Staff Feedback on Financial Update - 6/9/2020

Employee Assembly Meeting
June 9, 2020   |   3:45-5:00PM
Financial Update Presentation: Mary Opperman, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer & Paul Streeter, Vice President for Budget and Planning
A recording of the meeting and presentation may be found on on the Meeting Detail page.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is facing financial difficulties that include a projected increase in undergraduate financial aid, an anticipated decrease of undergraduate and graduate tuition revenue due to lower student enrollment, and a reduction in state appropriations. Today's presentation from the administration will provide an update on what further steps will be taken to address the financial challenges.

  • Members of the staff community are invited to provide feedback and comments to the presentation and discussion provided during today's Employee Assembly meeting.
  • The EA will collect the feedback to share with the reactivation committees in advance of their reports that are due on June 15, 2020.
  • Feedback and public comment are welcomed through 5:00 PM on Monday, June 15, 2020.

This page contains comments posted by members of the staff community in response to the presentation made during the EA meeting on 6/9/2020. Before posting to this forum, please read the comments below to make sure that the information you are providing is pertinent to the discussion and has not already been addressed before. Comments containing inappropriate language, including but not limited to offensive, profane, vulgar, threatening, harassing, or abusive language, are subject to removal.


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Plan for outbreak of covid 19

Submitted by Denise R. Ward on Thu, 2020-06-11 12:16

My biggest concern is about the plan to accomadate and react to another outbreak in Ithaca when the student are n their resident halls and college town.  I hope that we have a plan to make space for isolation and handling ill students.

I am also interested in how we are safeguarding the virus being brought to ithaca.


CURP Hiatus

Submitted by Anonymous authenticated user on Thu, 2020-06-11 12:05 (user name hidden)

Dear Cornell Leadership,

I wanted to express my concern with receiving both a salary freeze and a CURP hiatus. The combination of suspending a 2.5% SIP and 10% CURP is going to have real impact on our families. I would consider all other options before cutting the CURP. Thanks for allowing us to share our thoughts.

Thank you


Enterprise Furloughs

Submitted by Brandon Fortenberry on Thu, 2020-06-11 12:03

I would like to echo my comments that were made in the video, and implore the University to seek alternative options to furloughs for Enterprise units. This option is especially difficult to hear when you consider that at this time there is no information that would lead me to believe furlought employees in the fall will receive additional assistance to make it through the furlough timefram.


Alternative to cuts in retirement contributions

Submitted by Kara Bugis on Wed, 2020-06-10 13:49

Could it be left to employees to decide if they would prefer the 10% retirement contribution cut or choose a comparable temporary salary cut? A 9% cut in salary and receiving a retirement contribution at the reduced salary is almost nearly the same direct cost savings of 10% per salaried individual to the university. This allows employees to decide how their money is best invested and how it affects their income brackets for tax and other purposes. 


Working remote to offset-on campus expenses?

Submitted by Anonymous authenticated user on Tue, 2020-06-09 16:22 (user name hidden)

Is there a chance that staff working remote can stay working remote to offset additional costs in being on campus (electricity, office supplies, heat/air conditioning etc.)?


Idea for additional income

Submitted by Julianne Theresa Hunter on Tue, 2020-06-09 16:11

Will there be open space in Residence Halls? Could we try to get some students who might be looking at off-campus housing and get them to stay on campus to bring in additional income?