BOV Sets Summer Tuition and Fees; Reaffirms Commitment to Nondiscrimination

Posted: March 25, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: March 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

At its meeting on March 24, the George Mason University Board of Visitors (BOV) set tuition and fees for the summer 2010 session and passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to nondiscrimination  “in any and all contexts.”

The rates reflect increases as compared to the 2009-10 academic year rates and are based on the university’s projected budget for 2010-11. Final rates for the 2010-11 academic year will be set at the May 2010 BOV meeting.

The tuition and fees for the summer are increased over current credit hour rates as follows:

  • 8 percent for in-state undergraduates ($26 more per credit hour)
  • 8 percent for in-state graduate students ($32 more per credit hour)
  • 6 percent for out-of-state undergraduates ($57-$60 more per credit hour, depending on when the student matriculated)
  • 6 percent for out-of-state graduate students ($59 more per credit hour)
  • 8 percent for in-state law students ($58 more per credit hour)
  • 6 percent for out-of-state law students ($73 more per credit hour)

[Some specialized programs have slightly higher tuition rates.]

The BOV discussed at length the Virginia attorney general’s advice that the university’s policy regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not supported by state law. The result of the discussion was a resolution affirming the university’s full and continued support of nondiscrimination. (See below for the full text.)

The BOV approved rank changes for four faculty members from professor to University Professor: Gary Kreps, communication; Thomas E. Lovejoy, public and international affairs and environmental science and policy; Edward Maibach, communication; and Emanuel Petricoin III, molecular and microbiology. The rank changes are effective immediately.

Finally, the BOV voted to approve in concept, subject to a successful memorandum of understanding,  Mason Cable Network’s request to broadcast public BOV meetings. The student-run network (channel 89), which is part of Student Media, is broadcast only on campus.

Resolution of the Board of Visitors of George Mason University

Whereas, a diverse and inclusive learning environment that respects and enhances the potential of all members of our community is vitally important to the mission of George Mason University to achieve excellence in teaching, research, and service; and

Whereas, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty, students, administrators and staff make outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the university mission; and

Whereas, the Governor of the Commonwealth has affirmed that discrimination based upon factors such as one’s sexual orientation or parental status violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution; and

Whereas, all employees and students of the Commonwealth deserve statutory protection against discrimination;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Visitors of George Mason University that it remains deeply committed to equal treatment of all persons in their dealings with the university in any and all contexts.

Adopted:  March 24, 2010

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