“I hope our swift action now can help us avoid what could be more grave action later and provide for the long-term well-being of both our community and the institution,” Tromp wrote in the email, which was obtained by the Idaho Statesman.
“I don’t think it’s going to be an unusual step as the days pass,” Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson told ESPN on Tuesday. “Every day there’s a different institution announcing a salary cut and those keep mounting.”
“As many of you know, like 80 percent of universities across the nation, we made what I firmly believe was the right decision to provide millions of dollars of prorated refunds to our students for dining, housing and parking fees,” Tromp wrote in the email. “We have also had to cancel millions of dollars in revenue-generating events through the school year and into the summer. These direct losses alone create a nearly $10 million impact.”
A contract doesn’t make employees exempt from furloughs, according to FAQs posted by Boise State.
The university is also asking employees and faculty to take additional voluntary furloughs and added that additional mandatory furloughs will be considered “if the University does not achieve sufficient savings in the first two phases.”
Thompson said the Mountain West will still receive about 97% or 98% of its revenue this year because it played its basketball tournament and fulfilled its TV obligations, but it will lose NCAA revenue.
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