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To recognize an employee who is leaving Bethel University voluntarily, a department has the discretion to use department funds as outlined below for a farewell party and/or gift.

Years of serviceMaximum amount for a party (includes gift amount)Maximum amount for a gift
Less than 3$0$10-$15
3-7 years$225$15-$20
8-12 years$350$20-$30
13-19 years$500$30-$40
20+ years$750$40-$50
  • A department budget may be used to fund a farewell party for a benefits-eligible employee according to the guidelines above. A farewell gathering is optional, not required.

  • A department budget may also be used to purchase a farewell gift for a benefits-eligible employee according to the guidelines above. A farewell gift is optional, not required.
  • Only employees who are benefits-eligible qualify for a Bethel-funded farewell party and/or gift. To use institutional funds for an employee who is not benefits-eligible, approval from a senior vice president is required.
  • The entire party amount does not have to be used. The entire gift amount does not have to be used.
  • To use institutional funds over and above the guidelines, approval from a senior vice president is required. (For a departing senior vice president, approval from the president is required.) Otherwise, any expenses over and above the guidelines must be financed personally.
  • The employee and his or her supervisor or department chair should discuss and decide what type of party is desired. Not all employees want a farewell gathering.
  • The supervisor or department chair must contact the Office of Human Resources to verify years of service.
  • The supervisor or department chair must contact the Office of Human Resources (651.638.6119 or bethelhr@bethel.edu) to coordinate a farewell gathering. A department budget number is required.
  • Suggestions for a farewell gathering include but are not limited to: a community reception in the Eastlund Room (or other available space on campus); a department lunch, pizza party, or picnic; or an informal open house where guests are invited to stop by the office and visit with the departing employee. Farewell gatherings may be hosted off campus if desired.
  • Gift suggestions include but are not limited to: Bethel apparel from the Campus Store, a favorite book, or a photo album/memory book of the employee’s years at Bethel.


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