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) will take place over two days; Day 1 will take place as a virtual experience in a condensed format on Friday’s of pay week, and Day 2 in-person* on the Storrs Campus the Monday following. UCPEA, AAUP and UAW PostDoc Union members will meet with their Union at the end of the formal orientation on Day 1. Please refer to your offer letter for your orientation date.

*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.

Day 1 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 UAW PostDoc and UCPEA Members

Day 1 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

Day 2 Orientation*
*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.

Day 2 of New Employee Orientation/Onboarding (NEO) will take place in person in the School of Business Boardroom – Room 321 on the Storrs Campus. The GPS address is 2100 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269. The School of Business Building is located on Hillside Road across from Gampel Pavilion. Parking is available in Area 2 or the South Parking Garage and can be found on the UConn Storrs Campus Parking Map. Parking in South Parking Garage will be validated.

The Board Room is located on the 3rd floor, room 321. Follow the New Employee Orientation signs. For assistance with directions, please call (860) 486-2317.

Day 2 New Employee Orientation Agenda

Time Topic Presented By:
8:15 am – 8:30 am Registration / Check-In Human Resources
8:30 am - 8:45 am Welcome and Human Resources Policies Human Resources
8:45 am – 9:15 am Compliance/Privacy Overview, Policies and Guidelines Office of University Compliance
9:15 am – 9:35 am Institutional Equity Overview, Policies and Guidelines Office of Institutional Equity
9:35 am – 9:45 am Break Break
9:45 am – 10:35 am Public Safety/Active Threat Division of Public Safety
10:35 am – 11:05 am Environmental Health and Safety Environmental Health and Safety
10:05 am – 11:30 am Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office for Diversity & Inclusion
11:30 am – 11:45 am Ombuds Resources University Ombuds
11:45 am – 11:50 am Acknowledgment Form/Wrap Up Human Resources
11:50 am - 12:20 pm Union Information (AAUP Members Only) AAUP Union


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 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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Friday, January 28 and Monday, January 31
Monday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 15
Friday, February 25 and Monday, February 28
Friday, March 11 and Monday, March 14
Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28
Friday, April 8 and Monday, April 11
Friday, April 22 and Monday, April 25
Friday, May 6 and Monday, May 9
Friday, May 20 and Monday, May 23
Friday, June 3 and Monday, June 6
Friday, June 17 and Monday, June 21
Friday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 5
Friday, July 15 and Monday, July 18
Friday, July 29 and Monday, August 1
Friday, August 12 and Monday, August 15
Friday, August 26 and Monday, August 29
Friday, September 9 and Monday, September 12
Friday, September 23 and Monday, September 25
Friday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 11
Friday, October 21 and Monday, October 24
Friday, November 4 and Monday, November 7
Friday November 18 and Monday, November 21
Friday, December 2 and Monday, December 5
Friday, December 16 and Monday, December 19
Friday, December 30 and Tuesday, January 3

Have questions or accommodation requests?

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

Directions to Human Resources

Required Federal Notifications

Affordable Care Act