"We have people working on things from advanced cancer drugs, aging and new advanced material, just across the board. We have a lot of research going on and so we're having to tell them to stop working on that research right now until the shutdown is over," said Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development, Jim Rankin.
Last week, Governor Mike Beebe announced the state would no longer cover for the feds. So, the U of A, forced to furlough all federally funded programs and employees, as of Tuesday October 15th.
"We can't pay them for any work on federal grant and we're asking them not to work on any federal activity," said Rankin.
According Vice Provost Rankin, this is different from other hiatuses.
"This isn't a hundred percent furlough, it's based on how much you're paid through federal funds," he said. "So, if you're receiving 10% of your salary from federal funds, then you would be on a 10% furlough."
But, it's still hurtful to those taking the hit and to the UA.
"We are really looking to at becoming a top 50 public research university and so we're really trying to encourage an active research program and to have our faculty and our researchers be told to shut down in the middle - it's just not good for the university," said Rankin. "Best thing we could have happen for us is the shutdown be over and we go back to doing work we were doing."
Healthcare coverage for furloughed employees will be in place until the end of the month. However, if the government shutdown continues into November, the furloughed employees will have to reassess their coverage.