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Your first weeks

Congratulations! You have now completed your first weeks as an OU Employee!
As such, there is additional information to share with you!

Benefits Selection

By now you should have met with Debbie Martin, benefits assistant, and completed the required enrollment forms for benefits you are eligible for. If you have not completed this process, contact Debbie Martin at extension 4207 to schedule an appointment and/or answer any questions you may have. Please visit the Faculty and Staff Benefits website for detailed benefit information.

New Hire Training

There are many training opportunities available to you as an OU Employee. Below are links to specific training options you may have interest in:

Faculty and Staff Training courses
SkillSoft Online Training
Sexual Harrassment Prevention Training (required within ten days of employment)
Building a Better yOU (Wellness)

These are just a few of the types of training OU offers.  University Human Resources Faculty and Staff Training website allows you to explore further training opportunities!

Group Orientation

You also should have received information regarding a group orientation session. These sessions are held every other month. New hires are encouraged to attend as this will be an opportunity to meet several key colleagues from various departments around the campus. You will hear more about the history of OU, our Police Department, Campus Recreation, Information Technology, training opportunities, and your role as an ambassador for Oakland University. If you are unable to attend the pre-scheduled session, you may check with Nancy Murphy ( for another upcoming opportunity.

Handbook, Contracts and Policies

You should already have received information about your employee group's handbook, contract, or manual.  Each contract and/or manual provides detailed information regarding your employment classification within OU. The employee groups are Oakland University Professional Support Association, Oakland University Campus Maintenance & Trades, Police Officers Association of Michigan, Police Officers Labor Council, Administrative Professional Personnel & Confidential Personnel Assistant.  You can access your manuals at any time on our Handbooks, Contracts and Policies page.

Holiday schedule

Find out which days are considered University holidays, including time off for the December recess, for payroll and school-closing purposes for the calendar year.