As a way to cut down on some of its staff, Clemson University is now offering two incentives to certain employees, giving them a chance to decide if they want to quit or retire.
The school announced it is offering the incentives to eligible employees beginning this week. Although the school did not say how many it is targeting, the Greenville News is reporting that 500 letters were sent out.
One incentive is a Voluntary Separation Plan which is being offered for the Advancement, Computing and Information Sciences, Facilities, Financial Affairs, Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Public Service, and Student Affairs offices.
The other is a Retirement Incentive Plan, which is being offered for the Advancement, Computing and Information Technology, Facilities, Financial Affairs, the General Counsel’s Office, Public Service, Research, Student Affairs, and Library offices.
The school says the two plans are ways for the university to let go of some faculty members that are no longer necessarily needed.
Clemson University’s President Jim Barker said, “This is not an exercise in cutting the budget.” He said these are plans that are meant for future “strategic priorities.”
The employees have until August 29 to decide if they want to participate in either of these incentives.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this article