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[The general portion of this policy was approved on November 3, 1982 and amended on July 11, 1985. The portion relating to civil service employees was approved on April 29, 1986 and amended on October 14, 2005.]

  1. Paid holidays shall not exceed 5, in addition to those prescribed by law, except for emergencies, or as provided in any notice of administrative closure. The executive officers shall designate one of those holidays as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, and individually determine designations for the others (Board of Trustees 2 Policies, C.3.b.1).
  2. Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be closed and all employees will be excused, except in emergencies and for necessary operations, on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day (as determined by the law of the State of Illinois), Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and 5 holidays to be designated by the chancellor of the university.
  3. The schedule of holidays will be designated by the chancellor for publication by July 1 of each year.

The following provisions apply specifically to civil service employees:

  1. Permanent, apprentice, learner, trainee, and provisional employees in range, negotiated, prevailing and established classifications will be compensated for the holiday at their regular rate of pay.
  2. In the event that work is required on a university holiday listed above by non-exempt range employees, compensation will be at time and one-half their regular rate of pay, in addition to regular compensation, with overtime compensation to be paid in accordance with the policy on overtime compensation (Personnel Policies, V.B.2). Negotiated employees will be compensated under the terms of the applicable negotiated contract. Prevailing employees will be compensated in accordance with the prevailing practice in the area which will ordinarily be established by a multi-employer area agreement.
  3. When a holiday falls on the sixth day of the administrative work week, the day preceding it will be recognized as a holiday. When a holiday falls on the seventh day of the administrative work week, the day following it will be recognized as a holiday.
  4. Employees who normally work other than a Monday-through-Friday schedule, and who are not scheduled to work on a recognized holiday, will receive, as necessary operations permit, either 1) the scheduled day off nearest the recognized holiday, or 2) an additional day's pay at the regular rate.
  5. Any other holiday or emergency time off becomes the prerogative of the chancellor.
  6. For employees to receive holiday benefits, they must work or must be in pay status the scheduled work day preceding and following the holiday, unless absence on either or both of these work days is approved by the department head and Human Resources.