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.

Eligibility. 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 2021.

Holiday Date of Observance Weekday
Labor Day September 7, 2020 Monday
Thanksgiving November 26, 2020 Thursday
  November 27, 2020 Friday
Christmas December 23, 2020 Wednesday
December 24, 2020 Thursday
December 25, 2020 Friday
December 28, 2020 Monday
December 29, 2020 Tuesday
December 30, 2020 Wednesday
December 31, 2020 Thursday
New Year's Day January 1, 2021 Friday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 18, 2021 Monday
Memorial Day May 31, 2021 Monday
Independence Day July 5, 2021 Monday

Energy Conservation Day

The university is officially closed for Energy Conservation Day. As such, only essential personnel report for duty. Staff should report this time as Emergency Leave on their timesheet.

Holiday Date of Observance Weekday
Energy Conservation Day March 19, 2021 Friday

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 18, 2020 Friday
Rosh Hashanah September 21, 2020 Monday
Good Friday April 2, 2021 Friday

Holiday Questions?

Patricia Zavala

Email 4-1872

Jessica Smith

Email 4-1068