Exceptions to campus holiday closure

To: Campus Community

From: Ilse Kolbus, Director of Physical Plant

As in the past, the UCSC campus will close during the holiday season in an effort to conserve energy at a time when university business is generally slow. This year the campus will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2007 through Tuesday, January 1, 2008, re-opening on Wednesday, January 2, 2008.

The campus community is reminded to turn off lights, shut down computers and other office equipment, and close exterior windows before leaving for the break.

During the closure, some housing areas and other buildings will remain open. Laboratory buildings will be partially operational due to the special needs of researchers and scientists, and some campus units' work schedules may require staffing during all or part of the closure. Fire, police, and environmental health and safety services will be provided to the campus community during this period, along with necessary utilities and other essential services.

Once unit heads have concurrence from their Principal Officer, they are asked to notify Physical Plant directly of their plans to remain open or staffed during part or all of the closure. Notifications should be made via email to mcmanusd@ucsc.edu, by campus mail to Deanna McManus at Building and Utilities Services, or by fax (9-1404) no later than Friday December 14, 2006, and should include the specific dates that offices will be occupied, as well as the number of occupants. This will ensure that open areas will receive necessary services during this period when most faculty, staff, and students are on vacation.

It is important to note, however, that building temperatures in underutilized areas will generally be reduced. Therefore, please advise staff to dress appropriately during this time. Unit heads should also notify their appropriate service centers for time and payroll accounting purposes. Finally, faculty are asked to announce the closure broadly to their graduate students who may plan on working throughout the closure.

If you have facilities-related questions or would like further information on campus closure exceptions, please call Physical Plant at 9-3447.