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 throughout the academic year attend New Employee Orientation on their date of hire, as well as a New Faculty Orientation in August. More faculty orientation 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.


New Employee Orientation/Onboarding (NEO) takes place as a virtual experience on Friday’s of pay week. At the end of New Employee Orientation, UCPEA, AAUP and UAW PostDoc Union members will meet virtually with their Union.

Please refer to your offer letter for your orientation date.

Following completion of New Employee Orientation, employees will be assigned a self-guided course, titled Welcome to UConn! in our Learning Management System, Learning@Work, as part two of orientation. Part Two of New Employee Orientation covers content presented by: Office of Human Resources, Office of Institutional Equity, Compliance/Privacy, University Safety, including Environmental Health & Safety, Ombuds, and Office of Diversity & Inclusion. The Welcome to UConn! Course will be assigned within the first two weeks of employment and must be completed within 5 business days of course assignment.

New Employee Orientation Agenda

Time Topic
8:20 am – 8:30 am Session Open
8:30 am - 9:10 am Welcome/Human Resources University Overview
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 – 10:50 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 UAW PostDoc, 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


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.

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 below, complete the remainder of the information for each form, and return the forms to Human Resources following orientation.
New Employee Forms Packet
New Employee Forms POSTDOC

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


*Until further notice, Day 2 orientation will not be held in-person; you will instead be assigned a course in our Learning Management System, Learning@Work.


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Have questions or accommodation requests?

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

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