RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND BENEFITS
5.1 ACADEMIC FREEDOM
Colorado law vests the instructional power of CSM in its faculty. In carrying out their instructional
responsibilities at CSM, faculty members enjoy the right of academic freedom as it is generally defined
and accepted in the academic community. CSM's specific articulation of academic freedom is set forth
Within the limits imposed by State law and CSM policy, and subject to the adequate
performance of other assigned duties, all CSM faculty members enjoy the freedom to
discuss in the classroom matters relevant to the educational mission, engage in scholarly
activity, conduct research, and publish or disseminate the results of such work. Al CSM
faculty members are free to speak and write on matters of public concern, as wel as on
matters related to professional duties and the functioning of the university. However,
faculty members should be mindful that their position in the community imposes special
responsibilities. Academic responsibility implies the faithful performance of professional
duties and obligations, the recognition of the demands of the scholarly enterprise, and the
candor to make it clear that when one is speaking on matters of public interest, one is not
speaking for the institution, nor does one speak for CSM in his or her private capacity.
5.2 ELIGIBILITY FOR BENEFITS
In general, faculty employed in Tenured or Tenure-track, Teaching and Named Faculty positions, and
Research, Administrative, Library, and Athletics Faculty are eligible for benefits in accordance with the
plan documents or certificates of insurance for each benefit. These faculty are referred to in this Section
5 as “Benefits-eligible” faculty. Temporary Faculty (Adjunct Faculty, Affiliate Faculty, temporary
Administrative Faculty, temporary Research Faculty, or temporary Athletics Faculty) general y are not
eligible for CSM benefits, including leave benefits, except for participation in those benefits that CSM is
required by law to provide. These mandated benefits include participation in the Public Employees
Retirement Association (PERA), Unemployment Insurance, Medicare, and Workers’ Compensation. In
addition, Mines provides access to health insurance in accordance with the requirements of the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act and its regulations for those faculty who are not Benefits Eligible as
defined above. Non-remuneration faculty are not eligible for CSM benefits, except for liability insurance
provided through the State Office of Risk Management, which CSM is required by law to provide.
5.3 ENROLLMENT IN CSM COURSES
5.3.1 Degree Candidates
Faculty members holding the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor or higher may not work toward
degrees in their own department at CSM. The Dean of Graduate Studies may waive this rule for the
benefit of doctoral candidates on a case-by-case basis. The Provost shall have the authority to grant
other exceptions to this rule.
5.3.2 Tuition-Free Courses for Credit
A Benefits-eligible CSM faculty member, with his or her department head or equivalent director's
approval, may apply to the Dean, or in the absence of a Dean, the Provost, for enrollment in CSM
courses, not to exceed a total of six credit hours in any fiscal year, without payment of tuition. In
considering such requests, the Dean or Provost may examine budgetary constraints, total available
classroom space, and the potential benefit to CSM through improved professional development,
employee morale, and employee motivation. No faculty or staff member shall be eligible for more
than six credit hours, whether for-credit or no-credit, or any combination thereof, in any one fiscal
5.3.3 Tuition-Free Courses for No Credit
Benefits eligible faculty members and their spouses may also take CSM courses on a space-available,
no-credit, tuition-free basis, not to exceed six credit hours per fiscal year, with the approval of the
course instructor. Benefits-eligible faculty members must get the approval of their immediate
supervisor in order to participate in a course. No faculty or staff member or their spouse shal be
eligible for more than six credit hours, whether for-credit or no-credit, or any combination thereof, in
any one fiscal year
5.4.1 Sabbatical Leave
All sabbatical leave at CSM is governed by the CSM Sabbatical Leave Policy, which has been
promulgated by the Board and is set forth in subsection 10.2 below.
5.4.2 Unpaid Leave
A Benefits-eligible CSM faculty member may request unpaid leave in writing through his or her
department head or equivalent director. Such leave may be granted at the discretion of the Dean, or
in the absence of a Dean, the appropriate Vice President. However, unpaid leave of more than
twelve months wil general y not be granted.
5.4.3 Annual Leave
Annual leave is equivalent to personal or vacation leave and may be utilized by a faculty member for
any purpose with the approval of his or her supervisor. Only Benefits-eligible administrative faculty,
athletics faculty, library faculty, and research faculty are eligible for annual leave. With the exception
of Postdoctoral Fellows, this leave shall be paid according to the following formula:
Total Colorado State Service
Hours Earned Per Month
1st month through 108th month
13 1/3 hours
109th month and beyond
The change in accrual rates wil occur beginning with the first day of the month fol owing the month
in which employment period reaches the 108th month.
For Postdoctoral Fellows, leave shal be paid according to the following formula:
Total Colorado State Service
Hours Earned Per Month
6 2/3 hours
6 2/3 hours
Full-time Benefits-eligible faculty who work less than one full month and part-time Benefits-eligible
faculty wil earn annual leave on a pro rata basis. Faculty who wish to use annual leave must submit
a request to their supervisor and receive approval. Supervisors may deny use of annual leave.
Faculty members who use annual leave must report their usage monthly through the leave reporting
system and submit their leave reports to their supervisor within the deadlines established by Payrol .
Faculty may take paid annual leave only as earned or accrued. Faculty on paid leave wil accrue
annual leave at the normal rate. Faculty on unpaid leave wil not accrue annual leave. Any leave
taken which has not been accrued wil be treated as leave without pay. The maximum carryover
limits set forth above shall be effective at the end of each fiscal year. A faculty member may accrue
annual leave in excess of the applicable limit during the course of a fiscal year, but he or she must
either use al leave accrued in excess of the limit during the fiscal year or forfeit the excess at the
earlier of the end of the fiscal year or termination of employment. A faculty member wil be paid in
ful at his or her current rate of pay for unused hours of annual leave, up to the applicable maximum
carryover limit, upon change from twelve-month to nine-month contract status, upon termination of
employment, or at the time of retirement or death. Upon the death of a faculty member, the estate
of the deceased faculty member wil be paid for the faculty member’s accrued annual leave, up to the
applicable maximum carryover limit.
5.4.4 Sick Leave
Sick leave provides CSM Benefits-eligible faculty with paid time off from work to attend to their health
and medical needs, as wel as the health and medical needs of their spouses, parents, minor children,
adult children who are incapable of self-care, legal dependents, or persons in the household for
whom the employee is the primary caregiver. Faculty are expected to utilize sick leave to cover their
time off from work for preventive and diagnostic medical examinations, receipt of medical treatment,
and recovery from il nesses and non-work-related injuries. Benefits eligible CSM faculty shal accrue
sick leave at the rate of ten hours for each calendar month worked. The maximum carryover limit of
paid sick leave shall be 720 hours. Full-time faculty who work less than one ful month and part-time
faculty wil earn sick leave on a pro rata basis. Faculty on paid leave wil accrue sick leave at the
normal rate. Faculty on unpaid leave wil not accrue sick leave. Sick leave shall be reported for any
time away from CSM duties due to il ness or medical appointments. It is improper to use sick leave
for the sole purpose of extending available funds from research or other externally funded accounts.
Department Heads or equivalent directors may require a physician's certificate for the use of sick
leave. Faculty members who use sick leave must report their usage monthly through the leave
reporting system and submit their leave reports to their supervisor within the deadlines established
by Payroll. Faculty may take paid sick leave only as earned or accrued. Any leave taken which has
not been accrued wil be treated as leave without pay. The maximum carryover limit set forth above
shal be effective at the end of each fiscal year. A Benefits-eligible faculty member may accrue sick
leave in excess of the limit during the course of a fiscal year, but he or she must either use all leave
accrued in excess of the limit during the fiscal year or forfeit the excess at the end of the fiscal year.
If a faculty member separates from CSM service after becoming eligible to receive a ful or reduced
annuity pursuant to PERA guidelines, he or she shall be paid for one-fourth of his or her unused sick
leave at his or her current rate of pay, up to the maximum carryover limit set forth above. If a
faculty member dies prior to retirement, the estate of the deceased faculty member wil be paid for
the faculty member’s unused sick leave within the limits set forth in this paragraph. A faculty
member who returns to employment at CSM fol owing an interruption of service shal have previously
accrued sick leave restored, subject to the maximum carryover limit.
Note: Faculty members who had accumulated over 720 hours of sick leave as of August 31,
1982, hereinafter referred to in this note as the "Excess Sick Leave Accumulation," shall be
entitled to use their Excess Sick Leave Accumulation only in the case of a protracted il ness.
All use of sick leave since September 1, 1982, shal first be charged against the faculty
member’s more recent sick leave accumulation earned subject to the 720-hour limit. If this
accumulation becomes exhausted, sick leave shall then be charged against the faculty
member’s Excess Sick Leave Accumulation. CSM shal not pay a faculty member for any
portion of his or her Excess Sick Leave Accumulation upon retirement or death. Additional
information regarding this subject may be obtained from the CSM Human Resources Office.
5.4.5 Family Medical Leave
After one year of CSM service, a Benefits-eligible faculty member may utilize up to 520 hours of
unpaid leave per fiscal year (1040 hours if used as a military caregiver), taken either continuously or
intermittently, for the following purposes: (1) the birth and care of a child within one year of the
birth; (2) the placement and care of an adopted child within one year of the placement; (3) the
faculty member’s treatment for and recovery from a serious health condition; (4) the faculty
member’s care for the serious health condition of his or her child, parent, or spouse; (5) when a
faculty member’s child, parent, or spouse experiences a qualifying exigency directly related to being
called to or on active duty for a contingency operation during a declared war or; (6) when a faculty
member is a military caregiver for a child, parent, spouse, or next of kin who suffers a serious injury
or il ness in the line of duty while on active duty in support of a contingency operation. The faculty
member wil be required to utilize al of his or her accumulated paid leave—in accordance with the
applicable rules governing such usage set forth in other CSM leave policies—before he or she wil be
placed on unpaid family medical leave, but the use of paid leave wil not extend the total period of
time to which the employee is entitled to under this paragraph. The above is only a brief description
of the complex rules concerning family medical leave. Please contact the Human Resources Office
for more specific information on this subject.
5.4.6 Holiday Leave
CSM celebrates Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King
Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day as holidays. Other days wil be designated annual y by
the President as school holidays not to exceed twelve days in total.
5.4.7 Administrative Leave
The President may grant administrative leave with pay to a Benefits-eligible faculty member for any
purpose deemed by the President to be in the best interests of CSM, as long as the granting of
administrative leave for such purpose is not prohibited by law.
5.4.8 Funeral Leave
A Benefits-eligible faculty member may request funeral leave through his or her department head or
equivalent director. If the requesting party does not report to a department head or equivalent
director, the request shall be made through the requesting party's immediate supervisor. A
reasonable amount of such leave shal be granted for the purpose of attending the funeral of an
immediate family member.
5.4.9 Jury or Court Leave
Upon request and presentation of a jury summons or a subpoena to appear in court, a faculty
member shal be granted leave for the purpose of fulfil ing jury or other court obligations.
5.4.10 Military Leave
Upon request, CSM shal grant an appropriate period of leave to its faculty for military service as
mandated by U.S. and Colorado law.
5.4.11 Injury Leave
CSM shal grant up to sixty days of paid injury leave to a Benefits-eligible faculty member who has
suffered a job-related injury, subject to the fol owing conditions: (1) the faculty member must file a
timely First Report of Injury form for workers’ compensation purposes with the Office of Human
Resources; (2) CSM workers compensation insurer must certify that the injury is job-related or
“compensable”; and (3) the faculty member must agree to assign his or her right to receive salary
payments from the workers compensation insurer to CSM during the period when the employee is
receiving paid injury leave.
5.4.12 Medical Disability Leave
CSM may grant up to six weeks of paid medical disability leave to a Benefits-eligible faculty member
for the purpose of childbirth and medical recovery therefrom, or for the treatment of a disabling
medical condition or non-work-related injury, subject to the fol owing limitations: (1) the “disabling
medical condition” may not be the result of elective surgery or a non-medical y-necessary procedure;
(2) the condition or injury must necessitate the faculty member’s continuous absence from work for a
period in excess of two weeks; (3) the faculty member must present to the Office of Human
Resources a medical certification from the attending health care provider attesting to the disabling
nature and the anticipated duration of the medical condition; (4) prior to receiving any paid medical
disability leave, the faculty member must first exhaust 80% of his or her accrued sick leave; (5) in
the case of a foreseeable event such as childbirth, the faculty member must give her immediate
supervisor and the Office of Human Resources written notice of the anticipated need for this leave
three months in advance of the date the leave is expected to begin, or as much notice as is
practicable and reasonable in the faculty member’s circumstances; (6) the aggregate usage of the
faculty member’s sick leave and medical disability leave granted hereunder shal not exceed three
months; and (7) only that period of the disability leave that fal s within the faculty member’s term of
appointment shall be paid.
5.4.13 Parental Leave
Benefits-eligible faculty members are eligible for the parental leave outlined below. A faculty member
on paid parental leave must return to employment at CSM for at least six weeks after the conclusion
of the parental leave period. A faculty member who does not fulfill this condition will be required to
repay the ful amount of compensation (salary plus employer-provided benefits) received from CSM
during the paid parental leave period. During any paid portion of parental leave, benefit coverage
under CSM’s group health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance plans shal continue in
effect, consistent with the terms of the applicable insurance contracts and CSM policies regarding
such benefits. During the unpaid portion of a parental leave, benefit coverage under CSM’s group
health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance plans shal continue in effect, consistent with
the terms of the applicable insurance contracts and CSM policies regarding such benefits, provided
that the premiums, including any amount normal y contributed by CSM, are paid monthly by the
The provisions of paragraph 5.4.12 (medical disability leave) and paragraph 5.4.13 (parental leave)
are intended to be interpreted in conjunction with paragraph 5.4.5 (family medical leave). Family
medical leave runs concurrently with other CSM-sponsored leave plans and may be with pay, unpaid,
or a combination of both, depending on the circumstances. For a complete description of family
medical leave and its relation to other CSM leave policies, please contact the Human Resources
A. Paid Leave Following the Birth or Adoption of a Child
A benefits-eligible faculty member may take up to six weeks of paid parental leave for the
purpose of caring for and nurturing his or her newborn, newly adopted child, or a child placed in
foster care as a pre-adoption requirement. The leave wil be paid at the faculty member’s regular
base rate of pay. Once starting paid leave, it must be taken consecutively and without
interruption; paid parental leave may not be used on an intermittent basis. Use of parental leave
must occur and be completed within the twelve months immediately following the birth or
adoption of a newborn or child.
For uses of parental leave due to the birth of a child, a faculty member’s leave requests must be
made to his or her immediate supervisor, with copy to the Benefits Office, at least sixty (60) days
prior to the start of the anticipated leave period. Leave requests given with less than sixty (60)
days notice wil not be granted absent extraordinary circumstances. For uses of parental leave
due to the adoption of a child, leave requests should be made to the immediate supervisor, copy
sent to the Mines’ Benefits Office, with as much notice as possible. Only that period of the leave
that fal s within the faculty member’s term of appointment shal be paid.
If the requested leave interrupts, or is expected to interrupt a semester in which the faculty
member is normal y scheduled to teach, the faculty member may choose to request relief from
teaching for one entire semester, which shal be granted. Such request must be made to the
faculty member’s immediate supervisor, in writing, at the same time as the request for Parental
Leave. For the period of the semester that the faculty member is not on medical disability or
parental leave (paid or unpaid), the faculty member is expected to resume non-teaching duties,
such as committee work, administrative work, and academic advising.
B. Unpaid Leave Following the Birth or Adoption of a Child
A benefits-eligible faculty member may request unpaid parental leave (in addition to paid
parental leave) for the purpose of caring for a newborn or newly adopted child to be used
immediately following the paid parental leave provided for in Section A above. Such request
must be submitted, in writing, to the faculty member’s immediate supervisor and the Mines’
Benefits Office as part of the request for paid Parental Leave. Taking into consideration the
faculty member’s needs and those of the departments or offices most affected by his or her
absence, the employee and his or her supervisor may negotiate a mutually acceptable length of
time for the unpaid leave. If the employee qualifies for leave under the Family and Medical Leave
Act, he or she shal be entitled to take up to the amount of leave stil available to the employee
for the relevant twelve-month period.
C. Unpaid Parental Leave for Temporary Faculty (adjuncts, administrative, athletics,
and research faculty)
While leave benefits are not normal y part of a temporary faculty member’s employment with
Mines, recognizing the special needs and circumstances attendant to the birth or adoption of a
new family member, faculty members may request unpaid parental leave for the purpose of
caring for a newborn or a child placed in foster care as a pre-adoption requirement. Such leave, if
granted, is to be used immediately following the birth or adoption (including a child placed in
foster care as a pre-adoption requirement). To be granted this leave, the temporary faculty
member must make his or her request in the same manner as required of benefits eligible faculty
outlined in Section 5.4.13 A above.
5.5 INSURANCE BENEFITS
Benefits-eligible faculty employed in a position that requires service of at least 50% of full-time effort and
whose contract or appointment period is anticipated to be at least a ful academic year (or its equivalent
period) are required to participate in all non-discretionary insurance programs (e.g., health insurance,
disability insurance, dental insurance, life insurance and travel accident insurance), unless a specific
Research Faculty appointments are often affected by uncertain future funding conditions. If the
Research Faculty appointment is for a period less than a ful academic year (or its equivalent period), but
the sponsoring department intends for the Research Faculty appointment to be of a continuing nature
and has a reasonable expectation that future funding wil be secured to provide continuous employment,
the Research Faculty appointment is not considered to be temporary and may be Benefits-eligible. Even
though a series of Research Faculty appointments may be linked to create at least an academic year
equivalent for benefits eligibility purposes, the assignments must meet the 50% of full time effort
requirement in order to retain benefits eligibility. If a Research Faculty member’s assignment or
assignments falls below the 50% threshold, the Research Faculty member’s benefits eligibility wil end.
Exemptions to the requirement to participate in al non-discretionary insurance programs may be granted
to eligible faculty if: (1) the faculty member is also eligible for military health benefits; (2) the faculty
member holds bona fide religious beliefs that are in conflict with the requirements of the insurance
program; (3) the faculty member is covered by another group health insurance plan, or (4) the plan
documents or certificates of insurance that control each benefit provide for such exemption.
Prior to approving any significant change in the insurance benefits package provided to exempt CSM
employees, the CSM administration shall initiate a discussion of such proposed changes with affected
faculty groups in advance of the time frame for making a final decision regarding such changes. Subject
to the discussion process specified above, the Board reserves the right to make the final decision
regarding changes to its exempt employee insurance package, including the types of coverage provided
and the employer-employee cost al ocation. CSM currently provides the following types of insurance
coverage to its Benefits-eligible faculty.
In the event of any conflict between a statute, law, regulation, Trust document, or benefit plan document
(col ectively termed “Documents’) and this Handbook, the terms of the Documents shal control.
5.5.1 Health and Disability Insurance
CSM provides a group health and long-term disability insurance plan designed to cover faculty and
their dependents. Current information regarding this program and enrol ment forms may be obtained
from the CSM Human Resources Office.
5.5.2 Dental Insurance
CSM provides a group dental insurance plan for faculty. Current information regarding this program
and enrollment forms may be obtained from the CSM Human Resources Office.
5.5.3 Vision Insurance
CSM provides a voluntary group vision insurance plan for faculty. Current information regarding
this program and enrollment forms may be obtained from the CSM Human Resources Office.
5.5.4 Life Insurance
CSM provides a group life insurance plan for its faculty. Current information regarding this program
and enrollment forms may be obtained from the CSM Human Resources Office.
5.5.5 Travel-Accident Insurance
CSM provides a travel-accident policy to insure all faculty members while traveling on CSM business.
Current information regarding this benefit may be obtained from the CSM Human Resources Office.
5.6 MANDATED BENEFITS
5.6.1 Workers' Compensation Insurance
CSM is covered by Workers' Compensation Insurance furnished through the State of Colorado for any
injury or illness incurred by its faculty in the regular performance of their duties. Additional
information regarding this benefit may be obtained from the CSM Human Resources Office.
5.6.2 Comprehensive Liability Insurance
CSM and its faculty are covered by Colorado Risk Management in accordance with the provisions of
the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, C.R.S. Section 24-10-101, et seq., and the Colorado Risk
Management statutes, C.R.S. Section 24-30-1501, et seq., while acting in the course and scope of
their employment. Decisions about coverage are made by Risk Management on a case- by-case
basis. There is no coverage for personal property or the operation of a state vehicle while on
personal business. Current information regarding this subject may be obtained from the Office of
Legal Services or the Human Resources Office.
5.6.3 Retirement System Membership
All non-student employees of Mines are required to participate in the retirement system for which
they are eligible. Current information regarding these programs may be obtained from the Mines
Human Resources Office.
5.6.4 Unemployment Insurance
All faculty are covered by unemployment insurance as required by law and administered by the
State of Colorado. Additional information about unemployment insurance is available from the
Human Resources Office.
All faculty hired on April 1, 1986, or later are subject by law to Medicare withholding taxes.
Additional information about the current Medicare payrol tax rate is available from the Human
5.7 PAYROLL OFFICE REQUIREMENTS AND INFORMATION
5.7.1 General Payroll Procedures
CSM faculty members are paid on the last working day of each month. All newly hired faculty are
required to provide evidence of citizenship or appropriate documentation of eligibility and permission
for employment in the United States. (See paragraph B below.) Faculty shall have their pay
deposited directly with a financial institution of their choice. Federal income tax regulations require
that al employees sign a Federal Form W-4, indicating the number of withholding exemptions to
which they are entitled. If a completed Form W-4 is not received, the Payroll Office wil compute
payroll deductions as if the employee were single, with no withholding exemptions. State employee
paychecks are also subject to Colorado State Withholding Tax and PERA contributions. The amount
to be withheld for state income tax shal be determined in accordance with the number of
withholding tax exemptions claimed for federal income tax purposes. Current information regarding
CSM payrol requirements and procedures may be obtained from the CSM Human Resources Office or
the CSM Payrol Office.
5.7.2 Proof of Employment Eligibility
CSM is required to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) and its associated
regulations. IRCA requires that every person hired must provide satisfactory evidence to CSM of his
or her ability to legally work in the United States. This evidence must be provided to the Human
Resources Office not later than the third business day after the start date of employment.
Individuals who do not provide such evidence in a timely manner must have their employment