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U of Oregon to Lay Off at Least 282 Employees Due to Coronavirus Losses

The University of Oregon said Monday it will lay off at least 282 employees, mainly because of revenue loss from student lodging and food service following the closure of campuses due to the coronavirus pandemic, reported Oregon Live.

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Other universities in the state are also considering various kinds of cost tightening, as Oregon’s public colleges will be deprived of more than $100 million in revenue in the current quarter due to campus closures and cancellation of college events including sporting competitions.

The University of Oregon and Oregon State will likely be the biggest hit, proportionately, because they have more students living in dormitories and because their sports programs are relatively bigger.

Oregon State University is actively cutting employees’ hours and Portland State University may do the same.

“Only the novel coronavirus will determine what happens,” said an Oregon State spokesman.

Meanwhile, many community colleges in the state may not renew adjunct faculty contracts, said Ben Cannon, executive director of the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

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