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Holiday Break Information

Posted 12/21/2017
Submitted by Jonathan Easterbrook
Category: Reminders

The University of Hartford will close for the holiday break at the close of business today, Friday, Dec. 22, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Faculty, staff, and students will not be allowed to enter campus buildings during the holiday shutdown, with the exception of a limited number of essential service units that have received prior approval. Please do not come to campus and request that Public Safety unlock buildings and/or offices during the break.

Residence halls will reopen for the spring semester on Sunday, Jan. 21, at noon. For students who have applied and been accepted for Winterterm housing, residence halls will open at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Students who need assistance on Jan. 2 should come to the Residential Life Office. The Office of Residential Life will resume normal business hours (M–F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) starting Jan. 2.

The annual holiday shutdown enables the University to reduce its carbon footprint and realize significant energy savings by keeping a majority of its buildings closed at reduced temperatures. 

During this period in which the University observes its winter holiday closing, it provides paid time off for eligible employees as outlined in the Staff Employment Manual, Chapter 5.03—Holidays. The days during this period that are not University recognized holidays will be paid based on the employee’s regularly scheduled workday(s).  

A few things to keep in mind about the shutdown:

All University facilities will be closed from Dec. 23–Jan.2, including the Sports Center, Campus Store, Harrison Libraries, and Select Physical Therapy.

Faculty and staff are asked to help reduce energy consumption by turning off and unplugging electrical devices. (Those who access computers remotely will need to leave their computers on). For safety reasons, it is especially important to unplug portable heaters. If you have plants that are sensitive to lower temperatures, you should take them home for the holidays.

Since the University will be closed for the entire period of Dec. 23–Jan. 2, it is suggested that employees set phone voicemail and e-mail auto response to indicate that messages may not be checked until Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Buildings will be reopened by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Facilities and Public Safety will monitor campus buildings and grounds throughout the shutdown.