There are currently no plans to cut positions or furlough employees, the university president said.
Employees whose pay is cut because of the reduction in hours may maintain their health benefits, and will likely be eligible for unemployment. School officials have developed a website with information that will assist employees who are affected.
It’s not clear at this time how much the university will save until they’ve gathered all of the information, Edwards said.
“There’s a lot of variables that are still in play and we’re still in the planning process,” she said. “The aim is to save as much as we possibly can between June and July, so that at the end of the day, any deficits that we’re going to encounter either in the fiscal year or next fiscal year, could be offset from loss.”
Professor Noeleen McIlvenna, president of the American Association of University Professors at WSU, said “we hope that the university administration can find ways to cut costs while still preserving the best possible academic experience for our students.”