A&S Spending Policy during COVID-19 Crisis

March 25, 2020 - A&S Dean

Effective:  Immediately and through June 30, 2020

Dan Durbin is projecting a multi-million dollar deficit for the current university budget from the coronavirus crisis. Consequently, I am instituting a spending freeze on all discretionary expenses charged to general fund and distance education accounts.  This spending freeze excludes grants. To request an exception send a justification, including expense amount and funding source, to Taleia Willis. During the period of this policy, ProCard expenses will be monitored.

  • Necessary and essential expenses are those that are required to fulfill our core academic mission.  If the expense is essential for providing online instruction, then it may qualify for an exception.
  • Unfortunately, much research is already being impacted and only absolutely necessary and time-sensitive research expenses can be considered.
  • Before requesting an exception for new technology purchases, confirm that there is no other equipment that can be re-used.
  • Overtime will not be permitted for the duration of this policy.
  • Hold off on making any new financial commitments for the foreseeable future, including in the next fiscal year.

Thank you for pulling together so we can continue to provide an exceptional education to our students during this extraordinary time.



David S. Owen, Interim Dean
Professor of Philosophy
College of Arts & Sciences