Getting Married

Congratulations!  You may be busy planning a wedding, but don’t overlook these important to-dos:

  1. Changes to your benefits
    • You have 31 days from the date of the marriage to make changes to your benefits.  You may:
      • Add your eligible spouse and eligible dependents to your medical, dental, and vision plans
      • Cancel your health coverage (with proof you are enrolling in your spouse’s plans)
      • Increase or decrease your health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSA), as applicable
      • Increase your supplemental life insurance, or enroll new dependents in spouse/child life insurance
    • Contact the HR Service Center to make any of these changes;  if you do not make the changes within 31 days, you must wait for the next annual enrollment to make changes to your benefits
    • You will need to provide a copy of your marriage certificate and any dependents’ birth certificates, if applicable
    • Review eligibility for transferring Remitted Tuition credits to your spouse
    • Consider changes to your voluntary retirement contributions or auto/home insurance
  2. Review and update your beneficiaries
    • You may wish to update your beneficiary designations [PDF] for basic & supplemental life insurance
    • Your spouse automatically becomes the beneficiary for 50% of your 403(b) retirement account, unless he or she signs written consent for you to name someone else as the beneficiary of more than 50% of your account.  Call TIAA at 855.842.2873 or visit tiaa.org/syr for assistance.
  3. Update your name, address, emergency contact, and payroll tax withholding, as needed
    • By logging into MySlice, you can update your address, phone number, email, emergency contact and military status in the Personal Services section.
    • While in MySlice, you can also update your federal and state tax withholding status in the Employee Services – Tax Withholding Information section.
    • You can also add a Preferred Name, which will display in many University software systems, including as your email display name. To change your name in University records, you must provide a copy of your new Social Security Card issued in your new name. Complete a Name Change Form [PDF] and submit to the HR Service Center
    • To change your gender, contact the HR Service Center

Contact the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042 for additional assistance.


Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this website is accurate. However, benefits are governed by legal documents (which, in certain circumstances, may include insurance contracts). If there is any difference between the information in this website and the official documents, the official documents will control. As is the case with all of Syracuse University’s employee benefit plans, the University reserves the right to modify or terminate these benefits at any time.