Students will be able to vote on whether or not to expand the UU on Wednesday and Thursday. | Courtesy Photo

The Julian A. McPhee University Union (UU) Fee referendum did not pass last week, saving students thousands of dollars in improvement fees.

The vote took place on Feb. 24 and 25 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on students’ portals. The referendum was in regard to a fee increase of $199 per student each quarter to be implemented in 2020 with the completion of the renovated UU.

According to the UU website, 6,465 students, 31.7 percent of the student population, participated in the vote. Approximately 58.11 percent of that 31.7 percent voted no and 41.89 percent voted yes, according to a press release.

However, the decision was not finalized because Cal Poly President Jeffery Armstrong has the authority to make the final decision on the UU fee.

In his email to Cal Poly students, he supported the students’ decision.

“The vote is advisory and I am confirming that I will honor the vote and will not approve the UU fee,” Armstrong said. “I want to thank everyone who worked tirelessly on the referendum, and thank all the students who voted.”

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