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Winter Break Campus Closure Dates 2017-18

September 13, 2017

As the 2017 Winter Break approaches, UC Merced will officially close for ten (10) days beginning Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, and reopen for business on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. 

The closure period includes four University paid holidays (Dec. 25, 26, 29 and Jan. 1) and two “curtailment” days (Dec. 27, 28).  Staff employees must charge any curtailment work days during the closure period to accrued vacation, accrued compensatory time off, or leave without pay.  Academic employees eligible for vacation time must charge the time off to accrued vacation or leave without pay.

Non-represented employees, who do not have accrued vacation or compensatory time off to cover the two curtailment days during the closure (Dec. 27, 28), may take vacation days in advance of actual accrual (in accordance with Personnel Policies for Staff Members 2.210, Absence from Work) to be used only during the campus closure.  For exclusively represented employees, the curtailment days will be handled in accordance with existing contract provisions or collective bargaining where applicable.

Some UC Merced employees and units will be required to work during the campus closure period and must notify their respective vice chancellor to do so.

Departments planning to maintain operations during the campus closure period should notify Facilities Management as soon as possible.  Staff employees with questions regarding the campus closure should contact Employee and Labor Relations.

The two curtailment days (Dec. 27, 28) were obvious choices.  Notwithstanding and in the spirit of collaboration, campus leadership solicited feedback from Staff Assembly Leadership, who endorsed the proposed dates as logical choices that will afford our campus community 10 consecutive days of Winter Break.