What’s behind the hiring freeze?

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Clemson University has laid off at least three employees, according to the Associated Press, as the school struggles to fill several high-level positions.

The layoffs come as the university faces a $1.5 billion budget shortfall.

The university has also laid off more than a dozen employees, the AP reported.

The AP reported that Clemson’s human resources director is no longer employed and the university’s chief financial officer, who was not named, is also no longer with the university.

The Associated Press said the layoffs are related to the university taking a $750 million write-down from the sale of the campus land.

The school also is facing a $6 million budget shortfall, and officials say they are looking for help to make up the difference.

The campus is located on the city’s west side, and the city has invested in the building to house the Clemson University Museum of African American History and Culture, the Associated White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, the football stadium, the library, the university library and a hotel.

Clemson also has a student body that includes several students who were born and raised in South Carolina.

The Clemson community has rallied around the university and students have begun to return to campus.

Associated Press Writer Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.