Salisbury University offers a full range of benefits to its regular employees. Many are a part of the State of Maryland's benefits menu, or flexible benefits plan, which allows employees to choose their benefits and pay for them with pre-tax dollars. The following list offers a brief description of the choices available. More information on these benefits is available from the Human Resources Office at 410-543-6035.
All regular, nonexempt employees are enrolled in the Maryland State Retirement Pension System (MSRPS) at the time of employment. All regular exempt employees (faculty and unclassified administrators) have the option of enrolling in the MSRPS or selecting an Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). ORP carriers currently include: TIAA/CREF and Fidelity Investments. Packets containing descriptions of each plan and the appropriate enrollment paperwork are available in the Human Resources Office. All exempt employees are encouraged to review the hand-out Choosing a Retirement Program before selecting a retirement plan.
Maryland State Retirement Pension System (MSRPS): This is a defined benefit plan that provides a benefit based upon the employee's age, salary and years of service. The plan requires an employee contribution that is non-taxable for federal tax purposes. The plan provides early retirement, disability and survivor benefits, as applicable. New employees are vested, or guaranteed a benefit, after completing ten years of eligible service. Other plan features include the conversion of unused sick leave to additional creditable service at the time of retirement, subsidized health insurance benefits for those who have completed 25 years of service, and cost of living adjustments during retirement when applicable. http://www.sra.state.md.us
The Maryland State Retirement Agency announced the release of a new informative video about Maryland's public pension benefit plans Press Release. The video addresses three key themes, Pensions Work, Pension Policies Have Long-Term Impact & Pensions Support Our Local Economy. Each is addressed in its own discrete segment of the video and can be viewed separately through the State Retirement Agency's YouTube channel. "Retirement Security Benefits Everyone"
Optional Retirement Plans (ORP): These are defined contribution plans that provide a benefit based upon the employee's accumulated account balance. The State contributes the equivalent of a certain percentage of the employee's salary (currently 7.25 percent) each year to the employee's ORP account. These contributions are spread over 20 pay periods. There are no employee contributions to these plans. Early retirement and death benefits are based upon the employee's ORP account balances, though a federal penalty tax may apply. Employees are always fully vested in their total account balance. Employees who were hired prior to July 1, 2011, and retire with 16 or more years of service are eligible for fully subsidized health insurance benefits (25 years of service is required for this benefit to include spouse/dependent children). For those hired on or after July 1, 2011, fully subsidized health benefits are available upon retirement to the employee and their eligible dependents after 25 years of service.
- 2014 1st Quarter ORP Performance Report
- 2014 2nd Quarter ORP Performance Report
- 2014 3rd Quarter ORP Performance Report
- 2014 4th Quarter ORP Performance Report
- 2013 1st Quarter ORP Performance Report
- 2013 2nd Quarter ORP Performance Report
- 2013 3rd Quarter ORP Performance Report
- 2013 4th Quarter ORP Performance Report
Supplemental Retirement Accounts (SRA): These plans enable employees to supplement their retirement income by contributing a portion of their salary before taxes to an investment plan of their choice. Employees can choose from among several investment options within each plan. Supplemental Retirement Accounts are available with Fidelity Investments, Maryland Supplemental Retirement Plans (MSRP) and TIAA-CREF. Packets describing all plans are available in the Human Resources Office.
A full-time faculty member serving on a ten-month academic year contract is entitled to fifteen calendar days of paid annual leave which shall be the last fifteen days of the ten-month contract period, unless otherwise designated at the time of appointment. Such paid annual leave may not be carried forward into the next fiscal year.
A part-time faculty member appointment on at least a 50% of full-time basis and serving on a ten-month academic year contract is entitled to annual leave on a pro-rata basis. Such leave shall be taken as the final days of the ten-month contract period, unless otherwise designated at the time of appointment. Such paid annual leave may not be carried forward into the next fiscal year.
A full-time faculty member serving on a fiscal-year contract (12-months) shall earn 22 days of annual leave per calendar year at the rate of 6.77 hours per pay period. Beginning on the 21st year of employment, 25 days per year is accrued. A part-time faculty member appointed on at least a 50% of full-time basis shall earn annual leave on a pro-rata basis, on the same terms available to full-time fiscal-year faculty members. Annual leave may be accumulated with a maximum of 50 days carried over into a new calendar year.
Creditable Sick Leave
Sick leave for faculty members serving on a ten-month academic year contract is accrued at the rate of 1.25 work days per month at full salary. Part-time faculty members who are employed at least 50% time are eligible for sick leave benefits proportionate to their percent employed. Sick leave may be accumulated without limitation.
Sick leave for faculty members serving on a fiscal year contract (12-months) is accrued as 15 days per calendar year at the rate of 4.62 hours per pay period. Part-time faculty members who are employed at least 50% time are eligible for leave proportionate to their percent employed.
Sick leave may be accumulated without limitation.
Non-Creditable Sick Leave (Collegial Leave)
When a faculty member is incapacitated for brief periods of illness, injury, or childbirth, the “collegial” method of accommodating faculty disability is preferred. This is the practice whereby colleagues of the disabled faculty member – on a voluntary basis – take over his or her classes and other essential functions, in addition to carrying on their regular work. This provision may be employed when practicable up to a maximum of twenty-five (25) work days for each faculty member in one fiscal year. After that time, creditable sick leave shall be charged.
Statute affords members of Military Reserve or National Guard units a benefit of 15 Military Leave days per year to attend active duty training.
Annual Leave: Earned Annual Leave may be used for different reasons, the most common being vacation. All eligible employees accrue Annual Leave at a fixed rate, based on position and years of service. Exempt employees earn 22 days per year. A maximum of 50 days may be carried over to the next calendar year (fiscal year for Contingent II employees).
Annual leave for fulltime non-exempt staff employees will be earned according to the following schedule:
|Beginning with:||Days Annually||Hours Annually||Hours per Pay Period|
|The start of employment through the completion of the 1st year||11||88||3.38|
|The 2nd year through the completion of the 2nd year||12||96||3.69|
|The 3rd year through the completion of the 3rd year||13||104||4.00|
|The 4th year through the completion of the 4th year||14||112||4.31|
|The 5th year through the completion of the 10th year||15||120||4.62|
|The 11th year through the completion of the 20th year||20||160||6.15|
|The 21st year and thereafter||25||200||7.69|
Eligible part-time employees who are employed on at least 50 percent of a full-time basis earn prorated annual leave.
Sick Leave: All regular employees, regardless of job title, accrue Sick Leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month of work. Nonexempts as well as exempt, earn 15 days each year. Sick Leave accumulation is unlimited. Eligible part-time employees who are employed on at least 50 percent of a full-time basis earn prorated sick leave.
Bereavement Leave: One to five days of earned Sick Leave may be used to cover an employee's absence when there is a death in the family. The exact amount permitted depends on the employee's relationship to the deceased and whether overnight travel is involved.
Pregnancy-related disabilities, childbirth, adoption: Up to thirty days of accrued Sick Leave may be used to care for a child immediately following the birth of a child or placement of the child with the employee for adoption.
Family Illness Leave: Earned Sick Leave may also be used for the purpose of providing care for sick family members.
Personal Leave: Eligible employees receive three (3) days or 24 hours of Personal Leave per calendar year (contract year for Contingent II employees). Eligible part-time employees who are employed on at least 50 percent of a full-time basis earn prorated personal leave. Earned Personal Leave may not be carried forward. If not taken by the end of the calendar year, or by the end of the first pay period in July for Contingent II employees, unused Personal Leave is forfeited.
Holidays: Eligible employees earn 14 (15 in an election year) paid holidays per calendar/contract year. All unused holidays must be taken by the end of the first pay period ending in January of the following year for PIN employees. Contingent II employees must use all their earned holidays by the first pay period ending in July. Eligible part-time employees who are employed on at least 50 percent of a full-time basis earn prorated holiday leave.
Military Leave: Statute affords members of Military Reserve or National Guard units a benefit of 15 Military Leave days per year to attend active duty training.
- Family Medical Leave Act (PDF)
The University System of Maryland has contracted with Inova Employee Assistance (IEA) to offer a wide variety of work/life services through both phone-based and web-based services. Employee Assistance Programs have often been known for the traditional counseling and consultation resources. IEA offers the traditional services, but the services have been expanded to provide nontraditional services such as financial, legal, child care, education, identity theft, and pet services. All services are private and confidential, and there is no cost associated with the services. Additionally, IEA provides Corporate Perks, which is a discount program for everyday services such as travel, restaurants, electronics, flowers, and more.
To access the information online, go to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) :
Click Member Login, then enter the username and password listed below.
- Username: Salisbury
- Password: Seagulls
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - State of Maryland
The EAP provides confidential and professional assessment and referral services to State employees who are experiencing personal/medical problems affecting their work performance.
Subject to certain restrictions, tuition waiver is available to eligible employees and retirees. Tuition remission benefits for spouses/dependent children of employees hired after July 1, 1992, will be available only after the employee has worked for two years prior to the anticipated date of registration for coursework. More information outlining this benefit is available from the Human Resources Office.
**Please note for Graduate, Teaching, and Research Assistants - Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for information, approval, and the status of Request for Tuition Remission forms.
- USM Request for Tuition Remission and Affidavit
- W-4 (REQUIRED for Retirees requesting TR for Spouse and/or Dependents
- Additional Information
(If prompted for password, hit cancel.)
To qualify for Senior Citizen Tuition Remission you need to be at least 60 years of age and retired, your chief source of income needs to be derived from retirement benefits, not engaged in full-time employment, and a Maryland resident.
Salisbury University offers a Live Near Your Work (LNYW) program to qualified SU faculty and staff members who purchase a home for their own occupancy in a City of Salisbury neighborhood. The program’s purpose is to promote a thriving Salisbury and to preserve the integrity of our local residential neighborhoods.
For more information, please download our pamphlet
Membership is available to all Salisbury University employees. A variety of programs are available. Brochures are available in the Human Resources Office, or you can call 1-800-879-7328 for more information.
- Visit the Discounts page to search for discounts available to employees.
To obtain a Plus One card, Faculty and Staff must accompany the individual to the Gull Card office located in the Bookstore, to verify active status and to register the card.
Plus One member can check out an unlimited number of books, each for 28 days at a stretch. Books can be renewed and the member can place up to 10 interlibrary loan requests per year, for free.
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One Free with >SU ID including Plus One (*Thursday Night Performances ONLY; this includes music, theatre and dance productions )
Regular Ticket Prices
$9* Seniors 62+, SU Alumni, Faculty & Students (*ID required)
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Not currently allowing access of Plus One member due to on-going security issues and liability concerns.
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*Ticketed sports: Athletics charges admission to basketball, football and men's lacrosse games.
SU Students, Faculty, Staff - FREE with valid ID (including Plus One)
General Admission - $7.00
Non-SU Students/SU Alumni - $5.00
Children (Ages 5-12) - $3.00
Children (Under Age 5) - FREE
*Non-ticketed sports/games: any person from the community can enter
*Playoff Games: When Salisbury hosts NCAA tournament games, prices of admission do vary depending on the sport, as required by NCAA rules.
There is no free admission for those games , including faculty and staff. All must pay.
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Plus One Cardholders receive the same benefit as regular SU ID cardholders: free admission at the Ward Museum, and 10% discount at the Ward Store and on museum programs.
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Equal Opportunity Statement
Salisbury University has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and equal employment and educational opportunities for its faculty, staff and students. To that end, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. The University adheres to the EEO/AA policies set forth by federal and Maryland laws. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to: Humberto Aristizabal, Associate Vice President of Institutional Equity, Title IX Coordinator, Room 100 Holloway Hall, 1101 Camden Ave. Salisbury, MD 21801; Tel. 410-543-6426.