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Temporary furloughs will affect 23 East Carolina University administrative leaders due to revenue decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Carolina University announced additional temporary furloughs for 23 senior administrative leaders on Dec. 3, as the university continues to address revenue declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An ECU News Services press release said the decision affects Senior Academic and Administrative Officers Tier 1, who have either been assigned permanent duties or are on an interim basis. The press release said the positions include the chancellor, the chief of staff, vice chancellors, multiple university deans and directors of the two libraries at the university. 

The furloughs will take place between Dec. 3 and at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2021, according to the press release. The press release said the temporary furloughs will have a net savings of approximately $250,000.

“Though it can’t make up for the losses experienced by some of our colleagues, I feel it’s important that our leadership take on some of the burden that we are asking of others,” Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson said in the press release. 

Previous furloughs announced earlier this semester affect athletics and units that provide auxiliary services, according to the press release. The press release said North Carolina state law does not allow ECU to use tuition or state-appropriated funds to cover any revenue shortfall in these units. 

The press release said furloughs may include salary reductions or leave without pay. ECU Human Resources continues to work with affected employees to provide them with information, guidelines and FAQs related to furloughs, according to the press release.

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