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Division of Human Resources


The University of South Carolina observes the same number of holidays as other state agencies even though the days on which the holidays are observed may differ because of the academic schedule. When a university holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday the holiday will be observed on the preceding Friday, or the following Monday. 

2016 Holiday Schedule

The following dates have been approved as the official university holidays in 2016. 

New Year's Day  Friday, January 1, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 18
Independence Day Monday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 5
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, November 25
December Holiday Thursday, December 22
Christmas Eve Friday, December 23 (observance)
Christmas Day Monday, December 26 (observance)
Day After Christmas Tuesday, December 27 (observance)
December Holiday Wednesday, December 28
December Holiday Thursday, December 29
December Holiday Friday, December 30
New Year's Day (first 2017 holiday) Monday, January 2, 2017



University employees have the same number of paid holidays as other State employees even though the days on which the holidays are observed may differ because of the academic schedule. All university faculty and staff in FTE positions are allowed to observe with pay the university holidays which are published by the Division of Human Resources.

Holiday Leave

Holidays are to be taken on the day designated in the university holiday schedule unless it is necessary for the employee to be at work. To the extent possible, prior notice will be given to employees who must work on holidays. All holiday leave must be reported through the university’s time and attendance management system (iTAMS) or other applicable time recording system. For more information about entering time, or for additional details about holiday leave, please visit the Policies and Procedures section of this site.