If you are in a 100% FTE position, each holiday established by the University is intended to give you eight hours of paid time off.

If you are in less than a 100% FTE position, please refer to HR 88 to learn about how to calculate your holiday time.

New Year's Day--Friday, January 1, 2016
Memorial Day—Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day—Monday, July 4, 2016
Labor Day—Monday, September 5, 2016
Thanksgiving—Thursday, November 24, 2016

Day after Thanksgiving, November 25, 2016 (CAMPUS CLOSURE; not a holiday)
Winter Break—This year, December 25 will fall on a Sunday, as will Jan. 1, 2017. The official University holidays, therefore, will be December 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30; and Monday, Jan. 2

In an announcement made by President Barron in September 2016, the day after Thanksgiving will be designated a campus closure day going forward. Please note that this day is not a holiday and should be designated as “campus closure” on attendance records for those employees who normally work on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Employees whose regular day off falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving, you will receive 8 hours of time off to be scheduled at another time that is mutually agreeable to the employee and supervisor. Employees who are required to work on the Friday after Thanksgiving will receive time off equivalent to the number of hours worked.

University policies provide, however, that if a holiday falls on an employee’s regularly scheduled day off, the employee receives another day off with pay to be used at another time. Thus, employees who normally do not work Sundays will receive a compensatory day off for the December 25 holiday.

Friday, December 23 is not a University holiday and offices ordinarily would be open that day. However, in order to provide a generally more desirable and efficient application of time off, University offices and operations, except for essential services, will be closed for this day as well. Therefore, the University will be closed from the end of normal operations on Thursday, December 22, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The compensatory day earned for the Sunday, December 25 holiday will be used for the work absences on December 23, since University offices and facilities will not be open. December 23, however, will not be an official University holiday. Employees in essential services who qualify for compensatory days but who must work December 23 still will have their compensatory day off for use at a later time.

This schedule does not apply to the College of Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Questions regarding this holiday schedule should be directed to the appropriate college or department Human Resources Representative.

Please see the following link for more information regarding Religious Observances.

Policies affecting employees represented by a union are found in the appropriate Agreements. 

For more detailed information see policies