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Resources for Work-Life Balance

Oakland University is committed to supporting and promoting a healthy work-life balance for all employees. These resources are provided to address the personal, professional, and academic needs of our employees and reflect OU’s recognition of variety of family structures in the University community.

New Parents

Sick Time eligibility, amount, and definition of usage for employees and dependents are outlined in your respective documents. If off more than five (5) work days refer to next paragraph.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/Paid Disability Leave – Paid Disability Leave occurs when excess of five (5) working days in which payment shall be received from employee’s leave accruals (sick, vacation or personal) or covered by short term disability(based on your position) FMLA is available up to 12 weeks and is paid concurrently with your leave accruals. To be eligible for a FMLA/Paid Disability Leave, employees must follow the procedures established by the University as administered by a third party An employee on a FMLA leave or possibly beyond will have their health and dental benefits continued at the same level and with same premium contributions as prior to the FMLA leave.

Lactation Rooms – Three private lactation rooms are available to provide a clean, secure and comfortable environment for nursing mothers. The rooms are located at: 355A Pawley Hall, 256B Engineering Center and 4080 Human Health Building, and across from the Gold Rooms in the Oakland Center. To access the Pawley Hall room, get a key from Educational Resources Lab (350 PH) or the Dean’s Office (415 PH).

Lowry Center for Early Childhood Education – The Center offers early childhood education programming to children from 18 months to five years of age. It is located in Pawley Hall on the main campus.

Employees and Their Families

Bereavement Time – Bereavement Time is provided by the University. In the case of death in an employee’s immediate family, refer to your applicable document for benefit information.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/Paid Disability Leave – Paid Disability Leave occurs when excess of five (5) working days in which payment shall be received from employee’s leave accruals (sick, vacation or personal) or covered by short term disability(based on your position) FMLA is available up to 12 weeks and is paid concurrently with your leave accruals. To be eligible for a FMLA/Paid Disability Leave, employees must follow the procedures established by the University as administered by a third party An employee on a FMLA leave or possibly beyond will have their health and dental benefits continued at the same level and with same premium contributions as prior to the FMLA leave.

Tuition Assistance We offer discounted tuition for eligible Oakland University employees and their families. Benefit eligibility varies based on employee group.

Employee Assistance Program – The University contracts with Unum to provide a 24/7 Employee Assistance Program (EAP). You can call (800) 854-1446 or visit Unum's EAP website for referral to a service in your community including childcare and senior care.

OUCARES – Joanne and Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services provides innovative programs for teachers, programming and counseling for individuals and their families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The multifaceted approach includes education for professionals, research in the field of autism education and daily living, as well as support services for families. This office is located at 425C Pawley Hall.

Employee Resource Groups – Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are volunteer, employee-managed groups that promote the interests of their respective constituency. ERGs are open to all OU employees. Their purpose is to align diverse groups with upper-level employees to promote awareness and enthusiasm for diversity inclusion. If there is not a group that meets your needs or you want more information, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

SEHS Counseling Center – The School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) Counseling Center offers personal and career counseling at no cost. It is a teaching and research facility for the counselor education program at OU. The center enables graduate students to integrate and apply counseling theory with practice, as well as provide supervised professional counseling assistance to persons in need. The center is located in 250 Pawley Hall.

OU Counseling Center – The OU Counseling Center provides mental health services, including personal, psychological and career counseling; substance abuse evaluation, treatment, and prevention; and crisis intervention. The center is located in the Graham Health Center, just north of Meadow Brook Theatre.

Graham Health Center – Graham Health Center provides convenient, affordable, high quality health care right on campus. Staffed by certified Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, GHC provides health care and wellness programs to the campus community. The Graham Health Center is located just north of Meadow Brook Theatre.

Veterans Support Services – This office provides a supportive, welcoming environment to more than 300 veterans, service members and dependents of veterans. This office is located at 112 Vandenberg Hall.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – This office serves as a resource and is charged with promoting and furthering the university's commitment to the principles of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity. This office is located in 150 Oakland Center.

Benefits and Wellness

Free Rec Center access - Rec Center access is available to any employee in a position that is able to receive benefits provided by Oakland University, whether you opted out of the benefits or not. Discounted membership rates are also available for secondary household members and dependent children. University Recreation and Well-Being also offers valuable educational workshops, resources, and events that support your personal goals to live a healthy lifestyle. If you question your eligibility to receive benefits to access the Recreation Center, you should contact University Human Resources or Academic Human Resources if you are faculty.

Carrot Wellness – Benefits-eligible faculty and staff have access to Carrot Wellness, a phone application that provides you with incentive for walking, running, and going up and down steps. With a personalized activity goal, Carrot provides a way for all eligible participants to earn a reward for taking the extra step.

Nutritional Coaching - Benefits-eligible employees have access to meet with a registered dietitian in order to develop a personalized understanding and action plan for lifestyle nutrition with an emphasis on the fundamental factors that influence your health and well-being.

Employee Discount Programs – Benefits-eligible faculty and staff are entitled to participate in employee discount programs involving various University business partners, Meadow Brook Theatre and Meadow Brook Hall, OU Golf and Learning Centers and the OU Recreation Center.