University closed Dec. 5 for national day of mourning

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Due to the national significance of the passing of President George H.W. Bush, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will honor the national day of mourning on Dec. 5, Chancellor Ronnie Green announced in a Dec. 3 email to campus. This day will be a paid holiday for all non-essential university employees, and classes will be canceled.

"I recognize this is the final scheduled week of classes as we work to complete this semester," Green said. "I am confident that faculty will work directly with their students to ensure they are able to successfully complete their work for the term."

Green said he recognized the closure may cause some difficulty in rescheduling classes and events, and recommended that people with questions about university activities call ahead to learn about alternate scheduling. The events site will be updated as information is provided.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order declaring Dec. 5 a national day of mourning, meaning the federal government will be closed. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has also announced a Dec. 5 closure of Nebraska state government agencies.

Payroll Services will send information to university units about how to process and report this leave. Designated essential employees should continue to report, and will be compensated as established by campus payroll policies and procedures.

"Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we join our nation in celebrating the life of former President George H.W. Bush," Green said.

Nebraska Today

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