Bridging of Service Periods
The length of time a staff member or faculty member has been in active University service is a determinant of eligibility for:
- participation in the Tuition Benefits Program that provides tuition benefits for faculty and staff and/or their eligible dependents and
- the accrual rate of paid time off for staff.
A person's University service is the length of time, beginning with the date of hire, that the individual has been continuously employed by the University on a full-time basis or as a Limited Service Employee, including periods of authorized leaves of absence. University service ends with termination of employment.
Periods of University service may be joined together (or "bridged") under the following conditions with the corresponding results:
An individual with one or more years of regular full-time service terminates University employment and then returns to service in a regular full-time position within a period of ninety calendar days. Any benefits eligibility in effect at the time of termination is immediately reinstated.
An individual with one or more years of regular full-time service terminates University employment and then returns to service in a regular full-time position after more than ninety calendar days. Credit for periods of service prior to the termination will be given upon completion of one additional year of continuous service.
Persons should contact the Benefits Office in the Division of Human Resources to reestablish full service credit.
The bridging of service credit under this policy only affects a staff member's years of service for benefits specifically stated in this policy. Staff members affected by position discontinuation will have years of service counted from their last date of hire.
Service credit of faculty members who have had breaks in service is subject to review by the Provost's Staff Conference upon the recommendation of the appropriate dean.Computation of service for unionized staff members is governed by the terms of their respective collective bargaining agreements.