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Retirement Provider Meeting Schedule and Contact information can be found here
University support staff and unclassified employees who retire from PSU must submit a retirement letter to their supervisor. The letter is routed through the chain of command. The letter should be submitted as soon as the decision to retire is made. You should also make an appointment with HRS at least two (2) months before your retirement date to discuss benefits and payroll issues and complete paperwork.
For Human Resource Services purposes, eligibility to retire is based on the employee's retirement plan criteria - either KPERS, KP&F or Kansas Board of Regents Mandatory Retirement Plan.
For University recognition as a retiree in official publications and ceremonies, the following guidelines apply:
Resignation and Retirement Dates of Academic-Year Faculty
The following is a summary of benefits provided to employees who retire from Pittsburg State University. Click on the links for more information.
Health InsuranceEffective January 1, 2016, medical, prescription drug and dental insurance ends at midnight on your last day of employment. After you retire, you and your covered dependents can continue medical, dental and vision insurance in the State of Kansas health plan. If you or your covered dependents are under age 65, you can continue in COBRA, then transition to Direct Bill, or you can continue Direct Bill. If you or your covered dependents are age 65 and eligible for Medicare, you can only continue in a Direct Bill Medicare supplement plan. Information about COBRA and Direct Bill is available on the State Employee Health Plan site: http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/sehp/default.htm. Refer to the information for the appropriate plan year.
If you are age 65 when you retire and you continue in the Direct Bill program, you must have Medicare Parts A & B in effect when your active employee health insurance ends. You may also need to enroll in a Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug coverage). Contact Social Security at a local office or through www.ssa.gov for assistance with the enrollment process.
You will use the SEHP Membership Administration Portal (MAP) to complete the enrollment in Direct Bill. You will access MAP at https://sehp.member.hrissuite.com/. You will need to register with MAP. Your spouse will also need to register if you or your spouse are over age 65 and eligible for Medicare. SEHP Contacts List
SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas) may also be able to assist you with your questions about Medicare and other health insurance issues.
Flexible Spending Accounts - KanElectFlexible spending accounts (FSA) will continue through the end of the month of your last day at work. You will then have up to 90 days following the end of the plan year (end of the calendar year) to file claims that were incurred through the last day of the month of your last day at work. COBRA gives you the option of extending your FSA coverage period on an after-tax basis. You will receive information about COBRA from the COBRA administrator.
You can continue the employer-provided life insurance and optional group life insurance after you leave PSU by converting the coverage to an individual policy. You can also convert the coverage to a portable term life policy, if you are not absent due to sickness or injury on the day before your retirement date. A Conversion Request and Portability Election form will be provided to you by HRS and will include rate information.
Vacation LeaveUniversity support staff and unclassified employees who earn vacation leave are eligible to be paid for accumulated vacation leave to the maximum allowed when they leave PSU. Accumulated vacation leave is paid on your last paycheck.
Maximum Vacation Leave Payout for University Support Staff Employees
Maximum Vacation Leave Payout for Unclassified Employees
Discretionary DayUniversity support staff and unclassified employees eligible for the discretionary day must use the holiday on or before their last day at work. You will not be paid for this day if it is not used.
Longevity Bonus PaymentUniversity support staff employees must be in pay status on their length of service date to receive longevity bonus payment for the fiscal year. Employees should check this date with HRS to be sure they receive the bonus payment, if eligible.
Retirement Plan and Voluntary Tax Sheltered Annuity PlanReview the following information on withdrawing funds from your accounts:
Regents Mandatory Retirement Funds
Voluntary Tax Sheltered Annuity Funds
Plan With Ease - Retirement Plan Administration Service
Note that there has to be a Bona Fide separation of service to access mandatory retirement funds. Other rules control access to voluntary retirement funds. Click here for more information.
If you are eligible for a benefit from the Regents Mandatory Retirement Plan you should contact your provider for information on starting a retirement benefit. You may also want to read about the Kansas State Income Tax Exemption for 403(b) plans. If you are eligible for a retirement benefit from KPERS or KP&F contact HRS to complete your retirement benefit application form. You will need to bring your birth certificate and your joint annuitant's birth certificate if a joint option is selected. Proof of name change from birth name to current name will also need to be provided.
Faculty Space and SupportFaculty members may have office, lab space and secretarial support with approval by the Chair and Dean.
Tickets for University-Sponsored EventsRetirees receive two (2) complimentary tickets for University-sponsored events. Note that the value of complimentary tickets is a taxable fringe benefit and will affect your social security earnings for the calendar year.
Courtesy Parking HangerOne (1) courtesy parking hanger is available through the President's Office.
Full library privilegesRetirees have full privileges at the Axe Library.
Weede Recreation FacilityRetirees have use of the Weede recreation facility (pool and racquetball courts only) during hours set aside for staff use.
Student Recreation CenterSee the Student Recreation Center information on memberships for more information.
University BookstoreRetirees are included in "Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day" at University Bookstore.
Remember to talk to Social Security about retirement. See also the Social Security web site for more information.
Your official PSU email (email@example.com) account will be closed after your last day of employment. You can sign up for a free GusMail (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you can keep forever. To create a GusMail account go to the following page: http://www.pittstate.edu/office/gorilla-geeks/support/index.dot?id=104765
Mailing AddressRemember to notify HRS if you change your home address. The State of Kansas will mail your final year W-2 to the address we have on file unless you have opted for electronic W-2 access in the State Employee Self Service site (see below).
Time and LeaveComplete your GUS HR time cards, if needed by your last day at work. Hourly employees report hours worked and leave taken. Salaried employees report only leave taken. Please note that if you have not taken your Discretionary Day you may want to use it since you will not be reimbursed for it if you do not use it.
Electronic Fund TransferYour last paycheck will be electronically deposited into your account. You will need to keep your account open until your last paycheck is deposited.
Electronic W-2Electronic W-2 forms are available! Through the State of Kansas Employee Self Service Portal. This option will allow you to securely receive your W-2 electronically and save or print from you own computer. You must log on to the Employee Self Service portal and consent to receive this information electronically. Full instructions for choosing the electronic W-2 and additional information can be found here: http://www.pittstate.edu/office/hr/payroll-information/w-2-.dot
9 Pay 12 Salary Payment Option (9 Month Faculty Only)Unless you request otherwise your 9 Pay 12 monies will be paid on the designated payout date at the end of the spring semester. Requests for an earlier payout date must be submitted in writing.
Conversion Option (Fillable PDF)
Portability Option (Fillable PDF)