Grounds for Success Orientation

Grounds For Success: Academic Employee Orientation


PLEASE NOTE:

Grounds for Success "GFS" New Academic Employee Orientation (and the optional afternoon lunch and tour) is NOT currently being held in-person.

Instead, orientation has been modified and will be delivered as a virtual, asynchronous program.

There is NO Zoom or In-Person orientation session to attend.

If you are a new hire or a manager or a new hire scheduled to attend on that date, please be aware that instructions will be sent in advance of the participant's originally scheduled session date.

This is an unusual time, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these circumstances. Please know, however, that we are excited to welcome our newest hires to UVA!

If you have questions, please email AskHR@virginia.edu.

You may access the New Hire Resources here.

You may access the Remote Onboarding Guides for New Hires and Managers here.

2021 Academic Orientation Dates:
January 4
Tuesday, January 19
February 1
February 15
March 1
March 15
Tuesday, March 30
April 5
April 19
April 26
May 10
May 24
June 7
June 21
Tuesday, July 6
July 19
August 2
August 16
August 30
September 13
September 27
October 11
October 25
November 8
November 22
December 6
December 20

 


IMPORTANT: Information below pertains to normal operations only. Please use information above until further notice.  

GFS Orientation Program

  • Dates & Times

    Please note: Grounds for Success "GFS" New Academic Employee Orientation (and the optional afternoon lunch and tour) is NOT currently being held in-person.

    Instead, orientation has been modified and will be delivered as a virtual, asynchronous program.

    There is NO Zoom or In-Person orientation session to attend.

    When it is in person:

    Orientation is held from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Zehmer Hall, 104 Midmont Lane, Charlottesville, VA, 22904. You can access directions here.

    Please arrive by 8:15 a.m. for registration. Coffee, water, and breakfast pastries will be served.

    Grounds for Success will be held on the following Mondays in 2021: 
    January 4
    Tuesday, January 19
    February 1
    February 15
    March 1
    March 15
    Tuesday, March 30
    April 5
    April 19
    April 26
    May 10
    May 24
    June 7
    June 21
    Tuesday, July 6
    July 19
    August 2
    August 16
    August 30
    September 13
    September 27
    October 11
    October 25
    November 8
    November 22
    December 6
    December 20

    *GFS will be held on Tuesdays, January 18 and July 6, 2021

  • Location & Parking

    Please note: Grounds for Success "GFS" New Academic Employee Orientation (and the optional afternoon lunch and tour) is NOT currently being held in-person.

    Instead, orientation has been modified and will be delivered as a virtual, asynchronous program.

    There is NO Zoom or In-Person orientation session to attend.

    When it is in person:

    The orientation program is held at Zehmer Hall,104 Midmont Lane, Charlottesville, VA, 22904. You can access directions here. Parking is free in Zehmer Hall’s lot for the entire day. No parking pass is required.

  • Optional Afternoon Activities

    Please note: Grounds for Success "GFS" New Academic Employee Orientation (and the optional afternoon lunch and tour) is NOT currently being held in-person.

    Instead, orientation has been modified and will be delivered as a virtual, asynchronous program.

    There is NO Zoom or In-Person orientation session to attend.

    When it is in person:

    On select dates, we will offer two optional and complimentary activities in the afternoon:

    1. A lunch at Newcomb Hall dining facility (new hire will be given two lunch coupons)
    2. A guided historic walking tour, which leaves from the South (Lawn) side of the Rotunda at 2:30 pm (no reservation required).

    These activities are located in and around Newcomb Hall. See this map of UVA Grounds for help. Parking is available at Central Grounds parking garage, 400 Emmet Street S., Charlottesville, VA 22903. Participants will be given a code for 4 hours of parking. You will need your license plate number.

    From the Central Grounds parking garage, take the elevator to the fourth floor, and turn right. Walk straight ahead to Newcomb Hall. The dining facility at Newcomb Hall is located on the second floor. 

    After lunch, exit the third floor of Newcomb Hall and proceed straight toward McCormick Road. Cross McCormick Road, and use any alley way immediately ahead of you (for example, Poe’s Alley) to access the Lawn and Rotunda. The tour meets at 2:30 pm on the Lawn (South) side of the Rotunda.

    We encourage your manager or a departmental designee to participate in one or both activities with you.

  • Accommodation

    Please note: Grounds for Success "GFS" New Academic Employee Orientation (and the optional afternoon lunch and tour) is NOT currently being held in-person.

    Instead, orientation has been modified and will be delivered as a virtual, asynchronous program.

    There is NO Zoom or In-Person orientation session to attend.

    When it is in person:

    We strive to make this program as inclusive as possible. If you require any disability-related accommodations to fully access this program, please contact AskHR@virginia.edu or call 434.243.3344, at least one week prior to your scheduled session.

  • Cancellation Policy

    Please note: Grounds for Success "GFS" New Academic Employee Orientation (and the optional afternoon lunch and tour) is NOT currently being held in-person.

    Instead, orientation has been modified and will be delivered as a virtual, asynchronous program.

    There is NO Zoom or In-Person orientation session to attend.

    When it is in person:

    The program follows the UVA operating schedule. If non-designated employees are asked not to report to work, Grounds for Success is cancelled. You will be contacted for rescheduling.

Within Your First Two Weeks

  • Required Courses

    Please complete the following digital courses during your first two weeks of employment:

    1. Preventing and Addressing Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
    2. Not on Our Grounds - Responsible Employee (Title IX)
    3. Emergency Preparedness - WSC
    4. Information Security Awareness Training ISAT 

    These courses will be delivered to you via the Learning application of Workday.

  • Recommended Courses

    The following courses will be delivered to you as a campaign of three courses via the Learning application of Workday.

    1. Getting Paid and Taking Leave
    2. Policies and Standards
    3. Safety and Security

    While these courses are not mandatory, you will find them very helpful as a new employee.