Holiday Schedule and President's Discretionary Days

Sept. 11, 2013

Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,

I'd like to thank you for yet another year of tremendous commitment to the university. Your many contributions are valued and greatly appreciated. As we approach the holiday season, it is important that we have an opportunity to rest, relax and gather with family and friends.

Therefore, I have approved four (4) President's Discretionary Days during the December holiday period to allow additional time for those activities.

The four (4) discretionary days will be Thursday, December 26, 2013, through Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are traditionally half days, with an early release at noon. This year, New Year's Eve will be a full discretionary day.

As a result, the last full day of regular work will be Monday, December 23, 2013, with the traditional half day on December 24. Employees will return to work on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Additionally, as there are no scheduled classes on the day before Thanksgiving, I have approved a President's Discretionary Day on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, for all faculty and staff, with employees returning to work on Monday, December 2.

As in the past, departments that must remain open will inform any staff members who are required to work all or some of the holiday schedule. Employees should check with their supervisors regarding scheduling. These staff members are entitled to schedule other days off to make up for the holidays they are required to work.

I wish the entire Brandeis community a healthy, happy holiday season.

Best regards,