SUNY Plattsburgh Campus Handbook


Holiday Policy

Approved by Executive Council on May 25, 1999
Reapproved by Executive Council on December 2, 2014

Policy Number Policy Owner
4019.2 Human Resource Services

Revision History:

Date Version Change Ref Section
5/25/1999 1.0 New Document  
3/10/2009 1.1 Minor Revisions  
12/2/2014 2.0 Major Revisions  
11/30/2015 2.1 Minor Revisions  
1/11/2017 2.2 Minor Revisions  

Statement of Policy

It is the policy of State University of New York College at Plattsburgh to observe paid holidays for New York State employees.  These are New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

If any of these holidays fall on a Sunday, it is observed as a paid holiday on the following Monday.

Up to two of the holidays listed above may be designated by the State as "floating holidays".  This means State offices would remain open and employees required to work would receive compensatory time off.  Typically Election Day* and Lincoln's Birthday are designated "floating holidays" and would, therefore, be normal business days.

Many holidays normally fall on days when classes are scheduled, and subsequently the services provided by many offices may be required.  On the following holidays, it is expected that offices will be open and have at least minimum coverage:  Washington’s Birthday, Labor Day and Veterans’ Day.  The extent of such coverage should be determined in advance by the department head and his or her supervisor.

Therefore, campus offices will be closed for business on the following holidays:  New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  These will vary based on the academic calendar – when students are on campus, offices are expected to be open.

If a holiday falls on a Saturday the State may designate another day to be observed as a holiday but normally does not. If another day is not designated, the holiday is accrued as an earned holiday.

When a holiday falls on Sunday, under the provisions of the Law, it is observed as a legal holiday in New York State on the following Monday. However, contract provisions for certain bargaining units provide that employees for whom Sunday is a regularly scheduled workday will observe the holiday on Sunday instead of Monday.

*UUP Professionals will observe the day after Thanksgiving as a floating holiday in lieu of the observance of Election Day, in accordance with Article XIII, Title D of the Policies of the Board of Trustees.  Leave credits should be charged by UUP Professionals and 12-month faculty who choose not to work on the liberal leave days listed above.

Additional information is available at

Please contact Human Resource Services if you have any questions at (518) 564-5062.


Contact Information

For questions about the Campus Handbook, please contact:

Management Services Office
Office: Kehoe 710-11
Phone: (518) 564-2538
Fax: (518) 564-2540
Email: [email protected]