The university provides a competitive benefits package that includes insurance and retirement benefits in addition to other programs and services. Benefits are available to eligible employees who are appointed for at least 50% time. Some benefits may also be available to eligible employees appointed for less than 50% time, as well as temporary employees and student employees.
If you're appointed to work in an eligible position for 20 hours or more a week for at least 4.5 months, you can participate in the university's insurance plans and add eligible dependents to your coverage.
The below table outlines the insurance coverage available to employees.
Please note that the basic coverage package is 100% employer paid for full-time and eligible-graduate-student employees, and 50% employer paid for part-time employees. Optional medical insurance for employees' dependents is up to 50% employer paid for full-time employees and eligible-graduate-student employees, and up to 25% employer paid for part-time employees.
Paid Vacation Time Off
You can earn paid vacation time off if appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 4.5 continuous months. If you're a student in a position that requires student status, you don't earn vacation time off.
You'll begin earning paid time off on your first day of employment, and on the first day of every month after that. The amount you earn is based on how many months you've been in state service. See the Time Off Accrual Chart to get an idea of the amount of time off you would accrue each month.
Paid Holiday Time Off
You earn paid holiday time off if appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 4.5 continuous months. Faculty must be appointed for at least 50% time for at least 4.5 continuous months. If you're appointed less than full time, you'll be granted paid holiday time off based on the percentage of hours you're appointed. If you're a student in a position that requires student status, you do not earn paid holiday time off.
Paid Sick Time Off
You can receive paid sick time off if appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 4.5 months. Student in positions where student status is a requirement do not earn paid sick time off.
Eligible employee earn paid sick time off on the first day of employment and on the first day of every month after. If you work full time, you earn eight hours of paid sick time off for each month or fraction of a month. If you work part time, you earn sick time off in proportion to your appointment. The amount of sick time off is determined by your employment status on the first day of each month.
All benefits eligible employees are required to contribute to one of two mandatory retirement programs. Students in a position that requires student status, do not contribute to the mandatory retirement programs. The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) is the default mandatory retirement program, whereas the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) is only available to certain employees in specific job codes. Employees that are eligible for the ORP are notified by Benefits and Leave Management via DocuSign.
The university also offers two voluntary retirement programs. The UTSaver TSA 403(b) and DCP 457(b). All employee are eligible to participate in the voluntary retirement programs.
Other Campus Services and Resources
The university also offers a wide variety of services to faculty and staff, including additional perks that range from wellness programs and professional development opportunities to public service loan forgiveness. Please note that not all benefits offered to university faculty and staff are centrally administered by Human Resources.