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.

New Year's DayFri., Jan 1, 2021Fri., December 31, 2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMon., Jan 18, 2021Mon., January 17, 2022
Memorial DayMon., May 31, 2021Mon., May 30, 2022
Independence DayMon., July 5, 2021Mon., July 4, 2022
Labor DayMon., Sept 6, 2021Mon., September 5, 2022
Veterans DayThus., Nov 11, 2021Fri., November 11, 2022
ThanksgivingThurs., Nov 25, 2021
Fri., Nov 26, 2021
Thurs., November 24, 2022
Fri., November 25, 2022
ChristmasFri, Dec 24, 2021Mon., December 26, 2022
Discretionary Day

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

May be used between Sun.,Dec. 26, 2021 and Sat.,Dec. 24, 2022.  


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.