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This staff handbook is here to help you become familiar with working at the University of Kentucky.

As a UK employee, you are responsible for staying up to date with these policies, procedures and practices that govern and affect your employment.

Your department may also have additional information you need to know that is unique to your area. Your supervisor can show you where to find this information.

Welcome, we're so glad you're here!

These links will help you with information you'll need on your first day and beyond.

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Transportation Services

Learn about our many commute options, where and how to park, and more.

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Campus map

Need to find your way around campus?

Use our interactive or printable maps!

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Tobacco-Free UK

The University of Kentucky campus is completely tobacco-free.

UK Information Technology Services

Tech help and linkblue access

You'll soon receive your linkblue ID. This will help you access many of our technology systems.

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Employee Self Service

Manage several aspects of your employment like signing up for benefits and requesting time off.

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Wildcard ID

Your UK identification card with perks! Check with your supervisor on how to obtain your ID.

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Direct deposit and payroll

All UK employees are paid by direct deposit.

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Our financial partners

Thinking about a new financial institution?

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Insurance and retirement

We offer you a wide range of benefits including insurance (health, dental, vision, life, etc.), flexible spending accounts, retirement savings plans and several additional insurance options.

Insurance

We have many insurance plans available to customize for your life.

Retirement

Invest your matching and supplemental savings with Fidelity or TIAA.

Need help choosing benefits?

Get help from our interactive Benefits counselor, ALEX.

Find your best fit

UK HealthCare

As a UK health insurance member, you have access to the best care in the region with UK HealthCare.

Dentistry

Pharmacy

Primary Care Clinic

Team Blue

Find a physician

Well-being and community

We know our University community is at its best when our well-being is a priority. We want this to be a place where we all can thrive.

Financial Well-Being

Whether you’re ready to learn more about personal finance, talk more about it or save more — we offer a benefit for you.

Health and Wellness

We offer one-on-one and group services to support your goals related to movement, nutrition and overall resilience.

Work-Life

We help you manage your work and personal responsibilities, no matter your stage of life.

​​Work+Life Connections counseling

A voluntary, confidential benefit for UK employees that covers five sessions with our licensed therapists.

Center for Support and Intervention

Help for employees in crisis.

​Family Center | REFER

A professional therapy clinic available to assess individual and family needs.

​​Safety

At the University of Kentucky, we have employees working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And we are committed to maintaining a safe environment at all University locations.

​Environmental Health & Safety

We ensure our working conditions and campus environment are safe, healthful, clean and accessible.

​UK Police Department

We promote safety and security for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.

​VIP Center

Confidential services and support to students, faculty and staff affected by sexual and gender-based violence.

​Learning and development

As a university, lifelong learning is central to our culture. We encourage you to take advantage of our many in-person and online classes to expand your skills. We have a multitude of training programs and you can learn more by clicking here.

University SuperVision

When you begin a position at UK with supervisory responsibilities, we'll assign you to complete SuperVision. Currently, these courses are offered 100% online as instructor-led and web-based training.

​Professional development

Strengthen your job performance, build leadership capabilities and foster personal and professional growth.

​Technology training

Guided by an instructor, you'll get hands-on practice to learn new digital skills.

​Tuition assistance FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

You have 6-8 credit hours per semester free for yourself or up to 50% off undergraduate-level courses for your family member.

Policies and compliance

University regulations and policies provide the framework for the University administration to comply with federal and state law, and to implement decisions by the Board of Trustees regarding the general administration and oversight of the University. It’s important to be familiar with these resources.

We have several University services and organizations providing administration and oversight of policies and procedures.

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Ethics and Compliance

Review our ethical principles and code of conduct, as well as how to report potential violations.

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University Regulations

This library serves as the official repository of all University-wide regulation and policy information.

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Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity

We promote an environment free of discrimination and inequity by addressing all reports.

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Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

We will not discriminate for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing pay.

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Records Retention

Records management is the legal responsibility of all UK employees.

Hiring and managing

First impressions are powerful. Onboarding begins at the time of hire and ideally continues through an employee's first year of employment. It enables you to bring newly hired or transferred employees up to speed with the policies, processes, culture, expectations and day-to-day responsibilities of your department.

Supervisors, please use these resources as a framework to help onboard your new employees.

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New! Work Anywhere for Supervisors

Podcasts, articles and videos to help you navigate working remotely with your employees.

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TOOLS Onboarding Toolkit

This toolkit will help you prepare to welcome your new employee and start them on the right path at UK.

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RESOURCES Guides and tips for Hiring Officials

Hiring, screening and interviewing for your open positions.

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REQUIRED Verification with I9

What's the next step after a candidate has accepted an offer? We've got the details on background checks, drug screenings and eligibility verification.