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Total Orientation Process (TOP)

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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 in your "Welcome to SMU" email and should be submitted to Human Resources on your first day of employment:

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

  • SMU ID
  • Parking Sticker

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

If enrolling dependents, please review the following document for Dependent Eligibility and Verification Documents


  • 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:

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