Kent State University announces big cuts due to coronavirus

Ohio

Diacon said there is a $110 million shortfall in funding from the state, plus a decrease in spring and fall enrollment

KENT, Ohio (WKBN) – Kent State announced big cuts for the university in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

KSU President Todd Diacon said due to a loss of funding brought on by COVID-19, the university will have to reduce its budget by 20% for fiscal year 2021.

Diacon said there is a $110 million shortfall in funding from the state, plus a decrease in spring and fall enrollment.

The university will be implementing layoffs, a hiring freeze through 2021, reducing salaries, postponing new campus projects, stopping university travel and reducing funding for athletes.

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