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Dartmouth College Holidays & Winter Break


Dartmouth College Observed Holidays

 2016 Holidays

The College will observe the following paid holidays in the 2016 calendar year:

New Year's Holiday 2015

Friday, January 1, 2016

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30, 2016

Independence Day

Monday, July 4, 2016

Labor Day

Monday, September 5, 2016

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Day After Thanksgiving

Friday, November 25, 2016

Day Before Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Day

Monday, December 26, 2016

The 2017 New Year's Holiday will be Monday, January 2, 2017.


Dartmouth College Winter Break

Dartmouth offers an extended holiday break between the fall and winter terms.

  • In 2016, in addition to the already scheduled Christmas (December 23 and 26, 2016) and New Year's (January 2, 2017) holidays, the regularly scheduled workdays (December 27, 28, 29, and 30, 2016) are designated as "break days."

All regular staff and union employees, both full- and part-time, are eligible for the "break days," unless asked to work during this period to help the College maintain essential services. Temporary employees are not eligible. Any employee asked to work a "break day" will be paid at their normal base rate of pay.

The temperature in buildings during the holidays and "break days" is reduced to conserve energy. Temperatures will not be reduced in areas where essential services are being provided, open to the public, laboratories, museums, and other similar spaces. If there are specific questions about the temperatures, contact Facilities Operations and Management (FO&M).

The executive officers will determine what essential services must be maintained. It is expected that no more than 150 people will be asked to work their "break days" to maintain essential services.

For people working their designated "break days," supervisors should try to schedule alternative "break days" the week before Christmas. However, when this is not possible, alternative "break days" can be taken anytime after the holidays but before the end of the last pay period of the fiscal year. "Break days" cannot be carried over into the next fiscal year.

Supervisors are responsible for keeping track of "break days" for their employees. If bi-weekly paid, employees should indicate "break days" taken under the "other" column of the payroll time sheet.

Employees who terminate employment will not receive pay for the "break days" taken during the Winter Break unless they work the next regularly scheduled workday after the New Year holiday. "Break days" are not cumulative and are not counted for termination pay. If an employee has remaining "break days" and terminates employment before the end of the fiscal year, he/she is not eligible to receive pay for those days.

Many department services will change schedules due to the Winter Break and will make individual announcements.

Last Updated: 5/31/16