UNK cancels classes on Wednesday in honor of George H.W. Bush

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Nebraska will cancel classes on Wednesday in honor of the National Day of Mourning following the passing of President George H.W. Bush.

The university tweeted Monday that on Wednesday, classes will be canceled and it will be a paid holiday for all non-essential university employees.

"I recognize this is the final scheduled week of classes as we work to complete this semester," Chancellor Ronnie 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 UNL 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.