PULLMAN, Wash. – The Board of Regents of Washington State University will hold a regularly scheduled board meeting May 9 on the Pullman campus. The 9 a.m. meeting will be in Lighty Student Services Building, Room 405.

Under student affairs, a Health and Wellness mandatory summer fee of $50 for students on the Pullman campus. The fee would fully fund summer health and wellness services, eliminating a $20 co-pay, and reliance on services and activities fees, and the Health and Wellness Services reserve fund.

A $15-per-semester increase to the academic year Health and Wellness fee is also recommended for fall 2003 (increased to $87 per semester), fall 2004 (increased to $102 per semester) and fall 2005 (increased to $117 per semester), with subsequent year increases linked to inflation.

Also, the regents will consider amendments to the Washington Administrative Code to revise and update the Standards of Conduct for Students. The revisions focus on a more straightforward, user-friendly explanation of the student conduct process, said Charlene Jaeger, vice president for student affairs.

The board will consider allocations of services and activities fees for summer 2003 and the 2003-04 academic year. An increase of 8 percent or the percentage increase for each category of tuition, whichever is less, is recommended for fiscal year 2004

Also, recommendations for services and activities facilities fees for summer 2003 and the 2003-04 academic year will be considered.

Under academic affairs, a name change is recommended for the Program in Statistics to the Department of Statistics, effective immediately upon approval. The current program currently functions as a department, therefore, it is misleading to refer to the unit as a “program,” said Robert C. Bates, provost and academic vice president.

The School of Hospitality Business Management at WSU requests permission to extend its degree program to WSU Spokane, effective immediately. The curriculum at the Spokane campus would be structured as an upper-division, baccalaureate completion program. As the largest city between Minneapolis and Seattle, Spokane represents fertile ground where such a program can grow and flourish, Bates said.

Also, the board will consider the division of the WSU Department of Apparel, Merchandising and Interior Design into two departments – the Department of Interior Design and the Department of Apparel Merchandising, Design and Textiles, effective immediately. In the past three decades, the two disciplines have grown in divergent directions in such a way that the rationale behind joining the programs is no longer valid, the provost said. The department faculty unanimously supports the division.

The board will also consider establishing a Master of Arts in Philosophy, a collaborative program between the philosophy departments at WSU and the University of Idaho. The proposed program builds on the strengths of the two departments that already have a long history of close collaboration, each with a thriving bachelor’s program in philosophy, but neither with a graduate program, Bates said.

Under business affairs, the board will consider a mandatory $15 student transit fee for the Pullman campus for all students enrolled in seven credits or more and $8 per semester for students enrolled in less than seven credits. A referendum calling for the fees passed during the Associated Students of WSU general election in March and a graduate and professional student vote in April.

Regents will be asked to approve WAC urban campus parking revisions on three WSU campuses – WSU Vancouver, WSU Spokane at Riverpoint and the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing in Spokane. The university operates parking systems on the three campuses, each system governed by its own WAC chapter.

Also, the board will consider delegating authority to the president or his designee, the vice president for Business Affairs, to approve the selection of the firm that will provide consulting services and grant permission to proceed with schematic design for the projected $13.5 million Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory project at the WSU Tri-Cities.

Improvements to Bailey Brayton Field are also recommended. The project includes field turf replacement, remodeling the dugouts, repairing the drainage and adding an optional restroom for the home team dugout. Regents will be asked to delegate authority to the president or his designee, the vice president for Business Affairs, to award and sign a contract for this construction project within the funds allocated in the listed budget. The $1.2 million project is paid for with donated funds.

Also, the regents will consider the recommendation to approve the nominee for the Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award. The 2003-04 winner will be the 33rd recipient of the regents’ award.

The Regents also have committee meetings scheduled throughout the day on Thursday, May 8.