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WVU to furlough about 875 employees

May 8th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia University is furloughing employees in the wake of the school shutting down much of its operations to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The university said it will be about 875 employees. 

Two weeks ago, WVU Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop said the university was considering furloughs, but President Gordon Gee said as late as Wednesday that a decision on moving forward hadn’t been made.

Alsop said in a video presentation to the campus community April 23 that, "We do not want it to adversely impact the delivery of course instruction or central services.”

He said a program was being designed that would provide “complete wage replacement of an employee’s annual base salary through unemployment compensation, and that would be a key factor in determining which staff would be considered for the furlough.”

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