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Commentary – Call for State Audits of UH Hilo Campus Center

Former UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) Senator Jen Ruggles met with UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney, UH System Chief Financial Officer Kalbert Young, and Senator Russell Ruderman today, July 28 at 11am at the Hawaii State Building to call for state audits of Campus Center.


The meeting came out of Senate Resolution 73, a Hawaii Senate Resolution submitted by Senator Ruderman on March 11, 2016. On March 16 the Hawaii Committee on Higher Education instructed Ruderman to call for a meeting with parties from UH and Ruggles. Hawaii Tribune herald wrote an article on April 11.

Ruggles and members of The Student Union, a registered independent student organization (RISO) at UH Hilo, requested various documents from UH Hilo Campus Center pertaining to how student life was managed by Campus Center at UH Hilo during a 10 year time period.

Campus Center Director Ellen Kusano did not provide requested records of 11 months of student fee financial records as well as records of, “The Campus Center Fee Board” a board of which allocates hundreds of thousands of UH Hilo student fees annually.

“We have discovered that records and student fees are unaccounted for. Students and parents have a right to know how and where the mandatory student fees are being spent.” Ruggles said.

In addition to the financial audit Ruggles will also call for a management audit of Campus Center due to numerous complaints and lawsuits of Campus Center employees. See audit overview here.

Certified Public Accountant Jim Buck will also be in the meeting.

For more information contact Jen Ruggles at: 808-464-2015

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