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Northwestern Winter Recess is Dec. 26-28

Academic and administrative offices will be closed

Winter scene at Deering Library

Over the holidays, Northwestern University academic and administrative offices will be closed Dec. 26, 27 and 28. Winter Recess is being held in recognition of the season and the dedication of Northwestern faculty and staff.

These three Winter Recess days are not holidays but are provided to the Northwestern community in addition to the already scheduled University holidays of Dec. 22 (Christmas Eve observed), Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), Dec. 29 (New Year’s Eve observed) and Jan. 1, 2018 (New Year’s Day).

Certain areas of the University will be unable to close completely during this time because some operations and services must continue to be provided. In these circumstances, staff members who are not able to be off Dec. 26, 27 and 28 will be allowed to take the equivalent number of approved days off prior to Aug. 31, 2018.

To help faculty and staff prepare for this extended time away from campus, the Office of Human Resources has provided an extensive list of answers to frequently asked questions.

Shuttle service

There will be several changes to Northwestern’s shuttle service during Winter Recess. The Intercampus shuttle will not run Dec. 22 to Jan. 1. But regular service will resume Jan. 2 with the extra winter quarter shuttle runs.

Visit the Department of Safety and Security, Transportation and Parking website for a complete list of shuttle service updates during Winter Recess.

Recreation facilities

From Dec. 7 to Jan. 7, the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Norris Aquatics Center will operate on a winter break schedule.

  • The Henry Crown Sports Pavilion will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
  • The Norris Aquatics Center will be open 6 a.m. to 2p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Both facilities will be closed Dec. 24 to Jan. 1.


To support Northwestern’s vision of fostering a culture of sustainability and environmental stewardship, sustainNU is leading the way during Winter Recess. Visit sustainNU to see an energy conservation check list for the time when work spaces are unoccupied for longer periods of time.

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