||Ideal Administrator Manual
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This manual replaces any previous employee manual. The policies, terms, and provisions of this manual may change without notice at the sole discretion of the University.
||Ideal Administrator Benefits
replaces any previous employee manual. The policies, terms, and
provisions of this manual may change without notice at the sole
discretion of the University.
Administrator benefits are available with a minimum one-year
commitment to that program.
Administrators are housed in a dormitory setting in a single room to
ensure maximum privacy and quiet.
Administrators, married, with families or without children, may be
housed in frat apartments or trailers.
Administrators may have immediate family members stay on campus for
two weeks per year with a room provided at no extra charge. Before
inviting family members, please contact the Human Resource Office for
approval of your request, and then if approval is obtained, contact
the Housing Office to determine the availability of suitable housing.
Other guests of Ideal Administrators must pay the regular rates.
Ideal Administrators who host non-dependent family members, such as
boarding students at Maharishi School, must pay a fee of $100 dollars
per month to cover utilities and wear and tear on campus housing.
Administrators receive all meals served in the University’s
Annapurna Dining Hall in the Argiro Student Center. Other commissary
options are available. Please ask for an outline at the Human
Resource Office. One guest meal pass per month is available on
request, but does not carry over to the next month.
Up to three
immediate family members visiting an Ideal Administrator may receive
three days of guest meal passes for three meals per day in any one
The University has
well-established quiet hours of 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
to 7:15 p.m. For everyone’s comfort, the University has also
established separate gender residence living areas for single staff.
We ask that you please respect this designation during the quiet hour
times. Please note that guests should be asked to leave the residence
halls no later than 9:30 p.m. in the evening.
Weekend Invincible America
Assemblies (IAA) and Meditator Residence Courses
provide the opportunity to deepen experiences in a restful,
structured environment and to further the understanding of Maharishi
Ideal Administrators may participate with the students in IAA’s and
Residence Courses, which may be offered at the end of any academic
an initial two months of employment, Meditators may apply to go on a
residence course. Up to six weekend residence courses (Friday evening
to Sunday afternoon) may be taken per year. Many courses coincide
with the monthly long weekend courses for students. Approval is
needed from your department head, and course arrangements are made
through the Development of Consciousness Office. The Data Manager at
the Human Resource Office should be informed if time off from work is
necessary in order to attend a residence course.
Sidhas: Long Weekend IAA may be available during the holiday
weekends, such as Thanksgiving. In addition all Ideal Administrators
may participate with the students on IAA offered at the end of the
academic terms. Please see the academic calendar for dates, and call
the Human Resource Office for information.
To sign up for
these courses please ask your department head to call the Human
Resource Office with his or her approval before the starting date of
Invincible America Assembly
America Super Radiance program, originally called the Creating
Coherence Program (CCP), including Evening Knowledge meetings is a
benefit for Ideal Administrators and Interns who practice the
TM-Sidhi Program. It is ideal for gaining deep rest and deeper
experiences of the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi
programs, which create the basis for developing higher states of
Administrators who have made a minimum two-year commitment on
the Maharishi Master Manager Track are eligible after six months to
apply for IAA Program benefits. Thereafter, Ideal Administrators
become eligible for one week of IAA per quarter in the calendar year.
This means that a maximum of four weeks of morning rounding may be
taken in one full calendar year of employment. (Interns may take a
maximum of two weeks of IAA per year.) Two weeks may be taken
consecutively at any approved time. These benefits may not be carried
over from calendar year to calendar year.
Those who qualify
for this benefit may request it through their department head. Please
ask your department head to call the Human Resource Office to give
approval. While participating in the IAA Program, Ideal
Administrators are still expected to fulfill work obligations in the
One-Week World Peace Assemblies
Administrators on the Maharishi Master Manager Track have the option
of exchanging two weeks of their morning IAA benefit per
year for a full-time one-week IA Assembly. Please have your
department head call the Human Resource Office with his/her approval
two weeks prior to the beginning of the IA Assembly.
If you choose to
take a full-time one-week Assembly, it may be taken here at the
University or at any other Movement facility. However, application
procedures, travel expenses, and course fees for courses outside of
Fairfield would be your responsibility. For courses outside of
Fairfield, please have your department head call the Human Resource
Office with his/her approval two weeks prior to the beginning of the
Assembly you wish to attend.
Administrators making at least a two-year commitment on the Maharishi
Master Manager Track are eligible after two months to join the
University’s Health Insurance Program and can receive health
insurance with options to increase the coverage if desired.
Once you are
eligible for health insurance coverage you have 30 days from your
eligibility date in which to complete an insurance application form.
Coverage begins as of your date of eligibility. To enroll for this
coverage after the 30-day deadline, you must wait until the beginning
of MUM’s new contract year with the health insurance provider,
which is January 1. Then you must complete the application within 30
days of January 1 or wait another year. It is the Ideal
Administrator’s responsibility to apply during his or her
eligibility period. You will receive an insurance notification form
notifying you of your eligibility date at the time of your
orientation to the Ideal Administrator Program.
Those electing the
health insurance program when they are first eligible are covered
automatically. Those who wait are required by the plan to go through
a qualification procedure.
Administrator making less than a two-year commitment to the Ideal
Administrator program will be eligible for health insurance after one
year of employment with an additional one-year commitment. In this
instance your eligibility would begin on January 1 following your
first year of employment.
Note to parents
and spouses regarding dependent child and independent spouse health
insurance eligibility: the University does not provide health
insurance eligibility to dependent children under age 19 if one of
the parents is employed outside the University or self-employed. In a
single parent family, health insurance eligibility for a dependent
child will depend on which parent is currently providing the majority
of financial support to the child. Independent spouses who are
self-employed or employed outside the University are not eligible for
health insurance coverage.
After joining the
plan there may be a period of time in which coverage is not provided
for pre-existing conditions. For more information, please contact the
Insurance Office at ext. 4108.
University employee who makes a monthly stipend is eligible to
participate in the optional dental plan. If you choose to join the
plan a monthly premium will be deducted from your stipend. Spouses,
whether or not they work for the University, and dependent children
(“dependent” is defined as unmarried children up to the age of
19, or up to the age of 23 if the child is a full-time student, who
are dependent upon the University employee for support) are eligible
This is a benefit
that, if desired, should be enrolled for within 30 days of your hire
date. To enroll in this coverage after the 30-day deadline, you must
wait until the beginning of MUM’s new contract year, which is March
this plan are free to choose whichever dentist they wish in the state
of Iowa. Some procedures are not covered until the second or third
year of participation. There is a yearly deductible and a maximum
insurance payment per year.
If you are
interested, please request a brochure and an application from
Insurance Administration at ext. 4108. It is the Ideal
Administrator’s responsibility to apply for these benefits during
his or her eligibility period. You will receive an insurance
notification form notifying you of your eligibility date at the time
of your orientation to the Ideal Administrator Program.
insurance for full-time Ideal Administrators is currently provided
via Met Life. If you desire this benefit, enroll within 30 days of
your hire date. It offers life insurance and Accidental Death and
Dismemberment (AD&D) at a reasonable price. The amount varies
depending upon the amount of coverage you would like to obtain. The
premium is deducted from your stipend.
If you do not take
this benefit within 30 days of your hire date, you may apply at a
later date but must then complete a Statement of Health form, which
takes about two months to be accepted or rejected.
Please call the
Insurance Administrator at ext. 4108 for further details.
The Science of Creative
Intelligence® (SCI) Course
The 33-lesson SCI
course is the foundation course of all education at Maharishi
University of Management. SCI studies the source, course, and goal of
intelligence in our life and in Nature. SCI is available periodically
on a part-time basis, and anyone who has not yet taken the course is
encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity when the course is
available. There is no fee for full-time members of the Ideal
Administrator program. Please contact the Registrar for course dates.
Non-Credit Continuing Education
Education Program offers a variety of non-credit courses, from
ceramics to Sanskrit, the majority of which are available to
full-time Ideal Administrators at no charge (unless there is a lab
fee). Registration for class is required prior to course attendance.
To register, call the Registrar at 641-472-7000 ext. 5514.
participate in the full-time Ideal Administrator program (or 18 hour
program if not receiving housing and meals benefit) are eligible to
apply through the Human Resource Office for tuition credit to pursue
study in a Maharishi University of Management degree-seeking program.
Note that the use of tuition credit by former Ideal Administrators as
well as by dependents (children and spouses) of current Ideal
Administrators requires some financial contribution (cash or student
employed Full-time Ideal Administrators may petition Human
Resource Committee for tuition credit to cover the tuition of Evening
Weekend degree programs, or for one-course-at-a-time “for credit”
Continuing Education courses. Approval must be obtained from both the
Ideal Administrator’s Department Head, and Personnel Committee.
Normal work hours must be maintained, and participation in a “for
credit” full day course must not exceed a normal allowed Leave of
Absence. There is no financial contribution required for courses
taken by currently employed Ideal Administrators.
Ideal Administrators who worked less than one year may earn $600
tuition credit for each month of work.
Ideal Administrators who worked more than one year may earn tuition
credit for every year of work. One year of tuition credit:
requires payment of $2,000 per year Tuition. In addition, the
maximum allowable federal and state grants must be paid either in
the qualifying grants or in the equivalent amount of cash and loan
to replace grants. There is no cost for Housing and Meals.
Standard graduate programs
(Standard Masters and PhD) requires payment of housing/meals and a
maximum $2,000 per year tuition payment (or 50% of tuition,
whichever is less).
Evening Weekend degree
programs, one year of work gives the entire degree in tuition credit
with a maximum payment of $2,000 per year for tuition (or 50% of
tuition in a semester, if that semester tuition is less than $2,000)
and requires payment of housing/meals, fees, deposits.
Spouses of Current Ideal Administrators may be eligible for
tuition credit benefits depending on the benefit package of the Ideal
Administrator. Acquisition of tuition credit ends when the full-time
Ideal Administrator leaves the Ideal Administrator position.
Independent spouses who are self-employed or who have an hourly wage
job, or a job outside the University are not eligible.
Housing/Meals/Fees are not
Tuition contribution in the
amount of $2000 is required except when the Ideal Administrator has
been employed more than five years and the dependent is a USA
Citizen or permanent resident in an undergraduate program.
Government Grant contribution
is also required by dependents who are undergraduates and USA
Citizens or permanent residents. This contribution is the maximum
allowable federal and state grants or the equivalent amount in cash
or loans if the family does not qualify for the maximum grant
allowable due to family income.
Security Deposit is paid by
children but not by spouses.
administrators who qualify for tuition credit must begin their
academic program within one year of leaving the Ideal Administrator
program; otherwise credit and eligibility for tuition credit is
Tuition credit may
be used to pursue any degree level (undergraduate, Masters, or PhD),
and may be used for more than one degree, but not for more than one
degree per level (for example, not for two Masters degrees). Once
tuition credit begins to be used by a former Ideal Administrator,
there can be no break (a full semester without enrollment) in the
pursuit of the academic program except in the case of an exception
made by Human Resource Office, such as a family emergency.
The use of Tuition
credit is not automatic or guaranteed. Qualifications for admission
to the academic program are evaluated by the Admissions Office. The
granting of tuition credit is awarded by the Human Resource Office on
the basis of work performance, conduct, and Invincible America
Assembly Super Radiance or group meditation attendance.
Tuition credit may
not be used for Distance Education, Rotating University travel
expenses, the TM Teacher Training program, student fees, lab fees, or
Dependent Spouse Tuition Credit
are eligible to apply for tuition credit only if the full-time staff
member earning approved dependent spouse benefits continues to be
employed full-time as Ideal Administrator.
Tuition Credit Summary Table
Tuition Credit - GRAD
of Current Ideal Administrators
per year if Ideal Administrator is employed less than 5 years + if
USA Citizen or permanent resident, contribute the maximum
allowable federal and state grants or replacement value in cash or
Free Room & Board
Room & Board
Pay $2,000/yr tuition or
50% of semester tuition, whichever is less
Less than 1 year
$600 per month credit
$600 per month credit
Staff 1 yr
year worked = 1 year
$2,000 + USA Citizen or permanent resident must contribute the
maximum allowable federal and state grants or replacement value in
cash or loan.
Free Room & Board if
USA Citizen or Permanent Resident
year worked = 1 year credit
Room & Board
Pay $2,000/yr tuition or
50% semester tuition, whichever is less
Unpaid Leave of Absence (LOA)
does not grant unpaid LOA except in the case of family emergencies,
special circumstances, or serious illness as per the requirements of
the “Family and Medical Leave Act.” (See “Family and Medical
Leave Act” in Ideal Administrator EMPLOYMENT webpage section) Ideal
Administrators need to petition the Personnel Committee for approval.
Please contact the Human Resource Office for more information.
Administrators who work the standard six-day week may take
one-half day off per month to take care of personal needs. Those who
do not work the standard six-day week may take one-half day off per
month for necessary medical or dental needs. This time must be
arranged with your department head’s approval and, if not used
during the month, cannot be accumulated or carried over.
Administrator who needs to miss work for more than three consecutive
days due to illness will be required to see a Medical Doctor and
provide a written note to the Human Resource Office. The note should
verify the Doctor’s prognosis and indicate how much additional
missed work time, if any, he or she recommends.
Family Bereavement Leave
Administrators may take up to a maximum of one week of paid
leave in the event of the death of a family member. This LOA is over
and above the standard paid LOA allotment. If further time off is
required, the Ideal Administrator will be required to apply to use
standard paid LOA days. If more time off is still required, then the
Ideal Administrator must petition the Personnel Committee to take
additional days of unpaid leave.
||Dependent Spouse and Dependent Child Benefits
Please note: The Personnel Committee and University Council
reserve the right to determine dependent spouse and dependent child
Not all family dependents may be approved and/or be eligible
for any or all dependent benefits. Benefits may depend on budgetary
or other considerations.
If approved by the
Personnel Committee, spouses who are dependents of a full-time Ideal
Administrator may be eligible for the following benefits:
food and housing
Bookstore discount sticker
- Recreation Center pass
weekend Residence Courses (Meditators) per year
on the IAA (for Sidhas), but then do not receive food and housing
for tuition scholarships for degree-seeking M.U.M. academic programs
(including Non-Standard programs) and “for credit” Continuing
invited to apply for the 15 hour per week spouse track on the Ideal
Administrator program. If accepted for a budgeted part-time position,
they may receive additional benefits as follows:
part-time expense stipend throughout the year
Rejuvenation program treatments at a reduced rate
Please note that
spouses choosing to work part-time who have children under age 18 are
required to work 15 hours per week only when Maharishi School classes
are in session and not during Maharishi School’s winter, spring,
and summer breaks.
to work part-time who do not have children under 18 are
required to work 15 hours per week throughout the year and are
eligible for the standard three weeks of paid LOA per year.
children under age 18 who desire to work full-time for M.U.M. only
during the weeks that Maharishi School classes are in session
may do so, and they will receive a full-time stipend only during
the weeks they are working full-time. All other benefits
mentioned above (except paid LOA) will apply to those in this
Spouses are also
invited to apply for the full-time Ideal Administrator Program at any
time and if accepted for a budgeted position, will receive full-time
Ideal Administrator benefits according to track and tenure.
These policies are
subject to change at the discretion of the University.
Dependent Children through the
Summer of High School Graduation are eligible for:
Weekend Residence Courses per year
Dependent Children 18 or Older
18 or older who are enrolled as Maharishi School of the Age of
Enlightenment (MSAE) or Maharishi University of Management students
and who are eligible for commissary benefits, may continue to
participate in the commissary plan of their choice.
who are currently enrolled at Maharishi University of Management and
living in on-campus student housing will be required to live at home
with their parents during the winter and summer breaks, unless they
are officially registered for a student break work program through
the Human Resource Office. Children age 23 and above who are living
with their families during the winter and summer breaks are required
to work on the University’s 18-hour room and board program to earn
a standard Annapurna meal pass, if desired.
Dependent children attending M.U.M.
who have graduated from high school or college, or who are no longer
students may live at home with their parents without paying a room
and board charge for three to six months—that is, while they are
here on vacation, waiting to go to graduate school, or seeking
employment. They will also receive the standard WPA/Residence Course
benefits given to full-time students.
Children who are
employed in town may live at home with no room and board charge for
up to three to six months at the discretion of the Personnel
Committee. If, after this period, they wish to continue living at
home, they will be asked to pay a standard room and board charge to
the University, or join the Ideal Administrator program 18-hour Room
and Board Track.
during vacation periods, dependent children over 18 and less than 23
years of age, who are not students at Maharishi University of
Management but are enrolled as students at other colleges, may
receive a badge for group program; however, they will not be eligible
for free Weekend Residence Courses. They will be issued a standard
Annapurna meal pass.
Dependent Children: MSAE or M.U.M.
Please note: the
following tuition scholarship eligibility for children ends if the
full-time Ideal Administrator parent leaves University employment. At
age 30, children are no longer eligible for tuition scholarships.
Grandchildren are also not eligible for tuition scholarships.
Up until their
30th birthday, children of full-time Maharishi Master
Managers are eligible to apply through the Human Resource Office for
tuition scholarships at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment
(MSAE) and/or for any degree-seeking program at the University (one
degree per level), not including Distance Education programs.
Children may petition the Personnel Committee for an exception to
pursue more than one degree per level.
children applying for tuition scholarships at MSAE are required to
submit a Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR) form to the
Maharishi School Student Accounts Office. Parents who have
significant personal financial resources may be required to
contribute a portion of their child’s tuition in the form of cash
and/or loan. MUM will cover the cost of submitting the FAIR
application for processing.
in M.U.M. undergraduate and Ph.D. programs must apply for federal and
state grants such as the Pell Grant and the Iowa Tuition Grant by
filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later
than June 15 prior to the beginning of each academic year. Children
who do not qualify for the Iowa Tuition Grant are required to make a
cash and/or loan contribution in the amount equivalent to the current
value of the Iowa Tuition Grant.
scholarships do not cover Distance Education programs or the extra
cost above tuition of Rotating University programs or special courses
developed at Maharishi Open University and Maharishi Vedic
University. Additional cash contributions may also be required for
the College of Maharishi Vedic Medicine Program, the standard M.A. in
Maharishi Vedic Science program, and other Master’s programs.
Tuition scholarships do not cover TM-Sidhi program tuition, or
Teacher Training Course tuition. Children must pay the Security
Deposit and student fees for enrollment in academic programs. Room
and board is covered through the approved full-time Ideal
Administrator family benefit package for undergraduate and Master’s
programs, but not Ph.D. programs. Meal plans continue according to
arrangements with the Human Resource Office.
Children who are
current Maharishi School or Maharishi University of Management
students may also petition the Personnel Committee for tuition
scholarships for part-time “for credit” Continuing Education
courses or Non-Standard academic programs. If enrolling in a
Non-Standard program and living on campus, children age 18 or over
are required to join the Ideal Administrator 18-hour room and board
program to cover room and board charges.
a track or change tracks after the two-month introductory period, you
must inform the Human Resource Office in writing. Acceptance to
various tracks is not automatic, and eligibility requirements vary
for each track and are subject to change. You should receive
confirmation of acceptance to the track of your choice from the Human
Resource Office. Please read the information below to determine
which track you are interested in.
Transcendental Meditation SidhiSM
(CIC) Course Track
Citizens of the
Age of Enlightenment who are committed to the Ideal Administrator
program for one year are, after six months, eligible to apply for a
scholarship for the TM-Sidhi course, called the Center Invincibility
Course (CIC). If you are accepted on the CIC, you may take the
course at the time it is offered; however, you are expected to
complete the entire 12 months of service to the Ideal Administrator
program. In addition you must commit to being in the Dome for one
year after completion of the flying block.
credit for the CIC, you may not earn tuition credit for any other
Contact the Human
Resource Office for application instructions when you are ready to
apply for CIC. Application procedures and acceptance are then
organized through the local Maharishi Peace Palace. If you are
accepted to the TM-Sidhi course, then eligibility for a scholarship
is possible and based in part, on successfully fulfilling the
following TM-Sidhi Track requirements:
Twice daily attendance at group
A high quality of work performance
Maintenance of good health while
on the Ideal Administrator program
Successful completion of at least
one Residence Course
Regular checking (at the Peace
The final two-week
block of the CIC program is taken in residence and is considered as
two weeks of your three-week paid LOA for that year. Transportation
costs to and from the two-week in- residence block are not covered.
You will be
charged the full course fee if the remainder of the one year
commitment is not completed after the course.
Maharishi University of Management
Tuition Eligibility Track
participate in the Ideal Administrator program may apply for tuition
scholarship eligibility. Tuition scholarships may only be used to
pursue study in a Maharishi University of Management full-time
details please refer to “Tuition Scholarship Eligibility” under
the Ideal Administrator Benefits section.
Maharishi Master Manager Track
Master Manager Track is for Citizen Sidhas and Governors wishing to
make a career commitment to the University with a minimum
commitment of two years. Extra benefits to help provide a more
comfortable stay include higher stipends, health insurance, the
Invincible America Creating Coherence Program (CCP), and eligibility
to apply for tuition scholarships to Maharishi School of the Age of
Enlightenment or Maharishi University of Management for those Ideal
Administrators with dependent spouses or children.
benefits may be announced as they are adopted.
This program is
for full time Ideal Administrators, who make a commitment to work at
the University for one year or more, but under two years. Benefits
include meals, a room on campus, Recreation Center pass, paid
holidays and Leave of Absence, a stipend, possibility to receive CIC
and tuition credit for degree courses.
This program is
for Ideal Administrators who make a commitment to work at the
University for under a year. Benefits include meals, a room on
campus, Recreation Center pass, paid holidays and Leave of Absence,
and tuition credit for degree courses.
18-Hour Room and Board Track
This track is open
to Citizen Sidhas and Governors who are willing to make a minimum
commitment of six months. The 18-Hour Room and Board Track provides
room, board and group program privileges. The total hours of work
required for each month will vary depending on the number of
work-days in the month. Please contact the Human Resource Office for
a month-by-month schedule of total hours required. Participants in
this program do not receive any paid holiday or sick leave. Any
lost time from work must be made up with the exception of the January
12 celebration and the Guru Purnima celebration. Work schedules
will be determined by the department head.
Administrators on the Room and Board Track also receive three weeks
or 18 days (counted Monday–Saturday) of unpaid Leave of Absence
(LOA) per anniversary year. If a longer LOA time is required, you
must petition the Personnel Committee in advance. A standard storage
fee may be charged for additional LOA taken since the use of your
room is the benefit that you receive on this track.
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