Judge orders University of California to repay
$34 million to students
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News
March 6, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - University of California officials
said today that they will appeal a San Francisco Superior Court
judge's ruling that they must pay nearly $34 million to 40,000
students who claimed their fees had been improperly raised.
UC spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said the university believes there
wasn't a contract with the students not to raise fees because
"all fees are subject to change without notice."
Vazquez said the university thinks that the fee hikes that occurred
in 2003 were justified because of what he described as "the
unprecedented budget crisis" at that time.
Vazquez said the university appreciated the time and effort Judge
James Warren put into the case but believes "his judgment
was incorrect on a number of fundamental issues of law."
He said the university anticipated Warren's ruling because at
previous court hearings he had indicated that he would rule against
Vazquez said the university won't have to pay the $33.8 million
judgment, plus interest, while it appeals the ruling to the state
Court of Appeal.
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