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UPPS 04.04.53 - Honors and Benefits for Retired Faculty and Staff

Honors and Benefits for Retired Faculty and Staff

UPPS No. 04.04.53
Issue No. 7
Effective Date: 12/19/2014
Next Review Date: 5/01/2018 (E4Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Special Assistant to the President

  1. POLICY STATEMENTS

    1. Retired faculty, staff, and administrators constitute a vital part of the Texas State University community. It is appropriate for the university to maintain and encourage relationships with retired faculty, staff, and administrators.

    2. Systematic relationships between the university and retired faculty, staff, and administrators will be maintained through University Advancement.

    3. This policy documents the automatic and optional benefits and courtesies to be made available to retiring faculty, staff, and administrators.

    4. In addition to the automatic and optional benefits outlined in this policy, eligible faculty upon retirement may qualify to receive the title of instructor emeritus, assistant professor emeritus, associate professor emeritus or professor emeritus in accordance with policies outlined in The Texas State University System (TSUS) Rules and Regulations, and procedures established by the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

  2. ELIGIBILITY FOR BENEFITS

    1. Individuals eligible for the benefits described in this policy are defined as all of those persons who have retired from faculty, staff, or administrative positions at Texas State. “Retired” shall be defined, in accordance with UPPS No. 04.04.52, Retirement Programs, as those persons eligible for full retirement benefits or reduced annuity benefits as determined under Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) provisions.

    2. Applicable honorary benefits are available to surviving spouses of retirees.

    3. Faculty on modified or phased retirement employment are eligible to receive the automatic and optional benefits outlined in this policy with any special conditions noted below.

  3. BENEFITS

    1. University Advancement, with support from the Human Resources office, will coordinate the provision of benefits described below.

    2. Benefits provided to those persons who have retired from faculty, staff, or administrative positions include:

      1. University Identification Card - a university identification card provided by ID Services denoting “retired staff” or denoting previous academic rank and the designation “retired faculty.” In the case of holders of an emeritus title, the identification card shall denote the appropriate emeritus title;

      2. Library Privileges - library privileges upon presentation of a “retired faculty” or “retired staff” identification card;

      3. Restricted Parking Permit - If fully retired, a complimentary restricted parking decal is available through Parking Services. If employed on a modified or phased retirement basis or as a part-time or full-time employee, a restricted parking decal at the same rate as full-time faculty and staff is available through Parking Services. Retirees may retain a reserved space with the approval of the assistant director of Parking Services. The annual cost of the reserved space to the retiree will be the current rate charged to full-time faculty and staff;

      4. Athletic Tickets - upon request, two complimentary general admission tickets to all regular season varsity athletic events except football to be provided upon presentation of a “retired faculty” or “retired staff” identification card at the event. Alternatively, retired faculty and staff may purchase two reserved season tickets to athletic events at the same rate available to full-time faculty and staff (Note: retirees who have received free season athletic tickets in the past will continue to receive them). If such tickets are not claimed in any year, this privilege will be lost;

      5. Business Cards - a minimum order (currently 250) of business cards with last rank and title, “retired,” and the appropriate emeritus title if applicable, printed at cost, available through Print and Mail Services and paid for by the retiree;

      6. Hillviews -Hillviews magazine and other university mailings;

      7. Fine Arts Events - upon request, two complimentary tickets per event, upon payment of a ticket processing fee; Encore Series and fundraisers excluded. Black-out dates for theatre apply;

      8. Faculty Office Space - an office and appropriate secretarial support in the department from which the faculty member retired, when available (with availability determined by the specific department, subject to approval of the department chair or school director and the college dean);

      9. University Bookstore - discounts from the University Bookstore on certain purchases at the same rate as full-time faculty and staff;

      10. Student Recreation Center - upon request, semester or annual membership to the Student Recreation Center at the same rates as full-time faculty and staff;

      11. NetID and E-mail Services - upon request from the retiree, maintenance of a Texas State NetID and access to e-mail services, not including web hosting. University Advancement will assure that retired faculty and staff using NetID will be included in the database used by the Texas State internet people search. Accounts may be deactivated after an extended period of non-use; consult UPPS 04.01.02, Information Resources Identity and Access Management, for current policy regarding non-use of domain accounts;

      12. Texas State Retired Faculty and Staff Association - one year free membership in the Texas State Retired Faculty and Staff Association;

      13. Distribution Lists - University Advancement will assure that retired faculty and staff who wish to maintain contact with the university will be added to mailing lists and e-mail distribution lists used to send information to all faculty and staff at the university, college, and school levels. Departments are encouraged to include interested retirees on their mail and e-mail distribution lists;

      14. Thesis and Dissertation Committee Participation - Holders of emeritus titles who were members of the graduate faculty at the time of their retirement are eligible to serve on thesis and dissertation committees, subject to approval of the department chair or school director and the college dean and subject to the regular graduate faculty review process;

      15. Committee Membership - At the invitation of the appropriate university, college, department, or school, holders of emeritus titles may retain membership (without vote) in the university, college, and department or school committees of which they were members at the time of their retirement;

      16. Graduation - The Office of the Provost will invite retired faculty to march in academic regalia with the general faculty at each university graduation;

      17. Catalog Listings - The Office of the Provost will assure that holders of emeritus titles will be listed in each university Undergraduate Catalog; and

      18. Course Auditing - informal auditing of courses at no charge, provided that space is available, with the consent of the offering department or school and the faculty member teaching the course prior to the first class meeting.

    3. Retirees may be eligible to continue certain group insurance coverage. Eligibility information is available through the Human Resources office.

    4. Departments and schools are encouraged to list emeriti faculty (with e-mail addresses, if available, and biographical material, if desired) on their websites.

  4. PROCEDURES FOR BESTOWING BENEFITS

    1. University Advancement is responsible for:

      1. notifying eligible retiring faculty and staff members of all automatic benefits they will receive and all optional benefits for which they are eligible;

      2. implementing appropriate procedures for processing requests for optional benefits; and

      3. serving as a liaison, as necessary, in relationships between eligible retirees and the university.

  5. REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS

    1. Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

      Position Date
      Special Assistant to the President May 1 E4Y
      Vice President for University Advancement May 1 E4Y
      Assistant Vice President for Human Resources May 1 E4Y
      Manager, ID Services May 1 E4Y
      Chair, Staff Council May 1 E4Y
      Chair, Faculty Senate May 1 E4Y
  6. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This UPPS has been approved by the following in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Special Assistant to the President; senior reviewer of this UPPS

    President