter 516-60 WAC, Admission and registration procedures.

Purpose: To add a new section to the chapter that establishes rules for waivers of tuition and fees.

Other Identifying Information: General housekeeping measures.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.35.120(12).

Summary: The new section addresses Western's policy on waivers of tuition and fees.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: J. St. Hilaire, Registrar, WWU, Old Main 230, (360) 650-3430.

Name of Proponent: Western Washington University, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Rule changes are: (1) Housekeeping measure to define the university catalog; and (2) adds a new section to the chapter that will establish rules on waivers of tuition and fees. New section will provide greater information on the university's policy on waivers of tuition and fees.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The proposal adds a new section on waivers of tuition and fees. Other changes are housekeeping measures.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. No monetary implications. No costs have been imposed on small business through the adoption of these changes.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Rules relate to internal governmental operations.

Hearing Location: Western Washington University, Board Room, Old Main 340, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA, on March 2, 2004, 9:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Suzanne Baker by February 24, 2004, TDD (360) 650-3117.

Submit Written Comments to: Suzanne Baker, Rules Coordinator, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9015, fax (360) 650-6197, by March 2, 2004.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 9, 2004.

January 15, 2004

Suzanne M. Baker

Rules Coordinator


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 90-10-042, filed 4/27/90, effective 5/1/90)

WAC 516-60-001   Catalog.   All dates and procedures established by the board of trustees or president relating to admissions and registration shall be published annually in the appropriate university catalog and shall be considered contractual between the student and the university. The catalog is defined as Western Washington University Bulletin.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.35.120(12), 34.05.220 (1)(b), 34.05.250, 28B.15.600, 42.17.310, 42.30.070 - 42.30.075, chapters 69.41 and 43.21C RCW. 90-10-042, 516-60-001, filed 4/27/90, effective 5/1/90; Order 72-10, 516-60-001, filed 11/17/72.]

WAC 516-60-010   Waivers of tuition and fees.   (1) The board of trustees is authorized to grant tuition and fee waivers to students pursuant to RCW 28B.15.910 and the laws identified therein. Each of these laws, with the exception of RCW 28B.15.543 and 28B.15.545, authorizes, but does not require, the board of trustees to grant waivers for different categories of students and provides for waivers of different fees. The board of trustees or its delegate must affirmatively act to implement the legislature's grant of authority. A list of waivers that the board has implemented can be found in the Bulletin, Timetable of Classes, university website, or any subsequently adopted publication.

(2) Even when it has decided to implement a waiver listed in RCW 28B.15.910, the university, for specific reasons and a general need for flexibility in the management of its resources, may choose not to award waivers to any or all students who may be eligible under the terms of the laws, or it may decide to grant partial waivers. The university's description of the factors it may consider to adjust a waiver program to meet emergent or changing needs is found in subsection (5) of this section. All waivers are subject to subsection (5) of this section.

(3) The board of trustees also has the authority under RCW 28B.15.915 to grant waivers of all or a portion of operating fees as defined in RCW 28B.15.031. Waiver programs adopted under RCW 28B.15.915 are described in the sources identified in subsection (1) of this section. Waivers granted under RCW 28B.15.915 are subject to subsection (5) of this section.

(4) Waivers will not be awarded to students participating in self-sustaining courses or programs.

(5) The university may modify its restrictions or requirements pursuant to changes in state or federal law, changes in programmatic requirements, or in response to financial or other considerations, which may include, but are not limited to, the need to adopt fiscally responsible budgets, the management of the overall levels and mix of enrollments, management initiatives to modify enrollment demand for specific programs and management decisions to eliminate or modify academic programs. The university may choose not to exercise the full funding authority granted under RCW 28B.15.910 and may limit the total funding available under RCW 28B.15.915.


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