Holiday leave


The purpose of this Policy is to define the University’s policy and guidelines for administering holiday leave.


All full-time employees (including those in initial employment period) are eligible for the paid holidays, which are announced by the President prior to the start of each calendar year.

Except for essential operating personnel, offices either will be closed on paid holidays or the individual employee may be absent from the office on that day. Essential operating personnel who are required to work one of these days will either be compensated double time or receive an alternative day off if approved by the supervisor and staffing requirements permit.


Essential Operating Personnel—include staff as announced by the University on the date of the closure.


I. Religious Holidays

Employees desiring to observe a religious holiday not coinciding with an official University holiday may be given time off without pay or may be authorized to take vacation time or personal time. Requests must be made in advance with the supervisor at least ten (10) days prior to the day of religious observance. A request by an employee for time away from work to observe a religious holy day shall not be denied unless the duties performed by the employee are urgently required and the employee is the only person available who can perform the duties as determined by the vice president with oversight responsibilities for the employee’s department.

To learn more about this policy or the supporting procedures, please contact Employee Services.

Policy updated on: Oct. 24, 2018