Who Should Pay Syracuse University's $7.5 M Big East Exit Fee?

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The debate over who should pay Syracuse University's $7.5 million exit fee from the Big East took on more weight last night as the entire University Senate voted to endorse the recommendation of its budget committee .

The budget committee recommended that the athletic department alone should pay the fee, and not the entire university, as the university's trustees have decided.

“At a time when the University is (fiscally) challenged, asking the entire university to bear the cost of the exit fee so that coaches’ salaries and facilities for athletics may be improved does not align with the core academic mission of the University,” the recommendation said.

Following the University Senate vote, University board of trustees chairman, Richard L. Thompson, issued this statement:

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