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Holiday calendar

Plan ahead and mark these dates on your calendar for when the university closes to observe the various holidays.

Twelve-month faculty and classified staff observe the holiday schedule below. Nine-month faculty observe the same holidays as students; they do not accrue holiday time. VCU’s holiday schedule includes any additional holiday time granted by the governor.

VCU's 2014 holiday schedule

  • New Year’s observance 
    Jan. 1, 2014 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 20, 2014
  • Memorial Day
    May 26, 2014
  • Independence Day
    July 4, 2014
  • Labor Day
    Sept. 1, 2014
  • Thanksgiving observance
    Nov. 26 (4 hours leave granted), Nov. 27 and 28, 2014
  • Winter closing*
    Dec. 20, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015

* VCU's 2014-2015 Winter Closing (Dec. 20, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015) requires eligible faculty and staff to use 12 hours** of eligible leave (not sick leave), with or without pay, to cover the time away from work. Current and new employees were encouraged to save eligible leave (not sick leave) throughout the year to cover the time away from work as indicated below. Employees who are required to work during the winter closing will accrue holiday leave for the hours worked.

  • 8 hours of eligible leave (not sick leave), with or without pay, for Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
  • 4 hours of eligible leave (not sick leave), with or without pay, for Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 -- employees must account for an 8-hour work day (the other 4 hours of leave were already granted earlier by the Governor for the holiday observance)

**Sept. 2014 Update: Just recently, the Governor approved eight hours of holiday leave for Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 for the New Year's observance for eligible employees. This action reduced to 12 the number of leave hours needed (with or without pay) for VCU's 2014 winter break, as indicated above.

Dec. 20, 2013 Update: The Governor approved an additional four hours of holiday leave for Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The Governor approved this holiday leave on a day that VCU had already closed for the 2013 winter break. Thus, this additional leave accrued as a four-hour "float" holiday, which became effective with the Dec. 31, 2013 pay period and must be used by Dec. 31, 2014 or it will expire. Employees who wish to do so can use these four "float" holiday hours to offset the 12 hours of leave (with or without pay) required to cover the 2014 winter break, as indicated above.

Note: Jan. 1, 2015 and Jan. 2, 2015 are part of VCU's 2015 holiday calendar. VCU resumes normal business operations on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

See also VCU's combined pay and holiday schedule for 2014 (revised) pdf icon and this communication pdf icon.

Please note: The holiday schedule above does not apply to VCU Health System employees, as those employees are covered by their Paid Time Off (PTO) program that combines annual, sick and holiday leave.

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VCU's 2015 holiday schedule

  • New Year’s observance 
    Jan. 1, 2015 and Jan. 2, 2015 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 19, 2015
  • Memorial Day
    May 25, 2015
  • Independence Day observance
    July 3, 2015
  • Labor Day
    Sept. 7, 2015
  • Thanksgiving observance
    Nov. 25 (4 hours leave granted), Nov. 26 and 27, 2015
  • Winter closing***
    Dec. 19, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016 

*** VCU's 2015-2016 Winter Closing (Dec. 19, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016) requires eligible faculty and staff to use 24 hours of eligible leave (not sick leave), with or without pay, to cover the time away from work. Current and new employees are encouraged to save eligible leave (not sick leave) throughout the year to cover the time away from work as indicated below. Employees who are required to work during the winter closing will accrue holiday leave for the hours worked.

  • 8 hours of eligible leave (not sick leave), with or without pay, for Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
  • 8 hours of eligible leave (not sick leave), with or without pay, for Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
  • 8 hours of eligible leave (not sick leave), with or without pay, for Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Note: Jan. 1, 2016 is part of VCU's 2016 holiday calendar. VCU resumes normal business operations on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

See also VCU's combined pay and holiday schedule for 2015 pdf icon and this communication pdf icon.

Please note: The holiday schedule above does not apply to VCU Health System employees, as those employees are covered by their Paid Time Off (PTO) program that combines annual, sick and holiday leave. 

**SPECIAL NOTE** September 2015 World Road Cycling Championship

Please note that on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 and Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, VCU's Monroe Park Campus will be on limited work status for the 2015 international bike race. Liberal use of eligible leave (not sick leave) and approved telecommuting will be available. Eligible faculty and staff are encouraged to save their 16 hours of Community Service Leave (CSL) to volunteer for on-campus activities related to the bike race. More information about volunteer opportunities will be announced later.

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