UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 07-11-02

CATEGORY:              PERSONNEL

SECTION:                  Staff Educational Benefits

SUBJECT:                 Effect of Separation on Eligibility for Staff Scholarship Benefits

EFFECTIVE DATE:   July 1, 1994 (Published December 22, 1995)

PAGE(S):                    2

I.    SCOPE

      This policy establishes the eligibility for Employee/Spouse/Dependent scholarships

      upon the separation, disability, retirement, or death of the employee.  The terms of the

      scholarships are the same as those listed in Policy 07-11-01, Employee/Spouse/

      Dependent Scholarships for Staff.

II.   POLICY

      Staff Scholarships

      Employees who are on approved long-term disability or who are retired, are entitled to

      the same scholarship benefits as current employees if employed and enrolled at the

      time of disability or retirement, or if not enrolled at the time of disability or retirement

      were employed at the University for at least five years immediately prior to disability or

      retirement.

      Spouse Scholarships

      Scholarship eligibility continues as is available for the spouses of current employees

      who are currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh at the time of disability,

      retirement, or death of the employee.

      If the spouse is not enrolled at the University at that time, the spouse is eligible to use

      the scholarship benefits as are available for the spouses of current employees if the

      employee worked at the University in a regular full-time position for at least five years

      immediately prior to the disability, retirement, or death.

      Spouses of deceased staff members retain the scholarship benefits only until they

      remarry.

      Proof of marriage must be furnished when applying for the scholarship.

      Dependent Children

      The University requires documentation to verify dependency status.

      Dependent Children Attending the University of Pittsburgh

      Scholarship eligibility continues as is available for dependent children of current employees

      who are currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh at the time of their parent's (the

      employee's) disability, retirement, or death.

      Scholarship eligibility for dependent children who are not enrolled in a program of study at

      the University of Pittsburgh requires that the parent (employee) must have been employed

      at the University on a regular full-time basis at the time of disability, retirement, or death

      for a period of no less than five years.

      Dependent Children Attending Other Institutions

      Dependent children of disabled, retired, or deceased eligible staff may continue to receive

      tuition scholarships as are available for current employees to attend any accredited college

      or university if they are already enrolled at the time of their parent's disability, retirement, or

      death.

      If not enrolled at that time, they are eligible to receive the scholarship only if the employee

      worked at the University in a regular full-time position for at least 10 years immediately

      prior to the disability, retirement, or death.

      The University has a scholarship program for dependent children of regular full-time staff

      hired prior to September 1, 1989, who receive an annual salary of at least $17,500. 

      Employees hired on or after September 1, 1989 must receive an annual salary of at least

      $40,000 to receive dependent tuition scholarships to colleges or universities other than

      the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition, the employee must have been hired by 9/1/94, or

      have accepted in writing an offer of employment by 9/1/94.

      Falk School Scholarships

      Scholarship eligibility continues as available for current employees for dependent children

      including employment service requirements.

      The terms of the scholarship are the same as those listed for dependent children attending

      the University of Pittsburgh.

      The amount of the scholarship is a percentage of the total tuition.

      General Terms and Conditions

      Employees who are on leave of absence without pay are not eligible for scholarship

      benefits.

      Scholarship benefits for staff members who are involuntarily separated (e.g., other than

      personal resignation or dismissal for disciplinary reasons) are retained for both the term

      in which the employee receives the final paycheck and the following term.

      Tuition benefits issued for a particular term remain in force for the entire term if the

      employee remains employed in an eligible status through the second calendar month of

      the term.  If a change to an ineligible status occurs prior to the end of the second calendar

      month of the term, the full benefit will be cancelled and the employee becomes

      responsible for the required tuition.  If the employee, spouse, or dependent child is also no

      longer attending classes, the applicable student resignation procedures must be followed. 

      See Procedure 09-05-08, Termination of Registration.

III.  REFERENCES

      Policy 07-11-01, Employee/Spouse/Dependent Scholarships for Staff

      Procedure 07-11-01, Employee/Spouse/Dependent Scholarships

      Policy 07-06-08, Domestic Partner Benefits

      Procedure 07-06-08, Domestic Partner Benefits

      Procedure 09-05-08, Termination of Registration