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Total Orientation Process (TOP)


Total Orientation Process

Checklist for Staff

This checklist is provided to help you quickly and easily complete all required elements of your Total Orientation Process with SMU. If you have any questions, you may go back to the tutorial content to review the information. 

Before you move on to the checklist, please take a moment to on the new staff orientation tutorial.

First Day of Employment

The following were provided to you electronically and should be completed prior to your first day of employment:

  • Offer Letter
  • I-9 Authorization to Work (Use your legal name as it appears on your social security card.)  The document itself will be completed in the HR Office.  Review a list of acceptable documents to bring with you to the HR office as proof of identity.
  • SMU Personal Data Sheet 

Directions to obtain the following will be provided at HR on your first day:

  • SMU ID & SMU ID Card 
  • Form W-4 tax withholding
  • Direct Deposit Enrollment
  • Parking permit Instructions
  • Other new hire forms that may be required for your position

First Week of Employment:


Within 31 Days of first day of employment:

Benefits:  Required Participation

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Emeriti Health Savings Account

Benefits: Optional Participation


  • Copy of job description from supervisor
  • Long Distance Telephone access # (if applicable)
  • Copier Code (if applicable)


  • Wellpower Wellness Program (benefit-eligible faculty/staff):  create your personal profile and start earning credits toward rewards for your healthy lifestyle.

Within 90 days of first day of employment:

New Staff will be notified by email from Lawroom when the following training tutorials are assigned and ready to be accessed:  

 FAQ for LawRoom


  • 90 Day Performance Check-in: The new employee's manager will provide feedback on the employee's progress toward the end of the probationary period via an automated email from My.SMU.  New employees and their managers should be having regular on-going conversations regarding performance and development during the probationary period and beyond.   

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