Employee Benefits

Washington and Lee offers an extensive range of health care and life insurance benefits, retirement options, educational assistance programs, and other programs and services to our staff and faculty. Because we want to attract and retain the highest quality staff, we are committed to providing a competitive benefit package.

Enrollment in some benefit plans is not automatic. Although Human Resources makes an effort to notify or remind an employee when they become eligible to enroll in a particular benefit plan, it is the employee's responsibility to enroll in a timely manner. Please consult with Human Resources should any questions arise concerning eligibility for or status in a plan.

Although it is the intent of the University to continue the benefit plans described in this section, the University reserves the right to modify, amend, or terminate any benefit plan, with or without notice. The summaries included on these pages describe only the major features of the plans. In the event of any inconsistency between these summaries and the legal plan documents, the legal plan documents (located in Human Resources) will govern.

About Our Benefits Program

Washington and Lee is committed to providing its employees with a highly competitive benefits package that enhances the well being of its employees and is consistent with the strategic objectives of the University. This befits its rich tradition as a top-quality institution of higher education, and is important in order to attract and retain high-quality faculty and staff.

Health and Dental Benefits

The University offers eligible employees and their families enrollment in Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s KeyCare plan. This plan includes both in-network and out-of-network benefits as well as coverage for prescription drugs. Eligible employees have a choice of two dental plans, core or buy-up, and may select either an Individual membership, a membership for the employee and one legal dependent, or a family membership.

Retirement Savings Plan

Social Security benefits are not substantial enough to be an individual's sole or primary source of retirement income; therefore, the University strongly encourages its employees to participate in the Washington and Lee University Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. The University offers retirement savings plans through TIAA-CREF and Fidelity.

Time Off, Leave and Disability

In an effort to provide flexibility to employees for the use of time off, Washington and Lee created combined time off (CTO). CTO can be used for vacation, personal illness and doctor's appointments, and other personal reasons. The University also offers a variety of leave options to accommodate individual circumstances, including extended sick leave, parental leave, family and medical leave and long-term disability.