Integration Update - October 30, 2013

100 Days Post-Integration

On July 1, 2013, the university entered an exciting new era as most of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) joined Rutgers. We are proud to celebrate having passed the 100-day mark on October 11. Thanks to the diligence and collegial spirit that our faculty, staff, and students have demonstrated over the past few months, the Rutgers community has accomplished a remarkable amount of work in a very short time, with more than 600 tasks that were identified on Day 1 now complete. The Integration Management Office continues to meet regularly with representatives from the various functional areas to ensure that progress continues on track.

Legacy Terminology

The integration has taken effect, and we are now one Rutgers community. However, there are terms and conditions of employment associated with positions for which distinct terminology is necessary to appropriately inform and guide employees with regard to applicable policies, procedures, benefits, payroll information, etc. For this purpose, we use the following language:

  • legacy UMDNJ position
  • legacy Rutgers position

These terms are used for positions historically associated with the respective institutions prior to July 1, 2013. They also apply to new positions created after July 1, 2013, in a school, department, or unit that was part of UMDNJ or Rutgers prior to the date of integration. For more details about integration-related definitions and other topics, visit uhr.rutgers.edu/integration.

Update on Rutgers ID Cards

The RUconnection card is the official photo identification card issued to faculty, staff, students, and guests at all Rutgers locations. Starting in December, Rutgers will launch a new RUconnection card universitywide, first reissuing ID cards to employees in legacy UMDNJ positions, and then expanding the recarding efforts to the remaining Rutgers community. Once completed, the integrated recarding effort will ensure that employees across the university have single-card access to the Rutgers facilities to which they are assigned to work. Information about when and where to obtain a new RUconnection ID card will be communicated at a later date. 

Until the implementation of the single, universitywide integrated RUconnection card, several different card types will continue to be issued and used to support access to Rutgers and legacy UMDNJ facilities and card-reader systems. For now, legacy UMDNJ individuals should continue to visit legacy UMDNJ public safety offices for ID card-related issues or questions.

Parking Access

Please note that some parking structures will continue to use a separate type of access card following the implementation of the new, integrated RUconnection card.

University Hospital Access

Additionally, employees who need access to University Hospital worksites will need to arrange to have a University Hospital guest ID card created for them, as the RUconnection card will not work with University Hospital card readers. For more information, contact Linda Groce, acting director of RBHS-HR Services, by calling 973-972-5977, or by sending an email via webform.
 

University Human Resources (UHR) Faculty and Staff Service Center and Website Support

UHR operates a faculty and staff service center, providing a one-stop rapid response model to answer employee inquiries, assist in resolution of benefits and employment issues, and serve as an information resource directing employees to applicable policies, procedures, and individual contacts. The service center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may reach it by calling 848-932-3020, sending an email to info@hr.rutgers.edu, or visiting in person, as our local human resources offices have service center capabilities.

The UHR website is designed to be a key information resource for all Rutgers employees. Employees are encouraged to visit our website to:

  • learn more about benefits that are available to you;
  • find universitywide and position-specific policies, procedures and related forms, upcoming events, holiday schedules, collective negotiations agreements, and career opportunities; and
  • keep up-to-date about the latest UHR information.

The website is updated regularly, so please visit it often.

In addition to the UHR website, please visit the new Rutgers job portal at jobs.rutgers.edu to explore career opportunities within the university.

ScarletApps Access for Legacy UMDNJ Faculty, Staff, and Students Begins November 4

All legacy UMDNJ faculty, staff, and students will be able to activate the ScarletApps service starting next week. ScarletApps is Rutgers’ implementation of Google Apps for Education, a powerful collaborative communications resource used to host email and share calendars and documents. Legacy UMDNJ faculty, staff, and students will receive an email on Monday, November 4, with instructions for activating ScarletApps.

New Writing Center at Rutgers Health Sciences at Newark

A new writing center opened in the George F. Smith Library E-Classroom at Rutgers Health Sciences at Newark on September 30, 2013. Operated by the Rutgers–Newark Writing Center and funded by RBHS, the center is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout each semester and provides one-on-one tutoring sessions for any student needing help with critical reading, research, or writing skills. Both in-person and virtual sessions are available. Visit the RBHS Writing Center webpage for hours and information about how to schedule an appointment.

Integration-inspired Collaborations Focus of New Online Feature Series

One Rutgers, a World of Discovery” is a web-based feature series that launched on July 1, 2013, to highlight new and expanded partnerships in academic research and public service that have been sparked by integration. To date, these written and video stories have highlighted faculty and students from various Rutgers schools, including many units of RBHS.

New Health Section Coming to Rutgers Magazine

With a distribution of approximately 430,000, including alumni, faculty, staff, and state leaders, Rutgers Magazine helps spread the word about the impressive accomplishments of the Rutgers community. With release of the Winter 2014 issue in January, the magazine adds a new section titled “Health Matters,” which will highlight medical, dental, and health-related news at Rutgers, from feature stories on faculty research and discoveries to clinical services.