Human Resources Service Center

New Employee Onboarding Activities & Orientation

Onboarding is a series of activities that prepare new employees to be successful in their roles at Chico State. These activities include:

Employee onboarding activities (both online and in-person) help new employees become familiar with the history of the university, its mission, goals, values and objectives, university organization and administration, and expectations for conduct. The objective is to introduce new employees to the organization and culture of the University and provide employees with critical policy, procedure and service information including benefits and work/life resources.

Below you will find information needed for Week 1 and Month 1 of your employment at Chico State.

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Week 1: Important Onboarding Information for New Employees

Please go through the following sections, perhaps one a day, to become more familiar with important aspects of working at Chico State. (Unit 3 employees--faculty, lecturers, librarians, coaches, academic counselors--have a separate orientation process.)

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Wildcats@Work - Getting Started 

Welcome to Campus from President Hutchinson

Learn more about President Hutchinson and the University Leadership team.

Getting Paid

Payroll offers important information for employeesAbsence Management Self Service is how you will self report your time at work or on leave. You can email with questions.  View or download a copy of presentation slides(opens in new window) for links referred to in video.


A Benefits(opens in new window) staff member will reach out to eligible employees to help you begin the enrollment process. Please take time to review the CSU, Chico Benefits Program Overview for Staff and Managers(opens in new window), which includes important details and links to more information. If you a benefits-eligible, please remember you must enroll in benefits during the first 60 days of employment. We also highly recommend you watch the Early Career Basics video about our CalPERS retirement system. You are welcome to email with questions.

Ready to sign up? Review the  Enrollment Guidelines(opens in new window) and open the enrollment form (PDF). Feel free to contact the Benefits Unit(opens in new window) to find out the best way to turn in your form while working remotely.

Wildcats Ensure a Support and Safety

View the welcome videos and information from important campus departments and programs. The goal is to get you information you need to know while working on campus.

Information Technology Support Services

Information Technology Support Services (ITSS) provides you the help you need to get connected to campus. They are the backbone of the Chico State Portal username and password process needed for employee (Exchange) email, and more. They also offer a Knowledge Base, IT Service Catalog, Account Center and Live Chat to help you with all your IT needs.

Ways to get help from ITSS:

Protecting Others - Avoiding Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

Employees play an important role in ensuring a safe emotional and physical space for the success of students and employees alike. Title IX protects against sex discrimination in education and prescribes reporting directly to the Title IX office. Important policies and employment laws describe each employee's responsibility to report behaviors such as discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Our equal opportunity and dispute resolution unit offers protocols for reporting complaints and ways to work towards resolution.

Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides guidance and services to the campus community to promote the integration of health, safety, and environmental stewardship into all University activities. They are an important partner in the campus emergency preparedness program.

Information Security & Identity Management (ISEC)

Our Information Security unit collaborates with employees to keep employee and student data safe. Be sure to view Data Protection Security Levels and suggested Password Security tools.

Facilities Management and Services

Facilities Management and Services provides students, faculty and staff with facilities and grounds that deliver the highest quality learning environment in support of academic excellence. Have a need? You can request service through their site.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Program(opens in new window) is available to faculty, staff and managers to help balance work and life. View announcements, webinars, and articles. Browse the LifeMatters services(opens in new window)  and view/download the brochure (PDF).

Onboarding During Your First Week

Our Employment and New Employee Resources offer you valuable information for pre-boarding and onboarding. We even have online checklist for departments and managers who are part of onboarding a new employee in their department. Need help? Email

What you need to know: University Strategic Plan and Priorities

Our campus Strategic Plan communicates the mission, vision, strategic priorities and enduring commitments that are the foundation for our work towards student success.

The CSU: Preparing Students to Create California's Future

Chico State is one of 23 California State University campuses. Learn more about the CSU system:

What you need to do: Compliance Training & Professional Development (PDEV)

The introduction of this video shares a reminder on how to get services and access to campus systems, such as the Chico State Portal, Account Center and employee email.

A few weeks prior to your first paycheck, you should receive email notices to complete compliance training from All CSU campuses use CSU Learn to deliver and track the completion of required training. Please work with your supervisor to schedule at least four hours to complete this training. In addition, CSU Learn offers a plethora of professional development courses, books and videos.

Professional development provides links to fee waiver eligibility information, training events and more. You can email or for more information.

Cal Employee Connect

After you receive your first paycheck, it is important to enroll in Cal Employee Connect to be able to access earnings statements and your future W-2 online.

Wildcats Care and Get Involved

Diversity & Inclusion

Check out the list of Faculty and Staff Associations listed through the Office of Diversity & Inclusion(opens in new window) and consider getting involved.

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry

Join us in our effort to support student basic needs(opens in new window) through food donations or the Chico Cares Campaign(opens in new window).

Staff Council

Staff Council (STAC) champions for staff and serves the local community through service projects. Connect with STAC on Facebook to see the latest updates. 

Transform Tomorrow

Join University Advancement, faculty, staff and others by donating in ways that transform tomorrow(opens in new window) for Chico State students.

Resources for New Administrative Support Staff (AAS, ASC, ASA)

Administrative Support serve a critical component on our campus for Academic, Business and Student Services departments. The Administrative Support (AAS/ASC/ASA) Resources site provides information support staff may need to help them to be successful in their position.

A course catalog of training opportunities can supplement your growing knowledge and skills, including training on campus processes. Be sure to check with your supervisor prior to attending training and let us know if you need an accommodation.

Month 1: Attend In-Person New Employee Orientation

HR will enroll new staff and managers in a live new employee orientation offered monthly. Orientation provides an opportunity to ask questions, get to know other new employees, meet union representatives and obtain other vital information about the university’s culture. Watch for an email invitation from You are welcome to contact for more information.