This orientation is designed for new benefits-eligible employees who have transferred to the University of South Carolina from the same type of benefits-eligible position they held with another participating State employer. This is not intended for UofSC employees in benefits-eligible positions who move from one UofSC department to another. For insurance and retirement purposes, a transfer employee needs to have changed employment that included insurance and/or retirement coverage without a break in service of more than 15 days or within the summer months for an academic employee.
If you are transferring to the School of Medicine or with one of our campuses outside of Columbia, the Human Resources Office on your campus [pdf] will be your primary resource for orientation. Please consult with them prior to completing this information, as their procedures may vary.
Most benefit options will remain the same for transfer employees, but some information is required to establish coverage with the university because UofSC has a separate payroll function. As a result, the Benefits Office provides this online resource to assist you in transitioning your benefits to the university. Carefully review the content presented and be prepared to finalize your benefit choices within seven days of your start date with the University of South Carolina.
The following information is in preparation for benefits-eligible employment and does not create a contract in the event benefits-eligible employment is not extended.
SC PEBA Insurance Enrollment
If you are a transfer employee, benefit options must remain the same and cannot be altered. However, if your transfer coincides with an enrollment period (October), eligible changes may be made separate and apart from your initial transfer into the university’s system. To ensure that your enrollment into the university’s system is not delayed, please make certain your prior employer is aware of your transfer and has terminated your benefits, as the university will not be able to enroll you until this is done.
Please complete and fax the USC Transfer Employee Form to us at 803-777-1584.
Step 1: Complete the SCRS/PORS*/ORP Enrollment Form indicating a change of employer.
Step 2: Your beneficiaries will remain the same as listed on file with the SCRS. However, if you wish to make a change at this point, please complete one of the following forms based on your selection:
- Active Member Beneficiary (Form 1102) (SCRS/PORS Pension Plan*) or
- State ORP Beneficiary (Form 1106).
*Note: Employees who are hired into certain qualifying positions are subject to participation in the Police Officers Retirement System (PORS). If this is your first time in PORS, both enrollment and beneficiary forms must be completed.
If you are a member of ORP, please contact your ORP vendor to determine what additional paperwork is necessary to notify them of your change of employer. Please refer to USC's ORP vendor list [pdf] for contact information.
Other UofSC Insurance Product Offerings
Other Tax-Sheltered Annuity ProductsFor employees who would like to explore savings beyond the SCRS/ORP pension programs, the South Carolina Deferred Compensation (SCDP) website and brochure [pdf] outlines 401(k) and 457(b) savings plan offerings that are currently administered by Great West Retirement Services. You are also welcome to research providers of other tax-sheltered annuity plans [doc] who offer a number of 403(b) plans.
Visit the South Carolina Deferred Compensation website to enroll in 401(k) and 457(b) plans. All enrollments are coordinated directly with the vendor, and not through the Human Resources department. The vendor will facilitate enrollment with the University’s Payroll department. Please contact Payroll at 803-777-4227 with any questions about deductions.
Traveler’s Auto/Home Insurance ProgramThe University offers employees a special payroll-deducted auto and home insurance program underwritten by the Travelers Insurance Co. No other state agency or institution of higher education in South Carolina offers this unique insurance benefit. Request a free rate quote online or simply call Travelers at 1-800-842-5936.
Colonial Life Hospital Confinement and Cancer CoverageEnhance your benefits with hospital confinement and cancer coverages through Colonial Life. Learn more about coverage details by reviewing our comprehensive brochure [pdf]. To enroll in either of these plans, please submit the cancer enrollment form [pdf] and/or hospital confinement enrollment form [pdf], along with your authorization [pdf] to Human Resources.
Discount Savings Programs
State of South Carolina employees are eligible to participate in the following discount savings programs.
PerksCard ProgramThis program allows members to save on many everyday purchases and services from local and national vendors. Cards are distributed by UofSC’s Benefits Office and need to be registered at www.perkscard.com. For more information, visit the S.C. Department of Administration’s website or contact the Benefits Office at 803-777-6650.
WeSave ProgramSimilar to the PerksCard Program, this program provides members discounts from local members, national chains and an online mall where you can earn up to 20 percent cash back with every purchase. To take advantage of these discounts, please visit the WeSave website and create a username and password or visit the S.C. Department of Administration’s website for more information.
TicketsatWork ProgramThis program offers discounts, special offers and access to preferred seating and tickets to top attractions, theme parks, shows, sporting events, movie tickets, hotels and much more. To take advantage of these discounts, visit TicketsatWork, click on “Become a Member” and create a username and password using your personal email address. When prompted, enter the company code SCDSHR. For more information, please visit the S.C. Department of Administration’s website or contact TicketsatWork at 1-800-331-6483.
Visit the benefits section of our website to learn about other family-friendly privileges and unique discount opportunities that are designed exclusively for UofSC employees.
The Drug-Free Workplace policy [pdf] details the university’s guidelines and expectations regarding the abuse of drugs and alcohol in conjunction with employment at the university.