President Darryll J. Pines and Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the campus community on Monday afternoon:
The Thanksgiving holiday will soon be here, and we hope you are anticipating a time of gathering with friends and family, sharing a meal, and stepping away from our daily routines to celebrate a day uniquely dedicated to gratitude.
We recognize that we have experienced a challenging fall, punctuated by loss around the world and in our own community. Many support staff at our university have worked around the clock to provide care and support to our many faculty, staff and students. Our faculty have shown care and compassion. And our students continue to inspire us in the ways they respect and support one another.
For all who have offered a helping hand to a fellow Terp, we want to say thank you. And for student leaders who have advocated for extra time and space for our community to take care of one another, we hear you.
In recognition of our gratitude, we would like to extend our Thanksgiving break in a different way than in years past. Classes on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, will move online and there will be no classes on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, though the university will remain open on those two days.
In addition, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, will be recognized as an administrative leave day for all regular/contingent II faculty and staff. University Human Resources will follow up with additional details.
Please use this time to rest and recharge, and please know that we will continue to find new and different ways to create a community of care here at the University of Maryland.
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