ECU furloughing employees due to COVID-19

Published: Sep. 25, 2020 at 3:29 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2020 at 4:09 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - East Carolina University is joining two other state universities in announcing employee cuts due to the coronavirus.

The university announced that 25 employees are being furloughed. Some of the workers will be put on furlough for a set number of days, while others will be laid off for the remainder of the fiscal year.

ECU says the impacted employees work in Administration & Finance as well as Academic Affairs. The furloughs include salary reductions or leave without pay.

Mitchelson says right now they estimate the university will lose more than $25 million due to the pandemic.

ECU switched to on-line instruction for most students two weeks after the semester began, prompting refunds for housing, dining, parking and other student fees.

On Thursday, North Carolina State University announced employee furloughs and salary cuts, while UNC-Chapel Hill said similar actions were likely on their campus.

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