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Extended December Break 

On Friday, November 19, 2021, an announcement was made by President Stanley that the university is providing an extended break to employees from December 24, 2021 through January 3, 2022. The decision to offer an extended break is to show appreciation and recognition for the many contributions made by all MSU employees as our campus community continues to respond to the impact of COVID-19. Significant challenges were faced this year and everyone’s tremendous dedication is appreciated.

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding this break. 

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The extended break will be from Tuesday, December 28 through Thursday, December 30. These additional days connect the traditional university holidays, which include December 24, 27, 31, and January 3, allowing for a break from December 24 through January 3.

This is to show appreciation and recognition of the efforts made by all MSU employees as our campus community continues to respond to the impacts caused by COVID-19 and the necessary changes enacted to maintain university operations.

This extended break applies only to the 2021 Holiday Schedule.

No, the university is not closing during the extended break.

No, these are not considered holidays and the university is not considered closed during this time.

To the extent that operations allow, all university units are asked to allow all employees this time off. Given the scope of operations associated with a university the size of MSU, we recognize there may be some circumstances in which taking an extended break is not feasible for some units. If that’s the circumstance for your unit, further guidance will be shared from respective leader(s).

We acknowledge that some staff are still required to work and further guidance will be shared from your respective leader(s). Regular full-time and part-time support staff will be given additional personal leave which may be used on or before June 30, 2022.

MSU HR has mass loaded the additional hours of personal leave into EBS for regular support staff to be used on December 28, 29, and 30. 

For regular full-time (90%+) support staff hired on or before December 28, 2021, 24 hours of personal leave have been provided; 18 hours for 65-89.9% time, and 12 hours for 50-64.9% time. This time is now available in EBS. 

No, you do not need to use your existing bank of time off. For support staff, additional personal leave hours will be added in EBS by December 13 to be used on these days.

These additional personal leave hours are to be used December 28, 29, and 30, 2021. In cases where units must require employees to work during this time, regular full and part-time employees may use the additional personal hours at another time on or before June 30, 2022, with supervisor approval.

If you have already planned to use paid time on these days, you would replace that time with these new personal hours.  You do not need to adjust your last day worked or your retirement date.  Any remaining quota balance at the time of retirement (not including these additional personal hours) will be paid according to current policy.  Work with your supervisor or HR unit representative if you have any additional questions.

No, you do not need to use your existing vacation time. For faculty, academic staff, and executive managers who receive vacation time (i.e., those on annual year appointments), this additional time off will not count against their existing vacation time allotment.

No, faculty, academic staff, and executive management do not log time off in a centralized university system, no action is needed from these individuals.

Students, temporary and on-call employees will not be given paid time off. If students, temporary and on-calls work they will be paid according to MSU policies and processes.

You’ll take personal leave in EBS. Regular full-time support staff will receive 24 hours of additional personal leave to be used on Tuesday, Dec. 28; Wednesday, Dec. 29; and Thursday, Dec. 30. Hours were prorated for non-full-time regular support staff. Where employees are required to work they may use the additional personal hours at another time on or before June 30, 2022 with supervisor approval. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact your HR unit rep.

You may substitute these additional personal leave hours rather than using scheduled vacation accruals. 

Please consult with your unit leadership regarding operational feasibility of this leave. 

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