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Holiday Schedule and Vacation Regulations

 2021-2022 Fiscal Year

Notice: Under state guidelines, 12 holidays are allowed for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. As you may be aware, on Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed into law an act designating June 19th, as Juneteeth National Independence Day, a federal holiday. As a result of the federal day designation, the UTA Holiday Committee reconvened to evaluate the University calendar with the intention of observing Juneteeth in June of 2022. UTA has historically observed Emancipation Day, during Winter Break to extend our break through Deccember 31st. Now that Emancipation Day is a federal Holiday, we will observe it on June 17, 2022, which means the UTA campus will reopen on December 31, 2021.

The following dates will be observed at the University of Texas at Arlington:

Holiday Date Day of Week
Labor Day September 6, 2021 Monday
Thanksgiving Holiday November 25-26, 2021 Thursday-Friday
Christmas Holiday December 24, 2021


Christmas Holiday December 27-30, 2021 Monday-Thursday
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 17, 2022 Monday
Memorial Day May 30, 2022 Monday
Juneteenth June 17, 2022


Independence Day Observed July 4, 2022


An employee who wishes to observe a religious holiday(s) may do so in lieu of any holiday(s) for which the employee serves as a member of the skeleton workforce required by statute or by taking a vacation day. Employees who wish to substitute a holiday should obtain their supervisor's approval as soon as possible.

There are varying skeleton workforce requirements for each holiday. Skeleton workforce requirements in the Office of Facilities Management, Police Department, Telecommunications, Housing, and the Library and leave approvals will be set by the appropriate director.

Inquiries regarding the holiday schedule should be directed to HR Administration at or extension 2-5554.

Vacation Regulations

An eligible full-time employee accrues vacation leave and may carry it forward from one fiscal year to the next in accordance with the schedule set by State law and detailed below:

Length of State Service  # Hours Accrued Per Month For Full-time Employment  Maximum Allowable Carryover 
Less than 2 years  8 180
At least 2 but less than 5 years  9 244
At least 5 but less than 10 years  10 268
At least 10 but less than 15 years  11 292
At least 15 but less than 20 years  13 340
At least 20 but less than 25 years  15 388
At least 25 but less than 30 years  17 436
At least 30 but less than 35 years  19 484
At least 35 years or more  21 532

Although all employees are encouraged to utilize vacation in the year accrued, employees may carry forward unused vacation from one fiscal year to the next. The schedule presented above indicates the maximum authorized carry forward. An eligible part-time employee accrues vacation leave on a proportionate basis. The maximum amount of vacation leave a part-time employee may carry forward from one fiscal year to the next is also on a proportionate basis.

An employee will earn vacation entitlement beginning on the first day of employment with the State and terminating on the last day of duty. Credit for one month's accrual will be given for each month or fraction of the month of employment with the State. Vacation with pay may not be granted until the employee has had continuous employment with the State for six (6) months, although credit will be accrued during that period.

Inquiries regarding vacation regulations should be directed to Human Resources at or extension 2-5554.