ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The university will furlough 80 employees beginning on June 1 in an effort to cut costs over the summer, SBU’s Chief Communications Officer Tom Missel confirmed to TAPinto Greater Olean Wednesday. 

According to Missel, about 60% of those to be furloughed are hourly employees, and about 40% are exempt employees. Some will be furloughed in either June or July, while others will be furloughed both months. If necessary, a furloughed employee can be called back to work by a supervisor. 

In a statement, SBU President Dr. Dennis DePerro said the move was not one the university wanted to make. But with unforeseen student refunds and projected revenue losses, SBU had no choice. 

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“Unlike many colleges, who began furloughing at the beginning of April, I’m grateful we were able to keep everyone fully employed through the end of our fiscal year (May 31),” DePerro wrote. "And I'm comforted that because of the additional money furloughed employees will be getting as a result of the federal CARES Act, no one will see a reduction in their salary."

DePerro said the university is committed to helping those furloughed "through the process and paperwork and has scheduled Zoom meetings for them with our human resources staff."

He concluded that the university hopes "to bring all of our furloughed employees back to work as we get closer to the start of the academic year.”

SBU intends to resume in-person classes in August.

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