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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 family 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.



MSU covers 100% of the monthly premium for individual or family coverage. This benefit is effective on the first day of the month following 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. The higher deductible results in lower premium costs for the university and is placed in a Health Savings Account for the employee. Additional information can be found at  

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

Delta Dental - Monthly Premiums
Delta Dental - Monthly Premiums
Employee $41.00
Employee & Spouse $79.12
Employee & Child(ren) $91.86
Family (employee, spouse, children) $130.82
  • 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. 

EMI Health Dental

When it comes to the dental insurance to fit your needs, EMI Health has got you covered with more than 20 years’ experience. EMI Health offers a variety of dental options that can be customized and personalized to the needs of individual, associations and groups, ranging from traditional dental plans that allow you to see any dentist you like, to plans that offer unlimited coverage. We realize different companies have difference needs, so we’re here to make sure our products give you the greatest benefit for a price point that doesn't’t hurt your wallet.


2023 EMI Elite Choice
Renewal Monthly Rates

Employee Only


Employee + 1 Dependent


Employee + 2 or More Dependents


The Advantages of our Elite Choice PPO Dental Plan:

  • No Deductible In Network
  • No Waiting Periods In network
  • $2,000 Annual Benefit Maximum per enrollee
  • Affordable monthly Premiums
  • Large statewide PPO network

To Enroll please fill out this form

Vision Superior Vision

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

Superior Vision - Monthly Premiums
Superior Vision - Monthly Premiums
Employee $5.03
Employee & Spouse $10.06
Employee & Child(ren) $9.16
Family (employee, spouse, children) $14.19

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) 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 another 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 Portal Login

Online Enrollment

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligible Expense List

FSA Debit Card Brochure


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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

WSI Claim Filing/First Report of Injury

WSI Quick Reference Guide

Incident Reporting and Workers' Compensation Policy

Designated Medical Provider (DMP)

MSU 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, via the Designated Medical Provider Form, of a different medical provider selection prior to an incurred injury. 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.

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Eligible MSU employees are provided with a basic life insurance plan of $12,000 with an option to purchase additional insurance, in $5,000 increments, up to $600,000. Group discount rates are also available for spouse and dependent coverage. 

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.  Employees may also participate in a tax-deferred annuity 403(b) and/or 457 supplemental retirement plans, via a 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

Retirement Info
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, 401(a), through the Teacher’s Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA). Sign up or review your benefits at North Dakota University System.

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

NDPERS 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan

NDPERS 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (Supplemental)

TIAA Retirement Plans
Financial Planning Tools and Calculators


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 password "VillageEAP" (case sensitive), 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

Village EAP Newsletters

Employee Leave Information

There are numerous leave options available to faculty and staff employees based on individual circumstances. Please refer to your employee handbook 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/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 Act (FMLA)

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that health benefits be maintained during the leave. FMLA applies to any of the following reasons:

  • For the birth and care of the newborn child of an employee;
  • For placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care;
  • To care for an immediate family member (i.e., spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or
  • To take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.

Military caregiver leave (covered under FMLA) allows an eligible employee who is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or “next of kin” of a covered veteran with a serious injury or illness to take up to a total of 26 workweeks of unpaid leave during a “single 12-month period” to provide care for the veteran. 

Employee's Guide to FMLA

Employee's Guide to Military FMLA

Employee Rights and Responsibilities

For additional information, please contact the Payroll/Benefits Office.


The State of North Dakota observes the following ten holidays:

Holiday 2023 2024
New Year's Day January 1 January 1
Martin Luther King Day January 16 January 15
President's Day February 20 February 19
Good Friday April 7 March 29
Memorial Day May 29 May 27
Independence Day July 4 July 4
Labor Day September 4 September 2
Veteran's Day November 11 November 11
Thanksgiving Day November 23 November 28
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 duties 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 temporary reduction in 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 other regular or temporary employees from University funds.

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Employee Wellness

MSU is committed to nurturing a culture of employee health and well-being. The mission of the MSU wellness program is to empower individuals to reach their full potential and enrich their quality of life via eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, and multicultural. Visit the Employee Wellness Site for more information.

MY MSU Wellness-Time 

MSU eligible 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.  


The NDPERS Dakota Wellness Program $250 Benefit is available to all eligible members and their covered spouses participating in the NDPERS group health insurance plan. This benefit is taxable as established by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

Events & Activities

A daily email with campus events and activities is sent to employees each morning. Employees and family members can plan ahead with the MSU Events Calendar


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. Benefited employees may be awarded release time from their regular duties for the purpose of enrolling in one academic class per semester. MSU Tuition Waivers/Work Release Time Policy

Employee Training
The Office of Communications and Public Information serves as the central listing hub for training programs and events taking place on and off campus. Faculty and staff receive a daily email with the upcoming schedule. Requests for training may be forwarded to the HR Office



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.

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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.