The University of Windsor is planning to pay back $70 to around 3000 students after an oversight caused an unnecessary charge to students for access to online course materials.
“In the summer of 2011, all Universities in Ontario received further instructions from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities regarding what charges can be included in ancillary service fees,” said Dr. Alan Wildeman, UWindsor President in a statement released this afternoon. “During that time we were developing the fee structure for the current year, and it was an oversight on our part that access fees for online materials could no longer be included. This came to our attention just this week, so we quickly found a solution for our students.”
The University will be refunding approximately 3000 students in compliancce with a “provincial tuition framework directive” for a $70 ancillary fee payment they made for online “Access Codes” that allows them to use online applications related to course material.
Kim Orr, President of the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance said in a statement, “I’m very excited to see the University respond so quickly to students concerns regarding the online access codes. It is excellent to see the University reimbursing students for the cost and assuring that it is no more difficult for students to obtain there (sic) post secondary education.”
The University says students can expect the refunds to be added to their accounts over the next several weeks.