UT Board of Trustees votes to scrap student programming committee

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University of Tennessee leaders voted Friday to scrap the committee in charge of student programming dollars. The decision came a couple weeks after a report on Sex Week at UT.

The UT Board of Trustees learned more about that report on Friday. The report found a transparency issue with how money is distributed to student organizations.

Interim System President Randy Boyd pledged to lawmakers and the board that the new system will be more transparent in funding student events and more focused on education. It also involves more administration oversight, which some student representatives weren’t happy about.

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“There’s a lot of promises that people give you. It can be an illusion of input. How do I know my input matters in Knoxville, in Chattanooga, in that you guys are listeing to insight from students as you listen to oversight,” said student trustee Kenneth Packer.

Currently, the student programming fee is an optional $15 students can put toward events. While current programming won’t be affected, next school year, the vice chancellor of student affairs will be in charge of the money.

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