Sam Houston State University is committed to providing programs that promote healthy WorkLife balances, professional growth, and financial incentives.
Wellness Release Time
The Sam Houston State Wellness Program consists of various voluntary wellness related activities that qualify as eligible for release time. Employees approved for participation in the Wellness Program shall receive a maximum of two and one-half (2.5) hours of release time per week, taken in increments of no greater than one (1) hour per day.Approval Form
Only current full-time employees who have been with the University a minimum of six (6) months and are not currently approved for education or teaching release time are eligible to participate in the Sam Houston State Wellness Program. Wellness, education and teaching release time are mutually exclusive and a supervisor may not approve leave for more than one of these activities.
Approval from the appropriate authority must be secured prior to participation in the Wellness Program. The approval authority is the employee’s current supervisor and department head. If the employee’s supervision changes, the employee will need to request approval from the new approval authority.
Activities that qualify for release time are:
- Official Elevate Healthy Campus Initiative Events
- Wellness Activities
- Health Fitness Screenings/Assessments
- Stress Management Classes
- Smoking Cessation Classes
- Weight Loss Classes
- Nutrition Classes
- Health Risk/Injury Reduction Classes
- Exercise Activities
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
SHSU contracts with the University of Texas Employee Assistance Program to provide assistance to faculty, staff and family members to help resolve issues related to marriage and family, stress and anxiety, grief or bereavement, finances, legal concerns, conflicts at work, and alcohol and drug problems to name a few.
EAP services are available to faculty and staff employees, their spouse, live-in partner, and eligible dependent children.
EAP provides up to five free counseling sessions per issue along with many other services and unlimited referrals.
Through the EAP, you have access to a free 30-minute face to face or telephonic consultation per issue with a network attorney. If you wish to retain the attorney after the initial consultation, you will receive a discount on the attorney's normal hourly rates. Many online resources are also available, including an interactive Online Will Program that provides you with a resource to create your own state-specific Simple Will privately in an online, secure environment.
All employees are also entitled to a no-cost telephone consultation with one of the financial counselors. Typical matters include credit counseling, debt and budgeting assistance, tax planning, retirement, and college planning questions.
Consultation and referrals for a wide range of WorkLife referrals are available through the EAP. The EAP can help you find real solutions for child care, elder care, care for persons with disabilities, and other convenience and wellness issues.
EAP provides counseling sessions and support for all types of life concerns. Some of the most common reasons that employees contact the EAP are:
- Stress & Anxiety
- Alcohol/Drug Problems
- Couples & Relationship Issues
- Anger Management
- Work Conflicts
- Parenting & Family Concerns
- Grief or Bereavement
- Change & Life Transitions
- Communication Skills
Request an appointment online or call (800) 346-3549. The EAP is available to employees whether they participate in the ERS health insurance plan or not.
EAP offers a website, Your Worklife Solution, full of information to help you balance your worklife. Information includes, but not limited to, managing your relationships, family, mental health, and career. To access the website, use “uteap” for the username and password.
Monthly newsletters are available to help steer your growth.
Employee Education Assistance
The Sam Houston State Employee Education Assistance Program releases an eligible employee to take one course during regular work hours and waives local fees and tuition. The employee is only responsible for statutory (state) tuition.Approval Form
This program is for full-time (1.0 FTE) benefits-eligible staff and faculty employees, through the rank of Professor, who desire to enroll in university credit courses at SHSU. Applicants must have a minimum of one year full-time continuous employment at SHSU by the first class day.
Each semester, staff employees seeking release time must submit an Employee Development Participation & Teaching Request Form to their department head for consideration. Department heads will complete the approval section and retain the form in department files. Submission deadlines are as follows:
Fall Semester – August 1st
Spring Semester – December 1st
Summer Semester – May 1st
Coursework must relate directly to the employee’s current or prospective job duties within their department. Participants must meet all admission and registration requirements and maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) for undergraduate courses. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.Approval Form Read Policy
HealthSelectShoppERSSM is an incentive program that allows you to save money and rewards when shopping for certain medical services and procedures. This program allows you to
- compare costs for many health care services and procedures,
- estimate your out-of-pocket costs and
- earn incentives for shopping for certain medical services and procedures.
SHSU students and staff may participate in the “Apple in Education” and “Dell Employee & Education” purchase programs. The acquisition of these technologies will be an integral tool and resource for students and staff in and out of the classroom whereas they can thrive and integrate new and emerging digital methods of enrichment.
The PerksConnect program is a lifestyle product and service discount savings program enabling employees, retirees, and their families, to find great deals on items and services they need and use every day. Perks users have access to: local discounts, national retailer discounts, discounted gift cards, daily deals and more.
Activate Your Accounts
Click “Activate Your Account Now” on our PerksConnection site and use group code “SHSU”. A Printable Card is available for download after you complete your registration under your account icon at the top right corner of the page.See Perks
The BENEPLACE Discount Purchase Program is the exclusive savings and discount benefit site for Employees Retirement System of Texas participants. This program is an online marketplace administered by Beneplace and offered to employees and retirees participating in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP).See Discounts