Rights and Privileges
of Retired Faculty
(Other than Health Care)
No faculty member gains new rights or privileges in the University upon retirement, but many of those rights and privileges that you enjoyed prior to retirement continue to be extended. This is a summary of some of the more commonly used among them.
1. Office and Work Facilities
When you are actively engaged in productive scholarship, the University will try to furnish you office space with a telephone and PennNet outlet, as well as clerical assistance from the departmental pool. Such aid can be granted only if it is available; priority must necessarily be given to continuing full-time faculty. Similar considerations apply to laboratory space if you are in the experimental sciences. It is very strongly recommended that these provisions be clearly enumerated in a binding written agreement with your department chair and/or dean prior to retirement.
2. Grant Applications
You may file
travel grant applications. The consent
of the relevant department chair or dean must be obtained prior to
to the Vice Provost for Research. Such
applications will be transmitted further only if necessary office and
laboratory space are available. If there
is a shortage of such space, first priority must go to continuing
3. Teaching and Mentoring
areas of special expertise and mentoring junior colleagues are mutually
beneficial avenues of continued engagement and are strongly encouraged
University. Extensive teaching or educational organization that
the fulfillment of departmental obligations should be compensated at an
level and accompanied by provision of necessary office space and
You may continue to park in University facilities at the regular rates, or at a reduced frequency for half the regular rates. Parking fees will in general be paid with post-tax dollars, unless you continue to have taxable earned income from the University.
5. Educational Benefits
scholarship benefits are continued if you are eligible for such
benefits at the
time of your retirement. They are available for any school in the
which the individual has been admitted. They cover essentially all
costs for a maximum of six course units for credit per academic year
and one half of the costs for your spouse/domestic partner. Tuition
benefits for your
dependent children are continued unchanged on retirement, and indeed
It should be noted that some of the above benefits are regarded as taxable income and are reported to the taxation authorities as such. Generally most undergraduate tuition benefits are not taxable, but some or all of graduate tuition benefits are, see the links from http://www.hr.upenn.edu/benefits/Tuition/TuitionPolicies.aspx for more details.
6. PennCard Identification
and recreational facilities in the University, as well as to some
requires a PennCard. You are entitled to
such identification. In practice active emeritus faculty have found
can continue to renew their regular PennCard without question.
site states that emeritus faculty should obtain an emeritus PennCard.
to do so you should take a Certification of Emeritus Status from Human
Resources to the
7. Libraries and Museum
enjoyed by standing faculty are continued for emeritus faculty members.
apply for faculty studies in Van Pelt Library if such facilities are
required. Access to the
8. Participation in Governance
are said to have the right to attend meetings of their school faculties
participate in the work of committees of those faculties if invited. In
practice the notification of emeritus faculty of the times and places
meetings varies between schools. In schools where this is not routine
need to inform the appropriate staff person that you should be included
lists for mailings.
You may receive mail at the University and may use the University as a mailing address. You will be listed in the University's online directory if you so desire.
You may continue to use your University e-mail account. It is suggested that you inform your school’s IT support group if you wish to retain this account at the time of your retirement. If you set a forwarding address to an extramural supplier you should remember to log in to your University account regularly – at least every six months in most cases – to avoid it being marked dormant.
faculty are regarded as alumni and so are entitled to the Gazette.
inform the Gazette of your preferred mailing address.
12. Cultural and Recreational
cultural activities is the same for emeritus as for standing faculty.
Discounted tickets are available for performances at the
The University Club at Penn, formerly the Faculty Club, now extends the right of continued membership at a reduced rate to emeritus faculty. All emeritus faculty and standing faculty over the age of 55 are members of PASEF, the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty, unless they opt out. PASEF organizes social and cultural events for its members and maintains information on volunteer activities looking for participants. It also organized the creation of this document.