Holiday soft closures to be set at unit level

Question

Are there going to be “soft closure”  dates this year for the holidays?

Response

In addition to the four paid holidays, Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31, 2015, and Jan. 1, 2016, the university will be closed Dec. 28-30, 2015. During this hard closure, employees can claim annual leave or leave without pay on their time sheets; leadership may claim furlough time.

Recognizing that units have varying business needs and are trying to balance FY16 budgets and honor employee leave requests, soft closure periods may be observed Dec. 21-23, 2015 and Jan. 4-8, 2016 with the expectation that all units will be fully operational on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

Decisions about individual unit soft closures will be made by the appropriate supervisor (e.g., dean/director). Everyone should recognize that during soft closure periods there will be reduced staffing available and limited business activities.

Additional communications on the winter break closures will be distributed later this fall.

If you have any additional questions, please contact UAF Office of Human Resources at 474-7700.