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NISO Fee Appeal

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To the Dean of International Studies,

We would like to appeal for a partial refund for the expenses incurred by the International Orientation (NISO). We feel that the two hundred dollar fee charged to OU International students arriving in spring semester 2016 is an overly inflated charge for the services offered. We feel that the Mandatory Internet Orientation taken by all the new students sufficiently covered the topics discussed during the International Orientation Presentation.

Whilst there were some additional experiences such as the Native American welcome and the cheerleading performance we do not feel that this warrants the excessive fee. During the performance we were informed that these volunteers had kindly offered to perform for us. This does not correlate with the extortionate fee we are now expected to pay.

It was implied that aspects such as the shuttle and breakfast were complimentary, however, it appears that this is actually what we are being charged two hundred dollars for. We have calculated what we deem the cost for these services. For example, the airport express to Norman which would cost thirty five dollars per person plus two dollars for additional passengers with the Oklahoma Lightning Express Shuttle Service (accurate on: 15th February 2016). In this case, all NISO charges could be considered as deceptive pricing.

We also wish to point out that last semester the new international students were allowed to waive this fee.

We ask that you show understanding and provide us with a solution, as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

The International Students of OU

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