Employee Benefits - The University of Tulsa

Employee Benefits

The following fringe benefit plans are available to full-time faculty, administrative/professional, and hourly staff at The University of Tulsa.

Flexible Medical Benefits Program

Benefits become effective the first day of the month following or coinciding with your employment date (provided the necessary enrollment forms have been submitted to Human Resources). You have a choice of four different medical options, a dental plan, as well as a flexible spending account.

Life Insurance

The university’s life insurance plan is carried with The Standard. The coverage is 150 percent of your regular annual salary. You have the option to purchase additional life insurance at 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 times your annual salary. You have the option to purchase life insurance coverage for your eligible dependents (spouse and/or dependent children).

Long Term Disability Insurance

The university’s total disability plan is carried with The Standard. The total disability insurance benefits (equal to approximately 60% of the covered monthly salary) begin on the first of the month following six months (or three months for hourly employees) of total disability and continue during such disability until age 65. The university pays the cost of this benefit.

Retirement Plan

The university’s retirement plan provides an employee to make voluntary pre-tax and after-tax contributions to the plan.

The plan’s investments are managed by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA), College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF).

Tuition Reduction

The tuition reduction discount offered by the university is 50% tuition discount during the first year of full-time employment and 100% tuition benefit after you have completed one year of continuous, full-time service. This benefit applies to you and your eligible dependents.

Tuition Exchange Program

Tuition Exchange is a reciprocal scholarship opportunity for the dependents of eligible faculty and staff at all 677+ individual member schools.

Vacation: Administrative/Professional & Hourly Employees

The vacation accrual period is the fiscal year, which begins July 1. Vacation accrued may be taken during the following fiscal year. Administrative/Professional employees accrue up to 20 days per year. Hourly employees who have been employed for less than 10 years accrue 10 days per year, employees who have been employed for 10-14 years accrue 15 days per year, and employees employed for more than 15 years accrue 20 days per year.

Sick Leave: Hourly Employees

Sick leave accumulates at the rate of one working day per calendar month. Sick leave rolls over each year and can be accumulated up to a maximum of 70 working days. Sick leave with pay may be taken only after the completion of three months of continuous full-time service.


The university provides holiday pay for 12 standard holidays, including: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, plus one Floating Holiday. The university also provides Non-standard Holidays (dates to be designated each year by the president).

Use of Campus Facilities

Gilcrease Museum: Employees will receive a complimentary membership to the Gilcrease Museum.
Health Center: Employees have access to a full-time physician for acute non-emergency medical conditions. Employees covered by TU’s BlueCross BlueShield medical plan may utilize the physician at no charge.
Collins Fitness Center: Employees receive a free membership to this state-of-the-art facility.
Library: Access to McFarlin Library.
Student Union: Employees have access to the bookstore, mail services, and various dining options.
Speech & Hearing Clinic: Employees and their eligible dependents are entitled to a 20% discount on services offered at the speech and hearing clinic. The discounted services may include speech, language and hearing evaluations; therapy in speech articulation, stuttering and voice disorders; lip reading and signing instruction; and training for the deaf.

On-Site Child Development Center

The center, which has received NAEYC accreditation, offers quality all-day care, private kindergarten, and before and after school programs. Located at 3rd and Evanston, the center is open to serve university students, faculty and staff, and the general public on a space-available basis. The center offers discounts to university students, faculty and staff.

Discounted Athletic Tickets

Each full-time employee is eligible to purchase four half-price tickets to TU athletic events subject to availability and the athletic ticket office policy.