Clemson U. faculty group, students wonder about "phantom" laboratory fees for classes with no labs
WSPA TV News
October 13, 2011
A faculty group called the "budget accountability committee" raised the issue this week.
They want the university to find out if "Phantom" fees really exist. That would be lab fees charged in classes where there isn't really a lab to pay for. One example would be education students who pay for "lab fees" to be student teachers in public schools.
Poring over each fee is more difficult that it might seem.
Most students admit they have no idea where their fee money goes. In many cases, they don't even know why the fees are charged.
Clemson charges undergraduate students for "activity fees", "software licensing fees", and "information technology fees". The lab fees are tacked onto thousands of individual classes and should pay for the labs themselves.