Beset by Budget Stalemate, Chicago State Will End Semester Early

Chicago State University, which declared financial exigency this month as a result of a state-budget impasse, announced on Tuesday that it was eliminating spring break in order to end the semester early and thereby ensure that students can complete the academic year before the institution runs out of money. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the semester will end on April 30, not May 13.

In a memorandum to the university, its president, Thomas J. Calhoun Jr., wrote that the steps announced on Tuesday were intended to make sure that students receive academic credit for courses they have taken and would-be graduates are able to obtain their diplomas.

Chicago State is among the public colleges in Illinois most affected by the seven-month budget stalemate between Gov. Bruce V. Rauner, a Republican, and the Democratic-led state legislature. The university has said that it might not be able to pay its employees past March.

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