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Adjunct Benefits


Adjunct Benefits



Adjuncts can participate in the Tax Deferred Annuity Program available through the following plans: TIAA, TRS/TDA and 457 NYS Deferred Compensation Plan.


Health care coverage is available to Adjuncts through the University Benefits Office providing they meet the following service requirements:

Non-teaching Adjuncts who are working ten or more hours per week for two consecutive semesters and Adjuncts who are teaching six or more hours (or the equivalent) in the semester and who have taught one or more courses for two consecutive semesters (not including summer and winter sessions), and are not covered by other primary health care insurance provided by or through another source are eligible for the health benefit. Adjuncts who establish eligibility as provided in this paragraph, which is based upon CUNY-wide service, shall be eligible to receive benefits in the third consecutive semester. Such benefit shall be partially contributory by the employee.

Teaching Adjuncts who meet the six-hour requirement teaching at more than one CUNY institution are responsible for notifying each college of their employment at another college. If you do not, and a college reports that you are teaching less than six hours, your health coverage will be terminated. You will than receive a COBRA notice. If you do not bring any additional hours to our attention within the time indicated on the COBRA letter, your coverage WILL BE TERMINATED AND WILL NOT BE REINSTATED THE SEMESTER IN WHICH YOU ARE EMPLOYED.

An Adjunct who has established eligibility for this health benefit shall lose eligibility if in any two out of three academic years the Adjunct is employed in only one semester of the year at CUNY.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, call Detrice McPhatter, HR Benefits Specialist, at Extension 6525, for further information and the necessary forms.


Adjuncts are eligible to join the New York City Teachers' Retirement System (TRS). Membership is optional. Information about TRS and applications are available in the Fringe Benefits Office, Room P203, see Detrice McPhatter

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