Duquesne University offers our eligible faculty and staff members comprehensive benefits. These include medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long-term disability, a retirement plan with 100% immediate vesting, a workout facility, wellness programs, and tuition benefits.

We offer various healthcare options that provide the opportunity for individual choice:

    • The choice between Cigna and UPMC with both traditional and high deductible plan options
    • An employer-funded Health Savings Accounts
    • $500 employer contribution to a Dependent Care Account for eligible participants
    • Basic and enhanced MetLife Dental
    • Basic and enhanced VSP Vision Care Plan
  • Employer-paid disability, life insurance and employee assistance programs, with options to purchase additional coverage at group rates.
  • Our retirement savings plan includes a University contribution for eligible employees along with 100% immediate vesting.
  • Vacation, sick and holiday pay is available for eligible employees.
  • Additional benefits include maternity and parental leave for eligible employees.
  • Other benefits include computer store discounts, child care services through the YMCA Duquesne University Child Development Program and discounted bus rides through a UPass (add link) in partnership with the Pittsburgh Regional Transit.

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Employee Benefits

Duquesne University is committed to a holistic approach in providing benefits that support faculty and staff well-being.

Medical Plans:
Duquesne University offers their eligible faculty and staff a high deductible health plan (HDHP) or a PPO plan with both Cigna and UPMC.

Dental Plans:
Dental benefits are provided through MetLife. Eligible employees have the option to enroll in either a basic or enhanced plan. 

Vision Plans:
Vision benefits are provided through VSP Vision Care. Eligible employees have the option to enroll in either a basic or enhanced plan.

Life Insurance:
The University offers term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage at no cost to eligible employees. The coverage is equal to one times annual salary up to a maximum of $300,000.

Employee optional term life insurance provides additional protection for those who depend on you financially. Your need may vary depending on age, number of dependents, dependent ages, and financial situation. You are responsible for the cost of the optional coverage you choose.

Spouse and Child optional life insurance also offers financial protection when the unexpected happens. You are responsible for the cost of this affordable optional coverage.

Disability Insurance:
Long-term disability replaces a portion of your income if illness or accident prevents you from working for an extended perid of time.

Basic long-term disability (LTD) is provided, after a 12-month wait period, at no cost to eligible employees. This benefit provides 50% of base salary to a maximum benefit of $5,000 per month.

Buy Up Long-Term Disability provides an additional 10% when added to Basic LTD allows up to 60% of base salary to a maximum of $12,000 per month.  Employee is responsible for the cost of this premium.

The Benefits Overview Guide will provide detailed coverage and cost information. 

When considering your benefit options please note that the Healthcare Reform now entitles children up to age 26 to participate in their parents’ health plan. The children can be married and do not have to live at home, be full time students, or be claimed on their parents’ taxes to be eligible for benefits. Eligibility ends on the last day of the month in which the child turns 26.

If you are enrolling your spouse and/or dependent children proper documentation is required to verify your dependents

When ready to enroll, eligible employees can select or manage their benefit elections through the  Benefits Enrollment Portal at any time.

As part of the University's Wellness in Motion program, the Center for Pharmacy Care offers campus health screenings, lifestyle counseling, educational seminars, drug therapy review and management, disease state management, and outcome reporting for certain health conditions.

The Center for Pharmacy Care is part of the Duquesne University Pharmacy. It is a pharmacist-coordinated provider of disease prevention and disease management services for the Duquesne University campus and Pittsburgh community.

Total Well-Being. Anytime. Anywhere.

The EAP benefit offers confidential, free solutions to help you and your family members navigate the financial, legal, and mental health, job stress, and other life challenges that affect your well-being.

Learn about the everyday services that the Employee Assistance Program offers, at no cost to you or your eligible family members.
As a Duquesne University employee, your benefits package includes time off programs, including holidays, sick days, and vacation days.  Your time off depends on your employment status.

Leaves of Absence:
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons (up to 26 weeks to care for a military service member injured in the line of duty).

Duquesne University also offers a 100% Paid Maternity and Parental Leave of absence for eligible employees. The University's Paid Maternity Leave allows for four consecutive weeks of 100% paid leave to be used immediately following the birth of a child. The Paid Parental Leave allows for two consecutive weeks of 100% paid leave that can be used within 12 months of the birth or placement of a child for adoption, foster care or legal guardianship.

Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement should refer to their current contract.
Tuition Remission
Duquesne University offers valuable education benefits through their Tuition Remission and Tuition Exchange Programs.

Eligible employees and their eligible spouses and dependents can take advantage of Tuition Remission at the basic tuition rate. The first year of employment Tuition Remission offers a 55% discount on the basic tuition rate, after one year of employment, the discount increases to 80%, and after two years of employment Tuition Remission offers a 100% discount on the basic tuition rate. 

There are administrative fees associated with this program. 

The Tuition Remission Application can be completed upon hire and student is registered for classes.

Tuition Exchange
Duquesne University also participates in the Tuition Exchange and Council of Independent Colleges Program.  These programs are limited to full-time undergraduate studies.

Application for this program generally opens for dependents when they enter their senior year of high school.
Duquesne University employees also have a variety of other exciting benefits. Below are some highlights of these exciting benefits:

Some of these benefits are based on employment status.

Retirement Plan

Duquesne University is committed to employee financial well-being, offering a retirement plan that helps employees prepare for and build long-term financial security.

All eligible employees have the opportunity to participate as a voluntary member of the plan. Employees may be required to participate in the plan as a condition of employment (refer to below chart).

Duquesne University's Match Contribution
The University offers a match. Eligibility for the match is based on employment status as outlined in the chart below. 

Retirement Eligibility
Retirement Plan Eligibility

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Can I rollover monies from a previous employer plan?
Yes, the Duquesne University plan will accept rollovers from other pre-tax sources. 

What is the maximum amount that I can contribute?
Federal tax law limits the amount you can contribute. The limit for calendar year 2023 is $22,500 with an additional $7,500 catch-up for those age 50 and above.

Are the any other voluntary contribution options?
Yes, employees have the ability to contribute their own money to a University sponsored Roth 403(b) Plan.  Eligible employees have he option of electing after-tax contributions through payroll deductions into the Roth 403(b) voluntary contribution option under the Duquesne University 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan.

Are there any loan features associated with the Duquesne University Retirement Plan?
Yes, employees may take a maximum of two loans based on all accumulations.
Can a Roth IRA and/or a Roth 403(b) account from a previous employer's qualified plan be rolled into the University's 403(b) plan?
If you have a Roth 403(b) account with a previous employer's qualified retirement plan, you may make a direct rollover of the balance in that account into the University Plan.

Current tax laws do not allow rolling over amounts held in a Roth IRA into the University's Plan.

What are Roth 403(b) contributions?
A Roth 403(b) contribution is an after-tax retirement benefits that allows you to pay taxes now on the money you set aside, instead of paying taxes at the time of withdrawal.

When can I elect to make Roth 403(b) voluntary contributions?
All eligible employees have the opportunity to participate as a voluntary member of the plan.

Do I have the same investment options for the Roth 403(b) voluntary contributions as I do with the traditional pre-tax contributions?
Yes, the funds selections currently available with TIAA are also available for the Roth 403(b) voluntary contributions.

Can the Roth 403(b) contributions be an options for the 5% employee and University match?
No, the Roth 403(b) option is only available for additional voluntary contributions.  Your 5% employee and University match are not eligible for the Roth 403(b) option.

Can I take a loan from a Roth 403(b) account?
No, the Roth 403(b) account is not eligible for participant loans.

How do Roth 403(b) contributions differ from traditional 403(b) contributions?
Traditional 403(b) contributions are made on a pre-tax basis and are not included in current taxable income at time of contribution. The pre-tax contributions and any earnings will be subject to income taxes when withdrawn.

In contrast, Roth 403(b) contributions are made on an after-tax basis and are included in current taxable income at time of contribution. Earnings are tax free if they are part of a "qualified distribution." A qualified distribution is one that is taken after you have had a Roth 403(b) account in the Plan for at least five years from January 1 of the year your first Roth 403(b) contribution was made to the Roth 403(b) account and after you have reached age 59 ½, become disabled or passed away.

Also, while amounts held in your Plan accounts must be paid out during your lifetime (generally starting after age 72), if you roll your Roth 403(b) account out of the Plan and into a Roth IRA prior to that time, you will not be required to take distributions from your Roth IRA during your lifetime. This means that your Roth amounts, including any earnings, can continue to be tax-free and distributions from the Roth IRA can be postponed until after your death.

Are there eligibility restrictions on contributing to the Roth 403(b) voluntary option?
No, employees who are eligible to make pre-tax voluntary contributions to the Plan are also eligible to make after-tax voluntary Roth 403(b) contributions.

The information provided is only a summary of the Plan provisions.  The tax information contained herein is general in nature, and is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or tax advice.  The University does not provide legal or tax advice.
Department of Labor regulations require the University to provide detailed information about investment options and expenses associated with these investments.

The disclosure gives plan participants a complete picture of all the funds and associated expenses available. The disclosure is for informational purposes only.

The information includes:
  • Fees and expenses related to the plan account
  • Participant rights under the plan
  • Rules related to providing investment direction
  • Details about the plan's investment options, including investment-related feeds and restrictions.

Fee Disclosure:

2022 Duquesne University 403(b) Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure
2022 Duquesne University 401(a) Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure
Notice Regarding Default Investments
Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA) Initial Notice

Summary Annual Report
2022 Duquesne University 403(b) Retirement Plan Summary Annual Report

Summary Plan Description
Duquesne University 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Summary Plan Description

Universal Availability
Duquesne University 403(b) Retirement Plan Universal Availability

Contact Us

Donna Steed

Asst. Vice President, Benefits

Office Of Human Resources/Benefits

Patricia Lee

Asst. Director, Benefits

Office Of Human Resources/Benefits

Tracey DeFilippo

Benefits Coordinator

Office of Human Resources/Benefits

Kimberly Trevors

Benefits Administrator

Office of Human Resources/Benefits