Benefits and Services
Credit Programs for Part-time Students (800) 862-5669
Professional Development and Enrichment Programs (800) 845-8640
All postdocs are eligible to take non-credit courses at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education as well as register for courses in the classroom or on-line as a Part-Time student. The full range of graduate and undergraduate courses is available. Admission to UNC-Chapel Hill is required for enrollment into the classroom courses. For graduate-level courses, you will need permission from the professor teaching the course to register for the class. Applications for Part-time studies can be found on the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education Website. Postdocs are not eligible for the employee tuition waiver, so the cost will be out of pocket for all courses at the university.
Please visit the William and Ida Friday Center website for more information:
(Follow the guidelines under For UNC employees)
Dara Wilson-Grant, Associate Director and Career Counselor
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
1114 Bioinformatics Building, CB#4100
Individual career counseling appointments are available to all postdocs through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. With individual career counseling, we can help you:
- Clarify and define your career goals
- Research and explore career options
- Identify your strengths and develop an effective self-marketing strategy
- Enhance your job search materials (e.g., CV, resume, cover letter)
- Prepare for upcoming interviews
To schedule an appointment, call 919-843-2340 or email email@example.com.
CONFLICT AND CRISIS INTERVENTION
Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Director
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
301-B Bynum Hall, CB#4100
Individual consultations are available to all postdocs through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The OPA director can provide resources, make referrals, and assist you in resolving a conflict or difficult situation. Appointments are available to discuss:
- Your rights as a postdoc in the workplace
- Conflicts or challenges that may arise in the postdoc/mentor relationship
- Other matters of concern related to your postdoc appointment at UNC
To schedule an appointment, call 919-843-4169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling and Wellness Services at Campus Health
James A. Taylor Student Health Services Bldg, 3rd Floor
For an Appointment 919-966-3658 or After Hours 919-966-2281
Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) at Campus Health Services offers a variety of counseling, testing, developmental, and informational services.
Psychological/counseling services include:
- Individual, couples, and group therapy
- Urgent consultation and crisis intervention
- Medication evaluation/management
Wellness services provide education and health promotion programs in the areas of:
- Fitness and nutrition
- Alcohol and substance use
- Stress management
- Massage therapy
- Sexual behavior
For all new and first time Counseling appointments at CWS, eligible individuals should walk in to our service between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To make an appointment or to contact us for any other reason, call 919-966-3658.
If you are having a psychological crisis, we encourage you to call or come in right away and speak to a CWS therapist for same day crisis intervention.
Leave and Family and medical leave
Postdocs are eligible for a specified amount of paid vacation leave, paid sick leave and, when applicable, paid parental leave. Leave is granted based on appointment year (as opposed to calendar year) starting with the Postdoc’s appointment date. Unless otherwise stated, a Postdoc shall receive: (a) twelve (12) days of paid vacation leave per appointment year (in addition to recognized University holidays) and (b) twelve (12) days of paid sick leave per appointment year. Twelve days of vacation and twelve days of sick leave is a required minimum; a greater number of vacation days can be negotiated between the Postdoc and the Mentor. Use of vacation leave is subject to the Mentor’s prior approval. Leave is available in total on the first day of the appointment.
Vacation leave and sick leave cannot be carried over to the next appointment year and will be awarded annually for Postdocs who are appointed for more than one year. In other words, a Postdoc’s compensated leave expires one year from the date of appointment. Leave does not accrue. Tracking of Postdoc leave in TIMs is not required. However, a record of any leave taken by the Postdoc should be kept in the Postdoc’s departmental file.
Unused vacation leave and sick leave will not be paid out when an appointment ends.
Finally, Postdocs are also eligible for six (6) weeks of paid parental leave to care for a new biological, adopted or foster child, which includes exhausting all available paid vacation and sick leave. This leave must be taken within one year of the relevant birth, adoption or foster care placement of the child. Postdocs may also be eligible for Family and Medical Leave if they meet certain eligibility requirements set forth in the University’s Family and Medical Leave Policy. International Postdocs should consult with ISSS to confirm what leave is allowed under their current immigration statuses.
WORK /LIFE PROGRAMS
UNC HR-Employee Services Department
104 Airport Road, CB#1045
The Benefits Services Department of the UNC Office of Human Resources (HR) operates Work-Life programs, at no cost, designed to help meet the needs of students and postdocs who have responsibilities for children and elderly relatives or adults dependent on them for care. The office provides, at no cost, child care information, including an information network of local childcare resources, a directory of family daycare and in-home providers, a childcare assistance program and a summer recreation program. For more information contact Work/Life Programs, 919-962-6008.
Services offered by Benefits Services include:
- Child and Elder Care Resource and Referral: The Work/Life Manager is available to provide individual assistance to families searching for dependent care related providers and information. (Please see Child Care and Elder Care sections below.)
- Work/Family and Work/Life Educational Programs: For current program offerings, go to the Training & Development’s Training catalog here: https://itsapps.unc.edu/TrainDev/catalog.do. Under the Category search option, select “Work/Life & Wellness.” Some topics include long-term financial planning, balancing career and personal life, and benefits strategies when having a baby. If you would like to arrange a workshop, call Benefits Services at 962-6008.
- Helping Heels Child and Elder Care Provider List: Published each semester, the directory lists UNC-Chapel Hill students and employees interested in providing short-term and occasional care for children and the elderly. You can download the most up-to-date version of this searchable list by going to the website and clicking on the “Helping Heels Provider list” link.
- The Work/Life Library: A collection of books for loan and free pamphlets on parenting, child care, elder care, and work/family/life issues. Call 962-6008 for a bibliography or visit Benefits Services, 104 Airport Road.
- UNC-Chapel Hill Child Care Financial Assistance Program: Limited funds are available to assist eligible students and employees with the costs of state-regulated child care. For more information, call 962-6008 or visit the employee services website
- Lactation/Breastfeeding Resources (see below)
The Office of Human Resources (OHR) provides a list of day camps in the surrounding area. This list, which will be expanded and updated as needed, is located on the OHR website.
CHILD CARE RESOURCES
HR Website: The Office of Human Resources at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides information on a number of child care programs and resources.
Child Care Services Association, Inc.–offers child care resources and referrals
Chatham County Partnership for Children
Durham Day Care Council
NC Division of Child Development
Search for Child Care Facility in North Carolina http://ncchildcaresearch.dhhs.state.nc.us/search.asp
Victory Village Day Care Center
University Child Care Center
130 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Victory Village Day Care Center has been providing high quality child care to parents in the University of North Carolina community for over 50 years. Children enrolled at Victory Village are children of students, faculty, and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Hospitals. The population is a diverse group that reflects the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the Chapel Hill community.
The organization offers full time care for children six weeks to five years of age. Children will be placed in enrollment positions on a first come, first serve basis. Full time employees have priority for enrollment. When all vacancies are full, we will maintain a waiting list by date of application. Parents of children currently enrolled in the program have sibling priority for enrollment. For more information visit their website: http://www.victoryvillage.org/
Kids ROCK!: This program offers free recreational opportunities open to children of UNC faculty, staff and postdocs. Activities are selected to encourage fun interaction between parents and kids. Kids ROCK! also aids in the fight against a national rise in juvenile obesity and diabetes. Basketball, climbing, water sports, and fun runs are among the planned events.
Parents/guardians are asked to RSVP for events at least two days in advance, and are required to stay and participate. Children 5 and up are welcome to attend. For more information and the activity schedule: http://campusrec.unc.edu/special-events.
The Carolina Women’s Center: The Carolina Women’s Center (CWC) is engaged in policy and advocacy work on behalf of all families at UNC. The Center is a member of the Chancellor’s Child Care Advisory Committee, which works to expand access to affordable and convenient child care. They work for equitable parental leave policies without barriers for all University employees. The Center also houses one of the lactation rooms on campus for nursing mothers and is a member of the Faculty Working Group on Infant and Young Child Feeding. For more information, visit the Center’s Family Advocacy webpage: http://womenscenter.unc.edu/index.php?p=advocacy.
CHillKids: CHillKids (short for Chapel Hill Kids) is an online resource for families and kids of all ages in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and greater Triangle area. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, or can’t remember when your favorite festival or holiday event will take place in the Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, just visit their website www.CHillKids.com.
Parenting Resource Guide (May 2008 Edition): This is not an exhaustive list; however the guide does bring together resources from the university and the local community that exist to support parents.
Positive Parenting: Positive Parenting is dedicated to providing resources and information to help make parenting more rewarding, effective and fun! http://positiveparenting.com
Further resources: For more parenting resources, visit the OHR’s Parenting Programs webpage: http://hr.unc.edu/benefits/work-life-programs/parenting-programs/.
ELDER CARE RESOURCES
HR Elder Care webpage: The Office of Human Resources at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides information on a number of elder care programs and resources. http://hr.unc.edu/benefits/work-life-programs/elder-care-programs/
The Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program: offers elder care resources and referrals. http://www.deeroaks.com/
A Helping Hand: Serves older adults (60 and older), and younger adults who need assistance because of a temporary or permanent disability, accident or injury in Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Durham, and surrounding communities. (919-969-7111)
Orange County, North Carolina
Department on Aging
Orange County Community Resource Guide for Seniors and Their Families
Lactation spaces on campus: If you are a breastfeeding mother attending school or working at the University, you’ll be glad to know about the many on-site lactation stations. The lactation stations provide privacy for mothers who have their own hand- or battery-operated pumps. Some of the lactation spaces also include hospital grade multi-user pumps. The list of lactation spaces can be found at: http://hr.unc.edu/benefits/work-life-and-wellness/parenting/CCM1_028715
Ameda Breast Pump Purchase Program: The Work/Life office in collaboration with Ameda is able to offer the sale of Purely Yours Breast Pumps at a significant discount. For current pumps available in the office or for current pricing contact 962-6008.
STATE EMPLOYEES’ CREDIT UNION
Postdocs are eligible for membership in the State Employees’ Credit Union. As a Credit Union member, you are eligible for all services, including several different types of loans, disability and credit life insurance, an automated Voice Response system, Funds Transfers, Wire Transfers, Direct Deposit, Payroll Deduction, Taxes Online, and a Debit Card.
WACHOVIA ONE CARD PLUS
You can use your UNC One card as your Wachovia ATM or your Wachovia Visa Check Card. You must have Wachovia Checking Account. Wachovia Bank, N.A. in partnership with UNC, offers the UNC One Card Plus, a campus identification card that can be connected to Wachovia Checking Account and a Wachovia Check Card. Visit Wachovia’s Service Center in the Pit for more information or visit the website above.
101 Student Recreation Center, CB #8610
Campus Recreation can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. Find out how you can take advantage of our facilities and programs and stay or get fit and healthy, socialize with colleagues, make new friends, and engage in healthy competition. To participate in Campus Recreation activities, programs, and facilities, Postdocs may purchase Recreation Membership through the UNC One Card Office (UNC Student Stores) which is located on the basement/ground floor of the Daniels Building. Be sure to bring proper identification (UNC One Card) with payment for membership. Memberships can also be purchased for spouse, partner, and/or dependents. For information on Campus Rec Memberships: http://campusrec.unc.edu/recreation-membership. For information on Guest Eligibility: http://campusrec.unc.edu/guest-eligibility-policies.
Campus Recreation offers the following:
- Intramural Sports offers more than 60 programs for men and women at varying levels of competition and skill.
- Fitness Facilities and Group Fitness Classes, housed in the Student Recreation Center and Rams Head Recreation Center, offers many hours of recreational weight training, a variety of group fitness classes, and many special events and motivational programs.
- Pool and gym privileges for postdocs and/or their spouse and dependent children age 18 and under (must be residing in home).
- Walking Maps
- Wellness Resources
Please visit the Postdoc Health Coverage page at https://research.unc.edu/postdoctoral-affairs/postdoc-medical-plan/
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers access to a variety of resources to support Postdoctoral Scholars’ professional development.
UNC ALUMNI NETWORKING DATABASE
This database was designed to help you network with former UNC postdocs who have volunteered to share their employment information and serve at networking contacts. When using this database, we encourage you to first conduct your own preliminary career research so that you appear informed and can ask knowledgeable questions. Visit https://apps.research.unc.edu/exit_survey/admin.cfm?CFID=2388134&CFTOKEN=74883717 to access the OPA alumni database; contact email@example.com for the password.
MENTORNET: THE E-MENTORING NETWORK FOR DIVERSITY IN ENGINEERING & SCIENCE
MentorNet is a non-profit e-mentoring network that connects mentors and mentees in engineering, science, and mathematics. MentorNet was created to foster the retention and success of women and underrepresented minorities in particular, but welcomes anyone interested in connecting with peers and experienced professionals in their field. The MentorNet Community offers the One-on-One E-Mentoring Program, which pairs postdocs with professionals in an email based mentoring relationship, the E-Forum for web based discussion of issues like job searches and the work/life balance, as well as resources and a résumé database. To learn more and find a mentor (or become a mentor), visit MentorNet’s website at http://mentornet.net/. Membership is available on an individual basis.
UNC POSTDOCS LISTSERV
Messages are sent out on the listserv to provide information about events pertaining to postdoc career development, which may include seminars, workshops, conferences, internships, awards, and other opportunities. The listserv also informs postdocs of official university business, UNC postdoctoral policies, upcoming social events, and campus resources for postdocs. To subscribe to the listserv, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “subscribe to postdoc listserv” in the subject line.
FACULTY MENTORS LISTSERV
Messages are sent out on the listserv to inform faculty mentors about official university business, UNC postdoctoral policies, events pertaining to postdoc career development and faculty mentorship, and resources for faculty mentors. To subscribe to the listserv, please send an email to email@example.com with “subscribe to faculty mentors listserv” in the subject line.
Education-Related Student Loan Deferment
National Student Loan Program
Postdoctoral research associates may be eligible for deferment of Stafford, Perkins, and similar student loans because they are engaged in a full-time fellowship program at an institution of higher learning. As a postdoc, you may qualify under the condition of continuing your professional training at this institution. Education-related deferment forms may be obtained at the National Student Loan Program (NSLP) site, above.
Lending agencies may differ in their deferral requirements, and therefore will make the final determination of eligibility. You are, however, responsible for timely payment of any unsubsidized loans. Follow the guidelines on the website and refer to the Deferment Form Guide on the NSLP webpage (link above) to view a list of available deferments and links to other forms.
Who signs the document: Trainee-Director of Training Grant/Department Chair/Respective Dean
National Institute of Health Student Loan Repayment Plan
NIH Repayment Program
Depending on the type of research in development, the NIH Loan Repayment Program encourages promising researchers and scientists to pursue research careers by repaying up to $35,000 of qualified student loan debt each year. Your research goals need to be within the mission of NIH and scope of the plan. You do not need an NIH grant to participate in the Loan Repayment program. Visit the website to find out if you qualify.
Retirement Plan: Enrollment in 403(b) (Tax-Deferred)
Postdocs can set up a 403(b) supplemental retirement plan by contacting the benefits office at 919-962-3071. For more information visit http://hr.unc.edu/benefits/benefit-plans/retirement-programs/unc-system-voluntary-403b-retirement-program/
UNC ONE CARD OFFICE
210 Daniels Building (basement of Student Stores), CB#1530
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
The UNC One Card is a multipurpose identification and on-line accounts card. You can use it for anything on campus from Chick-Fil-A® to Parking Tickets. It is the official ID card for students, faculty, & staff of UNC. Your One Card provides access to certain facilities & events, and also serves as your UNC Library card.
HOW TO GET A UNC ONE CARD:
The UNC One Card Office is located in the basement of UNC Student Stores in the center of Campus. Postdocs may obtain a UNC One Card at the One Card office when all information (EPA Web, if paid by University payroll, or Affiliate System, if not paid by University payroll) has been processed by Employee Records. Once you have been issued a PID AND entered into the University’s Human Resources (HRIS) database or the Affiliate System, the One Card Office can issue you a One Card. You may activate your Faculty/Staff Expense account or sign up for Gym privileges at the UNC One Card Office. If you are not sure of the status of your paperwork, contact your HR Facilitator or call the UNC One Card Office at 919-962-8024 to see if you are in the system yet. If you are not sure whether or not you have a PID, you may look it up here:
http://pid.unc.edu/PIDLookup.aspx. All postdocs MUST present a picture ID (valid driver’s license, State ID card, Military ID, or Passport) before their photos can be taken.
RENEWING YOUR UNC ONE CARD:
If you are renewing an expired card, make sure your HR facilitator has updated your employment status, then simply bring your expired UNC One Card to the One Card Office.
HOW TO ADD VALUE TO YOUR UNC ONE CARD:
REPORT LOST OR STOLEN CARDS:
Report missing cards to the One Card office immediately by calling 919-962-8024 during weekdays, or suspend your account online here:
NOTE: If you have Wachovia Banking linked to your UNC One Card you must also report your lost or stolen card to Wachovia at 1-800-275-3862 (24 hours a day).
UNC PRINTING SERVICES
2700 Homestead Road CB#1110
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
All postdocs can order standard business cards at a reduced rate by making a print request online. You must have an Onyen to use the online services for ordering your business cards. Payment for the business cards is either by departmental account number or UNC One Card. UNC Printing Services now offers the use of credit card for payment. Delivery time is usually 10 business days from proof approval. However, we will do everything possible to meet much shorter deadlines. If you have questions about online ordering, please call 919-962-5566.
UNIVERSITY MAIL SERVICES (UMS)
Bioinformatics Building, 130 Mason Farm Rd. (ground floor)
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed on University holidays)
UNC Mail offers Campus Mail Services (inter-office/department mail), U.S. Postal Services (International, Express, Certified, etc) and Bulk Mailing for large campus mailings. Be sure you use current accurate information when addressing outgoing mail, be it U.S. or Campus Mail. Use nine-digit ZIP Codes and campus box numbers where appropriate. For more information about UNC Mail Basic Services visit their website:
PROPER ADDRESSING OF CAMPUS AND U.S. MAIL:
The ZIP Code for the University is 27599-(your campus box number). To ensure delivery, it is essential to include the CB# when addressing campus mail or when sending your address to companies for periodicals or other related mailings to be delivered to your campus address. If you are uncertain of the CB#, consult the University Directory, available online at http://www.unc.edu/dir/.
The following formats can be used when addressing Campus and U.S. Mail:
Inter-office or Campus Mail:
Campus Box #, Building Name (may use room #)
U.S. Postal Service Mail:
MR JOHN DOE (USE ALL CAPS)
CAMPUS BOX #1234 KING BUILDING
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
CHAPEL HILL NC 27599-1234
THE CENTER FOR FACULTY EXCELLENCE
316 Wilson Library, CB#3470
The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) is the campus-wide professional development center at UNC, providing faculty members the support they need to achieve excellence as teachers, scholars, mentors, and leaders. The CFE tailors its programs and resources to meet the diverse needs of faculty members throughout all stages of their careers. The Center collaborates with other units across campus to ensure efficient and effective delivery of support services.
The CFE also offers a wide array of programs and resources for postdoctoral students, including:
- Workshops, seminars, and symposia, in teaching, leadership, and research
- Individual consultations for teaching, research, and leadership needs
- A library of resources on teaching, research, mentoring, and academic leadership
“How Do I Get an Academic Teaching Position?”: A Resource Guide http://cfe.unc.edu/teaching/teaching_position.html
Technical Support Page: http://help.unc.edu/
The ITS Response Center (ITRC) strives to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction through effective and professional IT support, in partnership with campus units. There are multiple ways to get technical help from the ITRC:
- Submit a Help Request online: https://www.unc.edu/ar-bin/websub/index.pl
- Call 919-962-HELP (4357)
- Chat online with the Help Desk: https://its2.unc.edu/itrc/chat/index.html
- Walk-in to one of our offices: http://help.unc.edu/help/where-is-the-itrc-and-what-are-its-walk-in-support-hours/
“Onyen” = “The only name you’ll ever need”
To create an “Onyen” or username, and password, postdocs can visit https://onyen.unc.edu/.
ITS Computer Labs
The mission of the ITS Computer Labs is to assure access to computing resources for all university faculty, staff, students, and postdocs by providing conveniently located public computer facilities with up-to-date, well-maintained hardware, software, and printing services. For location information, visit http://its.unc.edu/service/computer-labs/ or contact the ITS Response Center.
UNC Medical School Office of Information Systems (OIS)
OIS supports users in the School of Medicine. If you are employed in the School of Medicine, see instructions above for setting up an email account.
There are multiple ways to get technical help from OIS:
- Walk-in support: MacNider Hall, Room 065, 9:00 am–4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
- Phone support – Call 919-966-1325, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://help.med.unc.edu
Ann E. Penn, EEO/ADA Officer
100 E. Franklin St., Unit 110 CB# 9160
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9160
Phone: (919) 966-3576
Fax: (919) 962-2562
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equal opportunity in all aspects of employment for qualified disabled individuals. The University makes reasonable efforts to accommodate disabled individuals and/or veterans unless to do so would impose an undue hardship. The Equal Opportunity/ADA Officer in consultation with other University offices is responsible for ensuring that appropriate accommodations are available for employees or applicants for employment who self identify. http://www.unc.edu/depts/eooada/disability.html
Disability Parking: Applications for disability parking and transportation are available at the Public Safety Building on Manning Drive. Disability applications can also be faxed or mailed by calling The Department of Public Safety at (919)-962-3951.
Campus Map for Disability Parking: http://www.dps.unc.edu/maps/disability/Disability.pdf
About the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office:
Vision Statement: The Equal Opportunity/ADA Office seeks to facilitate a welcoming and inclusive environment which supports the right of every member of the Carolina community to learn and work in an atmosphere that promotes fairness, equity and access to its employment and educational programs.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office is to provide leadership and guidance in support of the University’s commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity; effectively partner with leaders and members of the university community to promote equity and fairness in employment, education and university life; and continually advocate for a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive environment at UNC Chapel Hill.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to providing equal access to our employment environment, and ensures that all employment-related decisions are in accordance with the principles of equal opportunity.
In addition to the services above, this office also serves UNC faculty and staff persons with disabilities of need for accommodations. The University has adopted a policy on Reasonable Accommodations in Employment. Please address your questions to the equal opportunity/ADA office or your HR facilitator. Visit the websites below for more information.
To view disability information:
THE UNIVERSITY OMBUDS OFFICE
134 East Franklin Street, CB#5146
The University Ombuds Office is a safe place where all Carolina staff, faculty, and administrators are welcome to come and talk in confidence about any workplace issue, problem, or dispute. Our office supplements, but does not replace, the University’s formal channels, such as the grievance policy. Use of our services is voluntary and free. Visitors will find our office a safe place to discuss their concerns, no matter how large or small. We also welcome suggestions about how to improve the workplace at Carolina, and we invite you to share good news with us.
Resources Available for download: http://www.ombuds.unc.edu/resources.html
Wayne Blair, University Ombuds
Laurie Mesibov, University Ombuds
The University Ombuds Office
ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY DEPARTMENT
1120 Estes Drive Extension, CB#1650
University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC)
145 North Medical Drive
2nd Floor, CB#1649
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed for University holidays)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Environment, Health & Safety supports the University’s core mission of teaching, research, and service by providing comprehensive environmental, health, and safety services to the University community. This includes education through training and consultation, maintaining a safe environment through recognizing and controlling health and safety hazards, ensuring a process of regulatory compliance, and minimizing future potential liabilities.
The Environment, Health and Safety Department (EHS) at UNC provides both instructor-led and on-line training options in a variety of areas. For the instructor-led course descriptions and schedule, visit http://ehs.unc.edu/training/. Instructor-led courses cover a variety of topics, including:
- Employee Orientation for Clinic Environment
- Annual Bloodborne Pathogens/Tuberculosis Update
- Employee Orientation for Laboratory Environment
- Radiation Safety Orientation Course
- IACUC-Animal Training
- Shipping of Infectious Substances and Other Biomedical Materials
- Fire Extinguisher Training
- CPR Training
A list of Self-Study Courses can be found on the EHS website: http://ehs.unc.edu/training/self.shtml
Online course topics include:
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Tuberculosis and Infection Control
- Healthcare Worker/Joint Commission General Safety Information
- Emergency Coordinator Annual Update
- Respiratory Protection for Tuberculosis
- Shipping of Infectious Substances and Other Biomedical Materials Annual Update
- Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan Training
- Laser Safety
- Safe Use of Fluoroscopic Equipment
- Using N95 for Respiratory Protection
General Information and Service Request Contact Information: http://ehs.unc.edu/ehs/docs/ehs_resp.pdf
Off-Campus Housing Resources
To find information and off-campus housing availabilities, visit these Web sites:
OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND SCHOLAR SERVICES
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 2004
301 Pittsboro Street, CB#5240
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – Monday through Friday
Walk-in advising: 9:00-4:00 p.m. – Monday through Friday
Document Pick-up/Drop-Off: 8:00- 9:00 a.m. – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
4:00-5:00 p.m. – Monday through Friday
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) serves as the principal administrative, programming, and advising office for over 2700 international students, faculty, and academic staff annually at UNC-Chapel Hill. ISSS offers the following services for international scholars who need information on visa and governmental matters and personal advising:
- U.S. government rules and regulations
- Maintenance of immigration documents
- Transfer of schools or employers
- Cross-cultural adjustment
In addition, ISSS works with three community service organizations:
- International Friendship Program
- Conversation Partners Program
- International Women’s Conversation Group
International Student and Scholar Services at UNC organizes annual tax seminars for those who file as non-residents for tax purposes. For a schedule of tax seminars and workshops visit: http://oisss.unc.edu/resources-2/tax/
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Support for Non-native Speakers of English at the Writing Center
Student & Academic Services Building (Lower Level)
450 Ridge Road, CB#5137
The Writing Center offers free ESL support for Postdoctoral Scholars and faculty who want to improve their English skills or learn more about American life and university culture. Below are a few of the services offered for non-native English speakers. Visit the Writing Center website to find more information about their workshops and services:
- Writing groups are structured opportunities to provide and receive feedback on your scholarly writing. Groups are facilitated by Writing Center staff: http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/esl/groups.html
- Workshops are periodically offered on culture, communication, pronunciation, and other topics of interest: http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/esl/workshops.html
- ESL Mini-Courses are short, non-credit courses on academic grammar, research writing, & professional presentations. http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/esl/courses.html
- International Coffee Hour is a series of social events coordinated by the Center for Global Initiatives each year where American and international students, scholars, and their families meet for an informal get-together. http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/esl/coffee.html
Breastfeeding mothers can access lactation spaces at the following campus locations:
Brooks Building, Room FB 137
Computer Science Department
Contact Brian White, 962-1786 or Dorothy Turner, 962-1922. Lockable room with a comfortable chair, sink, and small refrigerator.
Carolina Women’s Center
215 W. Cameron Avenue, Carriage House
Hospital-grade breast pump available.
Center for Women’s Health Research
104B Market Street (Southern Village)
No pump available.
School of Education–Peabody Hall, Room 212C
Room should be open. If room is locked, the Business Office or Dean’s Office will open the room.
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Contact Wendy Sarratt, 966-8643 email@example.com
No pump available. Curtained space in shower room in the first floor restroom. Push door to open.
MacNider Hall, Room 310
This room locks from the inside. There is a door sign to indicate occupancy. Contains a sink, but no pump.
Murphy Hall, Room 004
Keys available in Room 212 (must have UNC OneCard). No pump available.
School of Public Health–227A Rosenau Hall
Contact Sue Cotcamp, 966-5978
Two hospital-grade pumps available.
Frank Porter Graham Student Union, Room 3200
Keys available at Student Union Information Desk, No pump available.
Wilson Hall, Room G 32
Code available from Jason in room B 31.
No pump available.
If you have any questions, please contact Aimee Krans, Work/Life Manager, at 962-6008.
University’s Master Calendar of Events
This online calendar includes events across all schools, colleges, departments, centers, and institutes at UNC. You may also search for events by specific schools, such as the School of Dentistry, the School of Public Health, and the School of Pharmacy.
School of Medicine’s Upcoming Events
UNC’s School of Medicine has also created an online listing of research seminars.
UNC Research Event Registration
Register for upcoming conferences, classes, workshops, seminars, and other training activities sponsored by various departments and offices at UNC-Chapel Hill.
With five NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships—including the latest in 2009, and numerous ACC basketball titles to its credit, Carolina is the only school in the nation that has placed teams in a football Bowl game, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four and the NCAA Baseball College World Series within a two-year span. UNC sports teams consistently place in the national finals across the board. Last year, nine UNC teams had top-10 finishes, led by field hockey as a NCAA runner up. This helped UNC finish sixth in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, the NACDA-sponsored competition that is based on team finishes in NCAA post-season play in men’s and women’s sports. UNC’s sixth place finish is the third consecutive Top-10 finish and the ninth in the last 10 years.
You will find a multitude of varsity and junior varsity competitions to enjoy on campus. Whether it’s wrestling in Carmichael Auditorium or a track meet on the new Irwin Belk track at Fetzer Field, UNC has excellent facilities to partake in your favorite sporting events. Major basketball universities (N.C. State, Wake Forest, and Duke) are just down the road, so things heat up quite a bit during the regular basketball season when the Tar Heels play their local rivals, and sizzle even more during March Madness!
FACULTY & STAFF ATHLETICS PROGRAM
As a member of UNC’s Faculty, be sure to join the UNC Athletics Faculty & Staff Program for various discounts, exclusive special athletics events, and more! The goal of UNC Athletics is to increase UNC faculty and staff knowledge, involvement, and interest in Carolina Athletics, and to do so in the context of informative newsletters and enjoyable family-oriented events.
To take advantage of all of these benefits and stay informed, be sure to join the FANS listserv by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with message “SUBSCRIBE FANS”. E-mail any questions about the Faculty/Staff Program to Sports Marketing Assistant Director Rachel Penny at email@example.com.
TICKETS FOR SPORTING EVENTS
Before planning to attend sporting events at UNC, become familiar with UNC Faculty and Staff Athletic Ticket Policies: http://www.goheels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=3350&ATCLID=205495131
Postdoc Scholars are not eligible to participate in the student lottery.
UNC Athletic Ticket Office is located in the Ernie Williamson Athletic Center (two buildings to the left of the Dean E. Smith Center on Skipper Bowles Drive), 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday
FREE ACCESS SPORTS
UNC employees and postdocs gain free access for themselves and their immediate families to regular season home Olympic Sport* events, regular season home Women’s Basketball games, and regular season home Baseball games by displaying either their complimentary pass, UNC One Card or UNC Hospitals ID at the gate of the sporting facility, based on availability in all instances.
(*Olympic Sports include: Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Lacrosse and Baseball.)
NOTE: UNC One Cards, UNC Hospital IDs and complimentary passes are not valid for post-season ACC and NCAA Championship events.
Department of Public Safety
285 Manning Drive
Hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Finding a place to park on or near campus is virtually impossible, although early birds can sometimes nab a space on Cameron Avenue around 7:00 a.m. You can also vie for metered parking on Raleigh Street or Franklin Street if you are planning on coming into campus for only a few hours. If you absolutely must drive to campus, you can usually find a spot in one of the public lots or garages on Franklin Street or Rosemary Street, but these will run you between $6 and $10 per day. For information and a map of downtown parking options: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/police/parking/parking-in-downtown-chapel-hill
If you plan to park your car at UNC or UNC Hospitals between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, you will have to apply for a parking permit from the Department of Transportation and Parking. Fees for the permits vary depending on the parking zone to which you are assigned. Your assigned zone will be the only zone in which you will be allowed to park, and you must display your permit. However, after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and on weekends, you can park in any unreserved space with the exception of those in resident student lots, which do not become available until 9:00 p.m.
NOTE: Parking spaces and parking permits for on-campus parking are allocated per individual department. Please contact your HR facilitator or parking coordinator for information, fees, and availability of permits.
Vehicles parked illegally may be cited by Parking Enforcement and subsequent violations may result in further citations, immobilization (“booting”) of a vehicle, or towing. Citations may be appealed through the Department of Transportation and Parking’s Appeals Office within (10) days of citation. To appeal a citation, visit www.dps.unc.edu.
Chapel Hill Transit
Chapel Hill Transit operates over 15 fixed bus routes, which provide service to the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The routes cover most of the apartment complexes in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area. The buses are efficient and clean and generally provide service between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Buses run more frequently in the mornings and late afternoons; on weekends, they run on a much reduced schedule. During the summer, on holidays, and on days when the University is closed, the buses also run on a reduced schedule. For standard routes and schedules visit the CH Transit website: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/transit/routes-schedules
All routes in UNC Campus Zone are FARE FREE. Fares will still be charged for use of Tarheel Express, Orange County Public Transportation, and Triangle Transit Authority (TTA).
Visit the Triangle Trip Planner at www.gotriangle.org for advice on the best public transportation to your destination within the triangle area includes Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, and TTA regional services. For complete schedules and more information, visit the Chapel Hill Transit website above.
Jump-Starts and Lockouts
Motorist Assistance Program
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
After 9:00pm, weekends, and campus holidays: contact Campus Police, 919-962-8100
The Parking Control Division operates the Motorist Assistant Program (M.A.P.) weekdays from 7:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m., offering jump-starts or lockout key retrieval to any vehicle on campus. During all other times and campus holidays, the Campus Police will assist motorists. For more information visit their website: http://dps.unc.edu/services/motorist-assist-program/
Park & Ride
Chapel Hill Transit operates fare-free express and local bus service from Park & Ride lots in both Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Park and Ride service is a fast, efficient way to get to the UNC campus, hospitals, and downtown Chapel Hill. There are many park and ride lots to choose from located on the outskirts of Chapel Hill. Some lots require a UNC CAP permit that can be issued by calling the UNC Department of Public Safety or visiting the UNC Department of Public Safety’s Employee Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) webpage (see below).
CAP (Commuter Alternatives Program)
In an effort to reduce traffic congestion and the number of vehicles parked on campus, the Commuter Alternatives Program is designed to reward UNC faculty, staff and students who do not drive a Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) to commute to campus. The program is free and only requires that the CAP registrant commute to school or work, and not hold an SOV permit. If you are currently commuting using an alternative mode, you are already a part of this effort, so please take the time to join. The Commuter Alternatives Program encourages all forms of alternative transportation including bicycling, walking, transit, park and ride, carpool and vanpool, and Zipcar (UNC car sharing program – see below).
Postdocs are eligible for the Employee CAP program. To join the program, visit the above website to register online. Benefits include free bike registration, access to all Park and Ride lots, local merchant discounts, free local transportation, free temporary parking passes, local prize drawings, and Zipcar discounts.
Offering new levels of freedom and mobility while decreasing the number of cars on campus, Zipcar offers cars by the hour or the day. Zipcars are located on campus, and you can reserve a car 24 hours a day. Simply reserve online, let yourself into a Zipcar on campus with your Zipcard and zip away. Check with your HR facilitator or Zipcar administrator to learn about Zipcar usage through your department. Or, if you plan a personal trip you can register for an individual account. Once you register and pay an annual fee, your gas, maintenance, insurance, and designated parking are all included in an hourly rate.
Zimride, a private ridesharing network, makes it easy for students, staff and faculty to find shared rides and share costs. To try it out, visit http://zimride.unc.edu, select “UNC Chapel Hill” as your network, log in using your ONYEN, and add a ride posting. You will be guided through posting your commute or a longer trip. You can also find someone to share the ride in a Zipcar.
Special services for the mobility impaired are available through the EZ Rider service. This is a demand responsive service designed for eligible passengers who have difficulty riding the fixed route service. Trips must be scheduled in advance and passengers must be certified by a physician to be eligible for the service.
Triangle Transit Authority (TTA)
TTA offers regional bus service between UNC, Duke, Durham, RTP, and Raleigh. Visit TTA website for routes, schedules, fares, and pass information. For more information on TTA’s service to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), please visit http://www.gotriangle.org/transit/service-to-airport/.
TTA also offers vanpooling options at a discount for CAP members. See CAP section above, and visit http://www.gotriangle.org/rideshare/vanpool/ for more details.
Duke-UNC Free Bus Service
The purpose of the Robertson Express Bus is to facilitate cooperation between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We would like to encourage you to take advantage of the educational, cultural, and social offerings on both campuses. Buses depart from and arrive at Duke (Chapel Circle Stop) and UNC-Chapel Hill (Morehead Planetarium Stop) on the half hour and hour. This express bus makes no stops between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Service is free for all persons holding a Duke or UNC-Chapel Hill I.D.
Travel reimbursements to conferences, professional meetings, etc should adhere to the travel guidelines established by the State of North Carolina. Postdocs should have a contact within their department for reimbursements. Contact the travel services department if you have questions regarding your travel or visit the website links below:
The Carolina Women’s Center pursues gender equity on behalf of the students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff at UNC. Our current work focuses on five major gender equity issues: family advocacy; violence prevention; closing gender gaps; combating sex trafficking; and gender, difference and diversity. We provide educational and co-curricular programming, engage in policy and advocacy initiatives, and facilitate interdisciplinary research that supports work on our gender equity issues.
Our Mary Turner Lane Reading and Resource Room is full of books and DVDs about women’s and gender issues; visit the CWC Carriage House and check it out. And, if you’re a parenting student, feel free to make use of our lactation space.
Sign up for our weekly listserv at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our webpage to read our blog and newsletters, or join us at the numerous programs and events we sponsor throughout the year.