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Dear Howard University Community, 
 

Howard University will be closed for Spring Break from Saturday, March 5 through Sunday, March 13, 2022. The campus will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, March 14

The campus closure provides a well-needed break for our students, faculty and staff for self-care and enrichment. But it also allows us to complete significant work on the campus. During the campus closure, building accessibility will be restricted to essential personnel and approved staff who are performing critical and time-sensitive activities. 

Please note the following details concerning service provision during the Spring Break recess: 

Closure Requirements  

  • Unless designated as essential personnel, employees should not travel to Howard University to work. 

  • All buildings will be secured and locked. Essential personnel needing access to campus buildings must check in with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) each day at 202-806-1100 

  • Individuals who report to campus must complete a COVID-19 self-assessment via the Bison SAFE app daily before entering campus grounds and facilities. 

  • Everyone must wear a face covering and are implored to practice social distancing while on campus. 

Essential Operations 

  • DPS will provide continuous safety and security coverage and building access during the closure. 

  • Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) Help Desk support will be available during the closure, and personnel will be on standby for emergency IT-related issues. ETS will conduct scheduled maintenance over the recess, which will result in planned disruptions to IT-related services. 

  • Physical Facilities Management will continue to respond to urgent situations and emergencies. 

  • Graphics and printing services will be suspended during the closure. 

  • Howard University Hospital will remain open. 

  • The Faculty Practice Plan will be open and will operate on a normal schedule. 

  • The COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be open to scheduled patients. 

  • The School of Medicine will maintain its scheduled hours of operation. 

  • WHUR-FM and WHUT-TV will continue their regular programming schedules. 

Bookstore 

  • Saturday, March 5: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (regular Saturday hours); 

  • Sunday, March 6: Closed 

  • Monday, March 7: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, March 8: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

  • Wednesday, March 9: Closed 

  • Thursday, March 10: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

  • Friday, March 11: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

  • Saturday, March 12: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

  • Sunday, March 13: Closed  

Shuttle 

Service will be suspended from March 5-13. Normal operations will resume on March 14.  

Dining 

Dining facilities will be closed for the entirety of Spring Break, March 5-13. 

Mail Services 

Mailroom processing and delivery will be suspended for the duration of the break. 

 
All other requests for staff to work during the closure are to be restricted to critical and time-sensitive activities in accordance with Howard University’s policies and federal guidelines. These requests are to be submitted using the Howard University campus closure request for access form by no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2022. 
 
Each employee requesting access to campus buildings during the closure is required to fill out the form, and all fields must be completed. Submitting a request does not equate to approval to have access to buildings or to work during the campus closure. 
 
Requestors will be notified concerning approvals, denials or modifications to the request by the close of business on Friday, March 4, 2022. The request must specify the name of the employee, office location, days and times the requestor will need to be in the office, and an explanation of the critical/essential nature of the request. You must receive prior permission from your direct supervisor to access the campus during the closure. Please work with your divisional head to plan for the campus closure period. 

 
Have a safe and restful Spring Break! 

Excellence in Truth and Service, 
 
Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Ph.D. 
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer