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Academic and Administrative Faculty Benefits

The university provides academic and administrative faculty with benefits to meet their needs and the needs of their families at every stage of employment.

Academic faculty fall under “A” (12 month) and “B” (9 month) contracts. Administrative faculty benefits fall under a 12 month contract.

Health Benefits

Health coverage for academic faculty begins on the first day of the month concurrent with, or following, the effective date of your date of hire. If your position begins after the first day of the month, your coverage will not begin until the first day of the following month.

Family and dependents are eligible to be added to the plan at the same time an employee elects coverage. For additional eligibility guidelines, review the overview section.

Family and Dependent Eligibility Overview

Coverage ends the last day of the month in which your employment ends.

Voluntary Benefits

Benefits-eligible employees can elect to participate in voluntary benefit programs. Enrollment with Public Employee Benefits Program (PEBP) health insurance is not required to enroll in any of these products.

Voluntary Benefits Overview

Medicare Plans

Individuals become eligible for Medicare coverage when they turn 65. Enrollment is not required if enrolled in a group medical plan with the Public Employee Benefits Program (PEBP).

Medicare and PEBP Coverage Overview

Additional Resources

Medical Plan Options

There are three medical plan options for you to choose from so you can find coverage that meets your needs.

Medical Plan Options


Statewide CDHP-PPO

Low Deductible PPO


Find a Provider

United Medical Resources (UMR) Sierra Health-Care Options

United Medical Resources (UMR) Sierra Health-Care Options

Medical - My HPN State of Nevada


$1,500 / $3,500

$0.00 / $0.00

$100 / $200 (Only applicable to Tier 4 Specialty Prescriptions)

(Individual deductible within family plan)



$100 (Only applicable to Tier 4 Specialty Prescriptions)

Out of pocket max

$4,000 / $8,000

$4,000 / $8,000

$5,000 / $10,000

(Individual out of pocket max within family plan)








Primary care visit

20% after deductible



Specialist visit

20% after deductible



Emergency room visit

20% after deductible



Urgent care visit

20% after deductible



Inpatient hospital

20% after deductible

20% after deductible


Outpatient surgery

20% after deductible



Monthly Premium Rates

Plan Type

Statewide CDHP-PPO

Low Deductible PPO


Employee Only




Employee + Spouse




Employee + Child(ren)




Employee + Family




Prescription Benefits

Prescription benefits differ based on the medical plan you choose. The Statewide CDHP - PPO and Low Deductible PPO plan use Express Scripts and the HMO plan uses OPTUM Rx to manage prescription benefits.

Prescription Benefit Overview

Vision Benefits

Vision benefits, copays, and coverages differ based on the health plan that you choose. Most plans cover all or part of the cost of prescription eyeglasses or contacts on a bi-yearly basis.

Vision Benefit Overview

Dental Benefits

Dental coverages are the same for all three medical care plans. Coinsurance rates differ based on whether your provider is in-network or out-of-network.

Dental Benefit Overview

Health Savings Accounts & Health Reimbursement Arrangements

If you select the PPO - Consumer Driven Health Plan, you may choose a health savings account or a health reimbursement account to assist you in overing medical bills.

Health Savings Accounts & Health Reimbursement Arrangement Overview

Time Off and Leave

Annual Leave

Academic and administrative faculty on a full-time 12-month appointment (“A” contract) earn two days of annual (vacation) leave per month, totaling 24 days per year.

  • “A” contract faculty with a full-time equivalent (FTE) less than 100% FTE earn annual leave on a prorated basis Academic faculty on an academic year (“B” contract) appointment do not earn annual leave
  • Academic and administrative faculty may request leave in a minimum of half-day (four-hour) increments. Leave must be requested in Workday and approved in advance by the employee's supervisor.

Sick Leave

All full-time academic and administrative faculty employees (both A and B contracts) receive 30 days of sick leave on the first day of employment. After the first year of employment, two days of sick leave per month are accrued. A maximum of 96 days of sick leave can be carried forward from one fiscal year to the next.

“A” and “B” contract faculty with a full-time equivalent (FTE) less than 100% FTE earn sick leave on a prorated basis.

Sick leave is paid time off and may be used for:

  • Personal illness
    • Care of family members with illness, injury, medical, optometry, or dental appointments (up to 15 days of sick leave per year)
    • Death of an immediate family member within the third degree of consanguinity (up to 10 days per year)
Extended Sick Leave

The university offers extended paid sick leave (granted by the university president) for academic and administrative faculty members who have exhausted their sick leave and are unable to return to work.

Requesting Sick Leave

Academic and administrative faculty members may request leave in minimum of half-day (four-hour) increments. Time off requests are submitted through Workday. The “managing time off” job aid is available for those who need instructions.

Sick Leave Payout at Separation

Academic and administrative faculty are not eligible to receive payout of unused sick leave. Sick leave is forfeited.


The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a University of Nevada, Las Vegas sponsored program. The EAP is managed by ComPsych. The program provides all employees with assistance to address personal everyday challenges and obtain resources and information needed to support positive change and improve your well-being.

The program provides:

  • Emotional support for issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, greif, loss, and life
  • Qualified referrals and resources for finding child and elder care, hiring movers, home repair contractors, planning events and locating pet care
  • Legal guidance and resources for divorce, adoption, family law, wills, trusts, and more
  • Financial experts who can assist with retirement planning, taxes, relocation, mortgages, insurance, budgeting, debt, and bankruptcy
  • Online information tools and support such as podcasts, articles, videos, slideshows
  • On-demand training

The faculty/staff wellness webpage also provides on-campus resources based on the Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Tuition Assistance and Professional Development

Grant-in-Aid Program

The university offers a Grant-in-Aid program to academic and administrative faculty and their family members (spouses and financial dependents under the age of 24) with tuition assistance.

Learning & Development

A variety of personal and professional development opportunities are available to develop and enhance our workforce including:

These programs are available from our Learning & Development unit.


All university employees are required to participate in a mandatory retirement plan in lieu of Social Security. UNLV academic faculty and administrative/professional employees working at least half-time must participate in the Nevada System of Higher Education Retirement Plan Alternative (NSHE RPA) unless they are already members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada (NVPERS) when they are hired at the university:

  • Employees contribute 15.50% of their gross salary to the 401(a) mandatory defined contribution plan
  • The university contributes an additional 15.50%

Individual contributions are automatically deducted from your paycheck on a tax deferred basis and sent to the RPA plan’s record keeper, TIAA-CREF. You may access your account on the TIAA website.

Voluntary Retirement Plans


If you have any questions about your benefits, please contact your HR business team representative.