The schedule of official university holidays is established annually. The university is granted 12 holidays a year by the Department of Human Resource Management. Unless otherwise noted, holidays are granted in 8-hour increments. Additional time off may be granted by the Governor or the President of the university. Eligible employees who are required to work on holidays will be given compensatory time in accordance with JMU Policy 1303. An employee must work and/or be in paid leave status on the last workday before, and the first workday after an official university closing to receive paid time off.

2017 University Holiday/Closing Schedule

  • Employee Personal Day (taken between 1/10/17 and 1/9/18 in full 8-hour increment)
  • January 2 (New Year’s Day)
  • January 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • March 10
  • May 5** (4 hours; University closes at 1 p.m.)
  • May 29 (Memorial Day)
  • July 3*
  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • 4 hours of Recognition Leave** (taken between 8/25/2017 and 12/24/2017)
  • November 20** 
  • November 21** 
  • November 22 (4 hours holiday and 4 hours*)
  • November 23 - 24 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • December 20**
  • December 21**
  • December 22 (4 hours holiday and 4 hours*)
  • December 23 - 29 (Winter Holiday)

2018 University Holiday/Closing Schedule

  • Employee Personal Day (taken between 1/10/18 and 1/9/19 in full 8-hour increment)
  • January 1 (New Year’s Day)
  • January 2*
  • January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • March 9
  • May 4** (4 hours; University closes at 1 p.m.)
  • May 28 (Memorial Day)
  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • November 19** 
  • November 20** 
  • November 21 (4 hours* and 4 hours**)
  • November 22 - 23 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • December 19**
  • December 20**
  • December 21
  • December 24*
  • December 25 - 28 (Winter Holiday)
  • December 31*

*Additional paid time off granted by the Governor.
**Additional paid time off awarded as recognition leave granted by the President.

Inclement Weather Closures

The university generally maintains a regular schedule during adverse weather conditions, however, there are times the university may close or limit its services based on severe weather or other emergencies. How faculty and staff absences should be handled during adverse weather are common questions. The following information maybe helpful in these situations.

When the university closes, appropriate announcements will be made to the following:

  • JMU Weather Line: (540) 433-5300
  • JMU radio station 1610AM
  • JMU's homepage
  • Area radio and television stations
  • JMU’s Office of Public Safety, who is responsible for the Emergency Notification System announcements. Text and email alerts are initiated through MyMadison.

Policy 1309-University Closings, Class Cancellations and Exam Postponements Due to Inclement Weather or Emergencies also provides information pertaining to university closures.

Contact the Leave Specialist if you have questions about the Holiday Schedule and University Closings.

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