KU Student Senate votes to eliminate athletics fee

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The University of Kansas Student Senate has voted to eliminate a student fee that supports women’s and non-revenue sports.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has the authority to reject the Wednesday’s vote on the nearly 35-year-old fee.

The fee costs students $25 each semester. Students have been paying the fee since the late 1970s to help the university comply with Title IX, which requires universities to support women’s sports.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1gd0xTr ) student senate leaders say Kansas Athletics Inc. has enough revenue to support women’s sports without a subsidy from students. The fee raised $1.1 million last year, when the athletics department’s had a total of $93.7 million in revenue.

Gray-Little has refused to comment on whether she would veto or uphold the student senate’s vote.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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