Welcome to Colorado State University! You probably have a lot of questions so we want to provide you with the tools necessary to make informed decisions. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources so you can focus on making an impact in your new position.
While this is a unique time for everyone, we’re excited to have you on board and look forward to helping you navigate your employment at CSU.
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New Hire Forms and Next Steps
New hires and employees changing to a new employee group will complete their required new hire paperwork via an electronic system provided by Equifax. This includes I-9, SSA-1945, and W-4 forms, and direct deposit bank details.
If you were recently hired, please watch for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject, “New Hire Forms – Colorado State University.” That grants you access to the documents required to begin your CSU employment. If you require technical assistance, please contact Equifax’s employee service center at 888-850-8159. Also, please review the CSU Employee Welcome Packet, especially the first section about creating your electronic ID, email address, RamCard, and other important on-boarding steps.
The HR Service Center is available to answer any questions related to the information on this page and can be reached Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Email: MyHR@colostate.edu
- Phone: (970) 491-6947
- Fax: 970-491-6302
- Address: 555 S Howes St
Fort Collins, CO 80523-6004
Your First 30 days of Employment - Navigating the University, Benefits Enrollment, CSU Systems, and Training and Orientation
Health and Retirement Benefits
CSU and Colorado offer employees comprehensive and competitive benefits including health, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long-term disability coverage, generous leave policies, employer matched retirement and voluntary retirement enrollment options.
Benefit choices are designated by employee type and new hires receive an email invitation to enroll in coverage from the HR Service Center when the online enrollment system is ready for access. If you are uncertain of your employee type or eligibility for coverage, please contact your departmental HR liaison or email the HR Service Center.
Systems and Setup
Remote work tools
Academic and Computer Networking Services (ACNS) has provided a variety of resources to employees.
- Employee Self-Service – (includes employee direct deposit, W-4, W-2 information, pay advices, etc.) On-campus access via Administrative Applications and Resources (AAR) portal, off-campus access via secure.colostate.edu and requires two-factor authentication.
- eID: CSU Electronic ID System
- Voicemail Setup
- HR Systems and Access (Oracle, Equipfax, Timeclock Plus, and VistaPlus)
Training and Orientation
- University Employee Orientation is hosted by Talent Development and is scheduled on a monthly basis. Attendance recommended within your first two months of employment.
- All university employees are required to take the Workplace Answers sexual harassment awareness online module. Every new employee will receive an email from Workplace Answers with a unique link, associated only with them, allowing the employee to access the training module.
Getting Involved - University Community, Professional Development, Networking, Employee Councils, and Volunteer Opportunities
CSU wants all individuals to feel welcome not only to our campus, but to our Northern Colorado community. The university has established Principles of Community and throughout the year hosts a series of diversity events focused on bringing people together and creating supportive networks.
While the diversity centers at CSU are focused on supporting the unique needs of our student population, many have resources and ways to connect with the community available and applicable to all individuals.
Adult Learner and Veteran Services supports increased academic achievement and holistic development for all adult learners, including but not limited to veterans and student parents, resulting in graduation from Colorado State University and sustainable personal and professional success. We do this through engagement and leadership opportunities, community building and resource facilitation.
The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center works to make CSU a safe and supportive space for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Asian American (including Southeast Asian, Desi, adopted, mixed race) students and other historically marginalized communities. The center is focused on building community, working to remove barriers and providing access to resources to support students in finding fulfillment and success while at CSU and beyond.
Black/African American Cultural Center strives to provide a family-like support system made up of faculty, staff and student organizations that help students succeed. The office has as one of its foremost goals to enhance ALL students’ knowledge of the culture, history, heritage and traditions that are unique to the African American experience.
The mission of El Centro is to provide support for the Latinx community at CSU and Fort Collins. We do this by encouraging student engagement, academic success, cultural pride, empowerment, and volunteer and leadership opportunities. We strive to promote an inclusive environment that focuses on awareness and understanding of the Latinx experience.
- Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
- The Family Center/La Familia – Bilingual program to support working families with children by providing a range of resources including childcare and education, healthy living programs, family strengthening services, adult education programs, and other resources and referral programs.
- Caminos – A Latina/o Pathway Program to Higher Education is a transformative educational pathway program for Latina/o high school students to attend and graduate from higher education institutions. The goal of the Caminos program is to address specific Latina/o academic needs and provide access to understanding higher education opportunities while affirming cultural and racial assets.
The Native American Cultural Center embraces and encourages a supportive environment based on the traditions and cultures of Native American peoples.
The Pride Resource Center provides resources and support for all CSU community members to explore and increase their understanding of sexual or romantic orientation, gender, and identity intersection.
Women and Gender Advocacy Center provides programs and resources focusing on all genders, social justice, and interpersonal violence prevention. WGAC provides advocacy and support for victims of sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and relationship violence. The purpose is to provide a safe and affirming space for the students we serve at Colorado State University, while supporting systemic change to end all forms of oppression within our community.
Shared governance at CSU engages the entire campus community through representation and participation in decision-making and planning. More than 6,000 employees participate in this shared governance through three different councils representing the interest of their employee group.
Personal Development & Networking
There are many ways to meet people and connect with the community and happenings at CSU. Get to know your peers and grow together both personally and professionally through a variety of programs and groups. Stay in the know by subscribing to public mailing lists of your favorite departments and networks.
Talent Development provides innovative solutions including the design and delivery of high-quality initiatives that engage, inform, and inspire individual employees and teams in support of the university’s land grant mission and Principles of Community.
Multi-Cultural Faculty and Staff Network works as a catalyst to positively impact campus climate and culture by supporting recruitment, retention, and development of multicultural employees. The vision of this group is to create visible, inclusive, and engaged community that supports, empowers, and sustains underrepresented staff and faculty with multiple identities.
Women of Color Network offers community and programming for women of color faculty and staff at CSU. Programs such as the Annual Women of Color Summit and Women of Color Luncheons provide opportunities to network, build relationships, and benefit from professional development programs that are specifically presented by and for women of color.
Queer Coffee every last Friday of the month, LGBTQ+ faculty and staff come together for coffee and casual community.
Annual Diversity Symposium is a week-long conference featuring over 50 one-hour sessions relating to diversity, inclusion, cutting-edge research, a variety of keynote speakers, and a strand focused specifically on educators.
The Safe Zone Project is a 3-hour training program with the objectives of reducing homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism at CSU, thereby making CSU a safer environment for all members of our community across sexual orientations, romantic orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and intersections of identities, and creating a network committed to ongoing education and advocacy in order to support LGBTQ communities at CSU.
Professional Development Institute offers CSU faculty, state classified personnel, administrative professionals, and graduate students an opportunity to explore a wide range of topics designed to enhance their professional growth and personal enrichment. The purpose is to provide an opportunity to share ideas, explore issues, and gain insight into learning, teaching, and service as well as other professional and personal activities.
- School is Cool – A community outreach program lead by CSU employees that provides backpacks and school supplies to K-12 students in the area.
- Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) – Allows employees up to five hours of administrative leave per month to volunteer in any public school district.
Alumni to CSU? Connect with the CSU Alumni Center for more ways to get involved.
Colorado State University’s Commitment to Campus encompasses a wide range of programs, discounts, and special benefits available to CSU faculty and staff. These opportunities are offered to:
- Promote employee health, wellness, and personal advancement
- Engage employees in the life of the University
- Connect employees and students outside the classroom
- Enrich participation in campus programs, classes, and events
- Reward employees for their service and involvement in the CSU community
Health and wellness benefits, membership, and discounts includes access to programs and centers such as:
- CSU Campus Recreation and Noon Hour Fitneess Program
- Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center
- Youth Mentoring Program
- Family couple, and individual therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Nursing Mom Accommodations
- Discount pass to city of Fort Collins and city of Boulder recreation facilities
Family and home resources allows access and discounts to the following:
- Academic privileges for employee’s and eligible dependents include up to nine for credit hourses per year for full-time employees and 50% off tuition for eligible dependents
- Summer and Youth Sports camp
- Early Childhood Center
- Sunshine House
- After School Programs
- Housing Navigator
- Financial seminars hosted by Canvas Credit Union featuring topics such as stretch your paycheck, track your spending, and make your budget
- Free Transfort and MAX bus access with CSU ID
- Library access using your CSU ID at Poudre River Public Library
Employee Assistance Program strives to offer inclusive support to all employees at Colorado State University. The on-site EAP coordinator offers assessment and referrals, management consultation, outreach to employees who may be struggling, and departmental support after impactful events or loss within a community.
ComPsych Guidance Resources provides no-cost, confidential assistance to help address the personal issues faced by employees (faculty, staff, non-student hourly) and members of their households. Staffed by experienced clinicians, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ComPsych will refer employees to a local, licensed psychotherapist, answer legal or financial questions, or refer you to experts in the community.
Provides CSU employees with information about, and referrals to, agencies and organizations in Northern Colorado who provide low-cost or no-cost services in the areas of:
- Physical and mental healthcare
- Food, clothing and other household necessities.
- Dependent care and elder care
- Services for the disabled
- Housing, including emergency food and shelter
- Pets, and other support services
- Housing Navigator and Childcare Resources
CSU Ram Athetics offers half-priced single game tickets and season ticket offerings.
- Employee Position Description (access via CSU Talent Management System)
- Policy Library
- CSU Brand and Style Guide
- CSU Life – monthly publishing throughout the academic year for faculty and staff of CSU