New staff, lecturers and permanent faculty: Welcome to the University of Colorado College of Music!
The campus’ new hire checklist includes:
...and much more.
Further to the guidelines provided below, please visit the CU Boulder Human Resources page for new employees for important, required onboarding tasks; and check out this faculty/staff Quick Start Guide for critical technology tips.


1. Activate your IdentiKey

With your six-digit employee ID, please activate your IdentiKey—a combination of your CU Login Name and a unique password set by you. CU Login Names are created automatically by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) comprising the first two letters of your first name, the first two letters of your last name and four random digits. Learn more about managing your IdentiKey.
Faculty/staff—required info for IdentiKey

  • Employee number 
  • Date of birth: MM/DD/YYYY
  • Last four digits of your SSN

Questions? Contact OIT at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP) or
Summary of OIT services
Your CU email address

All faculty and staff have a Microsoft Exchange account automatically provisioned.

  • Use your IdentiKey to log into
  • Soon after your IdentiKey is activated, your Exchange account will be automatically provisioned.
  • CU Boulder’s IdentiKey Manager allows you to set how your outgoing email address is displayed, create alternate addresses and adjust where your email is delivered to. For faculty and staff, email delivery can only be set to on-campus email addresses. 

Note: Gaining access to specific services, features of services or facilities is a process of understanding who you are (identity), what your roles are (enterprise system data, campus affiliation) and what the service or system authorizes you to do. If you’re having trouble accessing online services or facilities that you believe you are eligible for, contact OIT with as much information as possible at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP) or 

2. Request a Buff OneCard

The Buff OneCard provides access to facilities and libraries. Contact the Buff OneCard office at to let them know you are a new faculty/staff member; include your six-digit Employee ID number (EID) in your correspondence and attach a headshot (passport style). Also let them know if you would like them to mail your card or if you would prefer to pick it up in person. 

More questions about the Buff OneCard? Contact Peggy Hinton at the College of Music,

3. Mandatory training: Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct

This training is offered by the CU Boulder Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC). CU Boulder requires all employees (faculty, staff, student staff) and affiliates to complete the required OIEC training on Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct every three years after initial completion when new to the Boulder campus. Some departments require employees to complete the training more frequently.


Getting started

On the CU Boulder Employee Payroll Department page, scroll down to the following section: For payroll information pertaining to you, start by selecting your employee type below. Select Faculty (even if you’re a lecturer) and follow the guidance in the Academic year pay schedule section on the faculty page.

Direct deposit

Please follow these direct deposit instructions. All employees who do not have direct deposit will be sent paper checks to their mailing address in the employee portal. CU Boulder Employee Services strongly encourages all employees to use direct deposit as this ensures timely receipt of payroll funds.

Form W-4 Employee’s Withholding Certificate

Follow these instructions to set up your federal income tax withholdings through the MyCUInfo portal. 

Form I-9 Employment Eligibility

HireRight initiates the I-9 process online. From there, please complete Section 2 of Form I-9 in person on campus within your first week of starting work; check office locations.  

Note: HireRight emails sometimes get caught in spam filters; please check your spam folder, assured that HireRight communications are legitimate.   

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