Holiday Closure at York

Holiday Closure at York

Dear York Community,

As the holiday season approaches, I want to remind you of the extended University holiday closure period. York’s campuses will be closed as of Friday, Dec. 24, 2021, through to Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, and will re-open on Thursday Jan. 6, 2022.  Please note that there are a few exceptions to the re-opening date for some faculties and units.

We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of our colleagues who are required to work or provide instruction over the holiday period.

Staff who require building access during the closure period should notify their respective managers, Deans, ADRs, AVPs, SEOs, EOs or designates. For those who require holiday access and who currently do not have electronic or key access to their building please make individual building access arrangements through your managers, Deans, ADRs, AVPs, SEOs, EOs or designates.

How to obtain keys and access cards

  • Keys or access cards can be signed out through the Security Control Centre located at the northeast corner of the William Small Building on Keele Campus or from the Security Office located in the Greenhouse Building on Glendon Campus.
  • It is important to note that key or access cards provided by the Security Control Centre during this time are used for building access only; you must also have your office key or office access card with you to gain full access to your area.
  • All persons signing out keys or access cards will be required to submit an access request by Friday, Dec. 17, to your Deans, ADRs, AVPs, SEOs, EOs or designates, who will then send requests to
  • You must show photo identification when collecting keys or access cards.

If you are coming on campus over the holiday closure period, you must adhere to the University’s Vaccination Mandate policy, and to all other health and safety protocols to uphold a community of care, including using YU screen daily to screen for COVID-19 and wear a mask or face covering in all indoor spaces. These measures are integral to our ongoing commitment to the heath and safety of our community.

If you are working alone during the holiday closure, please be aware of the Why Work Alone Program provided by the Community Safety Department. You can request that Security Services check in on you periodically while you are on campus.

Thank you for your continued support and we wish you all a safe and happy holiday.


Carol McAulay
Vice-President, Finance and Administration