New Employees

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Welcome to the University of Arkansas!

Use the checklist below to get started as a new employee.

Complete Employment Forms

New employees should come to Human Resources on or before their first day of employment to complete new hire paperwork. Instructions will also be sent via email to the employee to complete paperwork. If you need assistance please contact an Onboarding Partner.

Note: You will be unable to access your UARK account until these forms are completed.  Payment of your first paycheck may also be be delayed if these forms are not completed in a timely manner.

Activate Your UARK Account

Upon completion of employment forms, all employees will receive a nine-digit UARK ID that can be used to activate a UARK account. Once received, new employees should visit the IT Services New User Checklist  and activate their UARK account.

For new faculty assistance with online learning management tools, you can contact the Blackboard Learn Help Desk at or 479-575-2905 or 479-575-4357.

Sign Into Workday

Be sure to you know how to sign into workday using your UARK credentials as soon as possible once you have started work. The remaining new hire paperwork will be found in Workday.

Get Your University ID Card, Parking Permit, and Keys

Get your University ID cards at the Campus Card Office located in the Arkansas Union. 

Don't get a ticket! You must have either a valid parking permit or pay a parking meter to avoid getting fined. Purchase your permit or pay citations at My Parking Account. Learn more at Parking and Transit

Your department will authorize the appropriate security access for your position. The Key Office in Facilities Management manages the issuance of keys to most university property.

Attend New Employee Orientation

All new staff and faculty should attend a New Employee Orientation session.  New Faculty Orientation is typically held the Tuesday before the first day of classes in August.   Remote New Employee Orientation Part 1 and Remote New Employee Orientation Part 2 is provided for those unable to attend regular orientation sessions on campus.  New faculty should contact the Teaching and Faculty Support Center for details at or 479-575-3222.   

Enroll in Employee Benefits

The university employee benefits package is discussed in detail during New Employee Orientation. Enrollment forms must be completed and submitted to HR within the first 31 days of appointment.

Register for Training

Some positions require training in Workday and/or UAConnect. The Employee Development Program also offers a variety of workplace training courses, including group/department training and supervisor development training. Learn more at Professional Development and Training.

The "Promoting Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arkansas" training is the foundation of HR's education programs to support the university's diversity initiatives. All employees are expected to attend a Promoting Diversity session. Registration is available at

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety maintains an extensive library of safety training videos available to view or check out. 

Review Your Pay

Payroll statements can be viewed in your profile in Workday under "Pay".    You can find the payroll calendar and more information at Getting Paid.  

The IRS has released the updated IRS withholding calculator in order to assist taxpayers to determine the appropriate withholding allowances for the new tax year.  Human Resources strongly advises employees review their withholding to make sure the withholdings are accurate by using the IRS withholding calculator.

  • The IRS also provided a new W4 form for 2020, this form can be found on the forms page of Human Resources site.

Nonresident Employees

A nonresident employee is anyone who is not either a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder). Nonresident employees must contact an HR Expert to schedule an appointment and complete new employment forms. Failure to do so could result in incorrect taxation of your payments. Learn more about requirements for nonresident employees.

Get Help

Details about work times, evaluations and other employment issues can be found in the Staff Handbook or by asking your supervisor. If you still have questions, do not hesitate to AskHR