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EIU to Reduce Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions


In an effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University will once again close selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months.

The affected time period begins Monday, May 10, and ends Friday, Aug. 13.

Building/office exceptions include -- but may not be limited to -- Booth Library, University Police, the Steam Plant and the Office of Admissions, which plan to keep normal working hours.

All university offices must be open to the public between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and between 8 a.m. and noon on Friday. Administrative offices (and others where possible) will remain open during the lunch hour (Monday through Thursday).

By ending the work week at noon on Fridays, the university can increase temperatures in all vacant offices and other work environments to allow energy savings for two and one-half days per week.

Employees will be required to work their regularly scheduled number of full-time hours during the four-and-a-half-day work week. Classes scheduled to meet on Friday afternoons and/or weekends will be relocated to buildings where the air conditioning will remain on.

During weeks in which a holiday is observed (Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day and Monday, July 5, for Independence Day), offices will return to regular business hours (7.5 hours per day), including Fridays.

Regular hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 16, for the 2010-2011 school year.

The summer of 2010 marks the ninth consecutive year in which Eastern has reduced summer hours. Savings to the university in 2009 alone totaled $400,000.