April 6, 2009
To the Campus Community,
Over the past several months, as we continue to navigate this complicated
economic landscape, many individuals within our campus community have asked,
“How can I help?” It is so wonderful to work in a place where we look within
our own community for solutions.
Several individuals and groups have inquired about possible ways for staff
and faculty to donate a portion of their salary to a fund that would be
reserved for saving people’s jobs at the University.
We have researched this option thoroughly. In light of current laws,
regulations, and policies around State employment, we find that this is not
possible. The General Assembly is currently considering legislation that
would affect these policies, and State agencies have yet to interpret the
impact that such regulatory changes will have on State employees. I want to
assure you that your University is fully participating in almost daily
discussions regarding these matters with our colleague institutions and UNC
What we do know is that there already exists several ways to donate to the
University in support of student scholarships, as well as various specific
departments, programs and activities. In fact, many of you are already
taking advantage of these options. I encourage your continued support, as it
is especially meaningful during periods of economic constraints.
For those who are considering donating to the University for the first time
or who want to know more about how this process works, we will be hosting
several voluntary information sessions on campus to help you learn more
about how your donations are used and the many options available to you. You
will be hearing about them soon.