Residence Hall Telecommunications Policy
September 01, 1991
This policy item applies to:
The State University of New York (University) authorizes University campuses to use different options for charging students and for providing the service for different types of telecommunications services, including but not limited to the Dormitory Income Fund Reimbursable (DIFR) program; the Income Fund Reimbursable (IFR) program; and contracts between individual students and either the campus-based Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) or directly with commercial service providers.
2. The campus will establish a separate account to record the expenses incurred relating to the provision of telecommunications services in the residence halls. Other accounting procedures will be implemented as needed to assure the accurate recording of revenue collected from residence hall students for telecommunications services.
3. Charges to students for telecommunications services should recognize the difference in student usage patterns and requirements, e.g., as differentiated from those of administrative staff and faculty.
4. In general, telecommunications service rates should not exceed the costs for comparable services that students could obtain in the residence halls by contracting (as individuals) with a private vendor such as the local telecommunications service.
5. Campuses may include in the basic room rate equitable charges for providing telecommunications services throughout the residence halls. These charges should include consideration of the amortization costs for the acquisition and installation of networks or distribution systems, including switching equipment, conduit, cables, wiring and associated electronics.
6. If general cost-saving benefits to students or technical requirements warrant, and if supported by an appropriate consultation process with the residence hall students, campuses may include the costs of the telephone instrument and/or basic local telephone services in the dormitory room charge. Otherwise, telephone instruments and basic local service should be provided to students as an option in connection with appropriate charges and billing procedures.
C. When a telecommunications service is charged directly to individual students in dormitory rooms utilizing the IFR program, the following principles will apply, regardless of the type of actual service provider:
2. Campuses must ensure and be able to document that, in charging for such services, students do not incur any duplication of charges, which have been included in residence hall room rates for start-up, development, installation or operating costs of telecommunications services.
D. When a telecommunication service in student dormitory rooms is charged through contracts between individual students and either the campus-based auxiliary services corporation (ASC) or commercial service provider(s), the following principles will apply, regardless of the type of service provider:
a. The campus will be responsible for making arrangements with the ASC or telecommunications service company for disconnecting and reconnecting student rooms when such services are activated or deactivated for groups of rooms.
b. The campus will provide the ASC or telecommunications service company with sufficient information to permit the billing and collecting for telecommunications service, including lists of student dormitory room assignments and subsequent room changes.
3. The ASC or contracted provider will be solely responsible for billing and collecting charges for services directly from the individual student.
4. Campuses will not include these charges in the basic room rental rate or collect for contracted services on behalf of the ASC or commercial company.
There are no procedures relevant to this policy.
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