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Leaving DePaul

​​​​Depending on the reason that an employee leaves DePaul (e.g., retirement, resignation or termination), there is the possibility of continuing options for the benefits that the employee elected or qualified for while employed at the university. Employees should review the benefits-related information below as soon as they know they will be leaving DePaul.

Additional information and support regarding resignation and termination is provided by the E​mployee Relations and Equal Opportunity Team.


Retirement

DePaul supports its retirees through the Retiree Medical Program as well as a variety of benefit options that are retained into retirement. Find details about Retiree Benefits here.


Voluntary (Resignation) and Involuntary Terminations

The following information provides benefit-related information for employees who leave DePaul whether the reason is voluntary or involuntary.  

Note: Employees will automatically receive a packet from HealthEquity/WageWorks concerning COBRA and additional benefits information via the U.S. Postal Service upon leaving the university.

Staff employees may receive their vacation payout the following pay period after their last day. It is the employee’s responsibility to make sure hours are entered into BlueSky prior to the last day. Questions concerning vacation payout can be directed to the Benefits Team at hrbenefits@depaul.edu or (312) 362-8500.

An employee’s health benefits may continue until the end of the month the employee has resigned. For example, if an employee’s last day worked is Feb. 7, benefits will end on Feb. 28. Contact the Benefits Team at hrbenefits@depaul.edu or (312) 362-8500 with questions.

An eligible employee and his/her eligible dependents who were participants in the health (medical, dental, vision) insurance plans may continue group health benefits under continuation coverage provisions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA) for up to 18 months following the employee’s termination date. Current COBRA rates are listed with the current year’s benefits enrollment information.

Employees will automatically receive a packet from HealthEquity/WageWorks concerning COBRA and additional benefits information via the U.S. Postal Service upon leaving the university.

Employees who are participants in the university’s 403(b) Retirement Plan may schedule a complimentary one-on-one meeting with representatives from Fidelity or TIAA to receive an explanation of benefit options regarding their 403(b) account. 

Contributions to a Health Care FSA will stop as of your last paycheck. Eligible Health Care FSA claims can be incurred through the end of the month in which you terminate. Under COBRA rules, you may choose to continue to participate in the health care FSA after separation. Contributions will be made on an after-tax basis. Additional information will be provided in the separate COBRA enrollment packet.

The dependent care flexible spending account ends your last day of employment and cannot be continued through COBRA. Although you cannot make any further contributions to the plan after your final paycheck, you may continue to submit the eligible expenses that were incurred prior to your last date of employment. You may also submit expenses you may incur during the remainder of the calendar year in which your employment ended, until you no longer have a balance in your dependent care flexible spending account. Expenses incurred after the end of the calendar year in which your employment ended are not eligible for reimbursement. 

Your coverage for life insurance ends at 5:00 p.m. on your last day of employment. However, you do have the option to convert or port your life insurance coverage. 

When you convert coverage, you switch to an individual insurance policy. When you port coverage, you switch to a group-like plan maintained by the insurance company. Evidence of Insurability is not required for conversion or porting.

You have 31 days from the date your group coverage terminates (your last day of employment) to apply for insurance conversion or porting with Lincoln Financial Insurance and pay your first premium. Please contact the Benefits Team at (312) 362-8500 or email hrbenefits@depaul.edu  as soon as possible if you would like conversion and/or portability paperwork sent to you.

The Long Term Disability coverage will end at 5:00 p.m. on your last day of employment. You have 31 days from the date your group coverage terminates (your last day of employment) to apply for insurance conversion with Lincoln Financial Insurance and pay your first premium. Please contact the Benefits Team at (312) 362-8500 or email hrbenefits@depaul.edu as soon as possible if you would like conversion paperwork.

Participation in the AD&D insurance plan ends at 5:00 p.m. on your last day of employment. You do not have the option to convert to an individual plan.

If you purchased homeowners or automobile insurance through payroll deduction, contact MetLife at (800) 438-6388 for information about paying your premium directly to the insurance company. 

Participation in the Transportation Program ends on your last day of employment. If you made contributions into a parking account and have a remaining balance at the time you leave the University, you can continue submitting claims through the end of the plan year in which you terminate. Contact HealthEquity/WageWorks at (877) 924-3967 for additional details.

Tuition waiver benefits for employees, their spouses/unrelated SDA, or the employees' dependent children cease upon the termination of employment. Employees who terminate employment or transfer into an ineligible employment classification prior to, or on, the last day to drop classes with no penalty (refer to the academic calendar), will not receive the tuition waiver for that term. This restriction also applies to eligible spouses/unrelated SDA and the employees' children receiving the tuition waiver. Employees who terminate employment or transfer into an ineligible employment classification after the last day to drop classes with no penalty (refer to the academic calendar), will receive the tuition waiver for that term. This provision also applies to eligible spouses/unrelated SDA and the employees' children receiving the tuition waiver.


If you have any specific benefits-related questions regarding leaving DePaul, contact the Benefits Team at (312) 362-8500 or hrbenefits@depaul.edu.