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Watch live: University of Akron holds press conference to discuss 'substantial reduction in force' due to COVID-19 pandemic

If approved during today's meeting, the plan would take effect immediately with appropriate notice given to those who will be separated.

AKRON, Ohio — The University of Akron's Board of Trustees have called a special meeting for Wednesday afternoon and are expected to consider a proposal that would substantially cut personnel due to the ongoing pandemic. 

In a letter to University staff and families last month, Akron President Gary Miller expained that in order to design a budget under the conditions confronting it, the University "must undertake a substantial reduction in force." 

If approved during today's meeting, the plan would take effect immediately with appropriate notice given to those who will be separated. Miller and Board of Trustees Chair Joseph M. Gingo are scheduled to provide remarks and answer questions with media in a virtual press conference following the board meeting.

"I know this is not welcome news and creates increased anxiety throughout the University until announcements can be made. We are following a timeline that conforms to the requirements of our collective bargaining agreements and moving to resolution as quickly as we can," Miller wrote. "A reduction in force such as we must advance is certainly a deeply disappointing reality for everyone. We have all worked to preserve as many jobs as possible. We are saddened by the loss of talent and fellowship that will result. But, these are actions that have to be done to sustain The University of Akron."

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