Available University Employee Benefits
Full-time (non-faculty) employees earn vacation on a pro rata basis throughout the year of employment. The rate of accrual per year varies with the individual’s length of employment at UM. During the first year, employees earn vacation time at the rate of 10 days per year, or 6.666 hours for each month worked. The rate of accrual increases by one day for each year of employment for years 1 through 11, at which time the maximum rate of 20 days per year, or 13.333 hours per month is attained. Part-time employees earn vacation on a pro rata basis.
Full-time employees earn sick leave at the rate of one day per month for each month worked.
The purpose of the Sick Leave Bank (SLB) is to provide eligible UM employees with an emergency pool of sick leave days and to mitigate the impact of lost wages during a time of catastrophic illness or injury.
Employees receive declared holidays provided by law or designated by the president of the University. Legal holidays include Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, two days at Thanksgiving, and eight days between the fall and spring semesters which includes Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Employees may be given up to three days leave with pay due to the death of a member of the immediate family. Immediate family includes spouse, son or daughter, foster child, grandchild, parent, foster parent, grandparent, brother or sister, foster brother or sister, guardian, and ward. Also included are step-, half-, and in-law relationships.
Bereavement and funeral absences in excess of three days will be charged to accrued sick leave. Faculty and staff should notify the supervisor or department head as soon as possible to request leave.
After six months of continuous full-time employment, full-time employees are eligible for a full tuition and fee waiver on a space available basis. During the first six months of employment, full-time employees are eligible for a pro rata waiver of tuition and fees based on the number of months of employment.
Dependents of regular, full-time faculty and staff employees who have been employed for 12 consecutive months may take UM undergraduate or graduate courses for credit on a space-available basis without charge of tuition (dependent is defined as a spouse and other dependents claimed on federal income tax forms). Dependents are eligible for a pro rata tuition waiver based on the number of months of the employee’s employment.