Sam Houston State University provides paid holidays to employees to help balance work and family responsibilities. Employees may observe alternative holidays in lieu of a university holiday.


Benefits-eligible staff, with an FTE greater than or equal to .5, are eligible for paid holidays. Academic year faculty/academic staff, temporary employees (including students), and part-time employees who work irregular schedules are not eligible for paid holidays. Those not eligible should refer to the academic calendar for holidays.

Academic Calendar

Holiday Schedule

Below is the holiday schedule for fiscal year 2024.

Holiday Date of Observance Weekday
Labor Day September 4, 2023 Monday
Thanksgiving November 23, 2023 Thursday
Thanksgiving November 24, 2023 Friday
Skeleton Crew Operations * December 21, 2023 Thursday
Skeleton Crew Operations * December 22, 2023 Friday
Winter Break December 25, 2023 Monday
Winter Break December 26, 2023 Tuesday
Winter Break December 27, 2023 Wednesday
Winter Break December 28, 2023 Thursday
Winter Break December 29, 2023 Friday
New Year's Day January 1, 2024 Monday
Skeleton Crew Operations * January 2, 2024 Tuesday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15, 2024 Monday
Skeleton Crew Operations * March 13, 2024 Wednesday
Skeleton Crew Operations * March 14, 2024 Thursday
Skeleton Crew Operations * March 15, 2024 Friday
Memorial Day May 27, 2024 Monday
Emancipation Day June 19, 2024 Wednesday
Independence Day July 4, 2024 Thursday

*During skeleton crew days, administrative and other offices noted in policy HR-08 remain operational with limited staff.

FAQs: Holiday and Skeleton Crew Days

Alternative Holidays

The following alternative days may be observed in lieu of a university holiday. Employees will need to discuss with their supervisor about availability of the desired date to switch.

Due to university closure during scheduled holidays, employees observing alternative days shall be charged available vacation, compensatory time or unpaid leave to account for the alternative day. The total number of holidays in a year to which an employee is entitled is not changed by use of alternative holidays.

Alternative Holiday Date of Observance Weekday
Rosh Hashanah September 15, 2023 Friday
Yom Kippur September 25, 2023 Monday
Good Friday March 29, 2024 Friday