Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Immediate impact of federal government shutdown minimal on U-M campus

The only visible sign Tuesday of the federal government shutdown on the University of Michigan campus was the closure of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

The library, which sits on North Campus but is operated as part of the National Archives, was closed after Congress failed to pass a funding bill by Monday's midnight deadline for the end of the federal government's 2013 fiscal year.

There was no immediate impact on the disbursement of federal financial aid to students, students in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program attended classes as they normally would, and federally funded research continued. Federal sponsorship accounts for almost 62 percent of the university's total research volume of $1.33 billion.

A short-lived government shutdown will not have much impact on the university, but that could change if the situation lingers, said university officials, who continue to watch developments closely.