(a) The board of regents of the University of Houston System may charge each student
enrolled at the University of Houston a recreational and wellness facility fee to
finance, construct, operate, maintain, or improve student wellness and recreational
facilities at the university. The initial amount of the fee may not exceed $75 for each semester of the regular
term or for each summer session. The board may prorate the amount of the fee for a summer session.
(b) The fee may not be imposed unless the fee is approved by a majority vote of those
students participating in a general student election called for that purpose. The fee may not be imposed in a semester or session before the first semester or
session in which a wellness and recreational facility is available for use.
(c) The board may increase the amount of the fee, but may not increase the amount
by more than 10 percent from one academic year to the next unless the increase is
approved by a majority vote of those students voting in a general student election
called for that purpose.
(d) The board shall deposit the revenue from the fee in an account known as the recreational
and wellness facility account.
(e) The board may pledge revenue from the fee to pay obligations issued pursuant to
the revenue financing system of the University of Houston System.
(f) A fee imposed under this section may not be considered in determining the maximum
amount of student services fees that may be charged under Section 54.503.
(g) The board may permit a person who is not enrolled at the University of Houston
to use a facility financed with revenue from a fee imposed under this section if:
(1) the person's use of the facility will not materially interfere with student demand
(2) the person is charged a fee that is not less than the student fee and that is
not less than the direct and indirect cost to the university of providing for the
person's use; and
(3) the person's use will not materially increase the potential liability of the university.
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