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Arbitrator rules UMass-Amherst international student 'fee' discriminatory
In a historic and possibly precedent-setting decision rendered August 15 an arbitrator ruled that the University of Massachusetts at Amherst must cease and desist charging international graduate student employees an international student ‘fee’ and that all students who paid the ‘fee’ shall be refunded. This victory is a result of a seven-month campaign led by the Graduate Employee Organization. GEO filed its grievance with the administration Dec. 29, 2003 claiming the ‘fee’ was a violation of the union’s non-discrimination contract clause which bars discrimination based on national origin or citizenship among other protected statuses. The aritrator affirmed GEO’s charge stating discrimination was inherent in the way the administration levied the ‘fee’ because it was only mandatory upon international students.
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23 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Education : International : Labor : Race
UMass students fight international student 'fee'
In a heartening display of anti-racist unity and solidarity Dec. 11, 125 students and their allies denounced the administration’s plans to impose a new fee on international graduate students in the 2004 spring semester. The $65 per semester fee the administration plans on implementing is only applicable for international students, and is an added expense to the fees these students are required to pay. Its purpose is to fund a new program called the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System or SEVIS. This fee would be addition to an already federally mandated $100 charge taxed to international students to pay for SEVIS. SEVIS is a database that links colleges and universities to the Department of Homeland Security to monitor their activities as part of the USA Patriot Act.
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18 Dec 2003 | Filed under: News / Education : International : Race
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