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Early Holiday Closing at 3 p.m.

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: Early Holiday Closing at 3 p.m.

As the festival of Thanksgiving approaches, it is a time to express gratitude. Rensselaer will close both the Troy and Hartford campuses early at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, to give our community members the opportunity to avoid the expected heavy traffic patterns, and to spend additional time with family.

There may be staff, in essential academic and administrative departments, who will be required to work beyond the 3 p.m. closing to support business operations. Thus, I ask that each Vice President and Academic Dean designate the staff required to work beyond 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. The staff designated as essential will be allowed equal time off on or before Dec. 4, 2020.  Each Vice President and Dean is responsible for designating the applicable time off for staff who were designated as essential, and required to work during the early closing. In addition, I ask that the Vice President for Student Life provide the necessary services to any on-campus or off-campus students who may require assistance during the Thanksgiving closing.

Please post this communication conspicuously to inform faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors of this early closing.

The time off for staff for the early holiday closing should be coded on payroll timesheets as "other paid time" (OTH). The same code should be used for alternate time off taken by Dec. 4, 2020 by staff deemed essential and who work beyond 3 p.m. on Nov. 25.

Please be advised that staff who do not report to work for their normal work shift; or who have scheduled "paid time off" (PTO); or who have requested bereavement leave on or before Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, are not eligible to receive "other paid time."

Dr. Morris Washington and I extend to you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, and hope that you continue to be safe and well.