506 Other Benefits

506.01 Tuition Remission and Reimbursement

Faculty who have been employed fulltime for at least the past six months are eligible to apply to enroll in courses under the University System's tuition remission/reimbursement program. Courses should be scheduled at times that do not conflict with one's other University commitments.

Courses must be job-related or form part of a university system career-related degree program.

For tuition remission, eligible employees may take up to three academic credit courses, per term, at Georgia State or any University System of Georgia ("USG") Institution. For tuition reimbursement, eligible employees may take up to three courses for credit at an in-state, regionally-accredited, degree-granting college or university; providing that the courses requested are not available at a USG institution within 70 miles of Georgia State; and contingent upon available institutional funding.

Application for remission or reimbursement must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the employee course registration period. Additional information and application materials are available from Human Resource Services.

506.02 Auditing Classes

Full-time employees may also audit classes (non-credit) without paying the usual tuition and fees, contingent upon approval by the course instructor, and as long as doing so does not conflict with one's other University commitments. For more information, contact the Registrar's Office.

506.03 Employee Development and Training

The Office of Strategic Support coordinates training and development opportunities for faculty and staff to enhance their abilities, skills and performance. Workshops include topics related to professional and personal development, supervisory skill development, and customized departmental training.

506.04 Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

Faculty and Staff Assistance (FASA) at Georgia State University is a confidential free service offered to any member of the faculty or staff and members of their households. FASA offers individual counseling and referral for problems ranging personal development, supervisory skill development, and customized departmental training.from work-related concerns to personal problems that affect everyday living. Services also include outreach to the university community by offering training on employee wellness topics such as stress management.

FASA provides short-term counseling, assessments and referrals at no cost. If an outside referral for specialized services is needed, FASA may be able to help identify sources of financial assistance. Contact FASA for additional information.

506.05 U.S. Savings Bonds

U.S. Savings Bonds are available for purchase through payroll deduction. For more information, brochures and enrollment forms, contact the Benefits Office.

506.06 Health Services

University Health Services (UHS) supports the changing health care needs of the university population by providing cost-effective, quality treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. UHS also seeks to increase student knowledge of wellness and to promote positive health behaviors and disease prevention.

To obtain services, Georgia State University faculty and staff must pay a quarterly health fee. This fee covers unlimited primary care office visits and consultations with UHS health care providers.

For more information, contact University Health Services.

506.07 Domestic Partner Policy

The Faculty Affairs Committee recommends that the University Senate and administration provide any benefits that do not require Board of Regents approval to domestic partners of faculty and staff on the same basis that they are provided to faculty and staff spouses.

Definition of Domestic Partnership
A couple is eligible for domestic partnership if:

  1. the couple have lived together for at least 6 months and have a close personal relationship,
  2. the couple are responsible for each other's welfare as evidenced by financial interdependence,
  3. neither member of the couple is legally married to, or in a domestic partnership relationship with, anyone else, and
  4. they are not related by blood.

Couples will register their domestic partnership at Georgia State University by attesting by affidavit that they meet each of these requirements. If a couple ceases to be eligible for domestic partnership, the university faculty or staff member will have an affirmative duty to inform the appropriate university agent of the change in circumstances.

(Approved by University Senate: 4/19/00; Amended by University Senate 10/5/00)