La Salle University on Wednesday laid off 53 employees — nearly 7% of the full-time workforce — and cut the salary or hours of 48 others as a result of ongoing strategic planning and the financial impact from the coronavirus.

In addition, 51 vacant staff positions were eliminated, president Colleen Hanycz said in a message to the campus.

“While difficult, these decisions comprise a necessary restructuring in order to best position La Salle University for continued viability,” the Philadelphia university said in a statement.