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The University of Kansas provides paid holidays to employees to help balance work and family responsibilities.


University Support Staff (USS), Unclassified Professional Staff (UPS), and fiscal year faculty and academic staff are eligible for paid holidays. Academic year faculty/academic staff, temporary employees (including students), and part-time employees who work irregular schedules are not eligible for paid holidays. 

Holiday Schedule

The table below provides the holiday schedule for the calendar years listed below. You can also download the 2020 Desk Calendar (pdf) or the 2021 Desk Calendar (pdf) to print and use as a desk reference.

2020 2021
New Year's Day
Wed., Jan 1, 2020 Fri., Jan 1, 2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Mon., Jan 20, 2020 Mon., Jan 18, 2021
Memorial Day
Mon., May 25, 2020 Mon., May 31, 2021
Independence Day
Fri., July 3, 2020 Mon., July 5, 2021
Mon., Sept 7, 2020 Mon., Sept 6, 2021
Wed., Nov 11, 2020 Thus., Nov 11, 2021
Thurs., Nov 26, 2020 Thurs., Nov 25, 2021
Fri., Nov 27, 2020 Fri., Nov 26, 2021
Thurs., Dec 24, 2020 Fri, Dec 24, 2021

Fri., Dec 25, 2020
May be used starting Dec. 29, 2019 through Dec. 26, 2020

May be used starting Sun.,Dec. 27, 2020 through Thurs.,Dec. 25, 2021.   

Please note that for most employees, the last day to use the 2021 Discretionary Day is 12/23/2021

since the officially observed Christmas Holiday falls on Friday, 12/24/2021

Additional Information

  • When a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday will be observed on either Friday or Monday, respectively.
  • In certain circumstances, staff and fiscal year faculty/academic staff may be required to work on a holiday due to the needs of the department.
  • To learn more about eligibility, compensation, and time reporting guidelines, please refer to the Holiday Policy.

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