Administrative Overview

Academic Policies

Administrative Policies

Employee Policies

SUNY Plattsburgh
Liberal Leave Policy

Approved by Executive Council on 10/4/2005
Revised & Reapproved by Executive Council 12/2/2014

Annually, the College adopts a liberal leave policy for the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years for those offices/departments without a specific work commitment at those times.  Encouraging colleagues to take vacation and other appropriate leaves at this time allows the College to shut down and/or cut back operations resulting in cost savings.

We ask that you discuss your holiday and work plans with your supervisor as soon as possible.  Under the liberal leave policy, staying out of work is voluntary.  If you choose to work, in most cases, you should be able to work at your normal workplace.  While the liberal leave policy encourages employees to take time off during this holiday period, it is recognized that some departments use this time to catch up, work on special projects or perform preventive maintenance.  It is very important to communicate with your supervisor to minimize conflict between vacation plans and operational needs.

The specific days on which the liberal leave policy is typically in effect are as follows:

  • Day after Independence Day
  • Tuesday after Columbus Day
  • Wednesday before Thanksgiving            
  • Friday after Thanksgiving*       
  • Week of the Christmas Holiday through the New Year Holiday

    *UUP Professionals will observe the day after Thanksgiving as a floating holiday in lieu of the observance of Election Day,  in accordance with Article XIII, Title D of the Policies of the Board of Trustees, and therefore, should not charge leave credits for absence from work on the day after Thanksgiving.  (Indicate "holiday" on your leave report.)  Leave credits should be charged by UUP Professionals and 12-month faculty who choose not to work on the liberal leave days listed above.

Additional information is available at

Please contact Human Resource Services if you have any questions at (518) 564-5062.

Contact Information

For more information about Administrative Policies approved by Executive Council, please contact:

Sean Brian Dermody
Assistant to the Vice President for Administration
Management Services Office
Office: Kehoe 710-11
Phone: (518) 564-2539
Fax: (518) 564-2540