When a Chapman University employee dies, or is facing a grave illness, we understand that it is a very difficult time for family members. We would like to support loved ones who may need to make vital decisions, gather important documents or access and complete any required forms. The following information is available to help families navigate these difficult tasks and prepare survivors and beneficiaries with the information they will need to claim benefits following the death of a Chapman employee.
Beneficiary(ies) - Person(s) designated by an employee to receive a life insurance benefit payment or a retirement plan distribution after the death of an employee.
Survivor(s) - Person(s) responsible for the completion and submission of required documentation in order to receive distributions from life insurance policies and retirement plans. If survivor is a spouse, registered domestic partner or dependent child, that individual will be asked to make decisions on continuing benefit coverage through medical, dental and vision providers.
Beneficiary and Survivor Procedures
- Please notify the university as soon as possible of the death of the employee. If you are unsure whom to call, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (714) 997-6686. At this time, if you are able, you can speak directly to a Benefits Representative who can walk you through the benefits process and provide you with additional resources to help you through this difficult time.
- A personalized letter will be sent to the family of the deceased employee outlining specific survivor benefits and the procedures required to obtain them. In the meantime, the following contact information is provided for you to speak directly with representatives from our benefit carriers.
We suggest that you have the name of the employee and Social Security number information available prior to contacting these representatives.