The university will grant administrative leave to all non-essential employees starting at noon on Friday, Sept. 27, when up to 50,000 fans are expected to turn out for an 8 p.m. Terps football game against Penn State, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin announced in an email Monday.
The Big Ten is contractually obligated to hold Friday night games each season, and Maryland was selected this year, Rankin said. While the game time was set as late as possible, it could significantly impact parking and traffic. More information on the Friday Night Lights game, including Q&As for students, employees and fans, is available here.
In addition to administrative leave, beginning at noon, classes will not meet in person, although lab sections will meet as normal. Faculty are encouraged to contact the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center for help with options to keep students’ learning on track. Faculty who wish to request exceptions for classes to meet that Friday afternoon should contact the Provost’s office.
Supervisors of essential staff will receive guidance explaining roles, responsibilities and compensation for the half day, Rankin wrote.
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