Some offices to close, temperatures to be reduced for winter break

Some campus offices will close during the winter recess, Dec. 23-Jan. 3. The provost’s office encourages employees to check with their supervisors to see whether their office will be among those closing.

University Support Staff and unclassified employees of offices that will be closed during the break are expected to use paid vacation time for dates that the offices are closed.

Accrued compensatory time and/or the discretionary day may be used, with supervisory approval, for this period as well.

Those who would like to work during the break even though their offices are closed should contact Human Resources/Equal Opportunity to arrange an alternative work assignment. Anyone wishing to take part in the arrangement should contact Human Resources/Equal Opportunity at 864-4946 or as soon as possible to ensure an assignment is arranged. Administrative leave will not be given to those whose offices are closed during the break.

Individuals planning to visit an office during the break should call ahead to be sure it is open.

To conserve energy during the break, temperatures in academic spaces such as classrooms, labs, auditoria and lecture rooms will be reduced to 55 degrees from Dec. 19 to Jan. 13 when possible. Anyone who would like to reserve one of the spaces affected by the planned temperature reductions should notify Facilities Operations so the temperature can be increased when a room will be occupied. Libraries, research spaces and occupied offices are not affected by the policy.

Offices that remain open during the break will have temperatures set at 65 degrees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at 55 degrees after 5 p.m. on workdays and during weekends.

More information on building hours and temperature settings during the break is available online.

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