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Holiday Closing and Winterterm Arrival Information

Posted 12/19/2018
Submitted by Jonathan Easterbrook
Category: Reminders

The University of Hartford will close for the holiday break beginning Monday, Dec. 24, and will reopen on Wednesday, 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.

For students who have applied and been accepted for Winterterm housing, residence halls will open at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Approved students will have card access to their residential space, and can contact Public Safety to be connected to the RD on duty if additional assistance is needed on Jan. 1. 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 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:

There will be a home men’s basketball game against Marist on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. Otherwise, University facilities will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, including the Campus Store, Harrison Libraries, Select Physical Therapy, and Sports Center fitness facility.

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. 24 through Jan. 1, it is suggested that employees set phone voicemail and e-mail auto response to indicate that messages may not be checked until Wednesday, Jan. 2.

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