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Short-Term Disability Guidelines

office, clerical, and service employees

Effective June 2004

The University's Short-term Disability (STD) policy was designed to provide a bridge between the expiration of accrued sick leave and the (potential) start of Long-term Disability Insurance benefits.

Office, Clerical and Service employees who have completed one year of full-time, benefits-eligible service at Boston College.


  • STD payments may begin as early as the first of the week following six full weeks of medical absence. Arrangements are made through the Benefits Office. Appropriate medical documentation will be required in order for payments to begin.
    Note: This policy does not apply when an employee is eligible for Worker's Compensation benefits for the same period.
  • Employees must use accrued sick leave first, but will be allowed to retain 20 days if they wish. STD payments will begin only after all sick days (less 20) are used. Use of accrued vacation days, prior to the start of STD payments, will be optional.
  • The STD payment rate will be 75% of the employee's regular weekly gross pay.
  • STD payments could continue for up to a maximum of 22 weeks. However, fewer payments may be available depending upon the amount of accrued sick leave (and possibly vacation time) used at the beginning of the leave.
  • Employees will be responsible for their normal medical contributions while they are receiving sick leave and vacation pay, but once STD payments begin the University will pay the full medical premium.
  • Normal dental plan contributions will be required throughout the period of disability.
  • 401(k) retirement plan contributions (the employee's 2% and the University's 8% or 10%) will continue during the period of STD payments and will be based on the STD amount. 403(b) voluntary contributions will also continue unless the employee elects to stop them.
  • Employees do not accrue vacation or sick leave while receiving STD payments.
  • As in all cases of prolonged illness or disability, Boston College reserves the right to require a doctor's certificate and/or examination by a University physician.