Holidays and Personal Days

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Holidays

The University observes the following holidays in its offices and laboratories:

Legal Holidays

New Year's Day; Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Election Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day

University Holidays

The Friday following Thanksgiving; Two days selected by the University during the Christmas/New Year Season; Washington's Birthday (Medical Center Only)

Click here to view the complete university holiday calendar.

Personal Days

In addition to the paid holidays listed above, full-time employees at Morningside earn up to three personal days per year based on date of hire. Full-time employees at Columbia University Medical Center earn up to two personal days per year based on date of hire.

At Morningside, personal days are earned at the rate of one paid leave day for each four-month period worked starting from the date of hire. At the Medical Center, where Washington's Birthday is observed as a holiday, two personal days are earned at the rate of one day for each six-month period worked starting from the date of hire.

Personal days may be used by an employee to observe religious holidays or for any other purpose. For officers, personal days must be used within twelve months of being earned. For support staff, personal days do not accumulate; they must be used within twelve months of being earned.

Employees in a bargaining unit are governed by the provisions of their respective bargaining agreement. Employees’ rights and obligations under applicable collective bargaining agreements are not affected by this policy. 

The full policy on holidays and personal days is available in the University’s Administrative Policy Library.