East Carolina University in Greenville announced Monday additional furloughs for some employees as revenues continue to decline significantly during the coronavirus pandemic. The university said in a news release that 99 employees who work in housing and dining are being furloughed. Some employees will be placed on furlough for a set number of days while others will be on full furlough for the remainder of the fiscal year.
“During the semester, we’ve witnessed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the university in multiple ways. Due to our pivot to undergraduate online instruction in August, the university has issued prorated refunds for housing and dining. Additionally, the reduction in students staying on campus has adversely affected housing and dining revenue streams. Across campus, the reduced demand for employee services and such a large disruption to revenue has again forced an institutional response,” said Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson.
Furloughs may include salary reductions or leave without pay. Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson estimates more than $25 million in decreased revenue in the fall semester. He says additional furloughs may be announced before the end of the fiscal year.