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President Spina message to students about furloughs and layoffs

 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Dear students, 

As we head into the final days of this most unusual spring semester and you finish your classes and exams, I hope you are safe, healthy, and well. Our beautiful campus is quiet - too quiet. We miss you and eagerly await your return. 

I hope many of you can join us in honoring your graduating classmates with the virtual conferral of degrees next week. We hope it provides a way to mark this important achievement until we can come together safely on campus for a graduation ceremony and proper celebration.

Our strong desire is to be fully residential in the fall, if at all possible, and we are actively working toward that goal with government and public health officials. We are also finalizing plans for you to retrieve your belongings in the coming few weeks. While our devotion to community calls us to come together, our Marianist values require that we place the common good at the center of our plans so we protect the health and safety of our 14,000 students, faculty, and staff. 

Every college and university is facing serious financial effects from the pandemic, and UD is no exception. We are being proactive and this week announced a number of actions to protect the financial health of the University. Those steps include reducing the University's payroll through furloughs and layoffs this summer when there will be very few students on campus. All of these decisions are laser-focused on keeping the University strong and maintaining the value of your distinctive, whole-person education and UD experience that we all cherish. 

Again, we are planning for and looking forward to welcoming you back to campus in the fall. As our country begins to stir again, we hope and pray that you and your families remain safe and healthy so you may return to our beloved UD. 

Eric F. Spina
President