Student unions hiding their spending habits: Carleton

Almost two weeks after student unions filed papers to take the school to court for holding onto their money, Carleton administration is alleging student unions are holding back details about their spending habits.

“They allege to have been made available to their members but not the university,” said Jason MacDonald, the university’s director of communications.

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) cried foul after the school’s board of governors voted recently to keep their money — which is collected from 26,000 students when they pay tuition.

About $7 million was acquired and there’s $3 million left after doling out health and dental plans.

The unions need $2 million to run their businesses and services on campus, and the school said they aren’t releasing the money until they see audited financial statements.

GSA president Kimalee Phillip said the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) published its finances last week in the campus newspaper, the Charlatan, and GSA’s numbers will be in Thursday’s issue.

Phillip said they’re not conceding to the administration.

“We’re not accountable to them but we’re going to put it in the newspaper and give it to our members. We have no problem with that,” she said.

The school’s audit and finance committee meets on Thursday and Phillip said students will be at the board meeting next Monday.

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