Cleaning fees for students on the horizon
IRVINE, CA — Registered student organizations and departments were recently informed that there would be a "custodial services event fee" included with the booking of event spaces, according to the New University Newspaper.
Fees are expected to range from $37 to nearly $150, depending on the size of the event space, the article stated.
According to the article, the extra fee will supposedly help cover increased costs as the Facilities Management department turns toward "insourcing" its staff, rather than depending on custodial contractors.
After discussions between student representatives, Student Life and Leadership staff and Facilities Management, the decision was made to put the charge on hold until the end of the fall quarter, as an agreement for the winter and spring quarters has yet to be reached, the article noted.
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Is a so-called "cleaning fee" a legitimate option for facilities that no longer want to contract out their cleaning professionals? How else could the expense be made up?