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This communication is to inform you of UC Riverside’s plan to observe a Winter Holiday Closure during the 2023-2024 holiday season. The campus is scheduled to close beginning Friday, December 22, 2023, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. Pursuant to Personnel Policy 2.210: Absence from Work and relevant provisions of our collective bargaining agreements, the campus will observe the holidays on the following days.

Campus Closure Holiday/Curtailment

December 22, 2023

Campus Closed – Curtailment Day*

December 23 – 24, 2023

Campus Closed - Weekend

December 25, 2023

Campus Closed – Christmas Day**

December 26, 2023

Campus Closed – Christmas Eve Observed**

December 27, 2023

Campus Closed – Curtailment Day*

December 28, 2023

Campus Closed – Curtailment Day*

December 29, 2023

Campus Closed – New Year’s Eve Observed**

December 30 – 31, 2023

Campus Closed – Weekend

January 1, 2024

Campus Closed – New Year’s Day**

January 2, 2024

Campus Reopens

* Non-paid days during the holiday closure period unless an employee elects to use vacation accruals or compensatory time.

**University paid holiday

Four university-paid holidays (December 25, 26, 29 and January 1) will be observed while the campus is closed. However, three days (December 22, 27, 28) are considered curtailment leave days and are not paid holidays. Employees have the choice of the following options to cover the non-paid days during the holiday closure period. 

  • Employees may use vacation days in advance of their actual accrual.
  • Newly hired employees, represented and policy-covered, may use their vacation accruals before completing six (6) continuous months on pay status.
  • Employees with accrued compensatory time may elect to use it to cover the three days off or to offset the use of vacation time. 
  • Employees who do not wish to use vacation or compensatory time off may request leave without pay, pending departmental approval. In this case, employees will not lose hourly vacation or sick leave accruals for these three days.

In accordance with regular procedures for scheduling vacation, employees should notify their supervisors in advance as to which option or combination of options they choose to use.

For represented employees, closure days will be processed in accordance with existing contract provisions and are subject to discussion and/or collective bargaining where applicable.

As in previous years, certain essential services will not to be closed during this period. Employees who might be expected to work should check with their supervisors for confirmation.

Researcher access to critical research facilities will continue and select research facilities requiring access will continue to be maintained by Facilities Services. In addition, grading deadlines will remain unchanged. Comments or questions regarding application of personnel policies during the winter closure may be sent to Central Human Resources Policy at

Comments or questions regarding application of collective bargaining agreements may be sent to Labor Relations at