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University Holidays and Summer Fridays

2023-2024 University Holidays

As defined in the Employee Handbook, the University observes the following dates as closed. Employees in a full-time, benefit status position and on the regular payroll are eligible for the paid holidays that occur during their normal work schedule.

  • MEMORIAL DAY Monday May 29, 2023
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY Tuesday July 4, 2023
  • LABOR DAY Monday September 4, 2023
  • THANKSGIVING Thursday and Friday November 23 and 24, 2023
  • WINTER BREAK Saturday December 23, 2023 through Tuesday January 2, 2024
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY Monday January 15, 2024
  • SPRING BREAK Friday March 29, 2024
  • MEMORIAL DAY Monday May 27, 2024

Exception 2023: All personnel whose positions are budgeted for 1535 or 1605 hours will observe the Memorial Day holidays on Friday May 26, 2023, which  is also their last normal scheduled day of work for 2022-23.

Exception 2024: All personnel whose positions are budgeted for 1535 or 1605 hours will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Friday May 24, 2024, which is also their last normal scheduled day of work for 2023-24.

2023 Summer Fridays PTO Program

University offices will officially close at noon each Friday beginning May 26 through July 28, 2023.


Staff employees in a full-time, benefit-eligible position, and whose normal full-time work schedule extends through the summer months may participate in this PTO program during their normal work schedule.  Part-time employees are not eligible for this program.

To be eligible to be paid for the PTO, employees cannot have an unexcused absence the last scheduled day before this day, or the following scheduled work day.


Compensation for the ½ day Summer Fridays will be based on an employee’s regularly scheduled hours per day (i.e.: 3.5 hours for normal 7.0 hours per day, 4 hours for normal 8.0 hours per day).  Hourly paid employees should use the pay code SMRF to report these hours. PTO time will count towards hours worked for purposes of overtime calculation, and will continue to count towards hourly vacation and sick accrual.  PTO time cannot be carried over from week-to-week, unless pre-approved by Human Resources as an alternative.  

Vacation and Sick Time

Employees may, with supervisory approval, use a ½ day vacation, if available, in addition to the ½ day PTO in order to have the whole day off.

Employees who are out sick during a Summer Friday will record the entire day as sick time as normal, and PTO will not apply.

 Operational Needs

As with all University closure periods, we recognize that several departments will have activities, service requirements, or varying shift schedules in the summer and therefore, will need to continue to have their offices fully operational and staffed during these times. In these cases, the Office of Human Resources will work closely with the departmental supervisors to determine possible alternative weekly PTO options.