Human Resources and Payroll



Disability Insurance


Disability insurance protects your income and your standard of living should you become unable to work. Disability coverage at Mason depends on which retirement plan you are enrolled in.


Virginia Retirement System


Most Faculty and classified staff who are participating in the Virginia Retirement System(VRS) are automatically enrolled in the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP). Among other components, VSDP includes short-term and long-term disability administered by Reed Group. Mason pays the entire premium.

After one year of employment, Faculty and classified staff will be eligible for a 60% benefit for the first 5 years. After you have satisfied the waiting period, short-term disability benefits are payable during periods of total disability, partial disability, maternity leave, or periodic absences due to a major chronic condition, as determined by the VSDP administrator. Short-term disability benefits provide an income replacement for a maximum of 125 workdays. You become eligible for long-term disability payments after you satisfy a 180 calendar-day (26 weeks) waiting period, following the commencement of your disability. Long-term disability benefits provide you with an income replacement of 60% of your compensation and are payable during periods of total or partial disability.

Faculty and classified staff may use leave to continue receiving pay during 7 calendar day waiting period.

Please visit the Virginia Retirement System website for more information.


Optional Retirement Plan


Faculty who elected the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) are automatically enrolled in a long-term disability plan through the Standard. After a 180 day waiting period, this benefit replaces 50% of your income up to a maximum of $6,000 per month. Mason pays the entire premium. Faculty may use leave to continue receiving pay during the waiting period.

This benefit went into effect July 1, 2017. Policy information will be available soon; until, then please review our Standard LTD FAQs .