Short Term Disability

Short Term Disability (STD) benefits begin after you are unable to work due to a non-work related injury or illness after you have satisfied a 15-workday waiting period.

Who’s Eligible

Staff, including those represented by SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East and the Law Enforcement Officers Security Union-LEOSU-DC, scheduled to work 30 or more hours per week.

Effective Date of Coverage

STD coverage is effective immediately upon employment or qualified change of employment status (i.e. transferring from part-time to a full-time, benefits-eligible position).

What is it and how does it work?

Short Term Disability benefits replace 100% of  your income in the event you become unable to work due to an injury, illness or other medical scenario such as a scheduled surgery or birth of a child.

Benefits continue until the earliest of:

  • The date you are no longer disabled;
  • The date you reach the “recovery limit” for your type of disability; or
  • The date you reach the maximum benefit period of ten weeks.

Waiting Period
Before you can begin receiving these benefits, you must first satisfy a 15-workday waiting period. During this period you may use PTO, Unpaid Leave or Sick Leave (Union only). If a University Holiday occurs during the waiting period, that day will count toward satisfying your 15 days and you won’t have to take leave for that holiday.

Having a Baby
Maternity is covered under Georgetown University’s Short Term Disability plan. For birth claims in which there are no medical complications, the benefit is for a total of 8 weeks (3 weeks in the waiting period, 5 weeks of paid STD leave). You can learn more about your options, resources and much more in our guide to Leave Benefits for New Parents and Growing Families (new window).

Coordination of Benefits
Benefits are coordinated with any salary, wages, earnings or other plan benefits, including those benefits provided by the D.C. Paid Family Leave program.

Applying for Short Term Disability

Effective July 1, 2020, MetLife will be the administrator for Short Term Disability claims for Staff. Claims initiated prior to that date will continue to be managed by The Hartford.

Here are the steps for the application process:

1. Report your leave of absence to your Manager/Supervisor and maintain contact with him/her throughout your entire leave period.

2. Initiate the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) process by completing and submitting an FMLA application to You can learn more about FMLA here.

3. Contact MetLife to initiate your STD claim.

  • Call 1-866-729-9201
  • Register and log in to
  • Download the MetLife U.S. App to submit and view your claim on your SmartPhone

    If your absence is scheduled, such as an upcoming hospital stay or birth of a child, call MetLife 30 days prior to your last day of work. If unscheduled, please call MetLife as soon as possible.

4. If you are eligible for paid leave benefits from the District of Columbia’s Office of Paid Family Leave, visit dcpaidfamilyleave.dc (new window). (new window)gov (new window) (new window) to register and apply.

D.C. Paid Family Leave

Benefits under the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act for The District of Columbia’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) Program begin July 1, 2020.  This leave is administered directly through the Department of Employment Services and provides up to 8 weeks of paid time off for qualifying reasons.

All Georgetown leave policies will run concurrent with DC’s UPL plan whenever possible.  

Given this, payment from Georgetown University will be reduced by any estimated benefit from the District of Columbia’s Paid Family Leave.  During leaves of absence Georgetown University employees will be compensated up to 100% of their salary from all sources combined. You can learn more about how GU benefits coordinate with DC PFL benefits here.