Your First Month

Probation Period

Your first 6 to 12 months are normally considered to be a probationary period. Refer to your offer letter, which would indicate the length of your probation period (if applicable). These months give you the opportunity to adjust to your new position and to give the University time to assess your performance.

At the end of each monthly probationary/assessment period the supervisor/manager will meet with you to discuss your progress and/or required areas for improvement and will return the completed Probationary/Period of Assessment Form to Human Resources.

Calendar of Events & On Campus Activities

Take in an exhibition at the Art Gallery or look at the stars at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory. Or view the calendar of events for upcoming on campus events. And don’t forget to support our varsity sports teams in action.

Stay connected in more ways:

  • Read the latest News and Events at SMU;
  • SMUport – staff Intranet where you can check email, join groups, talk on academic forums, remain up to date on campus events, and much more;
  • Search and connect with fellow colleagues through the Online People Search;
  • Connect on social media to the SMU community through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Holiday Schedule

The approved holiday schedule, and any approved campus closures are listed on the Human Resources website.

Health and Wellness

Review the wellness program, which encompasses eight categories: intellectual, physical, spiritual, social, financial, occupational, emotional and environmental.  Visit the Homburg Centre, and sign up for a SMUfit fitness membership. Take advantage of the Employee and Family Assistant Program (EFAP), if eligible, for short term counseling and an advisory service that connects employees and their eligible family members to a network of dedicated professionals who are able to provide assistance 24 hours a day.