Employees Urged to Review Benefit Deductions on Paycheck

UT Dallas paychecks distributed Oct. 1 will reflect benefit deductions for the coverage that employees selected during open enrollment for the plan year that began Sept. 1. The Office of Human Resources strongly recommends that you compare your paycheck deductions with the benefits confirmation statement that was emailed to you.

Report discrepancies to the Office of Human Resources – Employee Benefits Services by Oct. 31. Discrepancies due to clerical error that are reported by this date will be changed in accordance with UT System administrative policy and requirements. UT institutions’ benefits offices are not permitted to approve any error reported beyond 31 days. All error correction requests beyond the 31-day period will be forwarded to the UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) with appropriate explanation and documentation. If approved, OEB will determine the effective date based on the specific circumstances. All OEB decisions are final.

UT Dallas Policy Extends to Gender Expression and Identity

UT Dallas is committed to equal opportunity and supports an environment on campus that is inclusive, respectful and free from discrimination and harassment. The University is committed to all the principles outlined in its nondiscrimination policy. The University Nondiscrimination Policy UTDBP3090 was recently revised to include language that extends its nondiscrimination protections to include gender expression and gender identity in addition to the protection provided for sexual orientation. The policy also prohibits unlawful discrimination against a person because of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. Read more

Workshops Help Employees Hone Microsoft Office Skills

Information Resources is once again offering free campuswide classroom training in the Microsoft Office programs. The courses include:

  • Microsoft Office for Beginners.
  • Outlook.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Word.
  • Word Mail Merge.
  • Formatting Excel (no formulas).
  • Basic and Advanced Excel (both including financials and formulas).
  • Intermediate and Advanced PowerPoint.
Descriptions, prerequisites and registration links are available on the PeopleSoft and Related Training Web page and also on the HR Training Calendar. Contact Patricia Roffe for more information.

Info Security Wants to Give Cellphone Users a Little Peace of Mind

How would you feel if you just lost your phone? Probably not happy that someone might be browsing your personal pictures. Or you might be worried that your work emails are being read, or scared that someone might use your bank account or social media apps. There is a way to worry less. Setting a passcode on your mobile device is simple and we are here to help. The Information Security team will help you set up a passcode for your phone or tablet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Phoenix Room (SU 2.508).

Webinar to Train Staffers on Business Travel Booking Tool

The Procurement Office has organized a session to train staff members in Concur, the UT System’s online tool for booking business travel. The training webinar is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. Space is limited. You will receive a confirmation email after registering online. For more information, email Casey Lloyd.

Children and Families Forum to Focus on Success in School

The Center for Children and Families at UT Dallas will present its 2014 Annual Fall Forum on Oct. 31 at UT Dallas. The theme for the event is “Ensuring Children’s Success in School: Effective Teacher-Child Interactions in Early Education.” The forum is for those interested in enhancing the role of teacher-child interactions in supporting the development of school readiness skills; understanding methods of assessment for evaluating positive teacher-child interactions; and improving the quality and impacts of the early education system. Visit the center’s website for more information.

Comet Cents Coaches Available to Talk on Personal Finance

Trained financial coaches from Comet Cents, part of UT Dallas’ Student Success Center, are available to make class-length presentations to regularly scheduled classes or to student organizations. Professors and advisors may request these presentations using an online form. More information about the program can be found on the Comet Cents page and in this News Center story.

Save the Date

Disaster Preparedness Lunch and Learn — Find out what to do in the event of a campus emergency at the Disaster Preparedness Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 29 in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602). Hosted by the UT Dallas Wellness Committee, the event will feature speakers from the UT Dallas Police and Environmental Health and Safety departments. Lunch will be provided.


  • Police Offer Free Self-Defense Classes for Women
    The UT Dallas Police Department teaches women how to protect themselves as part of the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program. The free courses begin with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance before teaching the basics of hands-on defense. Courses are scheduled for the following dates:
    • Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m., and Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m., and Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 14, 6-9 p.m., and Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    For more information or to register, email Sgt. Kendra Penny at [email protected].

  • Corporate Challenge Fundraising
    Richardson Corporate Challenge raffle tickets are available for $5 as part of the annual event’s Special Olympics fundraising initiative. Prizes include three pairs of roundtrip airline tickets with hotel stays. Contact the Office of Administration at extension 2213 to purchase tickets. You can also donate online.