People have been asking exactly what our status is on those days — we are required to declare in writing that we are taking our furlough days. One rumor was that we would be forbidden to work, implausible though that is. So, as √v says, "whiskey-foxtrot-tango". A response to one such query from the Office of Human Resources is now floating around:
If you choose to work on a day that you are technically furloughed the University has no compelling financial or legal reason to insert itself between you and that decision. There is a reporting requirement - you must declare the mandated number of furlough days, and sign documentation attesting to that. But again - the exact nature of how you spend your time on those days is a matter of indifference to the legal and financial operations of the University.Curiouser and curiouser.*
Image from here.
*In context: "Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)." Just don't ask me how you think 'curiouser' is not good English when you write stuff like 'she quite forgot'.