Delta State University closes its offices and functions for regular business and activities in observance of holidays and at other times approved and announced by the President.




Employee: This generally includes faculty and staff employees who are working on paid appointments by the University. It generally excludes students or temporary employees. For specific information on who is considered an employee, contact the Human Resources Department. 


Supervisor: An employee designated by management who exercises major supervisory functions over another employee or employees. These functions include hiring, evaluating, assigning work, and disciplining employees.




Delta State University closes its offices in observance of the following “official” holidays:

  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Winter Holiday (Christmas)
  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day

The President has also declared the following “special holidays” for all eligible employees:

  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Six (6) additional days in conjunction with the Winter Holiday (Christmas)
  • Good Friday (Friday proceeding Easter Sunday).
  • other times approved and announced by the President

“Special Holidays” are subject to change at the discretion of the President of the University. When a stated holiday falls on a Saturday, the University will observe the preceding Friday as the Holiday and when the holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday will be observed.


All regular employees (except temporary employees, student employees, and retirees hired on an emergency basis) receive their regular pay for scheduled holidays. Employees must be present for work or in an approved paid leave status on the last regularly scheduled day of work before the holiday and the first scheduled work day after the holiday to be eligible for holiday pay. In order for eligible employees to be paid for the Winter Holidays (Christmas), they must return to work for a minimum of five (5) workdays following the holiday period. Holiday pay is a benefit of continuing employment for regular employees. Employees shall not be paid for the holidays when employees are in an unpaid leave status. Employees who have submitted a notice of resignation, other than employees who are retiring, shall not be eligible for holiday pay, unless the employees return to work after the holiday.



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