New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation

The University of Connecticut is a vibrant workplace that values diverse viewpoints, inclusivity, and a healthy focus on all aspects of an employee’s work and life obligations. The University strives to support all of its employees with a smooth, engaging, and educational transition to working at UConn. We anticipate that your work and interactions with UConn students, faculty, and staff will be worthwhile and enjoyable.

As you begin your transition to work at UConn, Human Resources is here to provide you with information that will be helpful in preparing for your first day and weeks at work.

Through New Employee Orientation, Human Resources collaborates with offices across the University to introduce new employees to the multifaceted aspects of UConn. New Employee Orientation also affords new employees the opportunity to learn about all that UConn has to offer for benefits and services. New employee orientation is mandatory for all Regular Payroll UConn employees.

Faculty hired in 2021 will attend a New Faculty Orientation on Thursday, August 26th. There will also be an opportunity to attend a Benefits/Payroll Open House in mid-August. More information can be found on the Provost’s website. Please also review the information in the “what to do before orientation” and “items to complete/provide” sections below.

Adjunct faculty, Instructional Specialists & Special Payroll Lecturers participate in an alternative on-line orientation program. Other Special Payroll employees attend orientation with their hiring department.


While many UConn faculty and staff are working remotely due to COVID-19, New Employee Orientation (NEO) will take place as a virtual experience in a condensed format, on Friday’s of pay week. Presentations will be given by Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Parking Services, Payroll and Benefits. UCPEA and AAUP Union members will meet with their Union at the end of the formal orientation. Please refer to your offer letter for your orientation date. Human Resources will announce when in-person Orientation sessions will resume.

New Employee Orientation Agenda

Time Topic
8:20 am – 8:30 am Session Open
8:30 am - 9:10 am Welcome/Human Resources
9:10 am – 9:40 am Information Technology Services
9:40 am – 10:10 am Payroll
10:10 am – 10:25 am Parking Services
10:25 am – 10:35 am Break
10:35 am – 11:50 am One Card Office
10:50 am – 11:50 am Benefits and Retirement
11:50 am – 12:00 pm Q&A/Wrap-up
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm (breakout rooms) Union Information for AAUP and UCPEA Members

Virtual Orientation Platform
The virtual orientation will be held via Microsoft Teams. You will receive a meeting invite via your personal email address that you used in the recruiting process, containing a link to the meeting and a dial-in number. Please test your ability to connect prior to orientation. You do not need to download or have an account with Microsoft Teams, but if you wish to, information can be found on the Microsoft Teams site. Also see UConn’s Microsoft Teams Information and Troubleshooting Guide. If you will need an accommodation to participate in the virtual orientation, please email

Additional Orientation Course:
You will be invited to an additional orientation session that covers compliance and policy information, as well as other University information and resources through our Learning Management System, Learning@Work. You will receive an email when the course is assigned to you.


Before Orientation

As you prepare to begin for your new position at UConn, there are certain tasks that should be completed prior to, on or just after your first day.

As some processes have changed and services are affected due to COVID-19, please refer to the COVID-19 Faculty/Staff New Hire To Do List below to ensure your initial onboarding tasks are complete.

COVID-19 New Faculty/Staff "To Do" List

Review the Benefits Presentation and Health Care Options Planner in advance of orientation and come prepared with questions.

Fill out Page 1 of the New Employee Forms Packet complete the remainder of the information for each form, and return the forms to Human Resources following orientation.

Read through the Retirement Election – On or Before First Day information.


New Employee Forms Packet
Retirement Election Form: If Day 1 of Orientation is your first day of employment at UConn, you must submit your irrevocable retirement election by the end of the day.
- Beneficiary Information (including social security numbers as applicable)
Type A or a combination of Type B and Type C documentation for I-9;
Bank account and routing information for direct deposit.



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Have questions or accommodation requests?

Contact Human Resources at or (860) 486-3034.

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