University of Florida

Plans to let the University of Florida and Florida State University to break free of the state’s tuition caps moved forward in both the House and Senate Tuesday. Lynn Hatter reports.

 The House version of the measure cleared the chamber’s appropriations committee on an 18-5 vote.
The Senate version of the bill cleared its chamber’s Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously.

If you want to be a Gator or Seminole it could soon cost you a lot of money. Students at two of the state’s largest universities could see tuition bills more in line with those at other top-tiered schools in the nation. Lynn Hatter reports a proposal to allow the schools to break free of the state’s tuition cap is now making its way through the legislature.

Two of Florida’s biggest universities could soon be allowed to raise their tuition rates to the national average. Lynn Hatter reports a proposal to allow the schools to break free of the state’s tuition caps is now moving through the legislature.

The University of Florida has temporarily suspended its chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity after learning about a hazing incident involving fraternity members. Florida Public Radio’s Trimmel Gomes reports, little is known publicly about the case except it being described as a “serious physical hazing incident.”

University Spokeswoman Janine Sikes says campus police are still trying to piece together what happened over the weekend that lead to the incident.

UF Fraternity suspended amidst hazing scandal

Feb 9, 2012

The University of Florida is suspending the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity after a hazing incident that took place Saturday.  University President Bernie Machen sent an email to the student body, calling on all students to reject hazing. University spokeswoman Janine Sikes says they took swift and immediate action.

“The fraternity was placed on interim suspension immediately last Saturday and since then the national chapter has also ordered the chapter to disband.”

State Universities say they have no problem with the governor’s request to see more science and technology degrees produced. But they also note that they need more money to do it. Lynn Hatter reports Representatives from Florida’s 11 public universities spoke before a highly anticipated House Education Committee where recommendations- or legislation—could be produced.