The holiday has special significance this year as President Barack Obama begins a new four-year term as the nation’s 44th president following November’s presidential election.
The observance of holidays by campuses within the California State University (CSU) system is determined by several factors that include California's Title V Education Code, union agreements, and campus consultations. While some holidays are mandated by Title V to be observed on the traditional day specified (including Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas), CSU campuses have the discretion to observe the other holidays on alternative days. This flexibility allows the University to deliver the number of mandated days required for academic instruction and to provide other important academic functions such as an intercession term during the holiday break.
At Cal State Northridge there is a calendar committee of faculty, students and staff representatives that recommend a schedule several years in advance through a consultative process. After review by the Faculty Senate, the calendar is forwarded to the university president for approval. The academic calendar may be found at http://www.csun.edu/facultyaffairs/calendar/.