"...UC Davis graduate Paul Medved, a transportation project manager, recently contacted The Bee to draw attention to a whistleblower complaint he filed in November. He contends Katehi misused student fees by eliminating women’s rowing, men’s indoor track, wrestling, swimming and diving in 2010 and transferring approximately $2 million annually in student fees to academic programs, including physical education.
"UC Davis students have paid the majority of the cost for athletics since 1993 after they voted for the Student Activities and Services Initiative, Medved said. The $344 annual fee supports sports programs, the cross cultural center, the women’s resources and research center, the equestrian center, the Pavilion and campus recreation programs, according to information from the university. Sports clubs and intramural sports are also supported by the Campus Expansion Initiative passed in 2003 by students. It adds $549 to annual tuition.
"Medved said such student fees were not meant to pay for academic programs. “It amounts to a lie,” he said. “They lied to the students and they said they would have to lose those teams and 150 roster spots. That had to happen because of state budget cuts.”
"He said none of the sports programs are supported by state money.
"The group behind the complaint, which includes seven student athletes and former student athletes, will file a lawsuit if the university doesn’t comply with its demands, which include an apology from Katehi and a promise the university will honor the intent of student initiatives in the future. They are also calling for the reinstatement of at least women’s rowing and men’s wrestling and swimming and diving in time for the 2017-18 season without raising additional revenue."