Furman University strives to provide you with benefit options that meet the needs of yourself and your family. This overview is for full-time employees with  details available in the Office of Human Resources.


  • Retirement Plan

      To change retirement account contribution, go to the MyFurman portal for form. 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.  If an employee has prior service at another eligible employer or has tenure at Furman University, these time frames may differ.

      Contributions by the University are applied to individual annuities or accounts by TIAA-CREF. 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 % of salary after 2 years of employment
      12.5 % of salary after 7 years of employment

      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.

  • Tuition Scholarships

      The 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.

      1. 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 a degree.

      2. 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 and with colleges in the Tuition Exchange, Inc.  Dependents are eligible to apply for a Tuition Exchange award but are not guaranteed a scholarship. For more information please review the Tuition Exchange FAQ.

      3. 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.

  • Workers Compensation

      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 the University.

  • Payroll Direct Deposit
  • Bank ATMs On Campus

      Automatic 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).


To see details and make changes go to HR InTouch or view more information on the Insurance Benefits page.

  • Accidental Death & 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 plan you choose. This option is for additional coverage funded by the employee. 

  • Cancer Insurance Option

      Cancer insurance, which covers medical costs associated with cancer treatment and pays directly to the employee, is available as an option. This insurance pays in addition to the group medical insurance coverage and is funded by the employee.

  • Dental Insurance Options

      Dental insurance, through Guardian, covering preventative care, basic and major dental treatment and orthodontia is available as an option to and funded by the employee.

  • Disability - Long Term

      The Long-term disability benefit program is required for 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 $9000 monthly). Monthly benefit payments begin after 90 calendar days of continuous Total Disability. Premiums are paid by the employee.

  • Disability - Short Term Option

      Short-term 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.

  • Flexible Spending Account

      Furman employees have the option of participating in a Flexible Spending Plan for Medical and/or Dependent Care Expense Reimbursement.  Payroll deductions for the FSA plan are subtracted from your gross income before taxes are calculated; therefore, reducing the tax amount on your paycheck.  Enrollment in these plans takes place once a year (during November open enrollment) so employees can define their payroll deductions for the next calendar year.

  • Group Life Insurance

      Term 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.

  • Medical Plan Options

      You 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 ​BASIC coverage plans are available on the 2014 Benefits Guide located on the Insurance Benefits page.

  • Term Life Insurance Option

      Optional 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.

  • VSP Vision Care Option

      Employees 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.

Paid Time Off

  • Holidays
      January 1, 2014 Wednesday New Year's Day
      January 20, 2014 Monday Martin Luther King Holiday
      April 18, 2014 Friday Good Friday
      May 26, 2014 Monday Memorial Day
      July 4, 2014 Friday Independence Day
      September 1, 2014 Monday Labor Day
      November 26, 2014 Wednesday Thanksgiving Day Early Weekend
      November 27, 2014 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
      November 28, 2014 Friday Day after Thanksgiving
      December 24, 2014 Wednesday Christmas Eve
      December 25, 2014 Thursday Christmas Day
      December 26, 2014 Friday Day after Christmas
      December 29, 2014 Monday Shut Down Day
      December 30, 2014 Tuesday Shut Down Day
      December 31, 2014 Wednesday New Year's Eve
      January 1, 2015 Thursday New Year's Day

      January 2, 2015 Friday Extra New Year's Holiday

      Some departments must operate during holidays scheduled by the University. Holidays for these departments are covered in the Policies and Procedures manual.

  • Sick Leave

      Full-time 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 Policies and Procedures manual defines the rules for taking sick leave.

  • Vacation

      Furman University provides paid vacation for full-time employees as follows:

      Years of Service
      Vacation Days
      Maximum Accrual
      0 - 5
      27.0 days
      5 - 10
      10 - 15
      15 - 20
      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 Procedures manual.

On Campus Services

  • University Bookstore

      Located 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 discounts.

  • Career Services

      The Career Services Office will assit 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.

  • Chaplain's Office

      The 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.

  • Charles E. Daniel Dining Hall

      The 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.

  • Counseling Center

      The Counseling Office works 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 information.

  • Furman Sporting Events

      All 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. 

  • Furman Golf Course

      Furman University has an 18 hole golf course which is available to employees at nominal charges.

  • Furman Lake

      The Furman lake is available to employees and their families for picnicking.

  • James B. Duke Library

      Employees 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 294-2190

  • Pala-Den Food Court

      The short order snack bar, located in the University Center, serves sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, soft drinkks, etc., and is available to employees and their families.

      The Pala-Den Food Court includes various food options including Chick-Fil-A, Moe's Southwest Grill, and Sushi With Gusto. As the first cyber-cafe on Furman's campus, the Tower Cafe features all of your Starbucks favorites as well as baked pastries and desserts. The Paddock is Furman's first on-campus full-service restaurant, offering burgers, shakes and a place to watch the game.

  • Physical Activity Center

      The 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.

  • The Sportsmedicine Center

      The 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.  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.

  • Theatre and Musical Productions

      Furman 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.

  • Wellness Program

      Furman 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.

Off Campus Services

  • Campus Conduct Hotline

      Campus Conduct HotlineSM helps eliminate and defend against unethical activities that may result in harmful news stories, lawsuits and misrepresentations. Campus Conduct Hotline is a confidential, independent risk management service that gives your faculty, staff, and students a simple, anonymous way to alert administrators of unsafe or unethical behavior BEFORE it spirals out of control.  The Campus Conduct Hotline can be reached at (866) 943-5787.

  • Employee Assistance Program

      Sun Life Financial is proud to introduce our new Employee Assistance Program designed specifically for business owners and their employees. Part of Sun Life's EAP By Design program, it is offered in partnership with ComPsych Corporation and can be included with any Sun Life group product. EAP Business Class gives total support so that you can focus on growing your business. Our program also gives your employees access to services that address personal life challenges and improve workplace productivity and performance. 

  • Employee Discounts
  • Upcountry History Museum

      Furman employees may purchase admission to the Upcountry History Museum exhibits and events at a rate reduction of 50%. (This reduction does not apply to UHM ticketed events that cost $20.00 or more.) May purchase an annual individual or family membership at a rate reduction of 50%.  Must present Furman ID to the associate at the front desk of the museum.

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