At the discretion of the President, a decision will be made annually to provide an adjusted schedule for full time staff employees during the summer months. If the President approves Summer Fridays, employees will have the opportunity for dismissal on designated Fridays, without any reduction in pay.

In all cases, the needs of our students and internal and external campus communities must continue to be served in an exemplary fashion. 



Father Peter has graciously decided that Villanova University will have a four-day work week this summer. This is his way of showing continued appreciation for all of staff and faculty efforts. Note: If your area or department requires an on-campus presence on Fridays, the individuals who work Friday should be given another day off that week.

The Fridays affected in 2023 are all Fridays from May 19th until August 11th. 

May 19th, 26th,

June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

August 4th, 11th


Should operational requirements necessitate coverage in an office on the designated Fridays, staff must provide coverage as directed by the supervisor.  These employees will be provided an alternative days off, at a time designated by their supervisor.  For example, an employee who is required to work on a Friday could be offered the alternative of taking off a Tuesday. 

For the University’s 24/7 operations, such as Public Safety, Facilities and Conference Services, where Friday off may not be feasible relative to shift coverage or seasonal requirements, the Summer Fridays, if not in conflict with operational needs, may be provided to the employee at another time within the calendar year. Summer Fridays cannot be rolled over into the next calendar year.

Supervisors should arrange for coverage for their offices as necessary in a way that does not result in overtime expenses.


The number of hours will vary depending on whether an employee works a 35 hour or a 40 hour workweek. The time provided for these Fridays is not considered vacation time; therefore, the time does not accumulate nor is it paid out when an employee leaves the University.

Employees who call out sick on any of the Fridays where they are scheduled to work, will be required to take a full sick day. In addition, for the time that you are on an approved leave from the University, Summer Fridays do not apply.

Part time employees are not eligible to participate in this program. Employees on a 9, 10 or 11-month schedule may participate if they work during the time when the program is in effect.

During the summer (Commencement until start of fall semester), a more casual and informal work dress code is permitted.

Members of the campus community will be able to "dress down" during the summer months. While casual attire is appropriate, informal leisure clothing such as T-shirts, tank or halter tops and shorts will not be permitted. Please remember that off-campus business commitments or more formal on-campus meetings will require regular business attire and there are areas within the University where uniforms will still be required during the summer.

The following guidelines set the general parameters for proper summer casual business wear. Employees should use good judgment in determining what’s appropriate and the Human Resources Department can help if there are questions.


Capri's and khaki pants are acceptable. Inappropriate items include sweatpants, overalls, shorts, beachwear, workout attire or spandex. Blue jeans are not permitted.


Casual shirts, polo shirts and sleeveless tops are acceptable. Inappropriate items include tank tops, halter-tops and shirts with novelty designs, such as musical groups and other commercial ventures.

Dresses and Skirts

Casual dresses and skirts are acceptable. Inappropriate items include mini-skirts and halter dresses.


Loafers, flats, dress sandals and leather deck shoes are acceptable. Flip-flops and athletic shoes are not permitted.