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Feb. 12, 2015 Volume 36, No. 19

Curators vote to raise in-state undergrad tuition by less than 1 percent at MU and two other system campuses

Also, curators approve several Title IX policies impacting employees

Tuition for undergraduate resident students at MU and two other University of Missouri System campuses will increase by 0.8 percent for the 2015–16 calendar year, the UM System Board of Curators announced Feb. 5. The St. Louis campus will increase by 6.2 percent.

Graduate resident student rates will go up 0.8 percent at MU and the Kansas City campus, 3 percent at Missouri Science & Technology in Rolla, and 5 percent at St. Louis.

Increases are at the level of inflation.

Tuition for Missouri resident undergraduate students remains below the national average of public doctoral-granting institutions and significantly below the private doctoral national average, a UM System news release said.

“The University of Missouri continues to set the pace nationally in keeping education affordable for our students, while also providing the resources necessary for the university to remain a quality academic institution,” UM Board of Curators Chair Don Cupps said in the news release.

Over the past five years, the UM System has on average raised tuition and required fees 2.4 percent annually, compared to 5.4 percent by comparable institutions in surrounding states.

Curators also voted to increase nonresident undergraduate tuition rates at MU by 3 percent. The three other system campuses also received increases: 0.8 percent at Kansas City, 3 percent at Rolla and 2.9 percent at St. Louis. Nonresident graduate tuition rates will rise 3 percent at MU, 0.8 percent at Kansas City, 6 percent at Rolla and 2.5 percent at St. Louis.

Increases go into effect during the summer session.

In other developments:

  • Curators approved new rules and regulations regarding the procedure when allegations of sexual harassment or discrimination are brought against a faculty or staff member.A complaint is given to the provost or Title IX coordinator, followed by fact-finding. If a complainant wishes to pursue the case, among the options are conflict resolution, administrative resolution and hearing before a panel. An adviser can accompany the accused at administrative hearings. If the case is deemed to have merit, sanctions against the accused may be imposed, such as through a warning, counseling, training, pay loss or job loss. The accused and complainant can appeal the decision.
  • Curators approved $16 million for a new 1,800-seat softball stadium east of the Hearnes Center. Completion is estimated for December 2016. The funding will include $13.5 million in private gifts and $2.5 million in debt financing.