Benefits

Summary of Benefits

Medical Coverage. The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) is the administrator for Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) which provides health and other optional coverage to insurance eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees can choose to enroll in either HealthSelect of Texas, Consumer Directed HealthSelect, or Scott & White Health Plan.

Dental Coverage. Employees can choose to enroll in one of two dental plans. State of Texas Dental Choice Plan is a preferred provider organization dental insurance plan or DeltaCare USA dental HMO, which is a dental health maintenance organization dental insurance plan.

Vision Coverage. Employees can choose to enroll in the State of Texas Vision. For a set copay amount, the plan offers and eye exam, contact lens fitting, and an allowance for the cost of eyeglasses or contact lenses and discounts for LASIK.

Long-Term Disability. Long-term disability provides 60% of the employee’s monthly salary with benefits payable until the employee returns to work or until employee reaches Maximum Benefit Period (based on the age disabled) or based on the condition causing disability. Must complete the 180-day waiting period or use all available sick leave (including extended sick leave, donated sick leave and sick leave pool), whichever is longest.

Short-Term Disability. Short-term disability provides 66% of the employee’s monthly salary with benefits payable for a period of up to five months (a maximum of 150 days) after completion of a 30-day waiting period or use all available sick leave (including extended sick leave, donated sick leave and sick leave pool), whichever is longest.

Life Insurance (AD&D). Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) provides additional financial support if employee or eligible dependent has an accidental injury or death. Amount chosen can be in increments of $5,000 starting at $10,000 up to $200,000.

Optional Life Insurance. Optional Term Optional Term Life Insurance provides additional coverage, including AD&D coverage, up to four times your annual salary (Election 1, 2, 3 or 4). Maximum coverage is $400,000.

Dependent Term Life Insurance. Dependent Term Life insurance provides the employee to have $5,000 life insurance, including AD&D for eligible dependents.

Flex Spending Account. Flex Spending Accounts allow the employee to set aside money from their paycheck, pre-tax to pay for eligible health and dependent day care expenses. This lowers the employee’s taxable income to pay less in federal income taxes.

Sick Time. Full-time benefit eligible employees accrue 8 hours of sick time each month. Part-time benefit eligible employees accrue proportionate to their appointment. Sick leave begins with the first day of employment.

Time Off

Vacation Time. Full-time benefit eligible employees accrue at least 8 hours each month. Part-time benefits eligible employees accrue proportionate to their appointment. To be eligible to use vacation leave employee must have six months of continuous employment with the State of Texas.

Time Off

Elevate Program. Elevate is the SHSU Healthy Campus initiative to priories the health and wellness of students, faculty and staff.

More Initiative Details

Employee Wellness Program. Employees may be granted release time to participate in wellness activities.

Programs

Fitness Center. The Department of Recreational Sports and Activities offers a wide variety of recreational programming and provides facilities for students, faculty and staff.

Recreational Sports

Annual Flu Shots. Free flu vaccinations are available to anyone from the campus community with a current Bearkat One card. Availability is subject to change, see the Student Health Center for availability details.

Student Health Center

Lactation Rooms. The university has a number of lactation rooms across our campuses. Nursing mothers will need to contact the department or area monitoring the room for access. If you are unsure of who to contact, ask us!

  • Art Complex, 218M
  • Beto Criminal Justice Center, A193
  • Life Sciences Center, 112
  • Lowman Student Center, 214
  • Student Health Center, 124
  • The Woodlands Center, 214
  • Thomason Bldg, 105

TRS - Teacher's Retirement Plan. Employees contribute 7.7% and the State contributes 7.5% of the employee’s wages. Employee contributions are pre-tax deduction. Interest on employee contributions are credited annually on August 31 to the member’s account. Members vest after 5 years of credible service. TRS is a defined benefit plan offering death, survivor, disability, and retirement annuity benefits.

Retirement

ORP – Optional Retirement Plan. Employee contributes 6.65% and the State contributes 6.6% of the employee’s wages. Employee contributions are tax deferred. These contributions are deposited with the employee’s selected ORP carrier. Participants vest after one year and one day of ORP participation. ORP is a defined contribution plan with benefits based upon individual investment decisions.

Retirement

Longevity Pay. Additional compensation based on the employee’s total lifetime State of Texas service. Longevity is paid only to full-time staff and is calculated at the rate of $20 per month for each two years of lifetime service credit, up to a maximum of 42 years of service.

Compensation

Hazardous Pay. Commissioned law enforcement officers or custodial officers are eligible for hazardous duty pay of $10 a month for each 12-month period of lifetime service credit.

Compensation

Discount Programs. Employees are encouraged to use discount programs that provide savings on technology, entertainment, travel, and more.

Programs

Flex Spending Account. Flex Spending Accounts allow the employee to set aside money from their paycheck, pre-tax to pay for eligible health and dependent day care expenses. This lowers the employee’s taxable income to pay less in federal income taxes.

Insurance

Education Assistance Program. Eligible employees can work and earn a degree at a discounted rate.

Programs

Trainings & Conferences. Employees are encouraged to take advantage of training opportunities on and off campus. Staff are required to earn professional development credit each year.

Learn & Develop

Research Resources. Faculty are encouraged to utilize our library resources to conduct their research.

Library

DEI Certification. The DEI Institute is a Comprehensive DEI Certification Program, offering a multifaceted approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training on the campus.

DEI Institute

Staff Council. The SHSU Staff Council serves as an advisory body which conveys information and makes recommendations to the President regarding interests and concerns of the University Staff. Within Staff Council there are various committees that members can join depending on their interests. These committees include: Staff Affairs, News and Networking, Nominations and Elections, Special Events, and Staff Development.

Staff Council

Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate serves a critical role as an advisory body on matters of general welfare to the University. The Faculty Senate is dedicated to examining issues of interest to the entire SHSU community, including the development of the university’s core curriculum, review of official university policies, and the administration of the annual Campus Perception Survey. As an advocate for the interests of new and experienced faculty alike, the Faculty Senate endeavors to advance the culture and prestige of the University.

Faculty Senate

Changing Your Benefits

There are three opportunities to change your insurance benefits; within 31 days as a newly eligible employee, summer enrollment, or within 31 days of a qualifying life event

Summer Enrollment

Our annual benefit election period that occurs during summer months.

Summer Enrollment

Qualifying Life Event

A change in your personal or work life impacts your benefit elections. Qualifying Life Events are

  • Marriage
  • Birth
  • Adoption
  • Death
  • Spouse/dependent loss of other health insurance coverage
  • Gain or loss of legal custody of a dependent

Life Changes

Benefits Questions?

Holly King

Email 4-2637

Christina Munoz

Email 4-2231