Chicago State University is condensing its second semester by canceling spring break as a means to save money during the ongoing state budget impasse, the school's president announced Tuesday.
The university, which depends on the state for 30 percent of its budget, and other Illinois higher education institutions have gone unfunded during the stalemate in Springfield. As a result, CSU declared itself in a financial state of emergency earlier this month, increasing the possibility of layoffs and cuts to keep the university operating.
The last day of the spring semester will now be on April 30 as opposed to May 13. CSU's graduation has also been moved up by one week to April 28.
In a memo, CSU President Thomas J. Calhoun said the scheduling change represents the "latest measure the university must take in order to fulfill our commitment to complete the spring semester."
"Please be assured that the university is doing all it can to minimize disruption and anxiety," he added.