The University of South Carolina will be implementing furloughs as a cost-saving measure in response to COVID-19. The measure will impact faculty and staff with a base salary of $118,000 at the Columbia campus and Palmetto College, according to a letter sent to faculty from vice president for human resources Caroline Agardy.
Faculty and staff with a salary of $200,000 and above will have 20 furlough days, and those with salaries between $118,000 and $200,000 will have 10 furlough days. This includes nine-month faculty.
"One-half of the furlough days must be taken no later than December 20, 2020 before the holiday break," the letter said. "Mandatory furloughs must be taken for five (5) full days in the same work week."
Faculty and staff may not work during these days. Certain personnel are exempt.