Short-Term Disability - Staff Employees

The University of Chicago provides Short Term Disability (STD) to benefits-eligible staff employees who have completed their probationary period. The University provides income replacement for eligible employees who have a non-work related illness or injury that makes them unable to work for more than 2 work weeks. STD is designed to allow you to focus on your recuperation. There is not any cost to employees for the Short Term Disability program.

Key Features

Short Term Disability (STD) pays 60% of your regular salary minus all regular deductions for insurance, union dues and retirement, after a 2-week deductible period, for up to 13 weeks.

You must use all your accrued sick leave before STD benefits begin or satisfy the 2-week deductible period whichever is longer.

Pregnancy is a covered event. STD provides benefits for the balance of 6 weeks for a regular delivery from the date of birth; the balance of 8 weeks are provided for a C-section delivery from the date of birth.

STD runs concurrent to a leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Read more about how your staff or academic benefits may be impacted should you go on Short Term Disability leave.

For instructions on how to apply for Short Term Disability, see Disability- Staff Employees.

For more information on eligibility, payment amounts and usage guidelines, please refer to Personnel Policy 513.

Please note: Employees represented by a union are governed by the applicable collective bargaining agreement.