Chancellor’s Budget Message

Please be aware of the following changes, excerpted from the Chancellor’s campus-wide email, COVID-19 Impact on Our Budget, dated March 27, 2020.

VSIP Canceled

[On March 2, 2020,] I shared our plans to move forward with a limited voluntary separation incentive payments (VSIP) plan. The VSIP was being offered as a tool to address anticipated FY21 budget reductions. Due to the unexpected and extreme impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our budget, we are canceling the VSIP program. We do not currently anticipate a restoration of the VSIP at a future date.

Hiring Freeze

We are putting into place a temporary hiring freeze, effective [March 27, 2020]. Limited exceptions will be allowed and should be forwarded through deans and division heads. All exceptions will be subject to approval from Provost Johannes Britz and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs Robin Van Harpen.

Compensation Changes

Effective [March 27, 2020], compensation adjustments for our employees, other than due to promotions, will be on hold, with very limited exceptions that will be subject to the same approval used for hires.

Addendum: The [compensation] freeze does not apply to promotional increments or January 2021 compensation plan increases, which are still planned.

Employee Safety

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Wisconsin, and in Milwaukee County in particular, the health and safety of all our employees are paramount. For the safety of us all and our families, we are undertaking efforts to significantly reduce the number of individuals working onsite. Deans and division heads will receive guidance and details on this later today, [March 27, 2020]. Employees should talk directly with their supervisors about options before coming to campus.


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