A memo recently sent to Executive Officers, deans and directors notes that it has been customary for some units to change their hours of operation during the summer to permit offices to close early.
The memo, signed by Vice President for Student Affairs Maureen A. Hartford, Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. and Vice President Farris W. Womack, continues:
We believe that this practice is not in keeping with our philosophy of providing service to our many constituents. It is frustrating to faculty, staff and students, as well as people outside the University when they are unable to conduct business during the units normal hours of operation.
Acknowledging that summer hours have been a welcome change for many employees, Hartford, Whitaker and Womack suggest that units consider creatively using flexible hours for staff as long as an adequate level of coverage is maintained during customary business hours.
A task force will be established this fall to review current practices and make recommendations for a campuswide policy addressing these issues, according to the memo.