Payroll and Employee Benifits

Retirement Status - Faculty/Professional Emeritus

Emeritus Status

Eligible Faculty/Professional Personnel who retire and meet both the age and years of service requirements may, at the discretion of the President and Board of Trustees, be awarded Emeritus Status. The age and years of service requirements for Faculty/Professional Personnel whose last date of hire:

  • precedes September 1, 1999, must be at least 50 years of age and have at least 15 years of continuous service, or be at least 60 years of age and have at least ten years of continuous service.
  • is on or after September 1, 1999, must be at least 50 years of age and have at least 15 years of continuous service.
  • is on or after July 1, 2009, must be at least 62 years of age and have at least 15 years of continuous service.

Emeritus Status entitles you to the following in addition to the Pension Plans:

Health Care Plan

Prior to age 65, if your last date of hire precedes September 1, 1999, you are entitled to continue your regular coverage provided you are enrolled in the Health Care Plan at the time of retirement and have been enrolled for at least one year (or pay the equivalent premium). If your last date of hire is on or after September 1, 1999, you are entitled to continue your regular coverage provided you have been enrolled in the Health Care Plan for at least 15 years and are enrolled at the time of retirement. At age 65, this coverage changes to Medicare Part A and Part B, Ball State University Medicare Carve-out, Prescription Drugs and optional Dental coverage.

Your spouse is entitled to continue the regular coverage prior to age 65. At age 65, this coverage is converted to Medicare Part A and Part B, Ball State University Medicare Carve-out, Prescription Drugs and optional Dental coverage. In the event of your death, your spouse may continue to participate in the appropriate Health Care Plan for life unless your spouse remarries; in which case, coverage terminates at the end of the month in which the marriage takes place.

Dependent children are entitled to continue regular coverage as long as they meet the definition of dependents as described in your Faculty and Professional Benefits Handbook, section: Health Care Plan, Membership. In the event of your death, coverage for dependent children will continue as long as they meet the definition of dependency. If your spouse remarries, coverage for the dependent children terminates at the same time that your spouse's coverage terminates.

The University continues to pay its share of the premiums (currently about 75% of the total of Medicare Carve-out and Medicare Part B); your share is payable  monthly through the University's billing system.

If you retire:

  • under age 65 and prior to July 1, 2012, your health care premium will be the same as that of active employees.
  • under age 62 on or after July 1, 2012, you will pay the active employee health care premium plus an added premium of 10% of the total health care premium until you reach age 62.
  • under age 62 on or after July 1, 2014, you will pay the active employee health care premium plus an added premium of 20% of the total health care premium until you reach age 62.
  • under age 62 on or after July 1, 2015, you will pay the active employee health care premium plus an added premium of 20% of the total healthcare premium until you reach age 65.


Life Insurance

Continuing Coverage

If you retire at or prior to Normal Retirement Date, the amount of coverage to which you are entitled at retirement is 50% of the amount in force immediately preceding retirement.

If you retire after Normal Retirement Date, the amount of coverage to which you are entitled is 50% of the amount in force on June 30 of the fiscal year in which you attain age 66.

The University continues to pay its share of the premium.  Your share of the premium is payable monthly through the University's billing system.

Other Benefits

Continuing Contract Professional Personnel, who qualify for Emeritus Status, and whose date of original employment precedes July 1, 1985 with no breaks in service, are eligible to receive pay for two-thirds of their accumulated unused sick leave - up to a maximum of 60 days.  This amount will be paid in a lump sum the month following their last date of employment.

Professional Personnel whose date of original hire is on or after July 1, 1985, are not eligible for this program.  Professional Personnel whose date of original hire precedes July 1, 1985, but who have not remained continuously employed with the University are not eligible for this program.

A permanent identification card is issued to you for use of the library, physical education facilities, applicable discounts at the Ball State Bookstore and certain other benefits normally available to actively employed Faculty/Professional Personnel.

In addition, Faculty/Professional Personnel whose last date of hire precedes January 1, 1997, are provided with a lifetime non-transferable complimentary pass allowing up to two tickets, upon request, for the following: Artist Series, Concert Series, Muncie Symphony Series, University Theatre Productions, home athletic events and other University sponsored events. Faculty/Professional Personnel, whose last date of hire is on or after January 1, 1997, are not eligible for the complimentary pass. 

Your dependents will remain eligible for the Tuition Remission Program.

A life-time tag for free surface parking (yellow lot) is available. See Parking Services for application.

You may attend faculty meetings and participate in commencement ceremonies.  

You may also maintain your Ball State e-mail account.