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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  2022 Desk Calendar (pdf) to print and use as a desk reference.

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

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.

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