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New Employee Guide

Welcome to Saginaw Valley State University!

We are excited to welcome you as an important part of the dynamic learning environment here at SVSU. It is only with your support that we can achieve our commitment to excellence, diversity and equality in education and employment. Whether you are a new faculty, staff member, or student employee, this website will serve as a key resource for you. The Human Resources team is here to support you as you become a Cardinal. 

Prior to Your Start Date

Step 1: Complete Background Check 

  • You will receive an email from Sterling ( to authorize the background check. If you do not authorize all aspects of the background check, your onboarding may be delayed. If you have not received an email from Sterling, please email

Step 2: Complete Payroll/Tax Forms

  • Please click the appropriate link for New Hire Paperwork. Faculty & Staff will need to create a dynamic form log-in to complete the 1st step of their paperwork. If you are a SVSU alumni we would suggest not using your SVSU when creating a log-in. Note: Per federal law, all employees must come into the Human Resource Office (Wickes Hall 373) to present official documents for their I-9.
  • Students Only: Please be sure to book an appointment Monday through Thursday. Walk-ins are available only on Fridays. 
Faculty & Staff New Hire Paperwork
Student Employee New Hire Paperwork

1st Week of Your Start Date

Step 3: Review Benefits (If Applicable)

Step 4: Direct Deposit Instructions (525KB)

Step 5: Review Annual Notices & Other SVSU Policies 


Office of Human Resources
Wickes 373
Phone: (989) 964-4108 / Fax: (989) 964-7066

Employment & Hiring
Wickes 373

Wickes 373