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University of Tulsa Plans Furloughs Due to Financial Impacts of COVID-19

Posted at 2:13 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 15:16:36-04

TULSA, Okla. — Due to the financial impacts of the coronavirus, the University of Tulsa has planned furloughs for employees, according to a letter a TU employee shared with 2 Works for You.

The letter states that there will be extended furloughs and two-week furloughs at the university.

An extended furlough will begin on Sunday, April 19 for staff in the areas on campus where remote work is difficult, the letter states. These areas include: Gilcrease Museum (closed); Facilities Management (most of the campus physically closed); Housing (78% unoccupied); McFarlin Library (on limited operation); Collins Fitness Center (closed); and the Athletics Department (NCAA restrictions on winter and spring sports, as well as recruiting and practice).

Janet K. Levit The University of Tulsa's Interim President says employees in the areas listed above could be on furlough until as late as July 31.

Levit goes on to say that "almost all administration and staff will be furloughed for a two-week period between now and the end of the current financial year."

The letter states that there are some faculty that will not be furloughed, due to the "contractual nature of their employment," such as certain athletic coaches and resident faculty.

Here are the numbers: 132 TU staff members were placed on extended furloughs, 612 placed on two-week furloughs. TU has a total of 862 staff members (non-faculty).

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