JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University says it has informed 11 full-time staff members and 15 graduate assistants that they will be furloughed, effective Wednesday if the partial federal government shutdown does not end.
The university said Monday that four other full-time employees will see salary reductions because they're partly paid with federal funding, but those four workers won't be furloughed.
The employees that will be furloughed will work and be paid through Tuesday. However, once they're furloughed, they will be placed on a "Leave without Pay" status.
The employees will also not be allowed to volunteer to work and be required to return any university property assigned to them once the furlough begins.
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Dr. Len Frey said the university regrets this decision and thinks the graduate assistants will notice the furlough the most.
"Truthfully our graduate assistants need that paycheck to make it through the week and so this is going to be very impactful. If it impacts one, that's one too many," Frey said.
Frey said ASU will continue playing the waiting game with the federal government until the shutdown ends and these employees can go back to work.
The university says the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, and the U.S. Forest Service and the National Endowment for the Arts provide grants that normally support the positions that could be furloughed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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