Human Resources

Benefits Summary

Retirement Plan

The State of Utah (URS) administers a defined benefit retirement program under federal and state law, and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service. Classified staff employees of SUU whose employment normally requires an average of 20 or more hours each week and who receive benefits normally provided by the institution are eligible for enrollment in the retirement program. The University pays a large portion of your monthly salary into the retirement program each month. An additional amount is currently placed in a 401(k) plan. The amount of contributions depends on Tier I employees (those with URS service prior to 7/1/11) and Tier II employees (those without URS service prior to 7/1/11).

Faculty and professional staff employees have a choice of either The Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA/CREF) or Fidelity Investments or a combination of both for their primary retirement program of the University.  Fidelity and TIAA/CREF are defined contribution plans. The University contributes 14.2% of your monthly salary into your retirement account each month. 

Social Security & Medicare

The University pays 7.65% of your salary to pay for future Social Security & Medicare benefits from the United States Federal Government. 

Medical Insurance

All qualified employees, their spouses, and their children under the age of 26 are provided with hospital and medical benefits through EMI Health Insurance. Two plan options are available to employees: a traditional plan and a high deductible health plan. Plan summaries are located on the HR Employee Benefits webpage. To contact Customer Service, call (Toll Free) 1-800-662-5850. The Human Resources Office should be referred to for answers to specific questions not found on the HR Employee Benefits webpage. 

Dental Insurance

All qualified employees, their spouses, and their children under the age of 26 are provided with dental benefits through EMI Health Insurance. The dental insurance includes basic/preventative benefits, major dental coverage, and orthodontic benefits. A plan summary is located on the HR Employee Benefits webpage. To contact Customer Service, call (Toll Free) 1-800-662-5850. The Human Resources Office should be referred to for answers to specific questions not found on the HR Employee Benefits webpage.

Vision Insurance

All qualified employees, their spouses, and their children under the age of 26 are provided with supplemental vision benefits through EMI Health Insurance. Annual eye exams are considered preventative medical and included as part of the medical benefit. This vision supplement is a reimbursable option that will help cover the cost of an eye exam (out of network) and reimburse for glasses or contact lens on a fixed schedule. A plan summary is located on the HR Employee Benefits webpage. To contact Customer Service, call (Toll Free) 1-800-662-5850. The Human Resources Office should be referred to for answers to specific questions not found on the HR Employee Benefits webpage.

Employee Assistance Program (Behavioral Healthcare Options)

The employee assistance program provides confidential counseling for you and your family at no expense to you. It is provided to you by the University. A counselor is available to assist with issues such as stress, parenting, abuse, aging, drugs/alcohol, grief, marriage, work, finances, legal questions, depression, relationships, eating disorders and many other issues. Individuals in your family may call for assistance for themselves or for another family member. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a counselor or require 24 hour emergency EAP assistance, please call (toll free) 1-800-280-3782.

Long Term Disability Insurance

After two years of employment, the University provides you with long-term disability benefits through Standard Insurance Company. The benefit pays 66.67% of base salary for approved disabilities, up to a maximum of $6,000 per month.

Life Insurance

The University provides you with term life insurance through Minnesota Life. The benefit is two times your salary (up to $200,000 of salary) of term life insurance. Also provided is $10,000 term life insurance on your spouse and each unmarried dependent child under the age of 26. Additional supplemental life insurance is also available through Minnesota Life -- more information is found on the HR Employee Benefits webpage.  

Supplemental Insurance

Accidental Death & Dismemberment
PEHP (Public Employees Health Program) offers the employees of Southern Utah University a comprehensive Accident Plan which offers several layers of protection in the event of death or serious injury.  The coverage provides protection 24 hours a day, on-or-off-the-job, in amounts from $25,000 to $250,000.  Additional information is available on the HR Employee Benefits webpage or through PEHP at (801) 366-7500.

Cancer and Intensive Care Coverage
AFLAC offers Southern Utah University employees Cancer and Intensive Care supplemental insurance.  Such coverage includes hospital confinement and cancer treatment --for additional information, please contact Lane Morgan, our AFLAC representative, at (435) 668-2626.

Workers Compensation Insurance

The University provides you with workers compensation insurance through the Workers Compensation Fund of Utah. The insurance covers the medical and lost time expenses caused by work related accidents or illnesses.  (Workers Compensation Fund of Utah, St. George Office, Phone Number: 1-800-324-9470) 

Education Benefit

Tuition waivers are available to benefited faculty & staff employees, their spouses, and unmarried dependent children under age 27. SUU Policy No. 8.2.1 covers these benefits in more detail based on the employee's FTE, classification, and hire date. Tuition Waiver forms are available on the HR Forms webpage. 

Ticket Discounts

Ticket discounts are available to benefited faculty & staff employees for Athletic Events and/or Theatre and Music Productions. Per SUU Policy No. 8.2.3, faculty and staff with valid ID may purchase up to two (2) individual event/production tickets for each event at 20 percent discount from the full ticket price.