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Mandatory furlough follow-up

Email from Larry Sampler, Vice President of Administration, Finance and Facilities/COO

Aug. 3, 2020 


Dear MSU Denver staff,

As anticipated in my July 20 email, Metropolitan State University of Denver will be adopting mandatory furloughs effective today. Even with the dedicated best efforts of our faculty and staff, our fall enrollment is still hovering in the range of a 10% decline. These cost-reduction measures are the best tool we have under the current circumstances to help address our budget shortfall for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

I’m sharing this message now to give you as much time as possible to plan for the impact this implementation will have on your respective teams and your personal finances. Despite these budget challenges, I remain confident that each team can adapt its services to ensure that we are able to maintain our high standards for student support and teaching, as well as our retention efforts.

Here’s how mandatory furloughs will work: All non-classified professional staff making over $50,000 annually will be required to take some furlough days over the course of this fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2021. Furloughs are unpaid days off, during which employees are not expected to work. The reason we opted for furlough days, rather than temporary reductions in pay, is so staff members will, at least, get time off. Staff members should work with their supervisors to select appropriate furlough days.

The chart below shows how many days will be required for professional staff in each tier. Employees who are already participating in voluntary furloughs or leaves of absence will not be asked to increase their number of days unless the original request was less than what is noted. This tiered approach places the least burden on those with the lowest annual income.



Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

Tier 5 

Minimum Base Salary







Maximum Base Salary






and above

% salary reduction 

0 days


5 days


7 days


8 days


9 days


13 days



As noted in my previous email, this round of furloughs, combined with what is being asked of faculty, will provide $1.1 million in additional savings and get us closer to bridging our budget gap.

I expect this email will generate questions. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to watch the recording of the Budget Recommendation Committee meeting from July 24. BRC members answered some understandably tough questions submitted by the University community. In addition, the Human Resources and Budget teams co-developed this Frequently Asked Questions webpage with even more information. Human Resources will also be reaching out to employees with additional details on how to submit your furlough days for payroll.

The global pandemic and resulting budget crunch continue to challenge our resolve. Thank you for your resiliency, flexibility and, of course, your dedication to our vital mission.


Larry Sampler
Vice President of Administration, Finance and Facilities/COO

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