Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that we will return to half-day Summer Fridays for faculty and professional staff in appreciation of your hard work and dedication to Drexel. We are also pleased to announce that the University will close on Monday, July 3, in addition to the scheduled Independence Day holiday on July 4, in order to provide an extra day of rest and celebration.

Half-day Summer Fridays will begin on June 23 and conclude with the last half day on Friday, September 8. Special arrangements for time off should be made for faculty and professional staff whose responsibilities may not permit them to take a half day on Friday. Academic units with instructional needs and significant externally sponsored research commitments may also make special arrangements as needed. In addition, all student offices should remain open with a reduced staff for normal operating hours. More details can be found on the HR website. Professional staff affiliated with a collective bargaining unit should refer to their bargaining agreement for applicability.

Instructors should make up the missed July 3 class period through asynchronous virtual instruction during the term (e.g., posting a recorded lecture, reading assignment, etc.). Please refer to the Learning Management Systempolicy and the Assignment of Credit Hours policy for more information about making up missed credit hours.

Closing on July 3 this year will provide an additional day for our community to honor all the heroes who fought for America’s independence and its right to self-government. This also is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many along the way, the challenges that still lie ahead, and our collective responsibility to help secure a better future where there is truly liberty and justice for all.

We are grateful for the hard work and sacrifices you have made throughout the year in service to the University, its mission, and most of all, to our students. Please take this well-deserved extra time off over the summer months to recharge and to spend time with family and friends.


John Fry

Paul E. Jensen
Executive Vice President
Nina Henderson Provost

Helen Y. Bowman
Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer

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