SIU interim chancellor announces more temporary budget measures

SIU interim chancellor announces more temporary budget measures

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Southern Illinois University Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell has announced more restrictions in light of the state budget issues.

Colwell said even with cuts already planned, the lack of a state budget means they have to take more steps in order to continue operations through the spring semester and the remainder of the fiscal year.

The steps include:

  • All hiring from any funding source (excluding external grants) will be limited to positions necessary to maintain the core mission of the university and essential supporting services. Effective immediately, chancellor approval is required on the position request form (PRF) for all full-time positions. Requests should be forwarded through the appropriate vice chancellor, who will forward them to the chancellor as needed. For clarification of the status of previously approved positions, please contact your vice chancellor’s office.
  • All current extra-help positions will be reviewed at the vice chancellor level. Those paid from external grant funds may continue as necessary. Positions that are involved in revenue-generating activities and are self-supporting (i.e., the revenue is sufficient to cover salary expenses) may continue if no other staffing options are available. All other positions should be terminated by Nov. 30. Any exceptions will require prior approval from the chancellor.
  • In the absence of state reimbursements, the careful management of expenses regardless of funding source is critical at this time. Therefore, all spending, including the purchase of goods, services and travel, should be delayed from all funding sources (with the exception of external grants) to the extent possible in order to conserve cash. Please be aware that the procurement of even the smallest items can add up across the campus.

Colwell said these restrictions will remain in place until the state budget is finalized and possibly until they receive their allocation.

"The lack of a state budget, uncertainty about what that budget will be, and uncertainty about when we will actually receive the appropriation mean that we must take these emergency measures to conserve our funds."

He added, "In order to continue to fulfill our commitment to students, we are moving forward to approve graduate assistantship contracts for spring 2016."

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