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New employee training

New Employee Orientation (NEO) is VCU's way of welcoming you to our community. NEO will introduce you to the structure and culture of Virginia Commonwealth University, the benefits and opportunities for employees and will give you a chance to meet other new colleagues. You will learn about the benefits and services that VCU offers and have plenty of opportunities to ask questions!

New employee orientation for classified staff

Spend the day with us in NEO and discover all the reasons why a position with Virginia Commonwealth University is so much more than just a paycheck!

What is it?

At VCU, we believe NEO is an important part of the new employee onboarding process. It's a chance to meet your colleagues from across the university, learn more about the university's brand, culture and leadership, and gain high value benefits information that you can use to make your health and retirement benefits selections. The full-day orientation session is interactive and informative and is designed to help new employees develop a positive work experience at VCU.

Read more about our NEO philosophies, objectives, and learning modules pdf icon

When is it?

NEO is offered every two weeks and is an all-day event, starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Lunch is on your own from 12 to 1 p.m. and there are plenty of eateries within walking distance.

Where is it?

NEO is held on the Monroe Park Campus at 922 W. Grace St. in room 115. To get here, you can take the VCU campus connector (advised) pdf icon or drive your car. If you drive, please be aware that street parking is extremely limited in space and allowed time (2-hour maximum). Parking for participants is not available in the lot that abuts the building. Learn more about the closest parking options here.

How can I prepare?

Your NEO experience depends on how much you put into it. The more you prepare and participate, the more you’ll gain. Please,

  1. Review and sign the required Policy Checklist for New Hires pdf icon and complete the required online training.
  2. Review Quest for Distinction, VCU's guiding strategic plan.
  3. Watch the welcome video
  4. Arrive early. Arrive on time. Just don’t arrive late!
What happens after NEO?
  1. Complete the post-NEO survey.
  2. Debrief with your supervisor and colleagues after NEO. Share what you have learned!
  3. Ensure you have enrolled in the benefits options you would like. Be mindful of deadlines pdf icon!

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New faculty orientation

Faculty orientations are generally held as individual meetings with an HR consultant or as larger group sessions in the summer and fall. 

To help you learn more about your benefits and the VCU community, including its policies, resources and services, please visit the following link:

As a safety-conscientious institution, VCU has designed an online training session for you to take to help protect you in your work:

See also security and safety resources.

We also encourage you to visit the website of the Provost's Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention to learn more about VCU faculty-specific information and resources.

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Decentralized hire orientation

Decentralized hire orientation is intended for student workers, graduate assistants, postdoctoral fellows, adjunct faculty and hourly employees who cannot attend orientation.

The Policy Checklist for New Hires pdf icon documents employee awareness of important VCU policies and required online training.

As a safety-conscientious institution, VCU has designed an online training session for you to take to help protect you in your work:

See also security and safety resources.

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