BOT 512: Faculty & Academic Staff - Retirement

Eligibility Policy

Michigan State University's faculty/academic staff retirement policy provides:

  1. Retirement of faculty/academic staff members is optional on the first day of the term following attainment of age 62 with 15 years of service or after 25 years of service at any age.
  2. Tenure system faculty members appointed prior to January 1, 1992 who meet the retirement eligibility requirements in 1, above, may serve their final year before retirement on a terminal consultantship basis with agreed upon duties involving at least a half-time assignment provided there were no compensated leaves in the five years immediately prior to retirement. Recommendation for such consultantship must be made by the department chairperson/school director and dean. The salary must be provided by the department/school. In applying for a terminal year consultantship, the faculty member must submit a letter outlining the proposed duties during the period. At the end of the consultantship period, a report on the accomplishments is to be submitted to the department chairperson/school director or dean of a non-departmentally organized college. The form to request terminal consultantship and retirement is available in Room 64, Administration Building.
  3. A retired faculty/academic staff member may be re-employed, usually for part-time service, on a semester-to-semester or year-to-year basis. Salary will be determined at the time of appointment for such service. Retired faculty/academic staff who return to active employment at 50% time or more for nine months or longer are eligible to receive benefits such as health, dental, employee paid life, travel accident, base retirement plan with University contribution, and supplemental retirement plan, in the same manner as an active employee.

Enacted: 6/13/58

Amended: 4/27/61, 2/17/62, 5/16/63, 6/6/86, 12/6/91

Retired Policy No. 03-17-12