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Academic year staff observe those holidays and other breaks built into the academic calendar. Calendar year and college year professional staff observe those legal holidays identified by the Board of Trustees which fall within their work year. The college observes:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Election Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Employees who are eligible to observe holidays are granted a compensatory day off when a holiday falls on a Saturday. An employee who is required to work on a holiday shall be granted a compensatory day off, which shall be scheduled at a time mutually convenient to the employee and the college within twelve (12) months from the day granted. Specific holiday entitlements are described in more detail in various collective bargaining agreements.

Holiday Staffing

2018 Holidays Day/Date Minimal
Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3 XX
Columbus Day Monday, Oct. 8 XX
+ Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6 XX
+ Veterans Day Sunday, Nov. 11   XX
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 22   XX
* Day After Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 23 XX
Christmas Day Tuesday, Dec. 25
2019 Holidays Day/Date Minimal
New Year's Day Tuesday, Jan. 1
Martin Luther King Day Monday, Jan. 21 XX
+ Lincoln's Birthday Tuesday, Feb. 12 XX  
+ Washington's Birthday Monday, Feb. 18 XX  
Memorial Day Monday, May 27 XX
Independence Day Thursday, July 4 XX

+ Election Day, Veteran's Day, and Lincoln’s Birthday are designated as floating holidays in most employee contracts. In the UUP Agreement, the Friday after Thanksgiving has traditionally been designated a holiday in lieu of Washington’s Birthday.

* On the Friday after Thanksgiving, a liberal leave policy will be in effect for non-essential services. Employees are encouraged to take the day off with appropriate charges to leave credits.

The campus will follow SUNY’s liberal leave definition/policy of: times where a VP or Department Head can make a designation in their area to use a liberal leave policy (i.e., bad storms, a holiday when classes are in session, etc.). In those cases, a VP can determine that employees can take the day (or part of the day) off without seeking prior approval. They are still required to charge their vacation accruals.

The area VPs have determined that liberal leave will be observed for the following time periods – Monday, November 19, 2018 through Wednesday, November 21, 2018 and Monday, December 24, 2018 through Monday, December 31, 2018, – with the following exceptions: the Admissions Office, the Advancement/College Foundation Office, and the One-Hop Shop will be minimally staffed. Employees taking liberal leave must have and charge appropriate vacation accruals. If an office is staffed, they MUST accept phone calls.

2018-2019 Holiday Staffing

Holiday staffing levels, as defined in Sec. 8.4B of the Personnel Handbook for Faculty and Professional Staff, are as follows:

  • Minimal Staffing: This level of staffing generally provides for telephone coverage of administrative offices; however those areas with academically related functions may require more staffing. Appropriate staffing levels are determined by each functional Vice President.

  • Essential Services: This generally means only university police, heating and emergency operations. Any additional staffing requires prior approval of the Vice President for Administrative Services.

It should be noted that various collective bargaining agreements provide for paid holidays throughout the year. Not all contracts are identical. This listing sets forth the College’s policy with respect to holiday staffing; it does not authorize holiday pay for all employees.

Unless otherwise noted, office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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