- Who should I contact in Human Resources to ask questions?
- Under what circumstances would we be eligible for unemployment?
- How do we apply for Cobra? When should we apply for Cobra? How does AU's Cobra work?
- How long can one stay on Cobra?
- On what date do our benefits end? Will any provisions be made for faculty with 10+ years of experience to extend benefits?
- Is it possible to extend dental, legal, pet insurance, and other benefits not covered by COBRA? If yes, how does this work?
- Are there other benefits that term faculty are eligible for if they have been a full-time AU employee for 10 or 15 or 20 or 25 years?
Who should I contact in Human Resources to ask questions?
SPExS faculty can contact appointed faculty liaisons, Bev Peters and Max Rhinehart, to provide input on faculty matters. Faculty and staff may also contact realignFAQ@american.edu with any questions.
In Human Resources please contact the following for staff with questions.
- Health, welfare, and COBRA: Grace McKinnon email@example.com
- Retirement benefits: Joselino CruzPerez - firstname.lastname@example.org
- General HR questions: Barbara Young email@example.com
Under what circumstances would we be eligible for unemployment?
The university cannot make decisions about an individual’s eligibility for unemployment. Instead, eligibility decisions are made by the applicable department of unemployment services.
How do we apply for Cobra? When should we apply for Cobra? How does AU's Cobra work?
If you decide to not accept your transferred position with the university or if a transfer is not available, you will receive a COBRA notification from both Human Resources and our COBRA administrator, ConnectYourCare (CYC). Typically, you have 60 days from your date of separation to elect COBRA continuation coverage, however this period has been extended due to COVID-19. If you choose to continue medical, dental, or FSA coverage through COBRA, you will complete the enrollment through CYC. They will bill you monthly for the cost of the coverage, which is 102% of the total monthly cost for coverage. The medical, dental, and FSA benefits are the same as the benefits for active employees. COBRA Insurance Plan Monthly Rates may be found here.
How long can one stay on Cobra?
The COBRA coverage period for loss of a job is 18 months.
On what date do our benefits end? Will any provisions be made for faculty with 10+ years of experience to extend benefits?
The medical and dental benefits end on the last day of the month in which you separate from employment with the university. Tuition remission benefits end as of your separation date, though the tuition remission benefit will be pro-rated based on how much of the semester has been completed as of the separate date. Dependent education benefits will end as of the end of the academic year during which the separation takes place. Long-service employees maintain eligibility for tuition benefits and dependent benefits as discussed below. All other benefits end as of your date of separation.
Is it possible to extend dental, legal, pet insurance, and other benefits not covered by COBRA? If yes, how does this work?
Dental coverage is a COBRA benefit and can be continued for up to 18 months. The insurance benefit for pets can also be continued through Nationwide and you will need to contact Nationwide to set up direct billing. You can convert your life insurance to an individual policy. HR will provide contact information on applying for this coverage upon notification of your separation from the university. The legal coverage ends as of your date of termination. However, any legal services being provided as of the date of termination may continue until the matter concludes.
Are there other benefits that term faculty are eligible for if they have been a full-time AU employee for 10 or 15 or 20 or 25 years?
Full-time term faculty with 20 or more years of service (or where the combination of age and service is 80 years or more) will continue to be eligible for full tuition remission benefits as well as dependent education benefits after their separation date. Full-time term faculty who are over age 55 and hired before January 1, 1993 are eligible to receive a medical plan subsidy payment of up to $270 per month if medical coverage is continued upon retirement from the university.