DATE OF ISSUANCE: This policy was adopted on March 1, 1993 as the Policy on Professors Emeriti. It was revised on September 8, 1998.
ACCOUNTABLE DEPARTMENT/UNIT: Office of the Provost. Questions about policy content should be directed to the Office of the Provost, ext. 8-6684.
ABSTRACT: An emeritus faculty member, whether employed by the university or not, is granted a number of privileges, services and benefits.
MISC: See also the Policy to Provide Retirement Options for Tenured Faculty
A retired faculty member on whom the university has conferred the designation of professor, associate professor, principal research scientist or engineer, senior research scientist or engineer, principal lecturer, or senior lecturer, emeritus or emerita (all referred to herein as emeritus faculty) continues to be a member of the university community, whether employed by the university or not, and is granted by this policy a number of privileges, services and benefits, as enumerated below.
Tenured faculty should also refer to the university's Policy to Provide Retirement Options for Tenured Faculty.
The university will make available to faculty and their spouses programs and materials relevant to financial and retirement planning. The university will designate a person within Human Resources who will be a readily accessible contact for assistance to prospective retiring faculty members in getting information on health care (including Medicare), Social Security, pension elections and other matters related to retirement. Materials available should include a compendium of the provisions of the various benefit plans that pertain to retirement, booklets issued by various government agencies on topics such as Medicare and Social Security, and informational materials prepared by organizations such as the AARP.
In addition, programs and materials will be provided by outside organizations and professionals, such as TIAA/CREF and Vanguard, rather than by the university itself, but at no cost to the faculty members. These programs will include the opportunity to meet individually or in groups to discuss aspects of financial and retirement planning.
It is understood that assistance with financial planning under this policy will not encompass such arrangements or advice as would cast the university in the role of a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, with respect to investment advice.
Emeritus faculty are encouraged to continue playing
an active role in their academic discipline, in their department and in the
intellectual life of the university generally. To foster this continued role
and an on-going relationship with
The above is not meant to preclude the availability of other university services or resources where arrangements have been made with the respective department and dean.
Emeritus faculty are entitled to all benefits the university grants to retired faculty members, in particular, eligibility for the university tuition remission and grant program and medical insurance benefits. These benefits are detailed in the Carnegie Mellon University Benefit Plan for full-time faculty.
When an emeritus faculty member is employed by the university, the provisions of the appointment shall prevail, but they shall not deprive the appointee of any of the entitlements specified under the previous paragraphs.