Policy Statement and Reason

For the purpose of this policy, employees include Massachusetts faculty and staff unless otherwise indicated in sections below. All provisions of this policy apply, except that for employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement, this policy does not create any benefits not expressly provided by that collective bargaining agreement and if there are inconsistencies between this policy and the collective bargaining agreement, the terms of the collective bargaining agreement will govern. 

Emerson College generally observes Veterans Day and Memorial Day as paid holidays for full-time and part-time staff working 20 hours or more per week.  However, any employees who are veterans and scheduled to work on Veterans Day or Memorial Day may take leave on those days to participate in local Veterans Day or Memorial Day exercises, parades or services in accordance with this policy.

Policy Guidelines


Regular full-time, regular part-time, and part-time and temporary faculty employees and staff employees who are veterans are immediately eligible for Veterans Day and Memorial Day Leave.


Employees must provide reasonable notice to their supervisors about their need to take Veterans Day and/or Memorial Day Leave.  

Staff Employees - Holiday Pay

Employees who are scheduled to work on Veterans Day or Memorial Day may take the day off and will be paid for the holiday.  Some employees may not be eligible to take the holidays off if they are determined to be essential to the safety and security of Emerson College and its property.

Faculty Employees

For foreseeable absences, Faculty must provide the Chair with advance written notice and must receive prior approval when absent for more than two sessions or when a weekly class is missed more than once in order to coordinate coverage or makeup sessions.  In the case of unreported and/or excessive absences, the Chair notifies the Dean.  

Other Information

Related Policies

Key Offices to Contact 

Please contact Human Resources for further information regarding this policy and its implementation.       

Links to Procedures or Forms

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The contents of this policy are informational only and are not conditions of employment.  This policy does not create any contractual obligations or alter the at-will employment of the College’s at-will employees. Emerson College reserves the right to modify, revoke, suspend, terminate, or change any and all policies and procedures at any time, with or without notice, as consistent with state and federal law.


Policy Effective Date:  May 2019