Specific Charges for 2015-2016

All Specific Charges are in addition to each committee's "General" Charge in the Council Bylaws

  1. Continue discussion of Penn Behavioral Health, with particular focus on out-of-network benefits and the administration of claims, as well as compliance with new federal regulations regarding mental health benefits.

  2. Consider Penn’s retirement benefits for faculty and staff.  Evaluate retirement benefits, particularly retirement (qualified plan) and especially in relation to peer institutions.

  3. Review same-sex partner benefits in light of the changes in laws governing same-sex marriage.

  4. Monitor implementation of revised short-term disability/maternity leave policy.

  5. Continue to discuss and review the requirements of Health Care Reform and consider needed changes in University benefits.

  6. Continue to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of Penn's wellness initiatives, including Penn's program with Health Advocate.

  7. Continue to discuss and investigate how information on benefits is disseminated and possible improvements thereto.

  8. Review and discuss this Committee’s general charge and identify two or three issues that should be given the highest priority for the committee’s work in academic year 2016-17.


Committee Members


Reed Shuldiner*


Susan Sproat
Jack Heuer


Sheila Hall


David Balamuth*
Carolyn Cannuscio*
Erika Holzbaur
Russell Localio
Jonathan Smith*
Petra Todd
Rakesh Vohra

Graduate/professional students:


Undergraduate students:



Heather Frattone*
Amy Nothelfer*
Susan Russoniello


Joe Mellon, Jr.*
Peter Rockett*
Joyce Woodward-Jones*


Anita Allen

*Indicates reappointment as chair or member.