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Employee Benefits

Minot State University is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our employees and their families. 

The University offers fully paid health insurance with a range of options for dental, vision, life insurance, disability, long-term care, employee wellness, retirement/pension, tuition waivers, professional development programs and much more.

Employee Benefits Summary 2018



MSU covers 100% of the premium for single or family health care coverage. Insurance is provided by the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS) and administered by Sanford Health.

Coverage begins on the first day of the month following your date of employment. Options for health coverage include the PPO/Basic Health Plan or the High-Deductible Health Plan with a Health Savings Account. Compare NDPERS out-of-pocket health costs for both plans.

MSU offers two optional dental insurance providers, Delta Dental and Total Dental. Review the list of participating dentists within the Delta Dental network and the coverage options under the PPO and Premier plans. The Premier plan offers comprehensive coverage, including orthodontia. Review the information about Total Dental who also offers comprehensive options, including out of network providers, but does not include orthodontia.

MSU offers optional vision insurance through Superior Vision. Review vision plan highlights or locate a provider.

Wage works link

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a pre-tax deduction from an employee's salary to pay for eligible health and dependent care expenses that are not covered by the insurance plan. 

Because of the tax benefits realized from participating in an FSA, the IRS places guidelines on how they are used. Generally, if there are funds remaining in your account at the end of the plan year, the funds are forfeited. This is called Use-It-or-Lose-It. 

However, the IRS does allow employers to offer one of two options to help you avoid forfeiting funds:

• 2½-Month Extension (also called a “grace period”)

• $500 Carryover (Health Care FSAs only)

» About Flexible Spending Accounts
» Frequently Asked Questions [pdf]
» FSA Debit Card Brochure [pdf]
» WageWorks FSA Login
» Forms

logo_my_wsi.jpgMSU recognizes that the health, safety, and well-being of its employees is of utmost importance. To this end, a high priority is placed on the prevention of accidents and occupationally incurred illnesses before they arise. Near_Miss_Report.pdf   

MSU employees are protected by North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance (WSI) against accidental injury or occupationally incurred illness in the performance of official duties.

Incident Reporting and Workers Compensation Policy.pdf


WSI Claim Filing/First Report of Injury

WSI Quick Reference Guide.pdf

Designated Medical Provider Form.pdf

Life Insurance
MSU employees are provided with a basic life insurance plan and have the option to purchase supplemental life insurance at group discounted rates. 

Long Term Disability
Employees receive long-term disability insurance as part of their benefits package. There are two options for long-term disability insurance based on the retirement plan the employee participates in, either TIAA or NDPERS.

At MSU, we are dedicated to helping employees plan for the future. We offer numerous tools and resources including seminars, live webinars, special events, mobile apps and individual/family consultations with our retirement consultant.  

There are two different retirement plans offered by MSU; one for faculty and professional staff and one for all other staff. In addition, supplemental retirement accounts are available for all employees.

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The plan for faculty and professional staff is a defined contribution plan (401a) through TIAA (Teacher’s Insurance and Annuity Association). Get to know your benefits at


TIAA Contribution Rates
by Years of Service
Less than two years 3.5% 7.5% 11%
Years 3 through 10 4.5% 12.5% 17%
More than ten years 5.0% 13.0% 18%
(Non-broadbanded executives and administrators, professors, and associate professors start at the rate for years 3 through 10. Years of service may include years with MSU, years with TIAA at a different institution, and previous years with the NDPERS defined benefit plan or the Teacher’s Fund for Retirement (TFFR).)


The plan for all other staff is a defined benefit plan through NDPERS. Participants in this plan contribute 3% of their salary and MSU contributes 12.26% (total of 15.26%) ) of an employee’s salary. Participants are fully vested after three years. This plan provides a pension upon retirement. For detailed information about this plan, please refer to the NDPERS Retirement Plan.

NDPERS Retirement - Defined Benefit Plan  
Employee Contribution 3.00%
MSU Contribution 12.26%
Total 15.26%

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The University's Employee Assistance Program, administered by The Village Business Institute, provides confidential, voluntary, in-person short-term assessment and counseling sessions for employees and families experiencing life challenges of any kind.

April 2018 Newsletter Equip Yourself with the Tools to Lead_Q2.pdf        

The State of North Dakota observes the following ten holidays:

Holiday 2018 2019
New Year's Day January 1 January 1
Martin Luther King Day January 15 January 21
President's Day February 19 February 18
Good Friday March 30 April 19
Memorial Day May 28 May 27
Independence Day July 4 July 4
Labor Day September 3 September 2
Veteran's Day November 12* November 11
Thanksgiving Day November 22 November 28
Christmas Eve December 24** December 24
Christmas Day December 25 December 25

* If such holiday falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be the holiday or if the holiday falls on Sunday, the Monday following shall be the holiday. NDUS HR Policy 19.2

** Institution offices must be closed at twelve noon on December 24, Christmas Eve Day, which is an office closure and not a holiday; however, if December 25, Christmas Day, falls on a Saturday, institution offices must be closed all day on the preceding Friday, which is then a holiday as indicated in Section 19.2. NDUS HR Policy 19.3.

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Employee Wellness
MSU is fully committed to fostering a community culture around the well-being of our employees.  The mission of our wellness program is to empower individuals to reach their full potential and enrich their quality of life by embracing the eight dimensions of wellness including: emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, and multicultural. Visit our Employee Wellness Site.



Educational Opportunities

MSU employees are eligible for a 100% tuition discount at MSU and a 50% tuition discount at other NDUS institutions. Spouses and dependents of MSU employees are eligible for a 50% tuition discount at MSU. All benefited employees may be allowed release time from their regular duties for the purpose of enrolling in one academic class per semester (up to a maximum of five hours per work week). MSU Tuition Waivers/Work Release Time Policy


MSU HR has partnered with Hoonuit (formerly Atomic Learning) to extend technology training and professional development opportunities to all MSU employees. Hoonuit (who-knew-it) is an online training and professional development platform with hundreds of bite-sized instructional modules on topics ranging from software & technology, data & analytics, teams & leadership, culture & communication, employee health and wellness.  

Log in with your NDUS ID and password.

logo_oracle.jpgEmployee Self Service
MSU's Campus Connection is your self-service portal for information when and where you need it. Update your information, view pay statements, review benefit selections or schedule time off. 

PeopleSoft Self-Service Manual [pdf]
» For assistance accessing your self-service account, please contact the ConnectND Help Desk at 1-866-457-6387.


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