The KU campanile in winter

During Winter Recess, administrative and student services offices responsible for completing fall semester graduation checks, processing promotion and tenure files, and completing necessary operational and business functions will remain open either remotely or in person.

Most campus-wide offices on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses will be closed between Dec. 26 and Dec. 31. Eligible employees will receive paid leave without the need to use accrued leave.

A small number of units must still provide minimal or continuous service in person during this period. To facilitate changes across campus, it is important that unit directors report their office plans (e.g., closing, fully open, reduced staff, etc.) and any special needs during the Winter Recess.

This website provides information about how to manage the various aspects of Winter Recess.


Frasier Hall, University of Kansas

Schedule & Holidays

In accordance with the Kansas Board of Regents academic calendar and State of Kansas holidays, the University annually establishes a schedule for the academic break, winter recess, and holidays.
Campus beauty

Unit Responsibilities

Campus units have the responsibility by specified deadlines to annually report the winter recess unit plans and to confirm the designations of weather essential staff.
Pioneer statue in the snow

Employee Arrangements

The period between the end of fall semester exams and the beginning of the spring semester provides an excellent opportunity for many staff to schedule vacation time.
Jayhawk statue in front of Strong Hall on a snowy day

Campus Services

Some campus services like mail delivery and room temperatures are altered during the break period.


Marvin hall in the winter

Campus Contacts

You may contact individuals listed in “Campus Contacts” with questions regarding matters of energy conservation, facilities, mail delivery, payroll or personnel.