Key Policies for New Employee & Rehires

Welcome to the University of New Hampshire

You play an important role in helping the University be successful achieving its mission. As an employer, the University of New Hampshire and the University System of New Hampshire have developed policies about employee use of our resources, compliance with federal and state laws and the special responsibilities that come with insuring safety for ourselves, our students, colleagues and community. You contribute to our success by being aware of and complying with our policies and focusing your work effort in alignment with our mission.

Mission and Institutional Identity

 The University of New Hampshire is the state’s public research university, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. Its primary purpose is learning: students collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, creative expression, and service. UNH has a national and international agenda and holds land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant charters. From its main campus in Durham, its college in Manchester, and the UNH School of Law in Concord, the University serves New Hampshire and the region through continuing education, cooperative extension, cultural outreach, economic development activities, and applied research.

UNH is distinguished by its commitment to high quality undergraduate instruction, select excellence in graduate education, relatively small size, a location in a beautiful and culturally rich part of the seacoast of New England and a strong sense of responsibility for this special place, a commitment to serving the public good, and our emergence over the past decade as a significant research institution. The dedication of our faculty to the highest academic standards infuses all we do with the excitement of discovery.


There are two Online Policies Manuals (OLPM) that apply to your employment with UNH. The first is the University System of New Hampshire’s (USNH) manual which governs all the campuses that make up USNH:  UNH Durham, UNH Manchester and UNH Law; Plymouth State University; and Keene State College.  The second is specific to the University of New Hampshire.

You can access these manuals at:

7 Key Policies

Below are a list of seven particularly important policies that you should review to be successful working at UNH. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these policies and the related expectations of you in your UNH role.

7 Key Policies Links
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • Safety, including professional conduct expectations 


If you have any questions about any of these policies or information please reach out to your Human Resources (HR) Partner. You can identify your HR Partner is by visiting our website at: or call the HR main desk at 862-0501.