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Holiday Schedule

2023-2024 Holiday Schedule 

Date Holiday Day University Status
January 16, 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday University Closed
May 29, 2023 Memorial Day Monday University Closed
June 19, 2023 Emancipation Day Monday University Closed

July 4, 2023

Independence Day Tuesday University Closed

September 4, 2023

Labor Day Monday University Closed

November 23, 2023

Thanksgiving Day Thursday University Closed

November 24, 2023

Day After Thanksgiving Friday University Closed

December 21, 2023

Winter Break Thursday University Closed

December 22, 2023

Winter Break Friday University Closed

December 25, 2023

Winter Break Monday University Closed

December 26, 2023

Winter Break Tuesday University Closed

December 27, 2023

Winter Break Wednesday Skeleton Crew Required*

December 28, 2023

Winter Break Thursday Skeleton Crew Required*

December 29, 2023

Winter Break Friday Skeleton Crew Required*

January 1, 2024

New Year's Day Monday University Closed

January 2, 2024

Day After New Year's Tuesday University Closed

January 15, 2024

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday University Closed

May 27, 2024

Memorial Day Monday University Closed

July 4, 2024

Independence Day Thursday University Closed

Holiday Leave

Paid holiday leave is provided to employees who are appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for a period of at least four and one-half continuous months. Employees appointed less than full-time but at least 20 hours per week are eligible for holiday leave, including floating holiday leave, proportionate to the number of hours appointed.

The legislature provides institutions of higher education the flexibility to establish their own holiday schedules. This flexibility allows U.T. System Administration to establish a holiday schedule that is more compatible with the academic calendars of the institutions we serve. Accordingly, U.T. System Administration observes the same number of holidays observed by state agencies even though our respective holiday schedules may differ.

*Skeleton Crews

According to the Texas Government Code, the university must provide minimum services on skeleton crew days. This does not apply to a holiday that falls on a Saturday, Sunday, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, or the 24th or 26th of December.

When Skeleton Crews are Required

When Skeleton Crews are Required
Vice Presidents and Deans determine how their reporting departments will handle skeleton crews. For example, if the work of the department involves conducting business with the public, then a skeleton crew is necessary.
Depending on the type of work, the Vice President or Dean might allow the skeleton crew to work from an off-campus location or by phone. Vice Presidents or Deans determine the minimum number of staff required for an on-site skeleton crew.

Holiday Compensatory Time

Employees who work on a holiday will receive equivalent time off within the 12-month period following the holiday worked.

Optional Holidays

The legislature has designated Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Good Friday as optional holidays. A holiday pay-eligible employee may observe optional holidays by working on any holiday in which a skeleton workforce is required or by using applicable accrued leave.