Make OTIS College's Finances Transparent

Make OTIS College's Finances Transparent

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Dakota Higgins started this petition to Otis College Students and

This petition was created after a group of current students and alumni met with the President to discuss issues of discrimination on campus. The point was raised that the school's obfuscation of its finances is one of many conditions that helps perpetuate racism and other forms of discrimination on campus.

At any college, let alone an expensive private arts school such as OTIS College of Art and Design, all students should have a right to know how their school spends their money. As such, we request that the following policies be implemented as soon as possible:

1. That the College's Expected Income be made as transparent as possible; that a graph or chart clearly displaying the total dollar amount of expected income for the calendar year be created, detailing the types/sources of expected income for the school, including tuition, food and board payments, grants, donations, and any other forms of funding that the school receives; that this graphic be made along with a written description/explanation of the sources of funding; and that this information be made easily accessible and readily available for all students, faculty, and staff, online and elsewhere at all times.

2. That the College's Actual Income be made as transparent as possible; that a graph or chart clearly displaying the total dollar amount of actual income received over the course of the calendar year be created, detailing the types/sources of income for the school, including tuition, food and board payments, grants, donations, and any other forms of funding that the school actually received; that this graphic be made along with a written description/explanation of the sources of funding; and that this information be made easily accessible and readily available for all students, faculty, and staff, online and elsewhere at all times.

3. That the College's Budget be made as transparent as possible; that a graph or chart, clearly displaying the total dollar amount of the actual income of the previous calendar year alongside the total budget/expected expenses for the upcoming calendar year be created, detailing where money is to be spent, including utilities, part-time faculty salaries, full-time faculty salaries, staff salaries, security costs, work-study payments, rent/mortgage for the property, student activities, renovations to the building and facilities, and any other money that the school expects to spend; that this graphic be made along with a written description/explanation of these expenses; and that this information be made easily accessible and readily available for all students, faculty, and staff, online and elsewhere at all times. 

4. That the College's Actual Use of Funds be made as transparent as possible; that a graph or chart, clearly displaying the total amount of actual income AND actual money spent at the end of the calendar year be created, detailing how all money was spent, including utilities, part-time faculty salaries, full-time faculty salaries, staff salaries, security costs, work-study payments, rent/mortgage for the property, student activities, renovations to the building and facilities, and any other money that the school actually spent during the school year; that this graphic be made along with a written description/explanation of these expenses; and that this information be made easily accessible and readily available for all students, faculty, and staff, online and elsewhere at all times.

5. That any discrepancies between Projected Income, Actual Income, Projected Expenses and Actual Expenses be identified and explained.

6. That all of the above information is actively and transparently shared; that all information and graphics related to all projected income and expenses for the school year be shared with all students, staff, and faculty at the beginning of the school year; and that all information and graphics related to actual income and expenses of the school year be shared with all students, staff, and faculty at the end of the school year.


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