FARGO — North Dakota State University and the North Dakota State College of Science plan to furlough some summer staff as both schools have suspended in-person education due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NDSU Vice President for Finance and Administration Bruce Bollinger said Wednesday, May 20, in an email that 45 facilities staff members and 41 dining service employees will reduce their hours to zero starting June 3. They will return to work at various times in July and early August, the email said.

“Unfortunately, as a result of the cancellation of summer camps and the conversion of summer classes and orientation into a virtual format, the work that these employees would normally conduct was eliminated,” Bollinger said in the email. “Please know that each impacted person is still an employee of NDSU, and most benefits will continue.”

NDSU announced Friday, May 15, it would cancel in-person education during the summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The school moved spring classes to virtual education but wants to resume in-person learning this fall.


“While this is unfortunate, it will help us ensure that the campus will be ready to go starting this fall,” said Mike Borr, director of the NDSU University Police and Safety Office.

Schools across North Dakota and Minnesota announced plans this year to move to online education to help prevent the spread of the virus. The University of North Dakota announced plans in mid-April to reduce hours for several employees as a result of the pandemic.

NDSU and NDSCS did not announce cuts to employee hours during the spring semester.

However, NDSCS made a similar announcement Wednesday about furloughing 17 employees during the summer months.

"With the shift to distance and online learning due to COVID‐19, NDSCS has forecasted a lack of work for limited segments of employees," the two-year Wahpeton, N.D., college said in a statement, adding the furloughed employees would return with regular hours by the end of July.

The furloughed employees will keep their benefits, the two schools said. Workers impacted by the furloughs also will be able to apply for unemployment compensation and funds from the federal CARES Act, which provides economic assistance to businesses and workers during the pandemic.