Skip to content
Be seen. Be heard.

Office of Human Resources

Final Opportunity - Staff Voluntary Separation Incentive Program

In order to achieve budgetary objectives for the 17-19 biennium, MSU is offering a limited-time Staff Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (SVSIP) to eligible employees. These objectives include:

  • Reducing salary, wage and benefit costs to prepare for the expected 80% budget.
  • Redirecting the allocation and appointment of positions at the University to maximize the University’s ability to fulfill its mission on a continuing basis in the future.
  • To the extent possible, and in the context of the long-term fulfillment of the University’s mission, minimize the scope and number of involuntary terminations.

The Program provides eligible staff members with incentive compensation based on their annual base salary and completed years of service if they choose to separate from employment at MSU under the conditions of the program.

All employees who meet minimum eligibility requirements as of April 3, 2017, are invited to apply. Participation is voluntary for both MSU and the eligible employee. Employees are not guaranteed participation in the plan, and the decision to approve an applicant is entirely at the discretion of MSU. The decision of whether to approve an application will depend on the potential impact separations will have on the applicant’s specific department. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a benefited employee in an eligible job family;
  • Meet the Rule of 70: Sum of employee’s age + total years of benefited employment at MSU and/or in the North Dakota University System (NDUS); and,
  • Meet eligibility requirements as of April 3, 2017.

In exchange for their separation from employment at MSU, eligible, approved applicants will receive a payment of up to one week of annual base salary for each completed year of service not to exceed 50% of their annual base salary, less all required federal and state taxes and deductions as required by law. Staff participating in the SVSIP cannot be rehired or compensated in any capacity by MSU for one year from the date of separation except by approval of the President.
SVSIP is intended as a tool to help meet current funding challenges. It is not an employee benefit and will not be considered compensation for purposes of a retirement employer contribution.

Staff who would like additional information, can also contact Marc Wachtfogel, Director of Human Resources, at:

Applications may be submitted through 4:30 p.m. CDT on April 3, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.