The University of Arkansas plans to furlough 19 employees, according to a news release from the school.
Furlough notices were given to eight faculty and 11 staff members late Monday afternoon. All 19, according to the school, were scheduled to receive pay from the National Science Foundation or NASA grants. However, the school cannot draw those funds during the partial federal government shutdown, causing the need for their furlough.
Ten employees who were receiving 90-to-100 percent of their normal pay from federal funding are on full furlough. The remaining nine will be placed on partial furlough as only part of their salaries are federally funded, school officials said.
All 19 employees will receive healthcare benefits through the end of the month while on furlough. Should the government shutdown last into November, those employees will be forced to look elsewhere for health coverage.
Two of the furloughed employees will only lose "extra compensation" they already get from federal grants, the release states.
In a statement sent out earlier Tuesday, the university said that as many as 100 school employees could be furloughed as a result of the shutdown. The statement said that "The university is not allowed to use state funds to pay employees to continue working on federal programs."
Read more about this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.