University of Arkansas
222 Administration Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Fax: (479) 575-6971
Work, Family, and Life Resources
The University of Arkansas recognizes the challenge of balancing both work and personal life. With our mobile society and more women in the workforce than ever before, we have weakened our support system of extended family, friends, and neighbors.
This page has been created as a resource of current University programs and benefits available to help our employees achieve balance between work, family and life. It serves as an index to the additional details plus applicable state policy and University memoranda cited in the University of Arkansas Staff Handbook.
If you are aware of other existing University programs that serve to assist our employees in balancing work, family and life, we'd like to include the information on this site. Also, if you have any suggestions for programs that will serve to recruit, develop, and retain the highest quality students and employees, please contact the Employee Development and Special Programs Manager at email@example.com.
Telephone (479) 751-3463 or 1-800-KIDS-LOG
A non-profit agency serving Washington, Benton, Madison and Carrol counties.
CHILD CARE PROVIDER DATABASE
Department of Human Services / Division of Child Care. Search for a licensed child care provider in your area.
You may have your pay deposited in up to six separate accounts. Approximately three days before pay day you will receive an advisory form showing your gross pay, deductions and the net pay that will be deposited into your account or accounts. Contact the UA payroll office for more information: 575-4851.
Banking and Razorbuck$
There are ATM s and a branch bank available in the Arkansas Union. Razorbuck$ is a debit card that allows you to deposit money to your account and make cashless purchases on campus. You will receive discounts on some purchases you make with your Razorbuck$ card in the University bookstore and in campus dining facilities. You can establish a Razorbuck$ account through the Campus Card Office.
The University Bookstore, located in the Arkansas Union, sells textbooks, reference and general reading books, magazines, and supplies in the main bookstore, and clothing, cards, snacks, and gift items in the Razorback Shop. The Computer Store carries computer hardware, software, parts, accessories, and supplies; its factory-authorized service center provides repair and upgrade services. You will receive a 10% discount on many bookstore items if you show your staff identification card at the time you make your purchases.
Photo processing, dry cleaning services, shipping services, school supplies, sandwiches, pastries, beverages, health and beauty items and Razorback apparel are available in the Harmon Avenue Parking Facility
A FREE fixed-route bus provides service on campus and to major off-campus living and shopping areas. Bus maps and schedules are available at the Arkansas Union Information Desk, , at Transit and Parking Department at 155 Razorback Road, in the Harmon Avenue Parking Garage, and all maps and schedules are available on the Transit and Parking web page
PMC Solutions: Print, Copy, Mail
Copying for personal uses is available at a reasonable price in the Union Copy center located in room 213 of the Arkansas Union. Copying machines are also available in Mullins Library.
Although the Mail Center functions to provide for the official mailing needs of the University campus, a full-service post office is located in the Arkansas Union. It sells postage stamps, processes certified, registered, special delivery, and insured mail; provides express and parcel mailing services; and assists with mailing to international destinations.
The UARK Federal Credit Union is a member organization open to University employees, their family members, alumni, and employees of a few other organizations. The credit union offers savings and checking accounts, credit cards, mortgage loans, automobile loans, consumer loans, and other financial services. The credit union is located in Fayetteville at 1025 N. Garland, phone number (479) 521-1199.
The University offers a wide range of cultural and educational activities which are open to all members of the University community and to the general public. Among the resources are art exhibits in the Fine Arts Gallery, Anne Kittrell Gallery, and Multicultural Center, architecture exhibits, theater performances, concerts and other musical performances, lectures, panel discussions, films, symposia, historical and cultural exhibits, festivals, international programs, and other events. You can find information about these opportunities through University publications, flyers, posters, and electronic listings, including Arkansas Newswire and the Campus Calendar.
University Athletic Tickets
Full-time appointed employees and employees who meet the criteria for retirement privileges or are given the Emeritus rank may purchase up to two non-premium season books of tickets to football at half-price with no seat value donation if the season ticket seats were originally purchased for the Fall 2010 semester football season or before, and at full-price with no seat value donation if the season ticket seats are purchased for the Fall 2011 semester football season or any season thereafter. Further, employees may purchase up to two non-premium season books at half price for Men's basketball, and discounted season ticket books to baseball games. All employees are occasionally offered discounted or free tickets to individual women's softball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball games and gymnastic meets. For additional information contact the Razorback ticket office: 575-5151
Many restaurants and other businesses in the community offer discounts to U of A faculty and staff. Although we cannot list each business on this website, we encourage you to ask. You may need to present your University identification card as proof of employment.
The University provides eligible employees a basic financial foundation by making monthly contributions to retirement accounts and paying premiums for basic life insurance and disability income protection. Optional benefits are available, at group cost, to supplement the basic coverage Contact the benefits office in Human Resources for more information: 575-2167.
It's never too late to start planning for retirement. The University of Arkansas offers a generous retirement program where you direct how the contributions are invested through TIAA-CREFF or Fidelity Investments. To help you maximize your retirement savings, retirement counselors are available on-campus for free retirement planning sessions. These sessions can be located by visiting the Benefits Retirement Sessions page on the Human Resources website.
Off-Campus Connections, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, maintains the Off Campus Housing database of local rental properties as a service to students, faculty and staff.
Employee Assistance Program
The University provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for all employees who have a half-time or greater appointment and for graduate assistants. You and members of your immediate family who live in the same household may use the EAP's services. The EAP is designed to help identify and resolve personal and job-related problems that may affect your job performance. These include health, marital, family, financial, legal, emotional, stress, alcohol, drug and other similar concerns.
The services of the University's EAP are free to you and members of your household. If the EAP makes a referral to an outside provider, you will be responsible for any costs associated with those services that are not covered by your medical insurance. Additional information can be found by clicking here.
Appointments may be scheduled by calling (479) 973-9072 or 1-800-542-6021. The 1-800 number should be used after hours and on weekends.
A wellness and preventative care program sponsored by the U of A health plan.
All tobacco products are banned on campus effective July 1, 2008. If you are a tobacco user, the U of A offers resources to help you quit.
Employee Health & Benefits Fair
Each fall, Human Resources sponsors an event to provide University employees an opportunity to discover important health information; to catch in the early stages certain life-threatening medical conditions; and to showcase community and university resources which may improve both the fiscal and physical well-being of our employees.
Community and university services are invited to provide employees with information on topics addressing financial, family, individual growth, mental, and physical health. Several health screenings and assessments are offered at no or low cost. The event also includes drawings for door prizes and free food!
The Pat Walker Health Center is available to employees for medical examinations and treatment, pharmacy services, immunizations, health education and illness prevention, counseling and psychological services, and for emergency treatment of on-the-job injuries and job-related illnesses.
Individual and family memberships may be purchased by employees who work 20 hours or more a week. The facilities include swimming and diving pools, gyms, an indoor track, a fitness center, and racquetball courts. The Outdoor Connections Center offers a climbing wall, equipment rental, and schedules trips and activities for outdoor recreation. Exercise and other classes are offered for a nominal fee. A year round intramural program of team sports is open to students, faculty, and staff.
Provides training in safety procedures and equipment use, including fire prevention; fire extinguisher testing and hazardous materials management; hazardous waste; and occupational health and safety.
The University of Arkansas Police Department (UAPD) provides comprehensive, 24-hour professional police services to the University community. Emergency telephones with direct access to the University police are located throughout the campus. The University police may also be reached by calling campus extension 2222 or by dialing 911 on campus. University police should be called in case of campus emergencies such as automobile accidents, medical emergencies, or violent assaults. University police also provide assistance with crowd control for University-sponsored events, motorist assistance, escort services on campus at night, and assist in recovery of lost or stolen property. They will work with other law enforcement agencies to resolve crimes against students, faculty, and staff, and will provide assistance in dealing with harassing phone calls, threats, and vandalism.
Full-time classified staff initially earn 8 hours annual leave per month (accrual increases over time). Full-time 12-month faculty and non-classified staff earn 15 hours per month (22.5 days per year). If you are not full time, but in an appointed position at 50% or greater, you accrue annual leave in proportion to the time you work. A maximum of 240 hours may be carried over to a new calendar year. Athletic coaches and 9-month faculty are not eligible for annual leave.
Eligible full-time employees accrue 8 hours sick leave per month. You may use sick leave when you must be absent from work due to illness or injury or to keep a doctor's appointment. You may also use sick leave when a member of your immediate family is seriously ill or dies.
A maximum of 960 hours may be carried over to a new calendar year. If you are not full time, but in an appointed position at 50% or greater, you accrue sick leave in proportion to the time you work.
The paid holidays usually include: Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday following Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, the Friday of Spring Break (in lieu of President's Day), Memorial Day, and the employee's birthday.
The University ordinarily closes for the entire week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Two to three days of annual leave will be charged for any days during that period not covered by regular holidays or declared an additional holiday by the Governor.
Eligible employees who have a catastrophic illness or who need to care for an immediate family member with a catastrophic illness may apply for paid leave from a pool of donated sick and annual leave when their own leave has been exhausted.
- Family & Medical Leave
- Maternity leave
- Leave for Children's Educational Activities
- Bereavement leave
- Court and Jury Leave
- Military Leave
- Leave without pay
- Educational leave
- Leave for Organ or Bone Marrow Donation
- Off Campus Duty Assignment
If you are a full-time appointed employee, you, your spouse, and your dependent children are eligible for education benefits at reduced rates when you enroll in University courses. Additional information about this benefit can be found in the Staff Handbook and on the Office of Treasurer website.
Employee Training and Development Program
Human Resources coordinates an on-going program of free or low-cost employee development sessions and courses designed to help you do your work more efficiently and manage your relationships and other life activities more effectively. A resource library of books and videos to promote personal and professional development is also available. A number of other University departments offer short courses and other training opportunities that will help you develop your skill and abilities. For information about scheduled classes please see the Employee Development Training Calendar.
Employees may check out materials from the University libraries with appropriate staff identification card. Information on holdings can be accessed and searched from computers within the library, as well as from home or office computer through modem or network connection.
Career Service Payments
Full-time appointed employees who are not defined as faculty become eligible for annual career service recognition payments when you have completed ten or more years of service in a full-time appointed position or positions at the University. If you have worked for another state agency or state-supported institution of higher education in an eligible position, you will be given credit for your years of full-time service. Proof of prior service is required.
Diversity Awards Program
This program recognizes and rewards individuals and teams exhibiting outstanding commitment to diversity. The awards are presented annually and include a monetary gift.
Staff Senate Employee of the Quarter Nominations
Each quarter, five outstanding University of Arkansas employees (classified or non-classified) are nominated and selected for Employee of the Quarter. The winners in each category in each quarter are also nominated for the Employee of the Year.
Employee Service Awards Program
Service award eligibility is determined by the total number of years a non-faculty employee has worked for the University of Arkansas. The time frame is 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years. Any employee who attains one of these milestones from January 1 through December 31 in the current calendar year should be included in that year's service awards program. Employees with five years of service receive a certificate of appreciation from the Chancellor. The five year certificates are distributed at the end of each calendar year quarter. Employees with 10 or more years of service are honored at the annual Employee Service Awards banquet.
Employee Service Awards Banquet
Each year in October, the Chancellor hosts a banquet to honor staff for its service to the University of Arkansas. This annual celebration recognizes Employees of the Quarter, Employees of the Year, and employees who have worked for the University for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 50 years. The annual individual and team Diversity Awards are also presented. The Chancellor and other administrators are joined by members of the Staff Senate and the award recipients' supervisors and guests to thank these valued employees for their contributions, their accomplishments, and their years of service.
Each award recipient receives a gift of appreciation for their loyalty and commitment. These tokens of appreciation are in addition to the annual career service payments authorized by the State of Arkansas.
You and your supervisor may agree to a work week with a time schedule that differs from the regular daily schedule of the University if it serves both your needs and those of the University. A full-time employee must work 40 hours per week. The schedule must not create a pattern of overtime work or cause undue hardship for your work unit. Any flex- time agreements must be put in writing and be signed by you and your supervisor.
With departmental approval, two people may arrange their work hours in a way that covers a single, regular, full-time salaried position. The combined number of hours worked by the two part-time employees cannot exceed the number of hours a full-time employee would work in the same position (usually 40 hours per week). Both employees must be part-time and both must use the position in the same way (i.e. both employees must perform secretarial duties if the position is classified as a secretary).
RazorTemps is a temporary staffing service exclusively for our campus. If you are looking for flexibility of working assignments in varied UA business and academic environments, RazorTemps may be the solution for you.