This staff handbook is here to help you become familiar with working at the University of Kentucky.
As a UK employee, you are responsible for staying up to date with these policies, procedures and practices that govern and affect your employment.
Your department may also have additional information you need to know that is unique to your area. Your supervisor can show you where to find this information.
Welcome to the University of Kentucky
These links will help you with information you'll need from your first day and beyond.
You'll soon receive your linkblue ID. This will help you access many of our technology systems.
Manage many aspects of your employment, including signing up for benefits and requesting time off.
Your UK identification card with perks! Check with your supervisor on how to obtain your ID.
Insurance and Retirement
We offer you a wide range of benefits including insurance (health, dental, vision, life, etc.), flexible spending accounts, retirement savings plans and several additional insurance options.
UK Dental Care plans have no annual deductible and offer discounted fees on many UK Dentistry services.
We offer additional benefits through The MPM Group and MetLife, such as pet insurance or home and auto insurance.
Well-Being and Community
We know our University community is at its best when our well-being is a priority. We want this to be a place where we all can thrive.
We proactively address issues of concern and maintain the safety of all members of the UK community.
REFER is a professional therapy clinic available to assess individual and family needs.
We offer one-on-one and group services to support your goals related to movement, nutrition and overall resilience.
For your professional development, we provide opportunities for courses and certifications.
UK Dentistry provides comprehensive, general and specialized dental treatments.
Work-Life helps you successfully manage your work and personal responsibilities, no matter your stage of life.
At the University of Kentucky, we have employees working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And we are committed to maintaining a safe environment at all University locations.
We ensure our working conditions and campus environment are safe, healthful, clean and accessible.
UK Police promotes safety and security for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Confidential services and support to students, faculty and staff affected by sexual and gender-based violence.
Policies and Compliance
University regulations and policies provide the framework for the University administration to comply with federal and state law, and to implement decisions by the Board of Trustees regarding the general administration and oversight of the University. It’s important to be familiar with these resources.
Review our ethical principles and code of conduct, as well as how to report potential violations.
We promote an environment free of discrimination and inequity by addressing all reports.
We will not discriminate for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing pay.
This library serves as the official repository of all University-wide regulation and policy information.
Hiring Process and Onboarding New Employees
First impressions are powerful. Onboarding begins at the time of hire and ideally continues through an employee's first year of employment. It enables you to bring newly hired or transferred employees up to speed with the policies, processes, culture, expectations and day-to-day responsibilities of your department.
Supervisors, please use these resources as a framework to help onboard your new employees.