Grounds For Success: Academic Employee Orientation

Welcome to the University of Virginia!

As a new academic employee, you will attend an exciting and comprehensive in-person orientation experience. The program includes information on the University’s rich history and culture, our mission, and strategic priorities.

The program also offers a high-level overview of employee Benefit options, a review of required digital courses, and information about Parking and Transportation and obtaining your ID badge.

Participants will take home a checklist, and other resources, which will further assist them to get started in their new position.

In-Person Orientation Program (Grounds For Success)

Please read your welcome letter from Kelley Stuck, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

If you are attending GFS orientation on or before your third day of work, please bring identification documents to complete Part 2 of your I-9. Specialists will be available to process I-9 forms from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

  • Orientation Dates & Times

    Orientation is held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m at Zehmer Hall throughout the year (dates below). 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 2019:

    January 7

    March 18

    May 28*

    August 5

    October 14

    January 22*

    April 1

    June 10

    August 19

    October 28

    February 4

    April 15

    June 24

    September 3*

    November 11

    February 18

    April 29

    July 8

    September 16

    November 25

    March 4

    May 13

    July 22

    September 30

    December 9

    *GFS will be held on Tuesdays for January 22, May 28, and September 3 sessions.

  • Location & Parking

    The program is held at Zehmer Hall – 104 Midmont Lane - #25 on map. Parking is free in Zehmer Hall’s lot for the duration of the session.

    View Map (#25)
  • Accommodation

    We strive to make this program as inclusive as possible. If you require any disability-related accommodations to fully access this program, please contact Rachel Parsley at or 434-924-3645, at least one week prior to your scheduled session.

  • Cancellation Policy

    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

Please complete the following digital courses during your first 2 weeks of employment. Three of the courses will be delivered to you via the Learning application of Workday. Ask Alex can be accessed via the link, here.

Getting Paid and Taking Leave Policies and Standards Safety & Security Benefits - Ask Alex