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Welcome to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey! This page provides the information you will need to get off to a productive start on campus. The following information is provided in preferred order of activity.
The New Employee Orientation (NEO) is designed specifically for new full-time employees to learn more about Rutgers and help them to successfully acclimate to the University. Participants will also receive information on the many opportunities and array of benefits afforded to them as a Rutgers employee, including health plans, paid time off, and pension programs.
Departmental personnel – or Human Resources, as appropriate – should schedule orientations for new employees following the completion and approval of the employee's records in the appropriate Payroll System. New employees should submit completed benefits forms to the appropriate Human Resources Department within 14 working days from hire date.
New Employee Orientation sessions will be held each Monday at 8:30 a.m.- Noon in the University Human Resources Community Room, ASB II on the G.H. Cook Campus. During the months of July and August, sessions may be held twice weekly. Parking is available in the main lot at ASBII.
New employees on the Rutgers–Camden and Rutgers–Newark campuses will be offered orientation programs on their respective campuses every other Monday. Orientation sessions in Rutgers–Camden are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. – noon in the Camden Campus Center. Newark Campus orientation sessions are scheduled from 8:30am - noon in the Human Resources Training Room, room 201, Blumenthal Hall.
Contact the Rutgers–Camden Human Resources Office at (856) 225-6475 or Rutgers–Newark Human Resources Office at (973) 353-5500 for information regarding program scheduling and details.
New Employee Orientation sessions will be held every other Monday at RBHS–Newark. Orientation sessions will be held in the Administrative Complex (ADMC), Building 2, Room 201 located at 30 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ 07107.
The RUconnection ID Card is your official university identification card, providing access to certain facilities and benefits based on your job responsibilities and the negotiating agreements, applicable policies and the terms and conditions of your employment. In order to receive an RUconnection ID card, new faculty and staff members must have a completed employee record in the PeopleSoft payroll system 3 business days prior to requesting an ID card. Departments can complete a new employee's record prior to the employee's first day of work. The ID card system relies on data from the payroll systems and automatic data feeds to populate the appropriate ID card data.
New employees should confirm with their hiring department, unit or school that the employee record has been completed in a timely manner before requesting an RUconnection ID Card. When arriving at the card-printing location, the new employee will have to show a valid form of government-issued identification, and will take a quick photo to be printed on the card.
Rutgers Computing services are available through the Office of Information Technology. All faculty, staff, and students are assigned a unique Rutgers identifier known as a NetID. In order to access most electronic services at Rutgers, you must activate your Rutgers NetID and set a password. During the activation process you will establish your Rutgers email address and set up services. Additional information on computing resources can be found in the Faculty Staff Technology Guides.
In order to comply with federal and State guidelines and ensure a safe, productive and healthy work environment at Rutgers, new employees may be required to complete training in the following areas:
All employees are expected to understand the importance of ethics at Rutgers University. New employees will receive, and be expected to review and become familiar with, copies of the Rutgers University Code of Ethics and the Rutgers Plain Language Guide to Fundamental Ethics and Conflicts Rules Established by State Law, Federal Law, and University Policy. New employees will be provided the Receipt and Acknowledgement form, and will be required to complete and return the form to their departmental supervisor.
If an employee does not attend a campus-based welcome and orientation program, or does not login to the New Employee Portal to access these documents, the hiring department is obligated to provide these materials to the new employee. Relevant materials and forms can be found on the Ethics at Rutgers website. Additionally, supervisors need to communicate to new faculty and staff processes for submitting and reviewing ethics documents, including informing them of their area reviewer.
If you attend the weekly New Employee Welcome and Benefits Orientation in Rutgers–New Brunswick, your department can provide your car information along with your orientation registration. This will allow you to park on campus for 30 days. In addition, your new department can request a temporary parking permit.
All new employees can purchase a parking permit online or in person at their campus parking office. Visit the Department of Transportation Services website for the fee schedule, parking maps, and other transportation resources.
The New Employee Checklist provides you with a comprehensive, organized guide to your first weeks and months of employment.
Note: Failure to complete appropriate enrollment forms within the specified time frame may result in delay of coverage, compulsory enrollment, or loss of coverage.
Rutgers has an extensive web site with many useful resources, including links to all the official university web pages, such as colleges, schools, and academic departments. There are also links to pages for finding campus phone numbers and email addresses of faculty, staff, and students, a comprehensive calendar of events, a building directory; and online maps for directions to on-campus locations.
Campus Information Services serves as Rutgers' central source for information and referral and is a credible, accessible gateway to Rutgers and its community. RU-info's services include the RU-info Call Center, Ask Colonel Henry email Q&A service, the online Calendar of Events; Off-Campus Housing Service; online campus maps and map distribution; and free historical tours. In addition to offering more than 60 channels in its video network, RU-tv provides opportunities for student production, university programming, and academic support.