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2017 University Holidays

With the endorsement of the University Council, the president has approved the following holiday schedule for 2017:

New Year’s Day (Holiday) Sunday January 1, 2017
New Year’s Day (Holiday Observed) Monday January 2, 2017
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Holiday) Monday January 16, 2017
Memorial Day (Holiday) Monday May 29, 2017
Independence Day (Holiday) Tuesday July 4, 2017
Labor Day (Holiday) Monday September 4, 2017
Thanksgiving (Holiday) Thursday November 23, 2017
Floating Holiday Friday November 24, 2017
Floating Holiday Friday December 22, 2017
December 25 (Holiday) Monday December 25, 2017
Floating Holiday Tuesday December 26, 2017
Floating Holiday Wednesday December 27, 2017
Administrative Closure Thursday December 28, 2017
Administrative Closure Friday December 29, 2017
New Year's Day (Holiday) Monday January 1, 2018

Hourly employees in positions not covered by collective bargaining agreements will be paid at the regular rate of pay plus 1-1/2 times the regular rate of pay for all hours required to work on any of the above named holidays or, if mutually agreed to with supervisor, by compensatory time off at the rate of time-and-one-half plus holiday pay. Employees covered by prevailing rates will be compensated in accordance with local area agreements. Employees required to work on December 28 and 29 (administrative closure days) will be given time off on an hour-for-hour basis to be used by June 30, 2018, or receive additional straight-time pay at the option of the department.

Per Campus Parking Services, parking enforcement for the 2016/2017 holiday period will be as follows:

December 5 –  22, 2016: All parking regulations will be enforced.

December 23, 2016 - January 2, 2017:  NIU parking permits are not required on campus.  Exception: NIU reserved space permits are required in the appropriate reserved parking space, even when the University is closed. Please display your reserved parking permit in your reserved space during the closure.  Parking regulations that will be enforced during the holiday closure period include the following:  reserved parking, no parking zones (including fire lanes), handicapped spaces, and parking lots that are enforced at all times. Parking lots that are enforced at all times are identified on the parking map as having a maroon square around the parking lot number (i.e.: Lot 18 at Neptune Hall).

January 3, 2017: All parking regulations will be enforced.

If you have any questions about parking during the holiday closure, please contact Campus Parking at 815-753-1045 or

NOTE:  The visitor’s lot will be open at no charge from December 23, 2016, through January 2, 2017. Payment will be required again on January 3, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding this holiday schedule, please contact Human Resource Services at 815-753-6000.