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13 people laid off at UNCG in wake of coronavirus pandemic

A university spokesperson said the employees got “very generous” severance packages and can keep their health coverage for the next year.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has laid off 13 employees in its online division as it deals with financial constraints due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The News & Record reported Thursday the job cuts took place last week. The losses happened at UNCG Online. It runs the university’s online graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

“The significant revenue losses and substantial costs associated with COVID, in combination with revenue impacts of enrollment declines, have created a major budget challenge at UNCG,” said university spokeswoman Eden Bloss. “Difficult times will mean difficult, but necessary, decisions to reduce expenses and address large and unexpected budget gaps created by these major challenges.”

Bloss said the employees got “very generous” severance packages and can keep their health coverage for the next year. Bloss said the layoffs follow enrollment and revenue declines as well as increased costs due to the pandemic.

“These decisions are not made lightly and come only after other budget reduction measures have also been implemented,” she said.

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