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Enroll in or change your Benefits


Enroll in or change your Benefits

Enroll For Benefits

  • Newly hired employees have one month from their date of hire to enroll themselves and their dependents for benefits.
    • After that, employees may only change their insurances and flexible spending benefits during the annual Open Enrollment period or as a result of a loss of employment-related coverage or another IRS qualifying change in status.
  • In general, benefits coverage begins on the first of the month following the date of hire.
    • Insurance premiums for monthly-paid employees are deducted from each payroll check on the first of the month for coverage for that month.
    • Insurance premiums for bi-weekly paid employees are deducted from the first bi-weekly payroll check of each month for coverage for that month.
  • The University provides a set of "core benefits" which are effective on the date of hire at no cost to the employee.
    • These benefits include term life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term disability insurance, and long-term disability insurance. 
  • The University offers a comprehensive range of group insurance plans that includes, health, dental, life and accidental death and dismemberment coverage.
    • These "voluntary benefits" are those for which an employee pays a monthly premium through payroll deductions. The University also contributes to the cost of some of these plans. 

Changing Your Benefits: 3 events

  1. Open Enrollment: Employees at the University of Denver have an opportunity to elect different benefits during the annual Open Enrollment.
    • Annual Open Enrollment is held each year May1-May15, and becomes effective from July 1 of the current year through June 30 of the following year.
  2. Loss of Coverage: Employees may also modify their benefits plans as a result of an employment-related loss of coverage through a spouse or parent.
  3.  Life Qualifying Event: Employees may change their benefits selection if they experience an IRS qualifying change in status such as birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, etc.

Note: Changes made with qualifying events must be consistent with the type of event.

There is a 30-day window from the date of event to notify the benefits office and submit the appropriate paperwork.

Please contact the Shared Services benefits team for questions or assistance at 303-871-7420.