Preretirement Planning

A Guide for faculty and staff considering retirement from CSU Fullerton.

Editor's note:This information is based on a Retirement 101 brochure that was prepared by our colleagues Bob Belloli, Jim Friel, and Sandy Sutphen. We extend our thanks to them for a job well done.

Ideally, planning for retirement should begin well before the date that you expect to retire.  There are many issues to consider when contemplating retirement.  These may include financial considerations, healthcare considerations, whether you plan to remain where you currently are living or plan to move, and the possibility that you may need long-term care at some future date.  And, most importantly, what you plan to do in retirement.  The links on the left take you to more detailed discussions of these issues. (Also, out statewide CSU retiree group - the  California State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Associatiion (CSU-ERFSA) - has some excellent pre-retirement planning information on its websiteOpens in new window .)

In addition, as a CSU Fullerton emeritus faculty member or staff member you remain a part of the university family.  As such you have certain campus privileges.  These include among others: library privileges, a complimentary parking pass for emeritus faculty members (complimentary parking passes for emeritus staff are issued on a case-by-case basis for those who need to be on campus on a regular basis for certain volunteer activities), the opportunity to maintain a campus email account, and certain information technology support services.

The privileges of emeritus faculty members are listed in detail in University Policy Statement 261.000, which is available on the CSU Fullerton Academic Senate websiteOpens in new window .  The following list is excerpted from that document. Note that items 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 also apply to emeritus staff members.

The privileges of emeritus status for retired tenured faculty shall include:

  1. retention of the university identification card, which will indicate their emeritus status;
  2. access to special facilities, including the Emeriti office;
  3. library privileges;
  4. email access;
  5. eligibility to participate in Faculty Development Center activities and use other training services;
  6. use of other academic and instructional technology services;
  7. free campus parking beginning with the first semester or summer session following the individual’s retirement date;
  8. regular discounts on campus activities and entertainment events;
  9. eligibility to serve on every University committee with the exception of the Faculty Personnel Committee.
  10. eligibility for service on thesis and dissertation committees;
  11. eligibility for service as substitute teachers; and
  12. such other privileges as the University, Faculty, Emeriti, Associated Students, and the State of California may create.