Miami University trustees today (Sept. 14) raised room and board rates for next year to $8,998, a rise of 4.63 percent over this year's $8,600 cost.
The university usually sets room and board rates one year in advance so that current students can compare costs between on- and off-campus housing options.
Individual costs for room and board will vary, depending on which housing and meal plan is chosen. The plan for $8,998 includes a shared room and the 21-meal plan. Other room and board options cost less, some cost more.
The university's housing and dining operation is funded through its own revenues: No state aid or tuition money is used.
Following the recommendation of Miami President David Hodge, trustees voted to make all Miami campuses smoke-free beginning Aug.1, 2008, or as soon thereafter as the president may direct. They directed Hodge to adopt an appropriate smoke-free policy.
Trustees voted to change the name of the School for Education and Allied Professions to the School of Education, Health and Society, effective January 1, 2008.
They heard a report on a long-range capital improvements plan for Miami.
In other action, trustees
• approved the university assuming responsibility for civil service regulations.
• ratified a capital improvements request to the Ohio Board of Regents for potential building renovations and utility upgrades for 2009-2014.
• voted to allow the creation of a supplemental qualified retirement plan and a 415(m) plan, which allows full participation in university retirement plans, and to adopt a written plan for university 403(b) annuity plans.
• reappointed Jay Henderson as a national trustee for three more years.
• awarded the rank of professor emeritus to John Gifford, professor of marketing.