Listed below are the official university holidays for fiscal year 2020–2021:

Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 7, 2020

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, and Friday, Nov. 27, 2020

Winter Break
Following close of business on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 through Friday, Jan. 1, 2021

New Year’s Day
Friday, Jan. 1, 2021

Memorial Day
Monday, May 31, 2021

Additional Information

The university will be closed starting at the close of business on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.  The university will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.  For employees, this means that in addition to the holidays already offered, Temple employees will have paid days off on Dec. 26, 27, 30 and 31 this year. Any employee required to work during this period will receive compensatory time rather than holiday or overtime pay.

As has been done in the past, this year the university will also be closed on Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. Employees scheduled to work on Dec. 23, 2019, but not required to report due to the university closing will have the option of using a personal or vacation day to receive pay, or elect to receive no pay for the day.

In order to ensure that you are paid in accordance with your preference, please inform your time keeper as soon as possible, but no later than Nov. 15, 2019 of your choice to use a personal or vacation day. If neither a vacation nor personal day is elected, no pay will be received for the 23rd.

Please note that employees of the Office of Campus Safety Services and Facilities Management will be scheduled off in accordance with the needs of those departments and the applicable collective bargaining agreements. Also, the School of Medicine and the School of Podiatric Medicine may issue separate policies regarding closing days. Personnel at those locations will receive scheduling information from their supervisors. Finally, this memo does not apply to employees of the Temple University Health System. TUHS employees should receive separate information from the Health System regarding their scheduled holidays.

The national observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday will be on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.  Since the university does not generally observe federal holidays, including Columbus Day, Presidents Day, Veterans Day and Election Day, the national holiday observance of Dr. King’s birthday will be a regular working day at the university.

Under the terms of their collective bargaining agreement, the members of the District 1199c clerical bargaining unit, including secretarial-clerical staff, are entitled to a paid holiday for the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 20, 2020.  Those who are required to work on Jan. 20, 2020 must be paid in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement. Other employees may request to take Jan. 20, 2020 as a vacation or personal day with the permission of their supervisor.

Members of the SEIU/BUE Local 612 bargaining unit will be governed by the terms of their collective bargaining agreement and will be entitled to a paid holiday on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 in observance of Dr. King’s actual birthday.  
If you have any questions regarding the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, please contact the Human Resources, Labor Relations area at extension 7-2290.

Set forth below is additional information that outlines the university’s policies on religious holidays which will occur throughout the year.  

Although the official university calendar does not recognize religious holidays, it is important to respect the religious beliefs of faculty, students and staff.  We want to remind everyone that, on some days, some members of the Temple community exercise their constitutional rights and do not meet regular assignments for religious reasons.

If an instructor wishes to reschedule a class session because of a religious holiday, the rescheduling should be consistent with policies of the school or college and following consultation with the students. An instructor who cannot attend a scheduled class session should find a suitable replacement for that session, consistent with School or College policies.

Faculty members who conduct classes on religious holidays are asked to be considerate of students who may request an absence or an adjustment to the scheduling of major presentations or examinations in observance of the holiday.

Staff members may request use of personal or vacation days for religious holidays, with the approval of their supervisors.

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