Human Resources

SHORT-TERM DISABILITY 

1. Faculty: Faculty members who are at least half-time (0.5 FTE) will continue to be paid their regular salary for occasional absences because of illness or injury; faculty who are less than half-time (0.5 FTE) are not eligible for short-term disability.  Eligible faculty members who are absent for six or more consecutive working days due to illness or injury should apply for short-term disability, which is subject to approval by Wesleyan's Short-Term Disability insurance provider.  Please contact the Benefits Office in Human Resources for directions on how to file a claim.  Due to faculty's unique teaching and semester-driven responsibilities, the faculty member will then be placed on unpaid leave.  If the medical leave is approved by the insurance provider, salary will then be continued along with a retroactive payment to the date of disability.  The length of short-term disability will be determined by Wesleyan's Short-Term Disability insurance provider, but can be no longer than six months.

2. Staff: Employees who work at least 0.75 FTE per year will continue to receive their normal salary for occasional absences because of non-work related illness or injury.  Employees who work less than 0.75 FTE per year are not eligible for short-term disability.  Eligible employees who are absent for six or more consecutive working days due to such an illness or injury should apply for short-term disability, which is subject to approval by Wesleyan's Short-Term Disability insurance provider.  Please contact the Benefits Office in Human Resources for directions on how to file a claim.  The length of short-term disability will be determined by Wesleyan's Short-Term Disability insurance provider, but can be no longer than six months.  If approved the claim will be paid according to the following short-term disability schedule: 

 Length of service 

 100% pay for up to: 

 Then, at 60% for up to: 

 Less than two years

 One month

 Five additional months

 Two to three years

 Two months

 Four additional months

 Three to four years

 Three months

 Three additional months

 Four to five years

 Four months

 Two additional months

 Five to six years

 Five months

 One additional month

 Six or more years

 Six months

 Not applicable

Filing a Short Term Disaiblity Claim

Information on Cigna Disability and How to File a Claim: Short Term Disability.

For more information, please refer to: Short Term Disability Plan Summary

Long Disability Absences

LONG-TERM DISABILITY

For a disability of longer than six months, eligible faculty and staff, as defined above, may receive coverage for additional benefits provided under the University’s long-term disability insurance program, which is administered by Wesleyan’s Long-Term disability insurance provider in coordination with Social Security. Employees approved for long-term disability will continue to receive long-term disability benefits as long as they are medically approved.  Staff members'employment will end when their short-term disability expires.  All employees on long-term disability will be eligible to participate in the group health insurance plan until age 65. 

For more information, please refer to: Long Term Disability Plan Summary