Under current policy, the University recognizes 18 paid holidays per year. Academic Year 2020-2021 HolidayDayDate Labor Day Monday September 7, 2020 Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday and Friday November 26-27, 2020 Christmas Holiday Thursday - Thursday December 24-31, 2020 New Year's Day Friday January 1, 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday January 18, 2021 Spring Break* The five “Spring Break” holidays should be used on a flexible basis between January 4, 2021, and May 4, 2021. Memorial Day Monday May 31, 2021 Independence Day Monday July 5, 2021 *Adjustment to 2021 Holiday Calendar Please note the following: Requests for leave must be submitted in accordance with previously established leave approval protocols Approval of leave is at the discretion of the manager based on the operational needs of the department/unit Leave may be used in half-day or full-day increments and does not have to be on a continuous basis This leave will be considered Holiday Leave and should be reported as such on your timesheet Any leave not used on or before May 4, 2021, will be forfeited and may not be carried over or added to accrued leave balances This change in the academic calendar will allow the University to minimize the COVID-19 risk while maintaining the benefit of the holiday leave to be used in coordination with other staff in the department/unit at a time that is best for our staff employees and their families. You will receive additional updates as we continue to monitor the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks for all that you do to keep our campus safe.