Listed below are the official university holidays for fiscal year 2016–2017:

Fourth of July
Monday, July 4, 2016

Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 5, 2016

Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, and Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Winter Break
Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2017*

New Year’s Day
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017

Memorial Day
Monday, May 29, 2017

*The university will be closed starting at the close of business on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. Temple will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. For employees, this means that in addition to the holidays already offered, Temple employees will have paid days off on Dec. 27, 28, 29 and 30 this year. Any employee required to work during this period will receive compensatory time rather than holiday or overtime pay.

Additional Information
Note that employees of the offices 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.  Additionally, 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’s birthday is Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Since the university does not generally observe federal holidays, including Columbus Day, Election Day, Presidents Day and Veterans Day, the national holiday observance of his birthday will also be a regular working day at Temple.

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 Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 16, 2017. Those who are required to work on Jan. 16, 2017, must be paid in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement. Other employees may request to take Jan.16, 2017, 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. 16, 2017, in observance of King’s actual birthday. 

If you have any questions regarding the observance of Martin Luther King Day, contact Labor Relations at extension 7-2290.

Below is additional information that outlines Temple’s policies on religious holidays that 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 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.