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Southern Oregon University offers an attractive and comprehensive benefits package to all of its regularly employed faculty and staff including health, retirement, and time off programs that allow for a balanced life. Please refer to the sections below for detailed information about your benefits. The Benefits office is located in Churchill Hall in Suite 159.  The direct line to Benefits is (541) 552-6167.

Benefits Calendar

Southern Oregon University Employees

An employee of Southern Oregon University receives benefits through the State of Oregon Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB). These benefits are summarized for your information. Eligibility for the following benefits may vary depending on your employment category or classification and whether you are a part-time or full-time employee.

Enrollment for the core benefits (medical, dental and employee basic life) must be completed within 30 days of hire in order for you to receive coverage. Your coverage is effective the first day of the calendar month following your date of hire and your completion of enrollment. After initial enrollment, changes may be made only during the annual Open Enrollment period or within 30 days of a qualified family status change (i.e., birth, death, marriage, divorce, domestic partnership, employment status change). Open Enrollment occurs October 1-31, and changes made during Open Enrollment are effective January 1 of the following year.

Employees who have a change in appointment may experience changes in their benefit coverage. Please contact our Benefits Specialist at (541) 552-6167 for further information.

Opting Out or Declining Benefits

Opting Out Worksheet

Open Enrollment 2015

2015 Rates

ACA SOU Notice

The current monthly benefit amount from the employer fully covers the premium amount for the core benefits of medical, dental, and basic life insurance coverage for full-time employees. The amount covers these premiums on all enrollment tiers: employee only, employee and spouse or domestic partner; employee and children; and family. Vision and prescription drug coverage are also provided.

Benefit Options for Full Time Employees

Core Benefits

  • Medical
  • DDS
  • Vision
  • Basic employee term life insurance coverage of $5,000 paid by the employer.

View full time benefit summaries for medical plans:

View full time benefit summaries for dental plans:

View summary of vision plan:

Optional Benefits

Employees choosing core benefits can also enroll in all available optional benefit plans, for which they pay the premiums.

Additional Life Insurance

Optional Life Insurance coverage for employee and spouse or domestic partner is available from $20,000 up to $600,000 in $20,000 increments. (The first $50,000 of life insurance is pre-tax.) Dependent life insurance coverage of $5,000 is also available.

Optional Life Insurance Certificate

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance coverage for employee and spouse or domestic partner is available from $50,000 up to $500,000.

Short Term Disability

A Short Term Disability Insurance plan is available. Disability plans offer income protection during times when you are unable to work due to an injury or illness.

Short Term Disability Insurance Certificate

Long Term Disability

Long Term Disability Insurance available through PEBB. Disability plans offer income protection during times when you are unable to work due to an injury or illness.

Long Term Disability Insurance Certificate

Long Term Care Insurance

(LTC), available through UNUM, is one of the ways you or your family members can pay for long term personal care, which can be very expensive. Long Term Care Insurance care is not one service but many different services available to help people with chronic conditions compensate for limitations in the ability to function independently. Long term care services may include help with the activities of daily living, home health care, respite care, adult care, care in a nursing home and care in an assisted living facility. SOU employees have guaranteed issue of a long term care policy if enrolled within 60 days of hire.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Accounts allow employees to use pre-tax income to pay for eligible work-related dependent care expenses. Health Care FSA allows employees to use pre-tax income to pay for out-of-pocket heath care expenses. Plan and provider information for both Flexible Benefits and Optional Benefits is available athttp://orpebb.asiflex.com/

2015 Rates

ACA SOU Notice

Classified Part Time employees may have out-of-pocket premiums. The current monthly benefit amount for eligible part-time employees is pro-rated based on hours worked in the month compared with the month’s available full time hours. Part-time employees must pay the difference between the benefit amount they receive and the plan premium amount. They may choose to purchase either part time, or full-time medical and dental plans.

Benefit Options for Part Time Employees

  • The same Medical plans and dental plans available to full-time employees at additional cost.
  • Medical and dental plans labeled “Part Time” plans. These medical plans do not include vision coverage.
  • Basic employee term life insurance coverage of $5,000 paid by the employer.

View Part Time Benefit Summary

PEBB Statewide PPO part-time medical benefit summary

PEBB Statewide PPO part-time prescription drug benefit summary 

Estimating Prorated Monthly Benefit

Health Engagement Model Steps PDF

Optional Benefits

Employees choosing core benefits can also enroll in all available optional benefit plans, for which they pay the premiums.

Additional Life Insurance

Optional Life Insurance coverage for employee and spouse or domestic partner is available from $20,000 up to $600,000 in $20,000 increments. (The first $50,000 of life insurance is pre-tax.) Dependent life insurance coverage of $5,000 is also available.

Optional Life Insurance Certificate

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance coverage for employee and spouse or domestic partner is available from $50,000 up to $500,000.

Short Term Disability

A Short Term Disability Insurance plan is available. Disability plans offer income protection during times when you are unable to work due to an injury or illness.

Short Term Disability Insurance Certificate

Long Term Disability

Long Term Disability Insurance available through PEBB. Disability plans offer income protection during times when you are unable to work due to an injury or illness.

Long Term Disability Insurance Certificate

Long Term Care Insurance

(LTC), available through UNUM, is one of the ways you or your family members can pay for long term personal care, which can be very expensive. Long Term Care Insurance care is not one service but many different services available to help people with chronic conditions compensate for limitations in the ability to function independently. Long term care services may include help with the activities of daily living, home health care, respite care, adult care, care in a nursing home and care in an assisted living facility. SOU employees have guaranteed issue of a long term care policy if enrolled within 60 days of hire.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Accounts allow employees to use pre-tax income to pay for eligible work-related dependent care expenses. Health Care FSA allows employees to use pre-tax income to pay for out-of-pocket heath care expenses. Plan and provider information for both Flexible Benefits and Optional Benefits is available at http://orpebb.asiflex.com/

Other Benefits

Voluntary Saving Programs

Two tax-deferred programs are available to employees: the OUS Tax-Deferred Investment 403(b) plan and the Oregon Savings growth 457 Plan. Contributions to these plans are made before federal and state taxes are imposed. Payroll deduction to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds is also available.

Retirement Plans

After six full months of employment, eligible unclassified employees may choose between two retirement plans: the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (PERS/OPSRP) and the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). After six full months of employment eligible classified employees become OPSRP members. For both groups and plans, the University picks up and pays the employee contribution, which is 6% of salary. In addition, the University pays an employer contribution. 

Fringe Benefits

  • Staff Fee Privileges
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

    • This is a no cost program available to all Southern Oregon University employees and their families.
  • Sporting Events: Faculty and Staff receive free admission (except for SOU hosted National Playoffs). Please contact Rhonda Bergh for season pass.
  • Theatre Events: Faculty and Staff pay $10.00 for self and one guest.

Leave Information

Retirement Programs

Workers Comp Forms

Incident Report

SAIF 801

Leaving SOU

  • What happens with my benefits when I leave Employment at Southern Oregon University?

The direct line to Benefits is (541) 552-6167.