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ECU Announces Additional Furloughs For Nearly 100 Employees

East Carolina University

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.  

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.