Issues & Updates

Fee Report

posted Oct 26, 2012, 8:25 AM by Graduate Student Senate

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Job Search Strategies

posted Oct 25, 2012, 1:46 PM by Graduate Student Senate

Job Search Strategies  A Career Center Presentation

posted Oct 25, 2012, 1:43 PM by Graduate Student Senate   [ updated Nov 6, 2012, 10:20 AM ]

Information on Background Checks

posted Sep 19, 2012, 9:45 AM by Graduate Student Senate   [ updated Sep 19, 2012, 9:48 AM ]

Pre-Employment Background Checks Policy:

Attached is the Graduate Assistant Background Checks Policy sheet.

Student Health Center Project--Update

posted Sep 19, 2012, 9:12 AM by Graduate Student Senate   [ updated Sep 19, 2012, 9:14 AM ]

Attached is a memo on the Student Health Center Project.

Fall Funding

posted Aug 14, 2012, 5:55 AM by Graduate Student Senate   [ updated Aug 14, 2012, 8:08 AM ]

Graduate Student Senate's Funding for Professional Development is now available.  Go to the FPD tab for full details.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

posted Aug 13, 2012, 8:38 AM by Graduate Student Senate   [ updated Aug 13, 2012, 10:18 AM ]

Brown Bag Lunch Series announced!  Please see tab at top for all the details on the Fall 2012 GSS Brown Bag Lunch Series. The series begins on September 5~ in 315 BTSU.

posted Jan 24, 2012, 8:16 AM by Graduate Student Senate   [ updated Aug 13, 2012, 8:36 AM ]

International and Study Abroad Fees

posted Jan 13, 2012, 8:26 AM by Graduate Student Senate   [ updated Jan 13, 2012, 8:26 AM ]

To address questions regarding the international and study abroad fees that were brought to the attention of the GSS in the Fall of 2011, we have provided a description of these fees as compiled by Paul Hofmann, Director of the Center for International Programs at BGSU.

The issue of the fees was discussed during Mr. Hofmann’s visit to the General Assembly of the GSS on December 1st, 2011. The following text is based on the email sent by Paul Hofmann to David Sleasman and Anton Petrov on Jan 3, 2012.

International and Study Abroad Fees

1) A one-time international student orientation fee of $100.

This is a one-time (not recurring) fee that was approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2009.  The fee is to be assessed to newly admitted international students who are required to participate in international student orientation. The fee was actually implemented fall semester of 2010.

Prior to fall 2009, the Center for International Programs had a Summer Graduate Assistant (20 hours per week) dedicated to organizing our international student orientations. We no longer have that position and have had to hire additional help via Student Employment Services.

CIP is also being charged rental for equipment, printing and copying of all materials, catering fee, etc.  

2) A recurring $50 per semester international student service fee.

The International Student Service Fee was also approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2009.  The fee was implemented in the fall of 2010. Current students (not including those beginning new academic programs) were grandparented and should not be assessed this fee. The fee is for all students with an admit term of fall 2010 and beyond. The fee is $50 and is recurring. The fee covers a number of things.

  • SEVIS Recertification and Redesignation Fees

  • fsaAtlas software to interface with SEVIS

  • CINTAX Software for tax preparation.  It is important that we have all international students who are eligible to use CINTAX do so.  Many international students have received poor tax advice and have been filing the wrong form (1040-EZ).  They should be filing the 1040-EZNR for the first five years of their stay in the United States.

  • Student programming - The Center for International Programs hosted various welcome events, a tailgate party, is assisting WSA (World Student Association), more events prepared for later this fall.

  • Approximately 50% of universities now have such a fee, with more considering adopting similar fees. BGSU's fee is on the lower end of the scale.

3) $50 education abroad fee.

This fee is charged to BGSU students who are studying abroad.

Should you have any further questions about the fees, please feel free to get in touch with the Center for International Programs, or you can also contact Anton Petrov, the International Affairs Chair at GSS (

President Mazey Kicks Off Fall 'Brown Bag' Lunch Series

posted Sep 21, 2011, 9:18 AM by Graduate Student Senate   [ updated Sep 21, 2011, 9:28 AM ]

President Mary Ellen Mazey was the first speaker in the Fall 2011 'Brown Bag' Lunch Series sponsored by Graduate Student Senate (GSS) and the Higher Education and Administration Doctoral Students (HEADS).

Dr. Mazey's talk focused on Collaboration at BGSU and included a discussion of ideas, questions and answers, and plenty of input from the audience in attendance at the event.

Photos from the first 'Brown Bag' Lunch Series are featured on the BG News website.

The next speaker in the series will be Dr. Rodney K. Rogers, Interim Provost. The event is scheduled for noon on September 29, 2011 in BTSU 207.

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