Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-10-291
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4 Vol. 37 No. 9 Weber State College October 29, 1976 J i r I V WAV if-' -An w OPPOSED TO INCREASE. President Joseph Bishop said that he is against the proposed tuition increase. Bishop said that he does not want Weber to become a school for the elite. Possible rise A committee of the Board of Regentst will meet today to discuss a possible tuition increase. The committee, which is chaired by Charles Peterson of Provo, will make a recommendation to the Board of Regents at the Nov. 5 meeting in Salt Lake City. Peterson said that the increase would be nominal due to the raise in the cost of living. He said that although he did not personally favor the increase, he would probably make recommendations to the Board in favor of the raise. President Joseph Bishop stated that he was opposed to the increase and added that every president in the system is against it. "It is clear that Weber is under-financed," he said, but Bishop was against the increase because he is concerned that the colleges would become an institution for the elite. The Nov. 5 meeting of the Board of Regents is an open meeting and all students are invited to attend. The meeting is to be held at the University of Utah in the Library. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Inside Today. . . Gerald Ford rolled to an impressive victory over Jimmy Carter in last Tuesday's mock election. Ford collected nearly twice as many votes as Carter. Also Scott Matheson edged out a narrow victory over Vern Rom-ney. See page 10. Editorials 8 Sports 14-16 Want Ads .15 HE W says $33, 000 overpay by Dean Christensen From July 1, 1973 through June 30, 1975, Weber State College charged federally sponsored educational service projects $33,654 of overload salaries. These amounts were in excess of base salaries received by administrative personnel at WSC. The HEW audit outlines that one faculty member was paid for 152 hours overload on a federal project during one month when he was also paid from college funds to maintain a full academic load. The audit is quoted: "We found 35 time cards for which employees were paid for working on the 31st day of months with only 30 days." "Although only that supervisors did not detect 35 nonexistent days during the three-year period reviewed raises a question as to the credibility of the supervisors' certifications that employees worked on days that did not exist," read the report. The audit highlights the fact that the college had not established a means of documenting salaries that an institution's payroll system be supported by an adequate appointment and workload distribution system or an after-the-fact certification system. "We were told that an after-the-fact certification system was being developed," reads the audit. "Since supporting documentation was not available we were unable to express an opinion as to the 'accuracy and allowability of the $1.4 million of salaries charged during the three years ended June 30, 1975." The findings and recommendations of the audit read that during the period July 1, 1972 through June 30, 1975 approximately $1.4 million was charged to federally sponsored projects for personal services of professional and professional staff. These charges were not supported by documentation showing the actual effort devoted to the projects. , "College officials knew that documentation was required to support salaries charged to federal projects," stipulated the report. "We were unable to determine, however, why action had not been taken to support the charges. We were told during our audit that an after-the-fact certification system was being developed." "Because of the absence of supporting documentation we do not express an opinion as to the accuracy or allowability of the $1.4 million of salaries charged to federal projects during the period covered by pur audit, except for the salaries discussed elsewhere in this report." Continued on page 2 Fund withholding questioned by John Redding Paul Hansen, professor of accounting at Weber State College, and an Attorney at Law, said the withholding of money from college employees is unconstitutional. ' "This is one method that legislatures use to do illegal things by legal methods," he said. Hansen was referring to section 5315-3 of the Utah State Code. The code initiated here by Dr. James Foulger, vice president of Weber State allows the college to withhold money from college employees who are overdue in paying campus traffic fines. The code states: 53-45-3 Power of governing boards, "The power of the governing boards of each state institution of higher education to enact regulations governing the conduct of its students, faculty and employees is hereby confirmed. Such regulations may include, but are not limited to, rules governing traffic, parking, and related matters upon campuses and other facilities owned by such institutions or controlled by never played a course that I stutitions. The governing board of each such institution has the power to enforce its rules in any reasonable manner, including, but not limited to the assessment of fees, fines and forfeitures, the collection of which may be by withholding from monies owed the violator, the imposition of probation, suspension or expulsion from the institution, the revocation of privileges, the refusal to issue certificates and diplomas and any reasonable combination of the above." A letter sent to Foulger ' by Thomas C. Anderson, assistant attorney general, states, "I,., therefore, feel that it would be appropriate for Weber State College to withhold the amount of such parking fines from the pay of violators, at the discretion' of the college." Anderson also wrote, "I am certain that this will result in strenuous objections from some of the persons from whom monies are withheld. These objections can be handled on a case by case basis with the very likely result that the action of Weber State College will be sustained by any court of law to which the matter might be taken." Hansen said, "The University of Utah has researched to see if the law of garishment is legal." "They have concluded it to be illegal, contrary to the Utah Constitution," he said. When asked about the process at the ' University of Utah, a campus police officer said, "We withhold the money from the employees, too, if they don't appear for an appeal or pay the fine within the time allowed." "There is presently a class action being brought against Weber State College and-or other officials of the college," said Hansen. Hansen has not made a commitment, yet, to take the matter before the courts. "On the campus of WSC we are developing a prosecutorial at titude and it is jridicative of that attitude that we saw when two young men were taken into custody a few weeks ago for preaching from the Bible," Hansen said. "They had a perfect right to preach," he said. He added, "The campus is becoming a police state where the Administration has assumed the position of seizing the rights and private property of individuals."When asked if he considered a class action as a case by case action Anderson said, "No opinion." Anderson said, "This must be taken from the frame of reference in which it was placed." Anderson explained that the letter he sent wasn't meant to be threatening, but rather he would be optimistic that a court would support this law in favor of WSC. Joseph Bishop, Weber State College president, said, "Equality should prevail, college employees as well as students should be expected to abide by the rules. As individuals most of us try to stay within that spectrum, and for those who can't they can go through due process."
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1976-10-29, Vol. 37, No. 9|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|