University Holidays for 2020

With the endorsement of the University Council, President Lisa Freeman has approved the following holiday schedule for 2020:

New Year’s Day (Holiday) Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Holiday) Monday, January 20, 2020
Memorial Day (Holiday) Monday, May 25, 2020
Independence Day (Holiday) Friday, July 3, 2020
Labor Day (Holiday) Monday, September 7, 2020
Election Day (Holiday) Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Thanksgiving (Holiday) Thursday, November 26, 2020
Floating Holiday Friday, November 27, 2020
Administrative Closure Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Floating Holiday Thursday, December 24, 2020
December 25 (Holiday) Friday, December 25, 2020
Floating Holiday Monday, December 28,  2020
Floating Holiday Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Administrative Closure Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Administrative Closure Thursday,  December 31, 2020
New Year’s Day (Holiday) Friday,  January 1, 2021

Hourly employees in positions not covered by collective bargaining agreements will be paid at the regular rate of pay plus 1-1/2 times the regular rate of pay for all hours required to work on any of the above named holidays or, if mutually agreed to with supervisor, by compensatory time off at the rate of time-and-one-half plus holiday pay. Employees covered by prevailing rates will be compensated in accordance with local area agreements. Employees required to work on Administrative Closure days will be given time off on an hour-for-hour basis to be used by June 30, 2021, or receive additional straight-time pay at the option of the department.

Per Campus Parking Services, parking enforcement for the 2019/2020 holiday period will be as follows:

  • December 16 – 20, 2019: All parking regulations will be enforced.
  • December 21, 2019 – January 1, 2020: NIU parking permits are not required on campus. Exception: NIU reserved space permits are required in the appropriate reserved parking space, even when the University is closed. Please display your reserved parking permit in your reserved space during the closure. Parking regulations that will be enforced during the holiday closure period include the following: reserved parking, no parking zones (including fire lanes), handicapped spaces, and parking lots that are enforced at all times. Parking lots that are enforced at all times are identified on the parking map as having a black square around the parking lot number (i.e.: Lot 18 at Neptune Hall).
  • January 2, 2020: All parking regulations will be enforced.

If you have any questions about parking during the holiday closure, please contact Campus Parking at 815-753-1045 or

NOTE: The visitor’s lot will be open at no charge from December 21, 2019, through January 1, 2020. Payment will be required again on January 2, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding this holiday schedule, please contact Human Resource Services at 815-753-6000.

This memo has been distributed by email to all faculty and staff and can be found at: Paper copies will only be sent to departments with limited email access for posting. 

Please note: This memo was updated on July 8, 2020, to reflect that Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a new law in June 2020 declaring Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, a state holiday for 2020. NIU will observe the paid holiday by closing our offices and cancelling classes on Nov. 3.

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