SUNY Plattsburgh Campus Handbook


Liberal Leave Policy

Approved by Executive Council on October 4, 2005
Reapproved by Executive Council on December 2, 2014

Policy Number Owner
4027.2 Human Resource Services

Revision History:

Date Version Change Ref Section
10/4/2005 1.0 New Document  
12/2/2014 2.0 Major Revisions  
10/14/2015 2.1 Minor Revisions  
1/4/2017 2.2 Minor Revisions  

Statement of Policy

Annually, the College adopts a liberal leave policy for the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years for those offices/departments without a specific work commitment at those times.  Encouraging colleagues to take vacation and other appropriate leaves at this time allows the College to shut down and/or cut back operations resulting in cost savings.

We ask that you discuss your holiday and work plans with your supervisor as soon as possible.  Under the liberal leave policy, staying out of work is voluntary.  If you choose to work, in most cases, you should be able to work at your normal workplace.  While the liberal leave policy encourages employees to take time off during this holiday period, it is recognized that some departments use this time to catch up, work on special projects or perform preventive maintenance.  It is very important to communicate with your supervisor to minimize conflict between vacation plans and operational needs.

The specific days on which the liberal leave policy is typically in effect are as follows:

  • Day after Independence Day
  • Tuesday after Columbus Day
  • Wednesday before Thanksgiving            
  • Friday after Thanksgiving*       
  • Week of the Christmas Holiday through the New Year Holiday

*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, and therefore, should not charge leave credits for absence from work on the day after Thanksgiving.  (Indicate "holiday" on your leave report.)  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]