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Supporting Employee Families


    Comprehensive Core Benefits

    Core benefits include health, vision, dental/orthodontia insurance, prescription drug benefits, employee and dependent life insurance, and short and long-term disability coverage. For more information, please review the Benefits Overview website.


    Adoption Benefits

    An adoption assistance benefit is available as part of the University's benefit package. The benefit provides reimbursement for up to $5,000 of adoption-related expenses.


    Paid Parental Leave

    The Parental Leave Program allows eligible employees to take advantage of a total of 12 weeks of parental leave for a single event birth or adoption (single or multiple children). The university will pay for six weeks of parental leave at the employee's current salary rate. The other six weeks will be unpaid but can be covered by accrued vacation time and/or sick leave, if available and appropriate according to Ohio University guidelines.


    Lactation Spaces

    The University has designated lactation rooms on the Athens, Regional, and Extension Campuses for use by those who are breastfeeding, pumping, or chestfeeding. For a list of spaces, or for more information, please visit the Lactation Spaces website


    Flextime and Flexplace Arrangements

    The University recognizes the positive impact flexibility in the workplace has on recruitment, retention, morale, engagement, and productivity. Given the mutually beneficial impact to both employees and the institution, supervisors and department/planning unit heads are strongly encouraged to utilize flex agreements in accordance with guidelines whenever and wherever possible.


    Education Benefits for Employees and Dependents

    Ohio University is proud to provide access to educational benefits that support professional and educational goals of OHIO employees and their qualified dependents including their partner or spouse and children. For more information, please review the Education Benefits website


    Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

    Employees may enroll in both traditional flexible spending accounts for health-related costs as well as dependent care flexible spending accounts which can be used to pay for nursery school or day care for dependent children (under age 13) and in-home care for dependent adults. For more information, please visit the Flexible Spending website


    Employee Assistance and Work/Life Program

    Ohio University's Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  and Work/Life program is offered through Impact Behavioral Healthcare Services an AllOne Health Company. The EAP is available to all Ohio University employees and their family members and can provide helpful resources and information for a wide range of topics including financial wellbeing, eldercare, counseling, and much more.


    Other Family Friendly Resources

    The families of Ohio University faculty and staff have access to a wealth of additional resources within the University and in our surrounding communities including youth engagement programs such as Kids on Campus (available in the Athens, Alexander, Federal Hocking, Southern, and Trimble school districts) at Campus Recreation Youth Programs (at Ohio University - Athens), Kids in College (at Ohio University - Lancaster), and Medical Academy and PATHS2 Academy (at Ohio University - Dublin).