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Leaves, Holidays, Time Off

Northwestern University offers a variety of time off options for eligible faculty and staff. Below are
links to the different types of time off, both paid and unpaid, and eligibility for time off.

Paid University Holidays

See the scheduled holiday calendar for Northwestern staff. You might also be interested in Winter Recess days, which are provided in addition to the scheduled University holidays.

Paid University Holidays

Vacation Time

Vacation time is available for personal business, family sickness, and religious observance. It may also be used as an extension of bereavement time or personal floating holiday time.

Vacation Time

Personal Floating Holidays

Personal floating holidays are available for personal business, family sickness, and religious observance, and may also be used as an extension of bereavement time or vacation time. 

Personal Floating Holidays

Leaves of Absence

Northwestern University offers a variety of leaves of absence for eligible staff members. They include medical leave, maternity leave, family care leave, military leave and more.

Leaves of Absence

Other Absences

Read the policies about other absences from work, such as bereavement, jury duty, voting time and school visitations.

Other Absences