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Reduced Operations | Dec. 24, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021

Reduced Operations

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021


The reduced operations period offers an opportunity for the University to maximize energy savings during a routinely lower level of campus activity and has saved thousands of dollars in energy costs since the program began.

This year's official reduced operations period is Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. This period includes three university holidays (Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), four weekend days and four week days (Dec. 28, 29, 30 and 31).

Units providing critical services such as Public Safety and Facilities Management operations (power plant, O&M, custodial, grounds, transportation) will remain operational. Department heads and directors should consult with their dean or division head to determine the necessary operational level for their unit. Departments are encouraged to take advantage of the reduced operations period by limiting unit coverage where possible.

Please note if an employee doesn't request an absence for their regularly scheduled shift due consideration should be given to permit them to work where feasible, even if the unit is not open to the public. Contact Katie at or 273-2422 if you have questions.

Reduced Operations Office Checklist

  1. Update main voicemail greetings to include an emergency contact number.
  2. Set an automatic email vacation response.
  3. Make necessary arrangements for staff who will be working.
  4. Update departmental/office website.
  5. Turn off electronic devices and office lights to conserve energy.

Facilities Management

Facilities Management will be staffed with personnel to operate the University's buildings during reduced operations and will look for opportunities to conserve energy through this period.

Unless noted below, building temperature/ventilation will remain on unoccupied (setback) mode throughout the reduced operations period.

  • Facilities Management, Gilchrist, Human Performance Complex, and Industrial Technology Center - 12/24/2020-12/25/2020 & 1/1/2021
  • Biology Research Complex and McCollum Science Hall will not be reduced

Generally, daytime temperatures in the buildings during the period of reduced operations could be five degrees cooler than usual. Faculty and staff should dress accordingly. If a major event is planned and Facilities Management is notified (3-4400), temperatures will be adjusted accordingly. Department personnel are asked to turn off lights, computers, printers and other equipment not required during the reduced operations period. Custodial service will be provided to common areas, rest rooms and entrances in buildings where normal operations are continued. Service may occur on an alternate shift.

Mail Service

Winter Operations

The mail center will continue to deliver mail throughout the reduced operations period. If a department wishes to suspend mail service during this time, they must contact the mail center.

Reduced Operations

The Mail Center will not make regular deliveries on Dec. 24, 25 and 31, but will be open until Noon and mail will be sorted and available to departments that wish to pick up mail. Employees picking up mail must provide photo identification. The Mail Center will not deliver FedEx, UPS and other express mail packages unless space is needed on the Central Receiving dock. Departments may pick up packages these days until Noon at Warehouse I, located on 27th Street, but should call first to confirm the expected package has arrived.

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