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Employment Benefits

Employee Direct

Old Dominion University full-time employees have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of programs to meet specific needs. Employees are responsible for selecting the benefits that best meet their needs.


New employees have 30 days to enroll in the following:

  • Health Care
  • Flexible Reimbursement Account (Dependent Care/Medical)
  • VRS Group Life Insurance
  • VRS Optional Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Legal Plan

Changes may also be made during Open Enrollment periods. Health care membership and/or flexible reimbursement account changes are also allowed within 60 days of a qualifying mid-year event.


Benefits "101" has been developed to help employees understand what benefits are available and what to do if there is a problem.

Employee Assistance Program

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The EAP can provide confidential assistance when you are experiencing personal, family, marital, or substance abuse problems that are affecting your or your job performance.

Family & Medical Leave Act

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Employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Health Benefits

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Old Dominion University offers full-time faculty and staff COVA Connect health care.

Leave Policies

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A list of leave policies.

Faculty Retirement Plans

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Virginia Retirement System (VRS) is a defined benefit plan with a formula to calculate retirement benefits. Full-time and part-time classified employees participate in the (VRS) as a condition of employment effective on their employment date.


Study Abroad

Employee Travel Benefit Program provides employees access to travel at bargain prices.

Tuition Assistance

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Old Dominion University provides tuition assistance opportunities to eligible employees, their dependents and spouses.