Nov. 3, 2022: New observed days off

Dear Support Staff, Faculty and Academic Staff,

I am pleased to announce the addition of new observed days off for the university.

MSU’s biggest investment — and greatest strength — is you, the exceptionally talented support staff, faculty and academic staff who bring our educational mission to life. You do so much to teach, inspire and support our students’ success in all they do. An important part of my job, and that of my administration, is recognizing your efforts and supporting your success.

So, beginning this December, we will observe an annual winter break. This year’s winter break will run without interruption from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. The winter break days that are new this year are Dec. 27, 28 and 29.

Additionally, beginning in 2023, the university annually will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a full university holiday. That means faculty, academic staff and support staff also will enjoy a paid day off on Jan. 16 next year as we reflect on the work and legacy of Dr. King.

Human Resources will follow up with additional information about policies and practices for observed days off.

Finally, we have heard and appreciated the requests about adding personal observance days to recognize diverse religions, traditions, beliefs and cultures, and to reinforce our values of inclusion and belonging. Please know the university will undertake a comprehensive review of this request.

I appreciate the many community members who advocated for the additional observed days off. As outlined in our MSU 2030 strategic plan, we are committed to supporting the needs and aspirations of MSU employees and fostering an inclusive workplace culture in which all can do their best work. I hope these new observed days off will help us meet this goal and improve work-life balance, support caregivers and help make personal well-being a priority.

Thank you again for all that you do for our community each day. It is a privilege to work alongside you, and I am grateful for your many efforts to make MSU a great place to work and learn.


Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)