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Four-day work weeks begin June 3, university to resume five-day work weeks in summer 2014

April 17, 2013

Summertime photo of NIU's front gates on Lincoln HighwayNIU first implemented a four-day summer work schedule in 2003.

Following consultation with and recommendations of our staff councils and representatives, President Peters has authorized the continuation of the four-day work week for the DeKalb campus during the summer of 2013.

However, over the past few years, an increasing number of offices and services have been required to maintain a normal five-day operational schedule throughout the summer months. Further, current and prospective students, and clients of the university community, are increasingly interested in having access to university facilities on a five-day basis in the summer.

As these trends continue, the benefits of maintaining university operations on a five-day basis have grown considerably.

Therefore, although the continuation of the four-day summer work week for the DeKalb campus will be implemented during the summer of 2013, this will be a transition year. Alternative summer flex procedures will be coordinated with campus in advance of the 2014 summer timeframe.

The 2013 summer four-day work week schedule will be 10 weeks in duration, beginning Monday, June 3, and extending through Friday, Aug. 9. The regular five-day schedule will resume Monday, August 12.

Photo of a clockDuring 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 and 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.

Thursday, July 4, will be the scheduled holiday. During this week the four-day schedule will continue to be recognized with Monday, July 1; Tuesday, July 2; and Wednesday, July 3, remaining as the 9.4 hours per day summer work schedule. Those employees who continue on a five-day workweek will observe the holiday Thursday, July 4.

As indicated, 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 will also 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.