Human Resource Services

December Closure

Washington State University will close all non-essential business operations and associated buildings at all locations during the period covering the December closure.

Frequently Asked Questions

December Closure

Essential Operations

The university will be open for essential operations only, during regular business hours, in accordance with RCW 42.04.060. Essential operations as used herein shall include designated business offices in French Administration, Lighty Student Services, and other designated buildings on the Pullman campus, as well as public service operations such as university police, admissions, animal care and information technology.

Vice Presidents, Chancellors, and Deans will exercise discretion to determine essential business operations and services and essential minimal staffing levels. Departments are encouraged to be as flexible as possible when determining employee scheduling options and what work is essential. Please refer to the Provost July 7, 2014 memo:


Access to Offices and Laboratories

Faculty will retain access to their individual offices and labs during the December Break; however, the thermostats may be turned down in buildings that are otherwise closed.

Employee Leave

All employees are strongly encouraged to use their annual leave, personal holiday and/or accrued compensatory leave during the December Break, subject to supervisor approval. Employees who do not have sufficient leave balances may request personal leave without pay (LWOP) in accordance with departmental guidelines. Management is encouraged to grant leave and LWOP requests during this period.

Employees who are scheduled/approved to work on the non-holiday days of the December Break shall work with their supervisor to establish alternative schedules, workplaces and assignments as needed.

Employees remain responsible for complying with the annual leave and other leave procedures outlined in the Business Policies and Procedures Manual. Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement are to refer to their contract regarding holiday and leave processes.

December Closure

View the December Closure Schedule



Contact Human Resource Services for guidance on alternative work schedules, assignments and on leave policies and processes, including the effects of using LWOP.

Holiday Schedule

Leave Policies


Memo from the Provost | July 7, 2014

December Closure

WSU Today | December 13, 2011

Areas Maintain Various hours during break

WSU Today | September 3, 2010

Campus Will Close for Week in December 2011

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