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<p>Two groups of University of Toronto students have failed in a bid to stop an increase in athletic fees.</p>

Students’ groups attempted to halt U of T increase


Two groups of University of Toronto students have failed in a bid to stop an increase in athletic fees.





Justice Beth Anna Allen of Ontario Superior Court yesterday dismissed an application by organizations representing 18,000 graduate and part-time students to have a 17.76 per cent hike in the compulsory ancillary fees for athletics at the downtown campus for 2007-08 rolled back and a refund issued on funds already collected.





The students, who said the $18.61 hike was a matter of principle more than money, argued U of T violated its own rules last spring when it hiked the fees, which will be used in part to pay for the new $17 million Varsity Centre on Bloor Street West.





“Although not perfect, the ancillary fee approval process reflected the hallmarks of a fair process,” Allen wrote.





U of T provost Vivek Goel said in a statement the ruling “ensures that we will be able to deliver on the wishes of the vast majority of our students, ensuring their access to athletic facilities at the Varsity Centre.” While the graduate and part-time students fought the fee increase, the university’s largest student organization on campus, U of T Students’ Union okayed it.





A spokesperson for the part-time students’ organization last night declined to comment at the time.















Mandatory fee



  • Non-tuition ancillary fees are mandatory for students, acting as a kind of enrolment fee. The increase — from $104.91 to $123.52 — is worth more than $1 million in revenues for U of T.



 
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