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MSU plans to furlough 600 employees over course of summer

 Mixed feelings on Wednesday from MSU students about going back to campus this fall.  (Source: WILX)
Mixed feelings on Wednesday from MSU students about going back to campus this fall. (Source: WILX) (WILX)
Published: Jun. 3, 2020 at 5:03 PM EDT
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Michigan State University plans to furlough a total of 600 employees over the course of this summer.

The furloughs come as a result of major budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To date, MSU has already furloughed 316 employees.

Last month, MSU President Samuel Stanley said the university anticipates $150 million to $300 million in lost revenue to the university's general fund budget and auxiliary units for the 2021 fiscal year.

The MSU Board of Trustees also approved freezing tuition, housing and dining rates for the 2020-2021 school year.

As a result of COVID-19, the university will have a shorter fall semester, with classes set to begin classes Wednesday, Sept. 2, ending all in-person instruction Wednesday, Nov. 25.

President Stanley said the university is currently planning how to safely and responsibly open campus back up for students in the fall. That planning includes making changes to the academic calendar, taking approaches to contact tracing and testing, managing residence halls, and allocating and scheduling class spaces.

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