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Campus to observe four-day summer work week

April 26, 2012

Summertime photo of NIU's front gates on Lincoln HighwayNIU President John Peters has authorized implementation of a four-day work week for the DeKalb campus during the summer of 2012.

The four-day work week schedule will be ten weeks in duration, beginning Monday, June 4, and extending through Friday, Aug. 10. The regular five-day schedule will resume Monday, Aug. 13.

Peters has again indicated that, while the current budget situation remains very uncertain, prior years’ savings associated with the four-day summer work schedule imply that it is prudent for the university to take every step possible to pursue efficiencies and generate resources in support of university operations.

Consultation with the leadership of the employee councils has confirmed that the campus is prepared to again proceed with the four-day schedule.

During the Monday-through-Thursday work week, university offices will be open from 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. each day. All university offices will be closed on Friday with limited exceptions related to essential service functions and other events/functions that might be scheduled at the university during the summer time frame.

The general lunch period is scheduled from noon until 12:40 p.m. Individual lunch breaks can vary depending on employee schedules. Additional flex time options are also available, subject to operational needs.

As indicated above, the summer work week schedule is being implemented with the general concurrence of staff councils and the university community.

University supervisors are asked to allow as much flexibility as possible with respect to employee schedules.

However, individual supervisors also will be responsible for ensuring that university offices remain open during the required hours of operation and that the business needs of the university are fulfilled. The divisional vice presidents will monitor implementation of summer work schedule options within their respective areas of administration.