Virginia Sickness & Disability Program (VSDP)

The Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) provides income protection if you can’t work because of a non-work related or work-related illness, injury or other condition, such as surgery, pregnancy, complications from pregnancy or major chronic or catastrophic conditions. VSDP benefits include:

  • Sick leave
  • Family and personal leave
  • Short-term and long-term disability coverage
  • Long-term care coverage
  • Transitional, medical rehabilitation and vocational rehabilitation plans to help you return to work if you are able

Classified staff in Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Plan 1, VRS Plan 2 or the Hybrid Retirement Plan, the State Police Officers’ Retirement System (SPORS) or the Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System (VaLORS), are enrolled automatically in the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) upon employment.

Faculty members who elect VRS as their retirement program can choose VSDP as their disability coverage.

*Faculty members that elected the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) or elected VRS, but chose to participate under the university’s disability program will have coverage through peer coverage.

*State employees in VRS Plan 1 hired before January 1, 1999 who did not elect VSDP during one of two open enrollment periods offered in 1999 and 2002 are not eligible for VSDP. These employees are in what is considered the old sick leave system.

UNUM Long-term Disability Income Protection

Faculty members that elected the ORP or elected VRS, but chose to participate in peer coverage can purchase UNUM long-term disability coverage. Classified employees in Plan 1 hired before January 1, 1999 who did not elect to participate in VSDP can also purchase UNUM Long-term disability coverage.

UNUM Long-term disability coverage is income replacement in a situation where the employee is considered disabled. Employees can elect 25%, 40%, or 50% of their earnings to supplement income. The cost of UNUM long-term disability is based on the employee’s age and salary. If the employee enrolls within the first 60 days of employment an evidence of insurability is not required. If the employee does not elect to enroll in UNUM, there is an open enrollment period that occurs every even year in the spring.

If you have questions about the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program you may contact a Human Resources Benefits Specialist or email

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