May 21, 2020 8:30 PM

Chancellor: University of Kansas faces $120M shortfall

Posted May 21, 2020 8:30 PM
KU Chancellor Doug Girod-photo courtesy University of Kansas
KU Chancellor Doug Girod-photo courtesy University of Kansas

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod says the university faces a shortfall amounting to more than a quarter of its general operating budget after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close its campuses.

The $120 million shortfall stems from losses in research dollars, event fees and student housing and dining revenue. Girod said “all options must be on the table.”

Those include sweeping vacant position budgets, using reserve funds and keeping in place a hiring freeze. He also hinted furloughs and layoffs are likely after the new fiscal year begins July 1.