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A holiday is a day when all University offices and departments on a WSU campus are closed except for certain essential service units.
The University provides ten holidays each fiscal year for classified staff, annual faculty, and annual administrative and professional employees.
State law designates the following as legal holidays. (RCW 1.16.050)
New Year's Day January 1 Independence Day July 4 Veterans' Day November 11 Christmas December 25 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Third Monday in January Presidents' Day Third Monday in February Labor Day First Monday in September Memorial Day Last Monday in May Thanksgiving Fourth Thursday in November Native American Heritage Day Fourth Friday in November
Sometimes a holiday is not observed on the statutory date.
- Any holiday that falls on a Sunday is observed the following Monday.
- Any holiday that falls on a Saturday is observed the preceding Friday.
- WSU may designate an alternate date for a given holiday. Such days are called in-lieu days.
Refer to 60.76.2 and 60.76.3-4 for current WSU holiday schedules for specified University locations.
A break in the academic calendar, when classes are not taught is not considered a holiday unless the break coincides with a University holiday designated on 60.76.2 and 60.76.3-4.
- WSU expects employees with ongoing responsibilities to perform those duties during academic breaks. This includes Resident Instructional Staff.
- Exceptions to these rules are specified on the Personnel Action form in Remarks, space 55. See 60.25.
See PDF version of BPPM, 60.76.2:
July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2020 Holiday Schedule and
60.76.3-4: WSU Extension Offices Calendar Year 2015 Holiday Schedule
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