TO: University Community
FROM: Ann Weaver Hart, President
RE: Winter Holiday Break
DATE: November 29, 2006
Last month, I asked my cabinet to examine the feasibility of closing Temple University between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. After an extensive review of the practices of other comparable institutions and an evaluation of the possible impact that closing during this period might have on Temple’s operations, the cabinet recently issued its report to me with a recommendation that the University administratively shut down between the two holidays. With the concurrence of Board of Trustees Chair Daniel H. Polett, I have accepted the cabinet’s recommendation. Therefore, for calendar year 2006, the University will close at the end of business on Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, through Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. The University will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. For employees, this means that in addition to the three recognized holidays (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) already offered. Temple employees will have paid days off on Dec. 27, 28 and 29 this year. Any employee required to work during this period will receive compensatory time rather than holiday or overtime pay.
The cabinet’s report found that such institutions as Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware also close during the time between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Further, after discussions with department heads across the University and with the leadership of the University’s various collective bargaining units, it was determined that no additional direct costs will be incurred by closing during this period and that units that provide essential services can be operated without negatively affecting service delivery. As part of their report, the cabinet developed a series of implementation and operational guidelines for the new Winter Holiday Break, which are as follows:
Closing the University cannot result in additional direct expenditures by the University.
All academic and administrative departments will be required to identify critical services that will need to continue during this period, if any, and develop a staffing plan for those services.
To ensure that staff is available in the event of an emergency, an on-call schedule will be established for all major administrative units.
Any employee required to work during this period will receive compensatory time rather than holiday pay or overtime pay.
The payroll schedule will be modified so that all employees will receive a paycheck on or about Dec. 22, 2006, that will provide pay through Dec.31, 2006.
If you have any questions regarding implementation of the new Winter Holiday Break, please contact your departmental Human Resources representative.
Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful and safe holiday season.