CSU letter will warn of delay

Carly Gillis

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A letter from the CSU will be sent out beginning Oct. 1 to prospective students, warning them that decisions to admit will be delayed until after Proposition 30 is voted on in November.

The letter will be sent through the CSUMentor system and distributed by the admissions office of each campus.

The CSU maintains that the letter is not to encourage support for the proposition, but to inform applicants that there will be an added wait time to enrollment.

“We’re explaining the process, not advocating one way or the other,” said Stephanie Thara, CSU spokeswoman. “It’s a change in admission. We’re waiting on the results of Proposition 30 so we know how many students we’ll be able to admit.”

The letter will also feature links to both supporters and opponents of the proposed law.

The CSU is under fire for the move, as opponents say the use of resources in forming and sending of the letter equates with spending public funds for political campaigning, which is illegal.

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association, sent a letter to CSU officials calling their decision “a serious breach of the public trust” because public funds are being used to “influence the election.”

The CSU Board of Trustees is expected to approve a variety of “trigger” cuts and fees that will go into effect if Proposition 30 fails, including a 5 percent increase on tuition this Tuesday and Wednesday. This is in addition to a variety of per-unit fees that will also be considered at the board’s meeting this week, which have been proposed to be implemented regardless of the proposition’s success.

The CSU maintains that the letter is for informational purposes only as letters in the past have done.

“Usually, when students apply they get a letter from that CSU saying ‘Thank you’ or ‘congratulations,’” Thara said. “But this time, it’ll address how things have changed.”