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In This August Issue

1. Welcome To a New Academic Year

2. HR Revamps Staff Development Course Listings

3. Check Out New MSU Tech Tools To Improve Your Workflow

4. Educational Assistance Reminder: Non-Credit Course Reimbursement

5. Office of Institutional Equity Training

6. The Changing World of Work: WorkLife Resources

7. What Is the Hub?

8. Our Commitment

For Supervisors & HR Unit Representatives

9. Holiday Posting Deadline

10. Important I-9 Reminders

11. What You May Have Missed on the SourceLive Blog

12. Events at a Glance


Welcome To a New Academic Year

Sharon Butler

As we begin our 2017-18 academic year, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Sharon E. Butler, welcomes new staff, welcomes back current employees and discusses HR communication-related changes. As part of these changes, you will notice that there are two versions of the HR Source tailored for staff and faculty. Read more about this change and Sharon's full welcome letter here.

HR Revamps Staff Development Course Listings

Organization & Professional Development

As we continue to make website enhancements, we are integrating Organization & Professional Development (formerly Professional Development Services)’s course offerings into the MSU HR website. Course listings for the fall semester will be available by the end of August. We are also transitioning from the quarterly SpartansLearn PDF course catalog to bi-monthly emails listing upcoming classes. We believe this change will provide more timely and up-to-date information to MSU staff. Look for the first email in September!

The SpartansLearn website will continue to provide links to faculty and staff training and development resources across the university.

Check Out New MSU Tech Tools To Improve Your Workflow

Tech Tools

MSU IT is committed to providing the best and most secure technology we can to the MSU community. We are currently making changes as we seek to improve the technology, specifically the collaborative tools, available to MSU. We have launched new tools we'd like to share with you, including Spartan 365, MSU Endpoint Security Protection and MSU Mail Protection, among others. Learn about these new tools and future upgrades here.

Educational Assistance Reminder: Non-Credit
Course Reimbursement

Staff Development Courses

If you have been approved to attend a non-credit, job-related course (including New Horizons classes), it must be paid for prior to attending. The cost may be paid either by you or your department. After successfully completing the course, you will need to provide proof of payment and proof of your successful course completion, such as a certificate or other documentation.

If you pay for the course, you will need to submit a receipt indicating the cost. If your department pays for the course, you will need to submit proof of payment, such as a copy of the procurement card statement or a copy of a disbursement voucher showing the charge. Contact Julie Rorick at rorick@hr.msu.edu or 517-884-0177 with questions. Read more about the educational assistance program.

Office of Institutional Equity Training

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is responsible for reviewing alleged violations of two different policies at MSU – the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) Policy and the Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP). Generally, staff at MSU are mandatory reporters if they learn of relationship violence or sexual misconduct that occurs within the campus community. Therefore it is very important that you know your mandatory reporting responsibilities. OIE is here to assist you in that process. Every MSU employee must take the online RVSM training every two years or within thirty days of hire and no doubt, you have likely completed this training. However, experience has shown that an in-person presentation for university employees further reinforces the concepts learned in the online training and puts a name/face to OIE. For more information about OIE training opportunities or the Title IX Office at MSU, please go to www.oie.msu.edu and www.titleix.msu.edu.


The Changing World of Work: WorkLife Resources

WorkLife Resources

Do you ever feel like all of your work and life duties are conspiring to make it seem like you have no time management skills whatsoever? We've felt that way before too. Don't let the start of the new academic year wear you out. Learn how the WorkLife Office can help.

What is the Hub?

The Hub


MSU's Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology offers new ways to work, a variety of physical spaces for collaboration and a group of people who can help the university create, identify and accelerate new ways to collaborate, learn, research, and deliver instruction. Learn more about what the Hub offers and upcoming opportunities to explore the space.

Our Commitment

Our Commitment

MSU is committed to cultivating a safe and inclusive campus community characterized by caring and respect for others. This promise extends to you whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, patient or visitor. The Our Commitment website is intended to communicate to everyone who visits our campus the university’s commitment to fostering a culture of safety and respect. On the site, we outline specific steps MSU is taking to combat sexual assault, improve patient care and safety, and protect youth on campus. We also provide updates on the progress we are making as a community in reaching our goals; links to university resources; stories on important work being done in these areas; and information on recent high profile investigations. Visit the site to learn more.

For Supervisors and HR Unit Representatives

Holiday Posting Deadline

Careers @ MSU

Due to the Labor Day holiday, staffing requests for the Position Vacancy Notice of September 6, 2017 are due by noon on Thursday, August 31, so that publishing deadlines are met.

The regular posting schedule requires staffing requests be submitted by noon on Fridays.

Important I-9 Reminders

Effective April 26, MAUs no longer need to provide the employee with the employer code to complete Section 1 of the I-9. You will need to provide them:

  • Date of Hire (DOH)
  • Location/Department Code
  • Link to the HR website
  • Deadline to complete Section 1 (no later than DOH)

USCIS released a revised version of the I-9 on July 17. You can use the new version or continue using the I-9 from 11/14/16  through September 17. On September 18, you must use the revised form from 7/17/17. Changes to the form included the change of name from the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to Immigrant and Employee Rights Section and combining all the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (FS-545, DS-1350 and FS-240) into selection C#2 in List C.


What You May Have Missed on the SourceLive Blog

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Events at a Glance

  • August 30 - Classes Begin
  • September 4 - Holiday - University Closed
  • October 1 - 31 - Benefits Open Enrollment for the 2018 Plan Year
  • October 17 - 19 - MSU Benefits Open Enrollment Fair, Breslin Student Events Center, Concourse Level

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