Getting Connected

You can get connected to UNI long before you step foot on campus. The first and second steps should be completed before you come to campus, at least one month before classes begin. 

Step 1: Establish Your University ID Number and Username

Step 2: Log into MyUNIverse and Your Email

Step 3: Come to Campus to Submit HR Paperwork and Buy Parking Pass 

Step 4: Set up Your Office

Step 5: Get Your ID Card 

Step 6: Set Up Voicemail

Additional Links



Step 1: Establish Your University ID Number and Username

Your University ID number (UID) and username (CatID) must be created before your department can start your hiring paperwork and request your email account. Use the link below to create your UID and CatID if you have not done so already.

Create My University ID and CatID

Once you create your University ID and CatID, call your department and give the secretary your UID. Ask the secretary to request an early email account set up for you.


Step 2: Log into MyUNIverse and Your Email

When you use the UID and CatID link above and complete the secure form, the screen will display your UID and CatID and will include information on your initial password for MyUNIverse. You will be prompted to reset your password the first time you log into MyUNIverse.

MyUNIverse is a portal for accessing email, pay slips, class lists, and using many other online tools. MyUNIverse can be reached any time from the UNI webpage: look for the “MyUNIverse” link at the top of any page. Some applications including class lists will not be available until after your new hire paperwork has been processed.

Your department secretary will let you know when your email account has been established. You can then log into your email by choosing the "Email" link on the top right of any UNI page or using Your password will be the same as your MyUNIverse password.

UNI uses Gmail and is a Google Apps campus.

You can also request technology help or services via the Service Hub.


Step 3:  Come to Campus to Submit HR Paperwork and Buy Parking Pass 

Submit HR Paperwork 

As soon as you arrive in Cedar Falls, please report to Human Resource Services (HRS) at 027 Gilchrist Hall between 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday to turn in your new hire paperwork and present your document(s) that establish your identity and employment eligibility for Form I-9 requirements. Before your visit, please visit to obtain and complete new hire paperwork including the Direct Deposit and Personnel Data form, as well as to complete your Form I-9 via UNI's electronic I-9 system. By completing these forms ahead of time, your visit time will be greatly reduced for everyone's safety. For a list of acceptable Form I-9 document(s) that you will need to present in person to satisfy Form I-9 requirements, please visit

Where should I park? 

You can pay to park in the metered areas to the east and west of Gilchrist Hall or park in the lot for which you intend to buy a parking pass. Please review the parking permit policies and parking map before arriving on campus.  You can purchase a parking permit after you have submitted your new hire paperwork to HRS.

Note: If you receive a ticket for not having a parking permit on the same day you buy a parking pass for that specific lot, your ticket could be voided. The ticket would need to be brought to Parking Services (030 Gilchrist Hall) for verification of your purchase. 

Campus Parking Map 

Buy a Parking Pass 

After submitting your new hire paperwork, take your employment verification letter to Parking Services (030 Gilchrist Hall) and purchase your parking permit. The cost of the parking permit can be deducted from your future payroll or you can pay with cash or check.

Parking Permit Information


Step 4:  Set up Your Office

Computer—Your department will arrange for a computer for you. If you need additional assistance setting up your computer, call your college technical representative or the ITS Computer Consulting Center at 273-5555.  For a list of college technical representatives, see the FAQ

Class Lists—Your class lists will be available through the Student Information System (SIS). Once your new hire paperwork is completely processed, you can access SIS through MyUNIverse. Look for Faculty Center under the “Academics” tab.  A SIS training will be included in the August New Faculty Orientation. 

Faculty Center – Student Information System 

Keys and Phone—Your department secretary will set these up for you when you arrive.


Step 5:  Get Your ID Card 

You can get your UNI ID Card at the Department of Housing and Dining office at the Redeker Center (110 Redeker Center). The DOR office is open weekdays during the summer from 7:30 am-4:30 pm. Bring a photo ID and your UNI ID number with you. 


Step 6: Set Up Voicemail

These resources will help you to set up and access your voicemail:

Telephone Quick Reference Guide
Voicemail Trifold User Guide
Several Other Helpful Document

Users can also reach-out to the IT-Service Desk to request technology help or services.


Additional Links 

Campus Maps and Directions 
University Calendar 
Online Directory
UNI Alert