uWindsor to refund unauthorized digital material access fee to thousands of students

September 24, 2012

The University of Windsor will refund thousands of students for a fee it was not allowed to implement for digital course material. The institution will refund on average $70 to approximately 3,000 students. The amount students were charged varied by course ($15-$85) to gain access to digital content and mandatory tests that were used to calculate a portion of a grade. uWindsor is only refunding fees paid for the fall semester when a new Ontario tuition framework took effect. The refund will cost uWindsor approximately $210,000. The university will have to examine its budget to see if it can afford to pay these costs going forward. uWindsor has formed a committee comprised of administrators and deans to figure out what the institution will do next fall. uWindsor has to decide whether it will limit the use of required online materials or find the funding to pay for it. Windsor Star