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The information in this summary is not a contract and is subject to change by the proper authorities.  It should be understood that explanations in this summary cannot alter, modify, or otherwise change the controlling legal documents or general statues in a way, nor can any right accrue by reason of any inclusion or omission of any statement in this summary.

Retirement Plans

New: UNC Retirement Plan Changes!

Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System (TSERS)
Retirement Plan Election Form for TSERS

  • Unreduced retirement benefit with: 30 years of service, regardless of age; age 60 with 25 years of service and age 65 with 10 years of service (if hired on or after August 1, 2011). 
  • Reduced retirement benefit at: Age 50 with 20 years of service, and age 60 with 10 years of service(if hired on or after August 1, 2011). 
  • Death benefit after one year of membership service is equivalent to one year of salary, but no less than 25,000 and no more than $50,000.
  • Employee contributes 6% (tax-sheltered).
  • Effective July 1, 2011, the employer contribution rate is 14.23%, which will be deposited as follows:  8.33% Retirement System Pension Fund, 5.30% Retirees' Health Plan Reserve, 0.44% Disability Income Plan, and 0.16% Death Benefit Trust Fund.  The employer contribution for Law Enforcement Officers includes an additional 5% toward the NC401(k) Plan.

UNC Optional Retirement Plan (ORP)
Retirement Plan Election Form

  • Carriers: Fidelity Investments, Lincoln National, TIAA-CREF and VALIC.
  • Option to TSERS for Faculty (Instructor and above) and Senior Academic and Administrative Officers.
  • Employee contributes 6% (tax-sheltered).
  • Effective July 1, 2011, the University contribution rate is 12.58%, with the breakdown as follows:  6.84% ORP Participant Account, 5.30% Retiree Health Plan Reserve, and 0.44% DIP.

Fidelity Investments
Katie Maxwell, Retirement Counselor
Phone: (919) 451-3047 or (866) 588-2619
Fax: (508) 460-5834

Lincoln Financial Group
Lydia R. Piersall, Retirement Consultant
Phone: (910) 609-3262

Tamara Johnson
Phone: (704) 988-1456

David Dries
Phone: (919) 401-3200
(910) 309-1603

Phased Retirement Program Policy / Procedures
Voluntary Supplemental Retirement Plans

NC 401(k) Plan and NC Deferred Compensation Plan (457)
Clay D. Thompson, Education and Enrollment Regional Manager
NC Supplemental Retirement Plans
Prudential Retirement
Phone: (704) 542-2839

Disability Income Plans

North Carolina Disability Income Plan

  • Available to permanent employees participating in either TSERS or ORP.
  • Short-Term Benefits after one year of contributing service.
  • Long-Term Benefits after five years of contributing service.
  • University pays full cost of coverage.

Liberty Mutual Voluntary Supplemental Group Disability Plan

  • Available to participants in TSERS.
  • Designed to provide coverage while ineligible for State Disability Plan and to supplement it when eligible.
  • Employee pays the full cost of coverage.

The Standard Group Supplemental Disability Plan

  • Available to participants in the ORP.
  • Employee pays the full cost of coverage.
Health Insurance
Group Dental Insurance

Assurant Employee Benefits
Assurant Dental Plan
Dental Enrollment Form

  • University sponsored; After-tax
  • High/Low Options available.
  • Dependent coverage available.
  • Employee pays full cost of coverage.

NC Flex Dental Plan

  • Statewide sponsored; Pre-tax premiums.
  • High/Low Options available.
  • Dependent coverage available.
  • Employee pays the full cost of coverage.
NC Flex Benefits

A Package of Pre-Taxed Benefits (Statewide Sponsored)

  • Health Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Vision Care Plan
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • NC Flex Dental Plan
  • Cancer Insurance
  • Voluntary Group Term Life Insurance

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Educational Programs
Voluntary Supplemental Insurance
  • Voluntary benefits through Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company and American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC).
  • Plans offered include Accident, Sickness, Cancer, Life, and more.

Phil Harrell, DSC
Phone: (910) 673-1724 (Office) or (910) 673-1581 (home)
Fax:  (910) 673-1729

Colonial Life
Kevin Miller, Benefits Representative
Phone: (910)257-6004 or 1-800-325-4368

  • University Holiday Schedule
  • Available to permanent employees who are regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more each week.
  • Twelve paid holidays a year.
  • OSP Policy: Holidays
Direct Deposit
  • Available to all permanent employees regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more each week.
  • Mandatory for all permanent full-time employees.
  • Direct Deposit Enrollment and Change Form
  • Mandatory Direct Deposit Notification Form

BB&T@Work is an employee benefits program provided by BB&T. Employees who enroll may be eligible for a variety of benefits and discounts on BB&T products and services. Click on the link below to visit the BB&T@Work website.

State Employees' Credit Union

North Carolina State Employees' Credit Union

  • Available to all permanent employees and their families.
  • Employee must establish a share account with a minimum deposit of $25.00.
Social Security
  • Employee and University each pay the same amount of taxes (based on employee's earnings) for social security and Medicare (Part A - Hospital Insurance) up to a maximum taxable amount established by federal law.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Member FDIC
Fayetteville State University has teamed up with Wells Fargo Bank to offer an exclusive package of money-saving benefits. FSU employees will enjoy discounts and special rates on a variety of valuable financial products and services.

Michelle Bullard
Vice President
Relationship Manager
200 Green Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone: (910) 678-2221
Fax: (910) 678-2204

Unemployment Compensation
  • All employees on the payroll are covered.
  • Employees must monetarily qualify, become unemployed through no fault of their own, and be able and available to work.
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.

Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. is a voluntary, optional benefit that offers employees a variety of legal services. Monthly membership fees can be conveniently deducted from the employee's paycheck on an after-tax basis.

Services include:

  • Preventive Legal Services
  • Motor Vehicle Legal Services
  • Trial Defense Services
  • IRS Audit Legal Services
  • Identity Theft Shield

For more information contact Ms. Jackie Carter, Independent Associate, at (910) 867-3755 or You may also visit Ms. Carter's webpage .


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The university offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through ComPsych which is designed to provide no cost, counseling services that help with professional and personal issues.  The highly trained Master's and Doctoral level clinicians listen to your concerns and offer quick referrals for in-person assistance.

Services available:

  • EAP
  • Confidential Assessments, Counseling and Referrals
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Fitness For Duty (Fee)
  • Guidance Resources Online
  • Training Opportunities
  • Work-Life Services
  • Legal Connect
  • FinancialConnect
  • FamilySource

For further information, visit ComPsych at
Call: 1.866.465.8933     TDD: 1.800.697.0353
Company Web ID; FSU

Effective Date 01/25/2013

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