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Benefits Orientation & Enrollment

Online Orientation/Timing of Enrollment in Benefits Programs

Classroom Orientation

Benefits for EPA Employees at 50% Effort

Benefits for EPA Employees at 75% Effort

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Online Orientation/Timing of Enrollment in Benefits Programs

New permanent employees should be informed of the Human Resources online orientation program designed to guide the new employee through explanations of programs, services, policies, and benefits offered by UNC-Chapel Hill. The username is “epa” and the password is “orientation.” Enter both without the quotation marks. Some forms are fill-in; others must be downloaded and completed on a typewriter or by hand. Original completed and signed forms are sent to the Benefit Program Administration Office (CB 1045, 104 Airport Drive, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1045).

Enrollment for health insurance must be done within 30 days of the date of employment.

Employees are required to enroll in benefits programs during specified timeframes from the official date of employment. In guiding the new employee through this orientation, ascertain whether health insurance at their previous employer will still be in effect for the first month of employment at UNC-Chapel Hill. Enrollment in health insurance benefits does not take effect until 30 days after enrollment.

Classroom Orientation

New Employee Orientation Program: Faculty Employees

UNC-Chapel Hill offers the Welcome to Carolina orientation program for new EPA Faculty employees. The classroom-based orientation provides an overview of benefits offered by the University. EPA Faculty employees must either attend a Welcome to Carolina session or complete the online EPA Faculty orientation within 30 days of beginning work. Classroom-based sessions are held every other Monday (or alternate day when the University is closed for a holiday). The Office of Human Resources, supervisors, departmental contacts and others are responsible for orienting the new employee to the organization.

Welcome to Carolina Orientation Program

Orientation is important because it does the following:

Provides new employees with concise and accurate information to make them more comfortable in the job

  • Encourages employee confidence and helps the new employee adapt faster to the job
  • Contributes to a more effective, productive workforce
  • Improves employee retention
  • Promotes communication between the supervisor and the new employee

New employees must be clear about their responsibilities at the University and given the tools needed to be successful in their jobs. A good orientation program takes time and effort, yet it is an important investment for hiring departments, new employees and the University.

Online Registration

Registration for the classroom based orientation is completed by the school/division’s HR Office at the time of the job offer. It is recommended that registration be completed at least 72 hours before the session to ensure sufficient notice to the venue. To register an employee for the EPA Faculty Welcome to Carolina New Employee Orientation session:

Register here




10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  (Benefits Review, Q&A and Forms Collection)


The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

100 Friday Center Drive

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


If you have registration questions, please contact the Onboarding Specialist at orientationcoordinator@unc.edu or call the HR Service Center at (919) 843-2300.

If you have benefits related questions, please contact Benefits, Work/Life and HR Records at (919) 962-3071.

Related Links:

EPA Faculty New Employee Orientation Schedule (2015-2016)

Benefits for EPA Employees at 50% Effort

Permanent employees hired for 50% or greater are eligible to purchase some benefits. For more detailed information see the HR website or contact the HR Benefits Office directly 2-3071; benefits@unc.edu).

Benefits for EPA Employees at 75% Effort

An EPA employee hired for 75% effort or more whose service is continuous for one year or more is eligible for fringe benefits. At the time of employment, the employee will be contacted by the HR Benefits Office to discuss options. The employee has 30 days from the appointment start date to designate benefit plans. For more detailed information see the HR website. It is most important that appointment paperwork be submitted in sufficient time to allow the employee time to review benefit plans.

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