Connecticut's Fairfield University plans for layoffs

Fairfield University says it might have to lay off employees for the second time in recent years as it tries to close a $4.3 million budget gap.

The Connecticut Post reports that Fairfield President Jeffrey von Arx told employees in a recent email that officials are making substantial efforts to minimize the number of layoffs.

The university would not confirm the number of potential cuts at the school, which has about 870 employees. Some workers facing potential layoffs have been offered early retirement options and have several more weeks to decide.

A university spokeswoman says the cuts would be in addition to cost savings through voluntary retirements and a recent reorganization designed to trim expenses.

Fairfield also laid off more than two dozen people in 2009 amid budget cuts.

Source: Courant