University Holidays for 2021

With the endorsement of the University Council, President Lisa Freeman has approved the following holiday schedule for 2021:

New Year’s Day (Holiday) Friday, January 1, 2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Holiday) Monday, January 18, 2021
Administrative Closure Thursday, February 11, 2021
Administrative Closure Friday, March 12, 2021
Memorial Day (Holiday) Monday, May 31, 2021
Independence Day (Holiday) Monday, July 5, 2021
Labor Day (Holiday) Monday, September 6, 2021
Thanksgiving (Holiday) Thursday, November 25, 2021
Floating Holiday Friday, November 26, 2021
Administrative Closure Thursday, December 23, 2021
Floating Holiday Friday, December 24, 2021
December 25 (Holiday) Saturday, December 25, 2021
December 25 (Holiday Observed) Monday, December 27,  2021
Administrative Closure Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Administrative Closure Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Administrative Closure Thursday,  December 30, 2021
Floating Holiday Friday, December 31, 2021
New Year’s Day (Holiday) Saturday,  January 1, 2022
New Year’s Day (Holiday Observed) Monday, January 3, 2022

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.

Per Campus Parking Services, parking enforcement for the 2020/2021 holiday period will be as follows:

  • December 12–22, 2020: All parking regulations will be enforced.
  • December 23, 2020 – January 3, 2021: 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 4, 2021: 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 12, 2020 through January 10, 2021. Payment will be required again on January 11, 2021.

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.

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