Benefits for University Support Staff

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Wichita State University is a state regent university offering competitive wages, excellent benefits, and valuable training and development programs.  A summary of the benefits offered to benefits-eligible USS employees are listed below.

Paid Time-Off Benefits
Vacation Leave (yr. 0-5)       12 days/year (earned at 3.7 hours per bi-weekly pay period)
Vacation Leave (yr. 5-10)     18 days/year (earned at 5.5 hours per bi-weekly pay period)
Vacation Leave (yr. 10+)      22 days/year (earned at 6.7 hours per bi-weekly pay period)
Sick Leave                         12 days/year (earned at 3.7 hours per bi-weekly pay period)
Holidays                              8 days standard 
Discretionary Day                As approved each year by the governor
Funeral Leave                      Up to 6 days

Health Insurance
WSU offers several health insurance options through the State Employee Health Plan.  All options are PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plans.  Details on these plans can be found at

Dental Insurance
WSU offers a dental plan option, which is linked to health insurance enrollment.  The plan is insured through Delta Dental of Kansas as part of the State Employee Health Plan. 

Vision Insurance
Voluntary insurance for lenses, contacts and frames is available through Superior Vision as part of the State Employee Health Plan.   There are two tiers of coverage available, depending on vision needs.

Life Insurance
Basic life insurance is provided in the amount of 150% of the employee’s annual base salary.   Supplemental life insurance is available for employee purchase.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Section 125 Plans are available for employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for certain medical related expenses and/or dependent care expenses (including health/dental/vision premium amounts).

Retirement Benefits
USS employees are covered by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).   Participation begins immediately upon employment and is mandatory.   The KPERS retirement plan is a defined benefit plan.   There are different tiers of participation depending on an employee’s membership date with KPERS and vesting status.  More information about KPERS can be found at http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=humanresources2&p=/benefits/retirement/

Supplemental retirement options are available for employee’s to make additional deferrals (no employer matching contributions).

Long-Term Disability
Long-term disability insurance is provided at no cost to employees.   This coverage provides 60% income replacement to employees with a qualifying disability after a 180 day waiting period.

Long-Term Care
ACSIA – http://www.kansasltc.com/ (click the “State of Kansas Employees” button)

Cancer, Personal & Accident Insurance
Aflac – Brian Teichmann, Agent  or call 800-992-3522

Tuition Assistance
There are two tuition assistance programs offered by the University.   Please visit the Human Resources Tuition Assistance website for specific information on these programs.

Training and Development
Numerous opportunities for training and development are provided to faculty and staff.  Please visit our webpage for specific training and development opportunities.
Training and Development

Reviewed: 09/06/2016 KC/MT