Disability Insurance


Full and part-time benefit-eligible faculty and staff

Plan Administrator

University of Delaware through MetLife for faculty and exempt staff.

Office of Pensions for State Employees’ Pension Plan Participants

Who Can Use this Benefit

Benefit eligible faculty and staff



Benefit as a Percent of Salary*

Standard Option 60% of Covered Monthly Salary
High Option 66 2/3% of Covered Monthly Salary
*The percentage of salary is the most that can be received from all sources, including social security and other employer-sponsored disability benefits.


Standard Option: There is no cost to the employee.

High Option:  The employee pays the difference between the University's contribution for the standard option and the cost of the high option.


Individuals should advise their supervisors if unable to work due to illness or injury and provide medical certification of their disabling condition. Please contact Human Resources by email, hrhelp@udel.edu, or by phone, 302-831-2171, to coordinate the necessary paperwork required by the carrier.

Through a long-term disability insurance plan, the University provides for continuing income to eligible employees in the event of total disability. Visiting employee classifications are not eligible for this benefit.

Eligible employees may apply for benefits through this program if total disability, due to illness or injury, causes absence from work for six months or longer. There is a six-month waiting period before disability income can begin, but it is University policy to pay some salary during this waiting period.

The standard option has a $10,000 maximum monthly benefit, and the high option a $15,000 maximum monthly benefit.

Metlife LTD Summary

Through the State of Delaware and Hartford Insurance Company eligible participants in the State Employee's Pension Plan are provided income protection during periods of short-term or long-term disability.

If illness, pregnancy, or injury of a temporary nature causes absence from work for more than 30 days, eligible employees may apply for benefits directly with the Hartford. If approved employees may receive 75% of their base salary for up to 182 days under the short term disability insurance plan (this includes the waiting period). Employees disabled for more than 182 days may further apply for long term disability benefits with the Hartford. If approved employees may receive 60% of their base salary if they have selected the standard option or 66 2/3 % of their base salary if they have selected the high option.

The standard option has an $8,000 maximum monthly benefit as of July 1, 2007.


State Disability Plan, Hartford Insurance or call 800-538-8439.