Furlough day on Friday. Campus will be closed.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will close on Friday, Nov. 26, as a mandated furlough day for most of its employees.

The unpaid furlough day is one of 16 required of state employees during the 2009-11 budget cycle. In each budget year, university employees must take eight furlough days, four of which are designated campuswide with the remaining four being selected based on employee preference.

This is the first scheduled campuswide furlough day of this academic year. The remaining designated furlough days are Thursday, Dec. 30; Friday, March 18; and Monday, May 16. All of the dates were chosen to avoid interfering with any instruction and to minimize disruption for the university community.

On these days, the campus will be closed for all but essential services. Exceptions will be made for critical services in such areas as patient care, police, power plant, housing and animal care.

Also, the Memorial Union will close for the Thanksgiving holiday starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.