Two Additional Days Off in 2023 for Employees

November 28, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that CU Denver will be granting two additional days of paid time off this fiscal year—Monday, Jan. 16 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and Friday, March 24 (the Friday of Spring Break)—so you can take time for yourselves and the communities and activities you care about without having to use vacation time.

This decision comes at the recommendation of a cross-functional committee, convened by the Office for DEI, with representation composed of Faculty Assembly, Staff Council, the Student Government Association, as well as the registrar, human resources, and budget office. I charged the group to study our current holiday and observances calendar and make short- and longer-term recommendations to help ensure that the cadence and composition of time off we are providing is intentional and considered through an equity lens.

To arrive at their recommendations, the committee conducted a survey and weighed those results with other factors such as:

  • Our equity commitments as an institution
  • Common holiday practices across higher education and K-12 institutions
  • The timing of our academic calendar and our requirements for academic contact hours with students
  • Operational continuity

The committee’s work will continue as they prepare a holistic recommendation for FY24-25. I am grateful to them for their thoughtful approach and am pleased to provide this extra time for our faculty and staff.

Designated essential personnel as well as classified employees and university staff who are part of units that support both CU Denver and CU Anschutz should check with their supervisors to determine their eligibility. HR business partners will communicate instructions on how to record this time off on employee timesheets.

Hope you have a good rest of the semester.

Michelle Mark signature

Michelle Marks

Chancellor’s Office

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Suite 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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