NEIU Summer Work Schedule Survey

Dear UPI Members:

Please take the survey on the 4-day work week for summer and make sure you fill in comments in the slot that seeks comments.

I am baffled by what this policy is supposed to achieve. My major concern for the university is that we are diminishing and/or destroying the value of “our product”–of, that is, the quality of education we provide our students. I always thought of NEIU as an oasis. We provide a diverse student body of traditional and non-traditional students the very best of what higher education has to offer. That approach used “to sell” given the current preoccupations of the institution. Formerly, we were all about giving a place of security and promise to an array of students and community members. I worry this 4-day week could be just another harried inconvenience that drives students away, like the uncertainty of scheduling that we experienced this past fall.

I also think this policy would present contract issues.

But please make sure you tell the administration what you think!


The university has begun a dialogue around a 4-day work week over summers. This schedule would consist of 4 10-hour days of work (such as Monday through Thursday from 7:30AM to 5:30PM), with Fridays off. This would require a full shut down of the university on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If implemented, this change would take effect Summer 2015.

Please note:

  • During shut down, police will be on duty
  • During shut down, BBH will be cooled
  • During shut down, faculty will have access to offices, labs, and studios under normal procedures (same as Sundays)
  • Course schedule will not change
  • With approval from supervisors, employees (excluding faculty) can opt to work regular hours over Monday through Thursday and use 7.5 vacation hours to make a full week.
  • Employees (excluding faculty) working a Monday-Thursday schedule will be charged 9.25 sick or vacation hours if taking a day off between Monday and Thursday.

A significant change like this requires careful consideration of input from all areas of the University. Therefore, please take a moment to answer a few questions. We want to hear how a 4-day work week would affect you both professionally and personally.

Please use the following link to access the survey:

The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete. Please respond by Friday, May 2nd.

Best regards,

Richard Helldobler, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs