Staff Handbook

Download the NU Staff Handbook

Human Resources is pleased to introduce the updated 2018 Staff Handbook.  This handbook contains policy and program information that defines the responsibilities of staff members and the University's commitments to staff.

Click here to view, download, or print the Staff Handbook PDF

For a complete list of updated content, see below.

Attesting to the Staff Handbook

Upon hire, each staff member (including Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates, and Faculty Librarians) is required to attest within myHR that he or she has received the Staff Handbook. This confirmation of receipt will be retained by the University.

Click here to access myHR and complete the process.


Please contact or your Human Resources Business Partner with questions regarding the policies and programs within the Staff Handbook. For assistance identifying your assigned HR Business Partner, please contact 847-491-7507 in Evanston or 312-503-8481 in Chicago.

For technical assistance with completing your attestation online in myHR, please contact myHR Help at or 847-467-4800.


Summary of Updates for 2018

The following new and updated sections are reflected in the 2018 Staff Handbook; for any questions regarding these changes, please contact your HR Business Partner

  • Background Checks (Page 2.3)
    Notes that interns and volunteers over the age of 18 are required to complete a background check.

  • Eligibility for Rehire (Page 2.8)
    Provides information on eligibility for rehire.

  • Non-retaliation (Page 2.11)
    Reflects updated language aligned to Northwestern’s Policy on Non-retaliation.

  • Interns and Volunteers (Page 2.15)
    Reflects updated factors for determining whether an individual qualifies as an intern.

  • Financial Benefits (Page 5.1)
    Includes information on identity protection coverage.

  • New York State Disability Benefits and Paid Family Leav(Page 5.6)
    Includes information on this New York benefit.