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Quinnipiac University furloughs, layoffs staff as it faces $55 million budget shortfall due to COVID-19

Quinnipiac University in Connecticut has announced its plans to furlough 130 staff and faculty members as of July 1, with nearly 40 more being laid off. The decision comes as increased expenses from COVID-19 has forced the school to make budgetary cutbacks. Other measures that have been taken to reduce spending include voluntarily-reduced salaries by some in the school's administration, a hiring freeze, and suspended study abroad programs and university travel.

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Published Date: June 18, 2020

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USF won’t refund housing costs if virus causes campuses to close again

The University of South Florida recently released a policy stipulating that even if on-campus housing is forced to close in the upcoming year as a result of COVID-19, students must still pay all fees associated with it. This is because, the school said, it cannot afford the financial burden that would come with refunding housing costs. The decision has been met with criticism from both parents and students of the school, with many expressing their concern over losing money unnecessarily, but also being unable to find affordable housing off-campus. Students do, however, have the opportunity to cancel their housing contract penalty-free through July 1.

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Published Date: June 17, 2020

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University of Maryland plans for campus return include checking temperatures, more testing and new ways to track virus

The University of Maryland intends to bring students back to campus for the upcoming fall semester, with some adjustments made in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include daily temperature reporting, mandatory testing for those exhibiting symptoms, and alterations to the class schedule and housing accommodations. Some students have expressed reservations about returning to in-person instruction, though university officials are thus far confident in their plan.

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Published Date: June 16, 2020

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June 18, 2020

Quinnipiac University furloughs, layoffs staff as it faces $55 million budget shortfall due to COVID-19

Quinnipiac University in Connecticut has announced its plans to furlough 130 staff and faculty members as of July 1, with nearly 40 more being laid off. The decision comes as increased expenses from COVID-19 has forced the school to make budgetary cutbacks. Other measures that have been taken to reduce spending include voluntarily-reduced salaries by some in the school's administration, a hiring freeze, and suspended study abroad programs and university travel.

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June 17, 2020

USF won’t refund housing costs if virus causes campuses to close again

The University of South Florida recently released a policy stipulating that even if on-campus housing is forced to close in the upcoming year as a result of COVID-19, students must still pay all fees associated with it. This is because, the school said, it cannot afford the financial burden that would come with refunding housing costs. The decision has been met with criticism from both parents and students of the school, with many expressing their concern over losing money unnecessarily, but also being unable to find affordable housing off-campus. Students do, however, have the opportunity to cancel their housing contract penalty-free through July 1.

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June 16, 2020

University of Maryland plans for campus return include checking temperatures, more testing and new ways to track virus

The University of Maryland intends to bring students back to campus for the upcoming fall semester, with some adjustments made in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include daily temperature reporting, mandatory testing for those exhibiting symptoms, and alterations to the class schedule and housing accommodations. Some students have expressed reservations about returning to in-person instruction, though university officials are thus far confident in their plan.

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