University strives to provide you with benefit options that meet the needs of
yourself and your family. This document is an overview of the benefits for
full-time employees. Details of each benefit option are available in the Office
of Human Resources.
Furman University provides
paid vacation for full-time employees as follows:
Years of Service
0 - 5
5 - 10
10 - 15
15 - 20
Some departments may require their employees to take vacation at a specific
time. Vacations for these employees will be scheduled when students are not on
campus or as designated by the Department Head. Rules for taking vacation are
covered in the Policies and
employees will be paid for time lost through specified illness-related absences
during the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) and will accrue at the rate of (1)
day for each month of service, up to ten (10) working days per fiscal year. The
Procedures manual defines the rules for taking sick leave.
following days will be recognized as paid holidays by the University:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Friday before Easter
Independence Day (July 4)
Day after Thanksgiving
Day after Christmas
New Year's Eve
Some departments must operate during holidays scheduled by the University.
Holidays for these departments are covered in the Policies and
have the option of choosing between two different plans under Cigna Health
Care. Furman and the employee share the cost
of these plans. A summary of the CORE and
coverage plans are available in the Office of Human Resources for your review.
insurance, through Guardian, covering preventative care, basic
and major dental treatment and orthodontia is available as an option to
employees. Dental insurance is funded by the employee.
may enroll in a VSP Vision Care plan. You will get great savings on your
eye exam and eyewear, and discounts on laser vision correction. Vision
insurance is funded by the employee.
life insurance equal to one and one-half times annual earnings rounded to the
nearest $1000 is available for all employees (maximum $150,000; minimum $5,000)
through Sun Life. This term life includes Accidental Death & Dismemberment
insurance coverage. Dependent life insurance of $2500 is available for the
spouse of an employee and up to $2500 for each dependent child, depending on
the child's age. Furman and the employee share the cost of this policy.
term life insurance is available through Sun Life. This is a 5 year renewable
plan for employees, spouses, and dependent children. The premium is based on
the amount of coverage selected and the age of the insured. Term Life Insurance
is funded by the employee.
insurance which covers medical costs associated with cancer treatment and pays
directly to the employee is available as an option to employees. This insurance
pays in addition to the group medical insurance coverage. Cancer insurance is
funded by the employee.
DEATH AND DISMEMBERMENT (AD&D)
provides coverage in the event of an accident resulting in dismemberment or
death of an employee or their dependent(s). The amount of coverage varies,
depending on the AD&D plan you choose. Employees who want additional
AD&D coverage may choose this option which is funded by the employee.
SPENDING ACCOUNT (FSA) PLANS
employees have the option of participating in a Flexible Spending Plan for
Medical Reimbursement and/or Dependent Care Deductions. Payroll
deductions set up in the FSA plan are subtracted from your gross income before
taxes are calculated, therefore, reducing the tax amount on your
paycheck. Enrollment in this plan takes place once a year (during
November) so employees can define their payroll deductions for the next
disability insurance is available to full-time staff. The plan will help
provide financial security in the event of disability caused by injury,
sickness or pregnancy. The plan will provide coverage after seven
consecutive days of approved absences with a doctor's certification and will
provide weekly payments for up to 13 weeks of disability. The plan
provides a weekly income benefit equal to 60% of your base salary, up to a
maximum weekly benefit of $1000.
total disability benefit program is available to full-time employees. The
Monthly Income Benefit, including any income benefits payable from Social
Security for the employee or dependents, Worker's Compensation, and any
disability benefits payable under any insurance or retirement plan sponsored by
the University, is equal to 60 percent of the Covered Monthly Salary as of the
date the disability began (maximum $7000 monthly). Monthly benefit payments
begin after 90 calendar days of continuous Total Disability. Premiums are paid by
Employees who are eligible
for the retirement plan will be eligible to receive contributions from the
University on the first day of the month after two (2) continuous years of
service at the University and after attaining age 21.
Contributions by the University are applied to individual annuities or accounts
by TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments. The University's contributions to this
retirement plan will be made every pay period during the years of
participation, except for times in which no salary is paid, in accordance with
the following schedule:
7.5 percent of salary after 2
years of employment
12.5 percent of salary after 7 years of employment
If an employee has prior service at another eligible employer or has tenure at
Furman University, these time frames may differ.
In addition to the percentage paid by the University, the employee may make tax
deferred contributions to the retirement program on a voluntary basis beginning
any time after his/her employment date.
Upon retirement or
the participant may elect to receive a lump sum, monthly or other periodic
income under the terms of his or her account or annuity contracts.
University makes tuition benefits available after two years of service to
full-time employees and their eligible dependents in three major
categories. Only one of the three options is available at a time. See
Tuition Benefit Policy for details.
The University makes
available Furman tuition scholarships to full-time faculty or staff and
their dependents that meet the admissions requirements for the
undergraduate or graduate programs at Furman and are enrolled to complete
- The University
participates in the tuition exchange programs for dependent children of
full-time faculty and staff with other private colleges of the Associated
Colleges of the South (www.colleges.org) and
with colleges in the Tuition Exchange, Inc. (www.tuitionexchange.org).
Dependents are eligible to apply for a Tuition Exchange award but are not
guaranteed a scholarship.
- The University provides
a cash tuition scholarship to dependent children of full-time faculty or
staff who are full-time students pursuing a degree at an accredited
undergraduate two-year or four-year college or university.
In addition, the University provides a Job Related Tuition Reimbursement
Benefit to all full-time staff who attends accredited colleges or universities
and takes job-related courses. The University will reimburse the employee up to
$250 per semester and up to a maximum of $500 per year for courses that have been
pre-approved by the department manager and a Human Resources representative. A
grade of "C" or better must be obtained to receive reimbursement.
Compensation insurance is provided for on-the-job injuries. Worker's Compensation
insurance will pay the employee's medical bills and will pay 100% of the salary
as long as the employee's disability continues. The entire premium is paid by
employees will have their pay deposited directly to their bank accounts. Forms
for initiating Direct Deposit will be completed during the sign-up period.
Forms are available on the Human Resources website at http://www2.furman.edu/sites/HR/Pages/EmployeeForms.aspx
for current employees who wish to sign-up or make changes to their direct
tellers for Bank of America and Wells Fargo are located in the lower level of
the Trone Student Center across from the Post Office. A BB&T automatic
teller is located in the breezeway entrance of the Administration Building
between Furman Hall and the Administration Building (24 hour access).
University sponsors programs throughout the year to promote a healthy lifestyle
among its employees. Programs include physical fitness, nutrition, health
screenings, flu shots, etc. and are either free or available at a nominal cost
to employees. Wellness programs are announced through newsletters distributed on
campus and on the university calendar.
Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center (PAC) is available for employees and
their families. Identification cards for family members may be obtained from
the PAC office. The PAC has an Olympic-size swimming pool, exercise equipment,
two gymnasiums, a dance studio, human performance labs, weight rooms,
racquetball courts and many other physical fitness facilities. The Fitness
Center Assistants are available to assist you with the PAC's equipment in the
design of a personalized exercise program. To schedule an appointment for a
consultation, call 294-3581.
Sportsmedicine Center is an outpatient rehab facility owned and operated by the
University. The Center is available to employees and their families, as
well as the public. The Sportmedicine Center utilizes professionals in
the fields of sports medicine and physical therapy to provide a
multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Patients are seen on a physician
referral basis. Fees can be filed with your insurance carrier. The
Center is recognized as a provider with the employee health plan. To
schedule an appointment call 294-2130.
E. DANIEL DINING HALL
Dining Hall, which serves cafeteria style meals three times daily, has a
faculty/staff dining room which is available to employees and their families.
You may also dine in the main dining hall for a reasonable price and join the
students in the "food court" selections.
FOOD COURT/TOWER CAFE
short order snack bar, located in the University Center, serves sandwiches,
pizza, ice cream, soft drinks, etc., and is available to employees and their
- Barnes & Noble
in the University Center, the Bookstore offers a 10% discount to employees on
gifts, insignia merchandise (clothing, etc.) and trade books. A 30%
discount is offered on purchases of gifts and insignia merchandise during the
month of the employee’s birthday. Furman ID must be shown to receive these
– Upcountry History Museum
Unlimited admission for employee and
immediate family. A 10% Museum Shop discount and additional benefits available
with membership purchase. Must present Furman ID to the associate at the front
desk of the museum.
B. DUKE LIBRARY
of Furman and their families may use the Furman Library for checking out books,
studying, or leisurely reading. For more information, call the library at
Career Services Office is available to staff members who are interested in
promotion or transfer by assisting with writing resumes and discussing job
search strategies. Career Services professionals are trained to administer the
Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for staff members
who would like to take these vocational assessment inventories. For a small
fee, the Myers-Briggs can be administered to departments for staff development.
For more information, call Career Services at 294-2106.
& EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
University participates in the Business & Education Partnership Program
sponsored by the Greenville County School District. This community-oriented
program offers employees volunteer opportunities in the areas of tutoring and
7th grade shadowing. The participating schools are Northwest Crescent Child and
Family Services Center, Heritage Elementary School, Lakeview Middle School and
Parker Middle School.
EDUCATION - Learning for You
staff, and their dependents are eligible for discounts to many of the courses
offered in the Learning for You Program. Courses range from sports
lessons to money management to children’s programs. Interested employees
can call the Continuing Education office at 294-3134 for information on
Chaplain's Office offers pastoral care and counseling to Furman employees and
their family members. The Chaplains assist with individual and family concerns,
hospital visitations and perform services for funerals and weddings. The
Chaplain's Office also counsels and consults with ministers and social service
agencies in the larger community and can assist with referrals. For more
information, call 294-2138.
Counseling Office has two full-time counselors who work primarily with
students. However, the counselors will be available to consult with employees
and then refer them to an outside resource or agency. Call 294-3031 for more
Furman employees and their immediate family may attend by showing their ID card
on game days (be sure to stop by Human Resources prior to game day for a
sticker on the ID card). Discounted season tickets are also available to
full-time employees for football and basketball games.
AND MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS
employees receive discounts for theater productions and musical concerts
presented periodically throughout the year. During the summer months, the
Lakeside Concert Band performs by the lake one night a week at no cost.
University has an 18 hole golf course which is available to employees at
Furman lake is available to employees and their families for picnicking.
The Annual Security Report, which provides statistics describing the safety of
our campus environment, is available on-line at www.furman.edu.