Winter Recess 2023

Winter recess is normally scheduled to begin the weekday before the federally recognized Christmas holiday.

For 2023, winter recess will begin on Friday, December 22, 2023 and will end on Monday, January 1, 2024.

Offices will reopen for business on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

All benefits-eligible staff who qualify will receive seven days at straight pay for winter recess. The Payroll Office will provide more detail on how to report hours during the winter recess period.
To receive winter recess pay, employees must be in pay status the last workday prior to winter recess and in pay status the first workday following winter recess. For 2023, benefits-eligible staff must work or be in pay status on Thursday December 21, 2023 and on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. Part-time benefits-eligible staff will receive compensation on a pro-rata basis.
For continuous shift operations (Public Safety and Power Plant), scheduled shifts that occur on non-traditional weekdays (weekends) may be included as winter recess days in equalizing time off.
Anyone required to work during recess must have the approval of the appropriate vice president. Staff who work during winter recess will receive time and one-half for all hours worked.
For more information, please visit Procedures Related to Policy 525 – Winter Recess in the Policy Library.
Be sure to conserve energy and secure offices prior to leaving.
As students and faculty prepare to leave for winter break, please help conserve energy and secure the campus.
Turn-off all non-critical electrical items including but not limited to: 
  • lighting
  • electric space heaters
  • computers and printers
  • copy machines
  • scanners
  • radios, audio systems, DVD/VCR units and televisions
  • coffee pots “completely turned off” (especially Bunn style since they keep heating the water in the tank)
  • cooking appliances
It would be very helpful if someone in each area/department could make a final check to ensure all non-critical items are off by end of day on Thursday, December 21, 2023.

Also be sure to put away equipment, especially electronics, and ensure that cabinets are locked in classrooms and laboratories.