Canada’s largest university is collecting “illegal” fees for recreation and athletics and should be ordered to refund its students, two University of Toronto groups representing 18,000 part-time and graduate students argued yesterday in Ontario Superior Court.
“Students are already paying way too much for ancillary fee increases and we felt there needed to be a consideration about how to reduce or perhaps find other sources (for these fees),” said Oriel Varga, a liaison officer with the school’s Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students.
Chris Ramsaroop, a spokesman for the group, said the case is not just about money but also about protecting student union democratic rights. “It’s two-fold. It’s about the money issue but it’s also about making sure that the student unions are treated in a fair and proper manner by the university administration,” Ramsaroop said.