Disability Information

If you are seriously ill or injured and unable to work for an extended period of time, and if you provide acceptable medical documentation, you may be eligible to continue to receive income under Harvard's disability coverage.

With the University's two disability plans, Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability, a portion of your income continues along with your other benefits if you are unable to work due to a non-work related illness or injury. 

Work related injuries may be covered by Workers' Compensation.

Short term Disability (STD)

The purpose of the Short Term Disability Plan is to help staff avoid or minimize the financial burdens that may result from an extended non-work related accident or illness.

Workplace Accidents and Workers' Compensation

All employees of Harvard University are covered by Workers' Compensation during the course of their employment. Supervisors are responsible for the accurate completion and submittal of the Accident Report. The Accident Report must be submitted within 24 hours of the incident and should be sent to Heidi Shea at hshea@seas.harvard.edu. Please see the University’s policies for Workers' Compensation.

Long Term Disability

The purpose of the Long Term Disability Plan is to provide continued income to eligible faculty and staff in the event he or she is unable to work due to non-work-related total disability.

Leaves of Absence