President Hitt sent the following email to UCF employees on Wednesday morning:

I am extremely thankful for the outstanding dedication and unwavering commitment of our staff and faculty members. Your hard work resulted in many notable successes this year, far too many to mention here.

In light of these successes, I have approved six paid university holidays for eligible employees from December 23 to 31. These days will be in addition to normal state holidays on Christmas (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).

OPS employees are not eligible for paid personal leave days.  Certain employees may be deemed essential and will be required by the appropriate supervisor to work during this period of closure.  Should that be the case, the employee may use the additional leave before July 1, 2014.

Please talk with your supervisor for more details about how this applies to you.

It is my hope that this extended holiday period will allow you to relax, reflect on the past year, and prepare for what will surely be another exciting, challenging, and successful year ahead.

UCF Stands for Opportunity, and I am thankful for the opportunity I have to work alongside the most talented and dedicated staff and faculty members of any university in the country.  You have my sincere thanks for the contributions you make to our students and university.