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Time Off Benefits

Important Leave-Time Updates

Effective May 1, 2022, the maximum accrual amount of 320 Vacation Leave hours has become a permanent part of Vacation Leave (HR-31). Additionally, Effective May 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2023, Drexel University will comply with the City of Philadelphia’s Paid COVID-19 Leave Ordinance.

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Drexel University's benefits package offers paid time off through holiday, vacation, sick days and Winter Break.

Drexel University, Drexel University Online, and Drexel University College of Medicine holidays are listed below. For a list of holidays for the Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS), please visit the ANS Time Off Benefits webpage.

The Office of the Provost maintains a Religious Observances Policy, which recognizes that on the occasion of important or solemn religious days, certain members of the Drexel community will observe practices that preclude them from attending to their regular duties, whether as faculty members or students, and those who do not share in these practices should accommodate their colleagues, students and peers. The religious observances calendar developed by the Drexel Interfaith Council provides a non-exhaustive list of globally recognized religious observances. Information on requesting and providing religious accommodations at Drexel is available on the Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture’s website.

Drexel University Holidays

Drexel University observes ten paid holidays and two floating personal holidays per year. Floating personal holidays are accrued on a fiscal year basis. The dates of the floating personal holidays are selected by employees and can be taken on any normal workday as long as the leave is approved by the employee's supervisor. Detailed information regarding official holidays is located in the Holiday Policy. Holidays for the current calendar year are as follows:

Drexel University and Drexel University Online
Date Holiday
January 17, 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
May 30, 2022 Memorial Day
June 20, 2022 Juneteenth
July 4, 2022 Independence Day
September 5, 2022 Labor Day
October 10, 2022 Indigenous Peoples' Day
November 24, 2022 Thanksgiving Day
November 25, 2022 Day after Thanksgiving (Friday)
December 26, 2022 Christmas Day
January 2, 2023 New Year's Day

Drexel University College of Medicine Holidays

Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) observes ten paid holidays and two floating personal holidays per year. Detailed information regarding official holidays is located in the Holiday Policy. DUCOM holidays for the current calendar year are as follows:

Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM)
Date Holiday
January 17, 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
May 30, 2022
Memorial Day
June 20, 2022 Juneteenth
July 4, 2022
Independence Day
September 5, 2022
Labor Day
October 10, 2022 Indigenous Peoples' Day
November 24, 2022
Thanksgiving Day
November 25, 2022 Day after Thanksgiving (Friday)
December 26, 2022 Christmas Day
January 2, 2023 New Year's Day

Floating personal holidays are accrued on a fiscal year basis. The dates of the floating personal holidays are selected by employees and can be taken on any normal workday as long as the leave is approved by the employee's supervisor. Floating holidays cannot be carried over to the next fiscal year. Note: Employees hired during the last quarter of the current fiscal year (April 1 through June 30) will be granted a Floating Personal Holiday at the start of the next fiscal year (July 1).

DUCOM Personal Holidays
Hired between October 1 and December 31 2 personal holidays
Hired between January 1 and March 31 1 personal holiday

Vacation Leave

All non-faculty employees receive vacation time based on their employee status, the number of hours they work in a week, and years of service. For a full break down of how much vacation time you earn and how to take that vacation time, please read the Vacation Leave Policy.

Sick Days

Drexel University is committed to the health of our work force, which is why we offer all non-faculty employees paid time off in case of a personal illness or injury, the illness or injury of a family member, or for attending health care appointments. Exempt employees accrue one sick day per month, while non-exempt employees accrue sick leave based on their paid hours of work in a given pay period. Sick time is also used in the case of bereavement. For more information, including details on how sick leave is accrued and the proper call-out procedures, please read the Sick Leave Policy.

Winter Break

Drexel University and DUCOM observe an annual Winter Break period for faculty and professional staff. More information and a list of break days can be found in the Winter Break Policy.

Civic Engagement Leave

Drexel University Civic Engagement Leave allows up to 16 hours in a 12-month period for eligible non-faculty professional staff members, excluding any professional staff member who is affiliated with a collective bargaining unit, to participate in volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations approved by the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. For more information, visit the Civic Engagement policy and instructions for utilizing time.