A Wiscard is your official UW-Madison identification card. New employees will need this card in order to activate their NetID and to access buildings after hours.
The Wiscard Office is located at Room 149 in Union South (1307 Dayton Street, Madison). It is recommended that you call 608.262.3528 prior to going to the office in order to ensure that your information appears in the campus system. Though a peer partner or supervisor should be accompanying you on this venture, it may not be possible due to scheduling conflicts. In which case, it is recommended that you retrieve the card yourself, at your earliest convenience.
*Important: You must present proof of identification (in person) when you go to retrieve your Wiscard. Acceptable forms of identification include a U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, a foreign passport, a U.S. state or territory driver’s license, a U.S. federal or state agency ID card, a U.S. military dependent’s ID card or a U.S. Coast Guard merchant marine card.
There are not many parking options at Union South. Therefore, it is recommended that you walk, bike or bus to retrieve your card. If those are not options, there is paid parking available underneath the Union South building (access from Dayton Street), 2 hour street parking on Orchard, and service stalls located nearby at Lot 13. Please ask your peer partner if your department allows employees to reserve S-Passes for parking in service stalls.
The NetID is a campus ID that is assigned to you by the central campus IT team, DoIT. You will need your NetID in order to sign into the MyUW portal (to view earning statements, benefit information, etc.) and to submit timesheets. It is also required on various other UW-related portals.
You can activate your NetID after you receive your Wiscard. To do so, navigate to the NetID Account Activation Webiste and enter the ID number on the card and your date of birth.
Visit Human Resources
Sometime during your first or second day of work, you should be brought over to FP&M Human Resources to review payroll and benefit information. It is recommended that you bring your completed I-9 and direct deposit forms to this meeting. Human Resources will brief you on your campus benefits, time reporting, payroll information, etc. and it is important that you read over all documentation they provide.
If you have any questions regarding your position, this is a great opportunity to ask. Additional information regarding benefits can be found on the UW-Madison Office of Human Resources website. You will also receive a good deal of information during your Benefits 101 training (see below).
Sign Up for Benefits 101
All new campus employees will need to enroll in Benefits 101 within 30 days of their arrival. We recommend signing up your first day so that you are given ample time to review your benefits options. To sign up for Benefits 101, navigate to the OHRD website and select Benefits Education. Click on the course that works best with your schedule. Select the Login & Register button to sign in with NetID and confirm your seat in the course.
Review Transportation Options
We highly recommend visiting the Transportation Services website to learn more about your transportation options. Your co-workers are also an excellent resource for this type of information.