University Holiday Procedures

TO:     All Faculty and Staff at all Stetson campuses

RE:     University Holiday Procedures

As the holidays approach, it is a good time to review the end of the year Holiday schedule, relevant policies and office protocols to be maintained.

The institution’s 2013 year-end Holiday dates are as follows:

– Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of Thanksgiving.

– Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, to return on Thursday, Jan. 2, for Winter Break.

All offices are to remain open for business continuity until their usual published closing times on both Nov. 27, and Dec. 23, at all campuses. Please note that some offices such as Admissions, Development, Facilities and Public Safety do need to support their respective operations throughout the breaks.

In order to maintain excellent uninterrupted service leading up to the respective holidays, please be mindful of the necessary office and phone coverage as you receive vacation requests. Ensure that phones for staff scheduled to be away under approved vacation time are forwarded to an individual and not relegated to voice mail. Individuals who may have supervisor approval to leave early the day prior to a holiday will also be required to utilize and report appropriate vacation leave.

Areas where visitors are customary will need to ensure that instructions are in place to assist in providing all of the University’s visitors with immediate, same day service.

Also, please note that business casual dress is acceptable during the three days before Thanksgiving and on Dec. 23.

Holiday Events:

1.            The Holiday Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 11, being hosted by the Quality of Service Council, will serve as the official DeLand and Celebration holiday events. The Holiday Luncheon for the Gulfport campus will be on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

2.            Holiday parties and celebrations by departments or units help make Stetson “A Great Place to Work” and are encouraged. However, keep in mind the policy that University funds cannot be used for this purpose. University funds are provided by our students and donors and cannot be used to fund parties or provide gifts for these events.

Thank you for all you do to make Stetson a great place to work!

Happy Holidays,

Shelia Daniels, MPA, SPHR

Associate Vice President, Human Resources