Winthrop University is a State of South Carolina supported institution and offers a wide array of benefits options to eligible employees.  Please select the Insurance, Retirement, Wellness, or FMLA below for more information about the benefits offered. If you have questions, please feel free to e-mail and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.


    Winthrop University faculty, staff and retirees enrolled in the State Health Plan have access to free health management programs.

      are now a covered benefit under the Standard Plan, subject to copayments, deductibles and coinsurance in covered years.

      A faster, easier way to connect with health care professionals. You can use this service to connect with U.S. board-certified physicians and other health care professionals 24/7, 365 days a year, from your computer or smartphone. This feature is available to State Health Plan primary members (Standard and Savings Plans) age 18 and older. Dependent children under age 18 can also use this benefit with an adult member.

      Health coaching helps those who have behavioral or chronic medical conditions. Coaching is available to Standard Plan and Savings Plan subscribers and their covered adult family members. You can learn how to manage your symptoms, and delay or even prevent many of the complications of these diseases.

      Learn the skills to lose weight and keep it off forever while still eating your favorite foods in this clinically-proven online program.

      Take advantage of these value-based benefits at no cost to you. PEBA Perks are available to State Health Plan primary members at network providers and pharmacies. These benefits can help make it easier for you and your family to stay healthy.

      Rally can help you get healthier one step at a time. Rally is a web and mobile platform offered at no cost to State Health Plan primary members (Standard and Savings Plan) age 16 and older.

      • Employed with the Winthrop University for at least 12 months.

      • Have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period preceding request for FMLA leave.

      • Request FMLA by contacting the Human Resources office at 803/323 -2273 or

      • The required FMLA documents will be sent to you within 5 days of your request. You will have 15 days to return the certification of Health Care Provider for approval.

      • Completed FMLA documents can be e-mailed to or delivered to the Human Resources office in 303 Tillman Hall.

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    The Employee Assistance Program, commonly referred to as EAP, was developed as a way for the university to support our employees through times of need. The EAP can help with all kinds of life situations such as marital difficulties, parenting, stress, depression, work-related concerns, alcohol and drug use/abuse or grief and loss.

      Employees have access to counselors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 800/633-3353 or 704/529-1428. To access work-life services, log into using the username "winthrop303" and password "guest".

        When employees and household members call the EAP, they are offered a counseling session in which a thorough assessment will be conducted by a licensed, experienced clinician in their area. 

        Counseling appointments can be conducted on the phone or face-to-face, covering the following areas:

        • Short-term individual, family, couples and group counseling, which includes four sessions per person, per issue, per year, at no cost to employees and their immediate household members

        • On-site trainings – supervisory, wellness, EAP orientations, health fairs, management consultations, etc.

        • Monthly online training and seminars

        • Work-life services including legal and financial, or child and elder referrals

        • Unlimited management and supervisory consultation

        • Telephone and web-based legal resources

        • Free 30-minute appointment for a legal consultation with a local attorney

        • In most cases, 25% discount on ongoing legal services

        • Legal forms available to download such as wills, power of attorney, etc. (log in using the username "winthrop303" and password "guest", click on "living" in the blue banner at the top of the page, and then select "legal forms")

        • Online legal encyclopedia

        As part of our EAP and Work-Life Services, MYgroup offers 17 online training programs that are available 24/7 and include certificates of completion.

        Additional monthly online seminars are offered live during the month and then archived at The seminars address a different personal development topic each month.  

        EAP core training can be presented onsite for personal or professional development. Topics include:

        • Compassion fatigue

        • Conflict and negativity

        • Coping with change

        • Conflict resolution

        • Dealing with difficult people

        • Decreasing financial stress

        • Effective communication

        • Holiday stress

        • Mindfulness in the workplace

        • Stress management

        • Time management

        • Work-life balance

        • Workplace bullying

        • Workplace violence

        • Free financial counseling appointments

        • Issues addressed include bankruptcy, budgeting, buying a home, college savings and retirement planning

        • Educational materials and financial worksheets provided prior to appointments

        • 40 financial calculators available online

        • ID theft recovery through credit monitoring

        • Discounted credit reports

      Except for fees associated with the purchase of legal documents, the EAP provides up to four counseling sessions per person, per issue, per year at no cost to university faculty, staff and their immediate household members.

      All EAP benefits are as confidential as the law allows. The university has no need or desire to know who uses these services, nor will anyone have access to any information without your consent. The only exceptions are when someone's safety is in question.

      If you have specific questions or concerns that our team can help you address, please contact the Employee Relations Office by e-mailing or calling 803/323-2273.

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