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Effective July 1, 1996; Revised March 30, 2001

Reminder: Policy on Secular and Religious Holidays

1. The University recognizes/observes the following secular holidays: Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Thanksgiving and the day after, Labor Day, and New Year's Day.

2. The University also recognizes that there are several religious holidays that affect large numbers of University community members, including Christmas, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the first two days of Passover, and Good Friday. In consideration of their significance for many students, no examinations may be given and no assigned work may be required on these days. Students who observe these holidays will be given an opportunity to make up missed work in both laboratories and lecture courses. If an examination is given on the first class day after one of these holidays, it must not cover material introduced in class on that holiday.

Faculty should realize that Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the published date of the holiday. Late afternoon exams should be avoided on these days. Also, no examinations may be held on Saturday or Sunday in the undergraduate schools unless they are also available on other days. Nor should seminars or other regular classes be scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays unless they are also available at other times.

3. The University recognizes that there are other holidays, both religious and secular, which are of importance to some individuals and groups on campus. Such occasions include, but are not limited to, Sukkot, the last two days of Passover, Shavuot, Shemini Atzerat, and Simchat Torah, as well as Chinese New Year, the Muslim New Year, and the Islamic holidays Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. Students who wish to observe such holidays must inform their instructors within the first two weeks of each semester of their intent to observe the holiday even when the exact date of the holiday will not be known until later so that alternative arrangements convenient to both students and faculty can be made at the earliest opportunity. Students who make such arrangements will not be required to attend classes or take examinations on the designated days, and faculty must provide reasonable opportunities for such students to make up missed work and examinations. For this reason it is desirable that faculty inform students of all examination dates at the start of each semester. Exceptions to the requirement of a make-up examination must be approved in advance by the undergraduate dean of the school in which the course is offered.

--Robert Barchi, Provost

Recognized Holidays for Fiscal Year 2002

The following holidays will be observed by the University in the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002) on the dates listed below:

Independence Day Wednesday, July 4, 2001
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2001
Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23, 2001
Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2001
New Year's Day Tuesday, January 1, 2002
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 21, 2002
Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2002

The Special Winter Vacation granted to faculty and staff between Christmas Day and New Year's Day will be December 24, 26, 27, 28, 31, 2001. If an employee is required to work to continue departmental operations for part or all of this period, the Special Winter Vacation can be rescheduled for some other time.

Staff members who are absent from work either the work day before a holiday, the work day after a holiday, or both days, will receive holiday pay if that absence is charged to preapproved paid time off or to sick days substantiated by a written note from the staff member's health care provider.

Extension of 2001 Special Winter Vacation to Include Monday, December 24, 2001

To the University Community:

After examination of the potential business needs for staying open the Monday before Christmas Day, 2001and to give our employees a well deserved additional day of rest and replenishment, the University will extend the Special Winter Vacation for 2001 to include Monday, December 24, 2001. If an employee is required to be on duty to continue departmental operations for part or all of this day, the time off can be rescheduled for some other time.

Hospital employees and employees in collective bargaining units are governed by the terms of Hospital policy or their respective collective bargaining agreements.

Vacations and holidays for Hospital employees or those staff members in collective bargaining units are governed by the terms of hospital policies or their respective collective bargaining agreements.

Fiscal Year 2002 Fiscal Year 2003 Fiscal Year 2004
Independence Day Wed., 07/04/01 Thurs.,07/04/02 Fri., 07/04/03
Labor Day Mon., 09/03/01 Mon., 09/02/02 Mon., 09/01/03
Thanksgiving Thurs. & Fri., 11/22 & 11/23/01 Thurs. & Fri., 11/28 & 11/29/02 Thurs. & Fri., 11/27 & 11/28/03
Christmas Day Tues., 12/25/01 Wed., 12/25/02 Thurs., 12/25/03
New Year's Day Tues., 01/01/02 Wed., 01/01/03 Thurs., 01/01/04
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Mon., 01/21/02 Mon., 01/20/03 Mon., 01/19/04
Memorial Day Mon., 05/27/02 Mon., 05/26/03 Mon., 05/31/04

--Division of Human Resources

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 2, September 4, 2001



September 4, 2001
Volume 48 Number 2

Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein--an accomplished physician, diabetes researcher and academic leader--is the new EVP for UPHS and dean of the School of Medicine.
Dr. Anita A. Summers, professor emeritus, is the University's new Ombudsman.
Robin H. Beck is now vice president of ISC.
The French Institute has a new director: Dr. Jean H. Gallier, professor of CIS.
The annual Undergraduate Admissions seminars for Penn families with college-bound children take place today and Thursday.
It is time to plan ahead for BEN Financials, the new way to do business at Penn.
A report to the President and Provost Concerning Services to Students with Disabilities includes a dozen recommendations.
Responding to suspicious packages and bomb scares
Some Penn researchers are studying brain injury, cancer cells, firearm violence, and software development while others are finding a new dinosaur.