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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 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 hire 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 is 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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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
» Forms

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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. 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

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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. 

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.



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


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).)




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
uponretirement. 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%

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)

Session 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.


Monthly Newsletter                           

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 The Village EAP Introduction Presentation




For all MSU leave programs, please refer to the Handbook.

Vacation and Sick Leave

Benefit eligible employees accrue sick and annual leave as follows:

Leave Type Years of Service Days Accrued per Year
Sick All Years of Service 12
Vacation 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


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.

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




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.


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