Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.72
Liaison Lindsey Abernathy
Submission Date July 17, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Mississippi
PA-11: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.92 / 3.00 Kendall McDonald
Project Manager
Office of Sustainability
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
13.64 US/Canadian $

Percentage of all employees (regular full-time, regular part-time, and temporary workers) that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):

Does the institution have employees of contractors that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:

Percentage of employees of contractors that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations that the institution has verified as receiving a living wage (benefits excluded) (0-100; enter ‘0’ if unknown):

The total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular (i.e., permanent) employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
100 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade, including any in-kind benefits included as part of the total compensation figure :
The institution's lowest paid employee is paid $10.75/hour, plus 34% in-kind benefits. With in-kind benefits, the lowest paid employee earns an equivalent to $14.41/hour, which is 105% of the local living wage for a family of four (13.64). The University of Mississippi provides numerous in-kind benefits to qualifying faculty and staff. As a state agency, the University offers health insurance coverage with the State and School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan. Depending on the plan option selected, the University covers 90% - 100% of the employee’s premium. They also pay 50% of the cost for voluntary life insurance coverage at 2X salary with a minimum value of $30,000 and maximum value of $100,000. Faculty and staff employed in a benefit eligible position must participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System of MS (PERS) or the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and contribute 9% of gross wages. The University matches the contribution at 15.75%. With the ORP, which is a defined contribution plan, 13.1175% of the employer contribution is applied to the participant’s investment account for a total contribution of 22.175%. Faculty and staff of the University are afforded the opportunity to further their education or pursue personal and professional development by enrolling in for-credit courses offered at the University of Mississippi. Full-time employees may receive a tuition waiver for up to two courses and part-time employees a waiver for one course in each fall, spring, and summer semester. The amount of the waiver is dependent on student status (graduate or undergraduate), course level, and residency status. The fee waiver for a 3-hour course can range from $1,068.75 – $3,412.50 for a resident and $1,994.25 - $3,478.50 for a non-resident. In addition, family members may be awarded academic waivers. A spouse is eligible for a non-resident fee waiver and a qualifying dependent child has an opportunity to receive a 50% - 100% tuition.

Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:

A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:

Has the institution made a formal commitment to provide a living wage to its student employees and/or graduate teaching/research assistants (e.g. by adopting a student bill-of-rights)?:

A brief description of the institution’s commitment to a student living wage:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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