In addition to the fringe benefits described under payroll deductions, the University provides employees with the following benefits.
a. Employee Education
The University encourages career development and self-improvement. The faculty may be granted consideration for special scheduling by a Department Chair/School Director if pursuing doctoral study or other advanced education. Only full-time regular employees are eligible for time-off or adjusted teaching schedules to attend classes.
Course work may be taken on a tuition waiver basis at the University or any other West Virginia state college or university. The Registrar coordinates information about and processing of tuition waivers.
Before the semester in which classes are to be taken, the employee is required to provide the Department Chair/School Director a written request for schedule adjustment. The Chair/Director will then recommend approval or disapproval of the request to the appropriate College Dean. The Provost, in conjunction with the College Dean, provides the employee with a written statement of the decision.
b. Spouse or Dependent Tuition Waiver Program
Full-time faculty and staff may apply for a Shepherd University tuition waiver for a spouse or eligible dependent. The employee must have completed at least six calendar months of work prior to the beginning of the semester for which the waiver is requested. The spouse or dependent tuition waiver benefit, for those who qualify, covers tuition and enrollment fees. Other special fees (e.g., online, lab, course, graduation, etc.) will not be covered by the spouse or dependent tuition waiver benefit. Applications for Spouse and Dependent tuition waivers are due to the Human Resources Office by July 1 for fall waivers, by December 1 for spring waivers, and by May 1 for summer waivers. Policy | Application
c. Staff Development
Upon the recommendation of the Provost, the President approves certain courses as staff development opportunities. These courses are designed to enhance the job performance of University employees. The topics are suggested by both employees and supervisors.
These courses are offered each semester during the workday. A list of courses, times, and dates are published by the Provost each semester. Enrollment is administered through the Registrar’s Office as a component of the tuition waiver policy. Since these classes are available under tuition waiver, enrollment by employees is limited to one course.
The West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Fund protects employees against financial loss resulting from on-the-job injuries or death caused by certain work-related injuries. Workers’ Compensation pays claims involving medical, hospital and related bills; disability; loss of body members, such as an arm or leg; death; and dependent benefits. The University pays into Workers’ Compensation monthly for each employee.
e. Employment Security (Unemployment Compensation)
Employees are covered for unemployment compensation as prescribed by the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation and Employment Security.