The Arizona Board of Regents Phased Retirement Program enables
eligible Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) participants to reduce their workload
and hours, remain employed for up to three years, and concurrently take
distributions from their ORP retirement account(s).
If you are eligible, your participation is:
- subject to negotiation with and approval by the applicable
dean or vice president
- established by a binding, written legal agreement
The dean or vice president retains the authority to balance
college and division business continuity needs with requests for phased
retirement. Consequently, the final decision is made jointly between the participant
and the applicable dean or vice president.
To participate in the phased retirement period, you must:
- be at least 62 years old
- be fully vested in the ORP
- enter into a written Phased Retirement Agreement
with the University
The agreement must be finalized, approved, and accepted by
the University and submitted to Human Resources before the beginning of the
employee’s next contract period.
Phased Retirement Program step-by-step Instructions
Phased Retirement Agreement
Duration of the phased period
The maximum duration of your phased retirement period is
three years. You may request a period less than three years.
Once the phased retirement period has begun, you may choose
to accelerate retirement, but may not extend retirement past the date in your
written agreement. Any plans for accelerated retirement will be shared as early
as possible with the applicable dean or vice president to accommodate college
or division business continuity needs. This allows for unforeseen
circumstances, such as a participant's illness, that may prevent a participant
from fulfilling the negotiated phased retirement period.
Reduced workload and hours
Your salary and workload will be reduced at the beginning of
the phased retirement period. The specific amount of reduction is subject to
negotiation between you and the applicable dean/vice president.
Unless otherwise requested by you in writing, your
employment status will be no less than 20 hours per week, allowing you to
retain university and Arizona Department of Administration benefits
Tenured faculty and individuals with continuing status
A tenured faculty member or professional with continuing
status irrevocably relinquishes all status rights at the end of the phased
Year-to-year professionals continue to be subject to annual
employment contract renewals during the phased retirement period. Participation
in phased retirement by non-tenured/non-continuing personnel does not create a
guarantee or implied agreement of continuous employment during the phased
Access to ORP accounts during the phased retirement period
Participants may take distributions from vested ORP
account(s) as desired during the phased retirement period.
Contributions to ORP accounts during the phased retirement period
Both employee and employer contributions to the ORP continue
through the participant's retirement date in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes 15-1628C
and the Arizona Board of Regents ORP policy.