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UMass Chan offers an optional Short-Term Disability program through Guardian which is available to non-unit (non-union) employees only. The employee pays the entire cost of the plan. Coverage is effective on the first of the month after hire date. The basic features of the benefit are as follows:

  • Choice of tax-free benefit at 50% or 60%* of your gross weekly salary (to a maximum of $1,500 per week) for up to 11  weeks
  • Benefit is effective after a 15-day elimination period
  • Sick Time, Vacation Time, Personal Time and Sick Leave Bank accruals do not need to be exhausted to use this benefit
  • Includes benefits for mental health & substance abuse disabilities, partial disabilities and rehabilitation

*Employees can choose either the "Low Plan" (50% of gross weekly salary), or the "High Plan" (60% of gross weekly salary), both up to a maximum of $1,500/week. Note: The covered salary excludes bonuses and commissions. Cost will vary depending on level of coverage, age and salary.

When to Enroll

You may enroll as a new hire during your first 10 days of employment without having to provide evidence of medical insurability. If you choose to enroll at a later date, you must provide evidence of insurability.

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For questions on enrollment and Short-Term benefits:

  • Contact Guardian’s Employee Benefits Hotline at (888) 600-1600 weekdays, 7:00 am to 8:30 pm, EST and refer to Group ID: 549499.

OR, for questions on the Short-Term Disability benefit in conjunction with the other UMass Chan benefits:

  • Contact the Benefits Department in the HR Service Center at or call (508) 856-5260, Option 1.