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South University provides a warm, supportive learning environment that will encourage you to join a community of faculty, staff and students eager to play a role in helping you achieve your professional goals, on campus and online.

The South University 120-year story—past, present, and future—is a history formed by the many individuals who have developed the education and spirit of community that have become our pledge to students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of South University. Whether you have been part of the University family for many years, have recently come our way, or are thinking about joining us, you will find South University to be a place you can call home.

What's next for you is the first priority for us!

South University allows eligible employees to participate in medical, dental and other supplemental benefits through University-sponsored plans. Our benefits currently include medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, a retirement plan, tuition assistance, paid time off, adoption assistance, an employee assistance program, and additional benefits.

Benefits + Perks

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• Two Anthem medical plans are offered to eligible full-time faculty and staff members with South University as of the first of the month following 30 days of service.

• Anthem offers a national network to accommodate all faculty and staff members across campuses.

• Our traditional copay plan allows faculty and staff members to pay for medical services and visits at a flat rate.

• Under the high deductible health plan, faculty and staff members pay as low as
$1.31 per pay for individual coverage.

• The high deductible health plan can be paired with a health savings account to cover any out of pocket costs with pretax savings.

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• Two Anthem dental plans are offered to eligible full-time faculty and staff members.

• Both plans cover preventative services at 100%, basic services at 80%, and major services at 50%.

• Both plans have a $25 in network deductible for non-preventative services.

• As opposed to the low dental plan, the high dental plan offers orthodontic coverage and a higher annual maximum.

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• One Anthem vision plan is offered.

• Exams are covered once every twelve months.

• Lenses or frames are covered once every twelve months.

• The plan has a $130 allowance and 20% off additional balance for the frames of your choice.

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• Faculty and staff members with South University are eligible to contribute to a 401k plan the first of the month following one month of service.

• The plan is administered through Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group.

• Contributions can be deducted on a post- tax or pre-tax basis depending on tax needs.

• Annual contribution limits comply with 401k IRS guidelines.

• Elections can be added, changed, or ended at any time during the plan year.

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Additional Benefits

• Full-time faculty and staff members are covered the first of the month following 30 days of employment with one times their annual salary in basic life insurance and short term disability coverage at 60% salary.

• Life Insurance and Disability benefits are through Unum.

• Short term disability and basic life premiums are covered in full by South University.

• Faculty and Staff have the ability to purchase additional life insurance for themselves, their spouses, and dependents.

• Long term disability may be purchased to cover a disability lasting more than 13 weeks.

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Flexible Spending Account

• Faculty and staff members with South University are eligible to elect an FSA or HSA account as of the first of the month following 30 days of service.

• FSA Plans are managed through Orchestrate HR, and HSA plans are managed through HealthEquity.

• Debit cards are issued to members, and reimbursement services are also available via the member portals.

• These reimbursement accounts can be used to pay for medical, dental, vision, and child or eldercare services on a pre-tax basis.

• Plans Offered include HSA, Full purpose FSA, Limited Purpose FSA, and Dependent Care FSA.

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Time Away

• South University observes twelve paid holidays each year. All full-time faculty and staff are eligible for holiday pay.

• South University provides Paid Time Off (PTO) for eligible staff and faculty, promoting healthy work-life balance.

• A PTO-eligible staff or faculty member’s time off allocation is determined by their years-of-service and level within the organization.

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Tuition Assistance

• The Tuition Assistance Program is a benefit that offers gratis participation in South University courses and programs.

• Full-time staff and faculty are welcome to participate in the Tuition Assistance Program after three months of service.

• Following one year of service, the immediate family of full-time staff and faculty members are welcome to participate, too.

• Participation is available in most of South University’s degree programs, up to and including doctoral programs.

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Wellness Program

• Faculty and staff currently enrolled in a medical plan are encouraged to participate in our annual wellness program through Intervent.

• Health assessments, screenings, and coaching are available at no additional cost.

• The program focuses on improving physical and mental health based on individual

• Successful completion of the wellness program allows staff and faculty members to enjoy savings on medical expenses.

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