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.

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, Payroll and Benefits. Please refer to your offer letter for your orientation date. Human Resources will announce when in-person Orientation sessions will resume.
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 to ensure your initial onboarding tasks are complete.
COVID-19 New Faculty/Staff To Do List

New Employee Orientation Dates
May 8, May 22, June 5, June 19

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 – 10:20 am Break
10:20 am – 11:20 am Benefits and Retirement
11:20 am – 11:30 am Q&A/Wrap-up

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 Presentations
You will be invited to a future orientation make-up session that covers compliance and policy information, as well as other University information and resources. In the meantime, please review the online presentations from the Human Resources, Compliance, Privacy, Institutional Equity, Public Safety, Environmental Health & Safety, Diversity & Inclusion and Ombuds Offices in the New Employee Orientation Agenda section below by clicking on the link under the topic.


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.

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 and bring the forms with you to orientation.

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

New Adjunct Faculty, Instructional Specialists & Special Payroll Lecturers will participate in the Online Orientation Program
New Adjunct Faculty "To Do" List


Friday Full-Day Program (Day 1)

New Employee Orientation typically begins on Friday morning with a full-day session (occasionally, Orientation will begin on a Monday following a Friday holiday). Human Resources introduces new employees to their benefits and retirement options. In addition, new employees have the opportunity to complete payroll paperwork (e.g., I-9, W-4, and direct deposit), acquire their parking pass, take a picture for their University ID, the Husky One Card, learn about Information Technology Services, and meet with a representative from their bargaining unit, if applicable.

As part of Day 1, new employees will tour the Storrs campus by bus with a stop at the Dairy Bar!

Day 1 of New Employee Orientation takes place at Human Resources in the Brown Building (9 Walters Ave., Storrs) on the Depot Campus. New employees may park in the visitor spots or in the parking lots on either side of the building.

8:15-8:30 Registration/Check-In Human Resources
8:30-9:15 Welcome and UConn Overview Human Resources
9:15-9:45 Information Technology Information Technology Services
9:45-10:30 Your Payroll Payroll Office
10:30-10:45 Break Break
10:45-11:15 Your Parking Parking Services
11:15-11:45 Your ID Card Husky One Card Office
11:45-12:30 "Working Lunch" Lunch
12:30-2:00 Your Benefits and Retirement Options Employee Benefits/Prudential
2:00-2:15 Break/Paperwork Break
2:15-3:15 Campus Tour Human Resources
3:15-Varies Union Information (UCPEA Members Only) UCPEA Union

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided for this session. A refrigerator and microwave are available for your use.

Monday Half-Day Program (Day 2)

The second day of New Employee Orientation typically occurs on the following Monday (Day 2 occasionally occurs on a Tuesday following a Monday holiday). At this half-day session, employees receive information and guidance from offices across the University, introducing new employees to the resources that will aid in their success while working at UConn. Employees will receive presentations from Human Resources, University Compliance, Institutional Equity, Public Safety, Environmental Health & Safety, Diversity & Inclusion, and the University Ombuds.

Day 2 of New Employee Orientation takes place at the School of Business - Room 321 (2100 Hillside Road) on the Storrs Campus. A Storrs Campus parking map is available from the following website: Campus Maps. Select a parking lot that corresponds with the parking pass you purchased. If you do not have a parking pass, there are two parking garages on campus. The South Parking Garage is closest to the School of Business.

School of Business and Parking Directions.

8:15-8:30 Registration / Check-In Human Resources
8:30-8:45 Welcome and Human Resources Policies Human Resources
8:45-9:15 Compliance/Privacy Overview, Policies and Guidelines Office of University Compliance
9:15-9:35 Institutional Equity Overview, Policies and Guidelines Office of Institutional Equity
9:35-9:45 Break Break
9:45-10:35 Public Safety/Active Threat Division of Public Safety
10:35-11:05 Environmental Health and Safety Environmental Health & Safety
11:05-11:30 Diversity & Inclusion Office for Diversity & Inclusion
11:30-11:45 Ombuds Resources University Ombuds
11:45-11:50 Acknowledgment Form/Wrap Up Human Resources
11:50-12:15 Union Information (AAUP Members Only) AAUP Union

Light breakfast will be provided for this session.


Things to Bring

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.
Type A or a combination of Type B and Type C documentation for I-9;
Bank account and routing information for direct deposit.
Vehicle information including license plate number for vehicles you will park on campus.
Beneficiary Information (including social security numbers as applicable).

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 UConn employees except Adjunct faculty who participate in an alternative on-line orientation program.

2020 New Employee Orientation Dates
Friday, January 3 and Monday, January 6
Friday, January 17 and Tuesday, January 21
Friday, January 31 and Monday, February 3
Friday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 18
Friday, February 28 and Monday, March 2
Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 16
Friday, March 27 and Monday, March 30
Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13
Friday, April 24 and Monday, April 27
Friday, May 8 and Monday, May 11
Friday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 26
Friday, June 5 and Monday, June 8
Friday, June 19 and Monday, June 22
Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 7
Friday, July 17 and Monday, July 20
Friday, July 31 and Monday, August 3
Friday, August 14 and Monday, August 17
Friday, August 28 and Monday, August 31
Friday, September 11 and Monday, September 14
Friday, September 25 and Monday, September 28
Friday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 13
Friday, October 23 and Monday, October 26
Friday, November 6 and Monday, November 9
Friday November 20 and Monday, November 23
Friday, December 4 and Monday, December 7
Friday, December 18 and Monday, December 21

Have questions or accommodation requests, including dietary restrictions?

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

Directions to Human Resources

Required Federal Notifications

Affordable Care Act