Thanksgiving Week/Winter Curtailment 2023-24 service impacts

October 30, 2023

Dear Campus Colleagues,

With the November/December/January holiday season just around the corner, we are writing today to share an outline of service impacts that the UC Berkeley campus may experience related to some of our divisions operating on a modified schedule and/or closed during certain periods. Consistent with previous years, we want to allow staff the opportunity to take accrued vacation time, rest, rejuvenate, and ramp up for 2024.

Our divisions will strive to minimize impacts though processing timeframes may be longer than normal due to increased vacation time.

Thanksgiving week - campus holidays: Thursday 11/23 - Friday 11/24

Administrative departments will be operating as normal on the days leading up to the campus holidays (11/20-22) unless specifically noted below.

People & Culture (P&C) - Will be unavailable to the campus during the three days prior to the holidays and not be able to participate in meetings or respond to emails until after the Thanksgiving break. Urgent needs that arise during those three days should be directed to Eugene Whitlock at and he will provide assistance.

Winter curtailment and holidays - Monday 12/25 - Tuesday 1/3/24

Due to the annual closure of the campus during this period, processing timeframes will be impacted as many teams will be operating on a modified schedule.

Both Berkeley IT and P&C will be participating in an optional curtailment period from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5 and will not be available to participate in meetings or respond to emails until after Jan. 8. For specific details about this year’s timeframes and impacts for the following departments, please see these website/news features:

Watch for a separate email soon from Facilities Services outlining their typical winter curtailment details.


Marc Fisher
Vice Chancellor, Administration
Daniel Feitelberg
Interim Vice Chancellor of Finance/Chief Financial Officer
Gabriel Gonzalez
Interim AVC for IT and Chief Information Officer
Eugene Whitlock, JD
AVC/Chief People & Culture Officer
Seamus Wilmot
AVC/Executive Director Business Operations
Russ Chung
Chief Procurement Officer

This message was sent to all UC Berkeley faculty and staff. If you are a manager who supervises Berkeley employees without email access and they would be interested in these details, please circulate this information to all.