Additional alternatives must be considered, even though many decisions have yet to be made as the current situation evolves.
As such, at the meeting, the Board also approved a new Board rule establishing a furlough policy as one more means that could allow the university to navigate ongoing challenges and sustain its core academic mission.
According to Robert F. Ambach, senior vice president for Administration and Finance, “The ultimate goal will be to develop strategies that can position us for sustaining our mission and emerging strong even though we cannot predict how long the present crisis will last nor all its effects. We are striving to protect employees’ jobs as much as possible. Even universities like our own that have enjoyed enrollment growth and financial strength and stability are not immune to the pandemic’s consequences.”
While there are no mandatory furloughs currently in place at the university, the new policy would allow for a furlough plan related to a budget deficit on either a university or unit level.
The new policy can currently be found on UC's policies page and will be posted in the future with other Board rules related to compensation and attendance: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3361%3A30