2.12 Compensation

Compensation is a subject of agreement between the college [university] and a faculty member entering into or renewing a contract for faculty employment.

2.12.1 Salary

The compensation package proposed by the college [university] administration is normally reviewed on an annual basis by the Faculty Compensation [Welfare] Committee and presented by the committee to the Faculty Assembly for endorsement.

Among the factors receiving consideration in determining compensation, both at the time of initial appointment and in the annual determination of salary increases, are current market conditions, the characteristics of individual faculty members, and any inequities that may have arisen.

  1. The salary of faculty members at the time of initial appointment is determined by the provost in consultation with the divisional dean and department chair [and/or the dean of the School of Theology]. This offer is to be approved by the president.
  2. Compensation for faculty members holding term contracts, whether full time or part time (as described in Sections 2.1.3 and 2.1.4), is determined by the type of contract and the factors mentioned above.  The salaries and benefits of term-contract faculty will be adjusted commensurate with that of ranked faculty on an annual basis.
  3. Faculty members receive an increase in salary with promotion in rank.
  4. The provost is responsible for recommending individual faculty compensation according to the compensation package formula approved each year by the Faculty Assembly in accord with the annual budget as approved by the Board of Trustees [Board of Regents and The Chapter of the corporation].
  5. The provost makes individual inequity adjustments upon the review of recommendations of the Faculty Compensation [Welfare] Committee.
  6. An individual faculty member may appeal to the provost to request an adjustment in salary. If unsatisfied with the provost’s response, he or she may appeal to the president.
  7. In order to establish a fair system of salary based on principles of equity, the administration and the faculty in collaboration will establish criteria for the selection of other institutions of higher learning for the purpose of comparing the salary packages afforded by such other institutions with that proposed by the college [university].
2.12.2 Employment Benefits

The program of employment benefits for the faculty has been mutually developed by the faculty and the administration and is an essential part of overall compensation.

Descriptions of the benefits listed below are available in the Human Resources Office at both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Governmentally-Mandated Benefits

Members of the faculty participate in the following governmental programs, which are not subject to negotiation:

  1. Social Security
  2. Workers’ Compensation Insurance
  3. Unemployment Compensation Insurance
  4. FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) Other Employment Benefits

Members of the faculty whose contracts are for greater than three-sixths time also receive other benefits attached to employment:

  1. group health insurance
  2. group dental insurance
  3. group life insurance
  4. group long-term disability insurance
  5. sick leave
  6. parental leave
  7. tuition reduction/remission for faculty members, spouses, and their children
  8. employee assistance program
  9. flexible spending accounts
  10. retirement program
  11. supplemental retirement annuities
  12. use of facilities
  13. admission to campus events
  14. discount on meals Changes in Employment Benefits

Changes in employment benefits for faculty will generally be mutually agreed upon by the Joint Faculty Assembly and the administration, before being submitted to the Boards as part of the annual budget. In the spring semester (April-May), the provost will communicate to the Faculty Compensation Committee any likely or potential area of fringe benefits change. Consideration of faculty fringe benefits changes will be led by the Faculty Compensation Committee in collaboration with the provost and completed by November 30, before being submitted to the Boards as part of the annual budget.

When an agreement cannot be reached in time for the budget cycle (March), the administration and Joint Benefits Committee may agree to an interim solution for one year only and continue consultations for the next budget cycle.

Should the Joint Faculty Assembly and the administration be unable to agree by January 20 on a change in faculty benefits or an interim solution for one year, then an impasse is automatically declared. The following collaborative process will be followed.

  1. One or both of the presidents (or the provost, in their absence and at their direction) will convene a meeting(s) with the Joint Benefits Committee, the vice-president/s for finance, the director of Human Resources, and the officers of the Joint Faculty Assembly to discuss strategies to end the impasse and/or make changes in the proposed benefit change to reach a mutually acceptable proposal for action by the Boards.
  2. If, by February 20, an acceptable agreement is not reached through the efforts of the convened meeting(s), the president/s may report the disagreement to the Board/s or the Coordinate Finance Committee for its guidance in the matter from the perspective of the Board's governance prerogatives.

The benefit revision process will be concluded by the definitive action of the Boards or of a delegated subcommittee of the Boards at the direction of the Boards. Note on Members of Religious Orders

Faculty members who are also members of Saint Benedict's Monastery, of Saint John's Abbey, or of other religious orders do not receive most of the employment benefits listed in As agents of their communities, they are technically not employees of the college [university]. Their religious communities receive cash payments in place of such benefits.

2.12.3 Status and Privileges of Retired Faculty Members

The college [university] is committed to promoting close ties with its retired faculty members. As a result the following assistance and privileges are available to those who have retired from the faculty:

  1. The college [university] will provide meeting facilities for former faculty members who may wish to gather as a group and will, to the extent financially feasible, facilitate communication among them.
  2. Upon retirement, a faculty member will have available a college [university] identification card which provides access to recreational and athletic facilities, the library, bookstore, campus parking, and campus cultural, athletic, and educational events. Retired faculty members will be subject to the same policies, restrictions, and fees applicable to current full-time faculty.
  3. A retired faculty member may take any course at the college [university] tuition free. (See the policy on tuition reduction/remission for details on eligibility of spouses and children of retired faculty members.)
  4. Provided that retired faculty members keep their current addresses on file, the Office of Public Relations will assure that notices of major campus activities are sent to them.
  5. Retired faculty members may attend the meetings and other activities of their former departments. However, only those who have active faculty status by current appointment may vote in these meetings.
  6. Retired faculty members may participate in commencement exercises in appropriate academic dress if they so wish.
  7. Retired Emerita/us faculty members may make use of the services of the departmental secretary on a low-priority basis.