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TO: University Community

FROM:  Clarence D. Armbrister, Martin S. Dorph, Ira M. Schwartz

DATE: June 2, 2005

SUBJECT: Holiday Schedule for Fiscal Year 2005-06

Listed below are the official University holidays for Fiscal Year 2005-06:

Official University Holiday

Date(s) Celebrated

Fourth of July

Monday, July 4, 2005

Labor Day

Monday, Sept. 5, 2005


Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, and Friday, Nov. 25, 2005

Christmas Eve (observed)

Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 *

Christmas (observed)

Monday, Dec.  26, 2005 *

New Year’s Day (observed)

Monday, Jan. 2, 2006 *

Memorial Day

Monday, May 29, 2006

Please note that employees of the Office of Campus Safety Services and Facilities Management will be scheduled off in accordance with their collective bargaining contracts. Also, the School of Medicine and the School of Podiatric Medicine may issue separate policies regarding closing days. Personnel at those locations will receive scheduling information from their supervisors.   Finally, employees of the Temple University Health System will receive a separate memo from the Health System regarding their scheduled holidays.

The national observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday will be on Monday, Jan. 16, 2006. Since the University does not generally observe federal holidays, including Columbus Day, Presidents Day, Veterans Day and Election Day, the national holiday observance of King's birthday will be a regular working day at the University.

Under the terms of their collective bargaining agreement, the members of the District 1199c bargaining unit, including secretarial-clerical staff, are entitled to a paid holiday for the national observance of King’s birthday on Jan. 16. Those who are required to work on Jan. 16 must be paid in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement. Other employees may request to take Jan. 16 as a vacation or personal day with the permission of their supervisor.

Members of the SEIU/BUE Local 612 bargaining unit will be governed by the terms of their collective bargaining agreement and will be entitled to a paid holiday on Friday, Jan. 13, 2006* in observance of King’s actual birthday.  

If you have any questions regarding the observance of King’s birthday, contact Labor Relations at 204-1319.

Set forth below is additional information that outlines the University's policies on religious holidays which will occur throughout the year.  

Although the official University calendar does not recognize religious holidays, it is important to respect the religious beliefs of faculty, students, and staff. We want to remind everyone that, on some days, some members of the Temple community exercise their constitutional rights and do not meet regular assignments for religious reasons.

If an instructor wishes to reschedule a class session because of a religious holiday, the rescheduling should be consistent with policies of the school or college and should follow consultation with the students. An instructor who cannot attend a scheduled class session should find a suitable replacement for that session, consistent with school or college policies.

Faculty members who conduct classes on religious holidays should respect the convictions of their students. The scheduling of major presentations or examinations should respect students’ religious beliefs and conscience.

Staff members may request use of personal or vacation days for religious holidays, with the approval of their supervisors.

We thank you for your attention and sensitivity to these matters.

* Since the actual holiday falls on a weekend, the University will observe the Holiday on this date.