Holidays and Season Days

The university observes seven holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day following Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, and four Season Days. Season Days are the four days between the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays and employees receive time off on those days. Please use this list to help with planning work and vacation schedules.

2020 Holidays and Season Days

November

  • November 25, 2020; Season Day, Wednesday (One-time additional Season Day for regular faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor (excluding Medical School), Dearborn and Flint campuses who are currently eligible for season days.)*
  • November 26, 2020; Thanksgiving Day, Thursday
  • November 27, 2020; Friday

December

  • December 23, 2020; Season Day, Wednesday (One-time additional Season Day one-time additional Season Day for regular faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor (excluding Medical School), Dearborn and Flint campuses who are currently eligible for season days.)*
  • December 24, 2020; Season Day, Thursday (One-time additional Season Day one-time additional Season Day for regular faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor (excluding Medical School), Dearborn and Flint campuses who are currently eligible for season days)*
  • December 25, 2020; Christmas Day, Friday
  • December 28, 2020; Season Day, Monday
  • December 29, 2020, Season Day, Tuesday
  • December 30, 2020, Season Day, Wednesday
  • December 31, 2020, Season Day, Thursday

*Additional One-Time Paid Season Days for 2020

Please note, the one-time additional paid Season Days are for regular faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor (excluding Medical School), Dearborn and Flint campuses who are currently eligible for season days. Michigan Medicine announced separate measures to recognize faculty and staff. Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement are not automatically eligible because their time off is set by their contract.

As announced in a November 4, 2020 email message to regular faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor (excluding Medical School), Dearborn and Flint campuses from Susan M. Collins, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Kevin P. Hegarty, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and Richard S. Holcomb, Jr., Associate Vice President for Human Resources, three additional paid days off have been added to the 2020 University of Michigan Holidays and Season Days calendar. Similar messages were sent on November 4, 2020 to the regular faculty and staff on the Dearborn and Flint campuses.

Dear Colleagues,

As a special recognition of faculty and staff, the university is awarding three additional paid days off to the upcoming holiday breaks for 2020. These additional season days are November 25, December 23 and December 24, 2020.

This one-time award comes as faculty and staff have made extraordinary efforts to advance our missions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote working and teaching, virtual classrooms for children and adjusting to important public health measures have made agility a hallmark of the year, and our faculty and staff have risen to the challenge.

Regular faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor (excluding Medical School), Dearborn and Flint campuses who are currently eligible for season days will receive this additional time off.  Michigan Medicine announced separate measures to recognize faculty and staff.

Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement are not automatically eligible because their time off is set by their contract. University HR will reach out to those unions where season days are applicable to discuss whether these days may be included for these bargaining units.

This additional paid time off is one small way to recognize and express gratitude to our faculty and staff.

2021 Holidays and Season Days

January

  • January 1, 2021; New Year’s Day, Friday

View the U-M holidays and season days calendar

Substituting Holidays

Because other days may be of more significance than a university-designated holiday, a staff member may request approval to substitute up to three (3) holidays of his/her choice for any three (3) university holidays. Written request of substitution(s) for the upcoming fiscal year must be given to the immediate supervisor on or before July 1st of that year.

Season Days Information

Employees who work on a Season Day will receive an equivalent amount of vacation hours as an addition to their vacation accrual. They may schedule this vacation time at any time during the year by requesting vacation as they usually do. Using the time reporting code SEW for hours worked on a season day will tell the payroll system to pay the staff member at the appropriate rate and automatically add an equivalent number of hours to their vacation. For regular part-time staff, it may be necessary to report some Season Day hours after New Year's Day in order to account for their proportion of Season Day hours due.

Michigan Medicine Paid Time Off, Bargained-for, and Temporary Staff Considerations

Michigan Medicine (excluding Medical School) employees receive Holidays but do not receive Season Days. Those covered by a paid time off (PTO) plan may request time off during the winter holidays consistent with their department policies. Departments may also assign paid time off (or no pay time if requested by the employee and permitted by the department’s policy) during this period to accommodate reduced workload or unit closure.

Employees in bargaining units observe Holidays and Season Days as indicated in their respective agreements.

Temporary employees are not eligible for Season Day or Holiday pay.