Temporary Disability Policy

The University provides salary continuation to eligible faculty members during limited periods of disability resulting from injury or sickness while employed by the University. It is available to all faculty members serving under regular full-time appointments.

Under terms of the plan, disability means inability of the member, as a result of sickness or injury, including medical complications arising from pregnancy, to perform the regular duties of his/her employment with the University, or any other employment with the University at his/her regular salary. Continuous service, including official leaves of absence in a pay or non-pay status, and regularly scheduled off-duty periods, under regular full-time appointments and as indicated below, temporary full-time appointments, is creditable. Continuous service starts from the date of appointment. Service under temporary appointments is not creditable unless such service is full-time, and continuous with service under regular appointments.

Benefits and Conditions of Payments:

The maximum periods, except as noted below, for which benefits will be paid and the amount of benefits are in accordance with the following table:

Total Creditable Service with the University when Disability Begins Maximum Period of Full Salary
Less than 3 years 3 months
3 years or more 6 months

The maximum periods of benefits in the table above are maximum limits within any consecutive twelve months and during any single period of disability. A single period of disability includes two or more periods of disability resulting from the same causes if separated by less than three consecutive months of active service on the basis of the member’s regular work schedule; for this purpose, regularly scheduled off-duty periods will be counted as long as the member is certified by a legally qualified physician as being available for active service and no longer disabled.

The member’s regular monthly salary (twelve months rather than academic-year basis) when disability begins will be the basis for computing his rate of benefit entitlement.

In order to receive benefits, the member must be under treatment by a legally qualified physician. Exceptions may be made on bona fide religious grounds.

The University has the right to require satisfactory evidence of disability and of its continuance, including examinations by its physician, before making each benefit payment. The University also has the right to require satisfactory evidence of the member’s fitness for active service.

No benefits will be paid after a member has retired.

Benefit payments will be made on each regular salary payment date.

Temporary disability benefits for any period of disability covered under this plan will be reduced by any of the following benefits received or receivable by or for the member for the same period.

  1. Disability benefits under the Social Security Act.
  2. Benefits, compensation, or other allowances (other than worker’s compensation benefits for a permanent partial disability occurring prior to the disability for which benefits are payable hereunder) under a Worker’s Compensation Law. If a controversy should arise as to whether an eligible member is entitled to Worker’s Compensation benefits for any period of disability, temporary disability benefits will be paid under this plan in the first instance, and the University will be entitled to reimbursement from any award of Worker’s Compensation benefits.
  3. Any benefit under paragraphs 1 or 2 will be deemed to be receivable if the only condition remaining to be fulfilled by the member is application or filing for such benefit as required by the applicable law.

If there is any question on how the Temporary Disability Policy relates to other University programs and benefit plans, the individual’s supervisor will contact the Benefits Section in the Office of Human Resources for clarification. Faculty members should submit a written request to their Dean through the Department. Requests will then be forwarded to the Provost.

Additional benefits may be granted under unusual circumstances, upon the recommendation of the President and with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

* School of Medicine faculty who participate in a practice plan do not receive benefits provided under the Faculty Handbook but instead receive benefits (including maternity leave, temporary disability leave and sabbatical leave) in accordance with the benefit plans adopted by their practice plans and approved by the Faculty Practice Foundation, Inc.