Health at SMU

Other Benefits Programs

SMU provides a comprehensive array of other benefits programs designed to meet the individual needs of SMU employees and their eligible family members. This includes COBRA, employee assistance, leaves of absence, the Family Medical Leave Act, unemployment compensation, and workers' compensation.


This section provides information on the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA). This allows for continued coverage for a certain period if an employee, spouse or domestic partner, or dependent child loses group Medical, Dental, or Vision coverage due to a qualifying life event.

Employee Assistance Program

This section provides information on SMU's Employee Assistance Program. Administered through Magellan Health Services, EAP is designed to provide confidential counseling and referral services for all full-time and part-time faculty/staff members and their eligible dependents. SMU pays the full cost of providing the EAP and no employee contributions are required for this program.

Leave of Absence and FMLA

This section explains the variety of leaves SMU offers to support employees with their life needs including adoption leave, extended leave (unpaid), maternity leave, military and civil leave, paid medical leave, and qualifying exigency leave. In addition, the Family and Medical Leave Act grants eligible employees the right to take 12 work weeks of job-protected leave over a rolling 12-month period for the qualified reasons.  

Tuition Benefits

Southern Methodist University offers tuition benefits to regular, full-time faculty and staff, their spouse/domestic partner, and their dependents.

Unemployment Compensation

This section provides information on SMU's Unemployment Compensation Plan. Should an employee be terminated, they may qualify for weekly Unemployment Compensation payments while they look for a new job. 

Workers' Compensation

This section provides information on SMU's Workers’ Compensation Insurance to protect faculty, staff and students who are injured while working for SMU.