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Employee Benefits

Minot State University is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of 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 monthly premium for health insurance; however, deductibles and co-payments apply. This benefit is effective on the first day of the following month of the hiring date.

Eligible employees may select from two medical plans: NDPERS PPO and Basic Plan and NDPERS High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).

The PPO/Basic plan is the more traditional type of medical plan and includes predefined copays and in-network provider visits without referrals. A High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) includes the same benefits as a traditional plan but has higher out-of-pocket costs. As the name implies, the higher deductible results in lower premium costs and the savings are placed in a Health Savings Account for the employee. Additional information can be found at (Follow the “Active Members” link.) Select an image to review plans and compare costs. 


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As of January 1, 2019, OptumRx is Sanford Health Plan's pharmacy care services manager. OptumRx Pharmacy Services



MSU offers optional dental insurance through Delta Dental. Review plan highlights, plan coverage or locate a provider.

Delta Dental - 2018 Monthly Premiums
Employee $38.64
Employee & Spouse $74.58
Employee & Child(ren) $86.58
Family (employee, spouse, children) $123.30
  • Dental plan annual maximum benefit per person:  $1,000
  • Orthodontia lifetime maximum benefit per person:  $1,500
  • The deductible includes total expenditures per person for all basic and major treatment combined. 


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

Superior Vision - Monthly Premiums
Employee $6.64
Employee & Spouse $13.28
Employee & Child(ren) $12.10
Family (employee, spouse, children) $18.74

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is is a pre-tax deduction from an employee's salary to pay eligible health care and dependent care expenses. There are two types of FSAs:

  1. The Health Care FSA is used to pay for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses not paid by insurance or other source.

  2. The Dependent Care FSA is used to pay for eligible child or elder care expenses including daycare, before/after school care and summer day camp.

ASIFlex Presentation 

How to Enroll Online

Frequently Asked Questions [pdf]

FSA Debit Card Brochure [pdf]

ASIFlex Login


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MSU 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. Report a Potential Hazard   

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

Report an Incident.pdf

WSI Claim Filing/First Report of Injury

WSI Quick Reference Guide.pdf

Incident Reporting and Workers Compensation Policy.pdf


Designated Medical Provider (DMP)

Minot State University participates in the North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance Program and has selected Trinity Health as the designated medical provider for treating work-related injuries. In case of injury, MSU employees are required to seek treatment at Trinity Health unless they have previously informed the benefits office, in writing, of a different medical provider selection before any injury occurred. An employee may request to change providers after 30 days of treatment by the DMP.

Workforce Safety and Insurance may not pay for medical treatment by an undesignated provider. Emergency care is exempt from the designated medical provider requirement.

Designated Medical Provider Form.pdf

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MSU employees are provided with a basic life insurance plan and have the option to purchase supplemental life insurance at group discounted rates. The basic life insurance amount for all eligible active employees is $7,000.  

Supplemental life insurance may be purchased under the North Dakota State plan. View rates and coverage amounts.

Long-Term Disability Insurance

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.

Standard Plan


MSU employees participate in either the TIAA defined contribution plan or the NDPERS defined benefit plan based on their position classification. Both plans include employer and employee contributions.  In addition, employees may participate in supplemental retirement plans via payroll deduction.

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The total annual contribution to the NDPERS retirement plan is 15.26%.  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 Handbook.


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


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The plan for faculty and professional staff is a defined contribution plan (401a) through Teacher’s Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA). Sign up or review your benefits at

Getting a head start on your future...An Overview of the MSU TIAA Retirement Plan


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-broadband 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).)


Retirement Plan Resources


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is designed to help employees and their immediate families, who are experiencing life challenges, with assessment and counseling sessions on a confidential and professional basis at no cost to the employee. Access online resources at with the username "Minot State", or call 1-800-627-8220.

EAP Service Offerings:

  • Relationships (marriage counseling, family counseling, parent/child counseling, etc.)
  • Emotional health (stress, anxiety, depression, grief, etc.)
  • Drug and alcohol  (assessments, evaluation and prevention education) – this does not include treatment
  • Workplace issues (sexual harassment, dealing with difficult people, handling conflict, changes, job stress)
  • Crisis counseling  (talk to a counselor 24/7) 
  • Financial issues (budget counseling, debt management, retirement planning, financial coaching)
  • Legal issues family law (divorce, wills, custody) and civil law (housing, harassment, motor vehicle) 
  • Health & Wellness (educational programs)

Sessions per Household

The number of sessions available to a covered individual’s household is equal to the number of household members times (x) four (4). As an example, a household with five (5) members would have access to a maximum of 20 sessions (5 members x 4/member = 20 sessions) per 12-month period. Any number of those sessions can be used by any member of the household up to the total number. There is a minimum of 8 sessions per household. 

Employee Assistance Program Welcome Video

Quarterly Newsletter                         

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Leave Information

There are a number of leave options available to employees based on individual circumstances. Please see specific sections for detailed information.

Annual and Sick Leave

Full-time staff employees and twelve-month faculty may accumulate up to 30 working days or 240 hours of annual leave which shall be carried forward on January 1st of each year. Eligible employees must take at least 40 hours (or the equivalent on a prorated basis for part-time employees) of annual leave each year, except for the year during which they are hired. Any accumulation in excess of 30 days or 240 hours (or the equivalent on a prorated basis for part-time employees) on December 31st of each year shall be canceled.

Sick leave for full-time benefited staff employees accrues at a rate of twelve days per year. Sick leave for benefited part-time employees working twenty hours or more per week is granted on a prorated basis. Sick leave accumulation is unlimited.

Leave Type

Years of Service Days Accrued per Year
Sick All Years of Service 12
Annual 1-3 Years 12
  4-7 Years 15
  8-12 Years 18
  13-18 Years 21
  18+ Years 24

For a complete list of guidelines, please refer to human resources policies 6.0 Vacation Leave and 7.0 Sick Leave


Family Medical Leave

Family Medical Leave (FMLA) is available for eligible employees to use for qualifying reasons.  Please contact Human Resources and Payroll for further information. 



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 a 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.

Leave With Pay

Funeral Leave

MSU allows employees an approved absence from work for up to 24 working hours (prorated for less than full time employees) to attend or make arrangements for the death of an eligible family member.  

Family means husband, wife, son, daughter, father, mother, stepparents, brother, sister, grandparents, grandchildren, stepchildren, foster parents, foster children, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, and son-in-law.  The relation can be in the employee’s family or in the family of their spouse.

Jury Duty

An employee shall be allowed leave with pay for jury or other legal duty when subpoenaed for such service. Any compensation received for such duty may be retained by the employee.

Military Leave

An employee who is a member of the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserves shall be granted military leave annually in accordance with Sections 37-01-25 and 37-01-25.1 of the North Dakota Century Code which provides:

Leave Sharing

All employees accruing leave who are not in a temporary position or probationary status and have completed six months of service may participate in the leave sharing program. Donated leave is transferable between employees in different state entities. due to an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition, that is of an extraordinary or severe nature

Change in Work Schedule

Regular employees with a full-time equivalent (FTE) of greater than 0.75 may request a temporarily reduced work schedule to no less than 0.50. Reductions in an employee’s regular work-schedule must be for a period of at least 1 month. Duties for positions approved for voluntary reductions in hours are not eligible to be covered by

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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.

Employees may participate in wellness activities with release-time of up to three hours per week with supervisory approval.

Professional development including taking a class during business hours is considered wellness time.  

Please check your daily campus announcements email and the campus calendar on the Minot State University home page for additional events


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. MSU Tuition Waivers/Work Release Time Policy




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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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