The University of Memphis

University Holidays


Issued: December 11, 2017
Responsible Official: Vice President for Business & Finance
Responsible Office: Human Resources

Policy Statement

Policy Statement

The University of Memphis will observe seven paid holidays and six paid administrative closing days each year.

The Department of Human Resources will be responsible for the annual preparation and publication of holiday schedules. Official holidays will be approved by the President.


 To provide time off from work for university-designated holidays.


University Holidays

The following seven days will be designated as official holidays:

- New Year's Day

- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

- Memorial Day

- Independence Day

- Labor Day

- Thanksgiving Day

- Christmas Day

In addition to these seven holidays, the University will observe an additional six administrative closing days. The selection of these days must be coordinated with the Academic Calendar.

Certain days, such as the Friday after Thanksgiving and those during the week between Christmas and New Year, when classes are not in session, may be designated as administrative closing days each year.

Holidays occurring on a Saturday would be observed on the preceding Friday and holidays occurring on a Sunday would be observed on the following Monday.

The University shall hold observances for Veteran's Day on or near the day recognized as a national day of observance.

Students and employees should be afforded the opportunity to participate in the campus observances provided it does not interfere with the needs of the department or the University.

Students, faculty and staff who are veterans shall be afforded the opportunity to participate in the campus observances without adverse action or absence.


All regular full-time and part-time employees in an active pay status will qualify for holiday pay for the days listed above.  Regular part-time employees receive the holiday benefit on a pro rata basis.

The following provisions apply:

       1.      Employees who are in an active pay status on the work days immediately preceding and following a holiday will receive payment for the holiday.

       2.      Any holiday falling within a period of an employee's sick, annual, or other leave with pay shall be considered holiday leave and recorded as such.


Where can I find the schedule of University holidays for this year?

The holiday schedule is available on the Human Resources web site at:

Revision Dates

  UM1241 -- Revised December 11, 2017
UM1241 -- Revised May 16, 2017
UM1241 - December 11, 2015
UM1241 Rev.1 -- updated October 2, 2006
UM1241 - March 22, 2002

Subject Areas:

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