We are pleased you are considering TUITION REMISSION
employment with Towson University SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT PLANS Full-time employees are eligible to enroll in up to
(TU). Here is a summary of the benefits All employees are eligible to participate in any of a maximum of 8 credits per semester at any
currently offered by Towson University the Supplemental Retirement Plans (SRA) currently University System of Maryland (USM) institution,
for Regular Exempt and Non-Exempt available through the Maryland State Supplemental Morgan State University, St. Mary’s College of
full-time employees. Retirement Agency and the University System of Maryland, and Baltimore City Community College,
Part-time employees are eligible for Maryland (USM). The State plans are administered and receive 100% tuition remission.
certain by Nationwide and include 457 Deferred Spouses and dependent children of full-time
benefits on a pro-rated basis. Please call Compensation plans (pre-tax option and after-tax employees hired on or after July 1, 1992, may be
the Office of Human Resources, Benefits Roth option), a 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity plan, eligible to receive tuition remission benefits only
Unit (410-704-6017/6018) if you have and 401(k) Savings/Investment plans (pre-tax option after the employee has worked at TU (or the
any questions. and after-tax Roth option). The USM offers pre-tax USM) for two years. 100% tuition remission
403(b) and 457(b) plans from Fidelity Investments benefits could be available for courses taken
and TIAA-CREF. toward the first undergraduate degree at TU
only. If a spouse or dependent child wishes to
All employees are covered by Federal Social
Employee participation is voluntary and enroll in courses toward the first undergraduate
contributions are made from the employee’s salary. degree in an academic program not available at
The employee’s share of the contribution is
There are no matching employer contributions. TU, he/she may be eligible to receive 50% tuition
withheld by payroll deduction and is deposited
remission at another eligible institution. Tuition
with TU’s share into the employee’s account. INSURANCE OPTIONS remission for spouses and dependent children
All employees can choose between a variety of does not apply to courses at the graduate or
RETIREMENT programs offered by the State of Maryland and the post-baccalaureate level.
Non-Exempt employees are required to enroll in USM. Medical plan choices include Preferred Tuition remission benefits may not apply to
the Maryland State Employees’ Alternate Provider Organization (PPO), Point of Service (POS), all
Contributory Pension System (EPS), to which TU and Exclusive Provider organization (EPO) plans as courses, professional schools and/or programs of
well as other separate, freestanding group insurance
contributes. In addition, members of the EPS plans which include: study.
contribute 7% of their annual salary to the EPS. Dental coverage ( 1DHMO and 1 DPPO)
Exempt employees have the option of Prescription Drug coverage ANNUAL LEAVE
enrolling in Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance Full-time Non-Exempt are eligible to earn:
either the EPS, or one of two available plans Term Life Insurance (State of MD and USM) 1-5 years = 10 days per year
under the Optional Retirement Program (ORP): Health Care and Day Care spending accounts 6-10 years = 15 days per year
Fidelity Investments and TIAA-CREF. TU Long Term Disability program 11-20 years = 20 days per year
contributes to each plan on behalf of the Long Term Care plan 21+ years = 25 days per year
enrolled staff member however, ORP members The employee’s share of any premium costs is Full-time Exempt employees are eligible to earn
do not make any personal contributions. deducted from the bi-weekly paycheck. 22 days per year. Starting with the 21st year, full-
Employees who are members of either the time Exempt employees are eligible to earn 25
Maryland State Employees’ or Teacher’s days per year.
Retirement System (ERS/TRS) may elect to remain Annual leave for all employees may be
in those systems. accumulated to a maximum of 50 days that may
Sworn Police Officers are required to enroll in be carried over into a new calendar year.
the Maryland State Law Enforcement Officers Annual leave is pro-rated for part-time
Pension Plan (LEOPS) to which TU contributes. employees. Please refer to TU policy for details
Members of LEOPS contribute 6% of their annual concerning usage of leave.
salary to LEOPS.
Employees who are also Maryland State
not eligible to enroll in any basic retirement
HOLIDAY LEAVE PAY AND DIRECT DEPOSIT UNITED BUYING SERVICE
Employees are eligible for up to 14 holidays per Payments are issued bi-weekly on Wednesdays for Employees are eligible to utilize the United
calendar year. Employees earn additional leave for the two-week pay period that ended the week Buying Service (UBS) to purchase motor vehicles
general or congressional elections and special prior to payday. and home furnishings.
holidays declared by the Governor. Employees must arrange to have paychecks
automatically deposited into either their bank or RECREATIONAL AND WELLNESS SERVICES
PERSONAL LEAVE credit union account at no charge. The pool, gyms, recreational facilities, and our
Employees are eligible for up to 3 personal days state-of-the-art fitness center are available with
each calendar year. CREDIT UNION valid TU ID card. Some charges may apply.
The State Employees’ Credit Union is available to
SICK LEAVE all employees for services such as savings accounts, UNIVERSITY STORE DISCOUNT
Exempt and Non-Exempt employees are eligible interest-bearing checking accounts, loans, and Employees are eligible to receive a 10% discount
to earn up to 15 days of sick leave per year. Sick automatic teller machines. toward the purchase of many items in our
leave may be accumulated without limit. Earned university store.
sick leave may be WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
used for an employee’s illness, an immediate All employees are covered by workers’ PARKING
family member’s illness, and up to 30 days compensation insurance for injuries sustained Employees may purchase parking permits and
following the birth during the performance AVI gate control devices that allow access to
or adoption of a child. of duty. Compensation is based on the nature of gated Faculty/Staff parking lots. Parking permits
the injury and the employee’s salary at the time of may be purchased pretax if paid through payroll
MILITARY LEAVE the injury. deduction. Subsidized MTA Transit passes can
Employees serving as members of the organized also be purchased pretax if paid through payroll
militia ATHLETIC EVENTS deduction. Information on other parking and
or the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Reserves Most athletic events are free to employees upon transportation programs and incentives can be
are entitled to leave with pay for military training presentation of a valid TU ID card. found by visiting www.towson.edu./parking.
to 15 days annually. LIBRARY
The Library facilities and services are available to
MISCELLANEOUS LEAVE INFORMATION employees upon presentation of a valid TU ID card.
This is meant to be a summary of the
The following types of leave may also be available
benefit programs available to Regular
to employees: Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), BLOOD ASSURANCE PROGRAM
Exempt and Non-Exempt staff at Towson
jury duty, legal action leave, and USM The University conducts several blood drives University. Whenever conflicts occur
Exam/Interview Leave. throughout the year to benefit the TU community. between these summaries and the contracts,
Blood is available to employees and their families rules, regulations, or laws governing the
at no charge. administration of the various programs, the
terms and conditions set forth in the various
program contracts, rules, regulations, or laws
Side 2 Office of Human Resources – Telephone: 410-704-2162 Updated June 13, 2011