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Winter Holiday Recess Early Closing

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: Winter Holiday Recess Early Closing

As we celebrate the holiday season and bring 2021 to a close, I want to pause to say thank you for your contributions and continued commitment to Rensselaer. The efforts of our faculty and staff on both the Troy and Hartford campuses have been extraordinary within the challenging climate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To provide our faculty and staff time to spend with family and friends, we will close today, Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). In addition, the early closure and the winter break closing will permit members of the Rensselaer community to begin to recognize this holiday season in the spirit in which it is intended.

There may be staff and researchers in essential academic and administrative departments who will be required to work beyond 12 p.m. on Thursday, December 23, 2021 to support business operations, research, or students who will remain on campus. The staff designated as essential will be allowed equal time off on or before January 7, 2022. Each Vice President and Dean is responsible for designating the applicable time off for staff designated as essential and required to work during the early closing today. 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 holiday and winter break closing.

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

The time off for staff for the Institute closure on Thursday, December 23, 2021, should be coded on payroll timesheets as “other paid time” (OTH). The same code should be used for alternate time off taken by January 7, 2022, by staff deemed essential and who work on December 23, 2021.

Please be advised that staff who do not report to work for their regular work shift; who have scheduled “paid time off” (PTO); or who have requested bereavement leave on or before Thursday, December 23, 2021, are not eligible to receive “other paid time.”

Dr. Morris Washington and I extend a happy and joyous holiday season to you and your family and hope that you continue to be safe and well.