We are excited to have you join our community at Teachers College. This page will help you prepare for your arrival on campus so you can hit the ground running on your first day. Your manager and the TCHR team are ready to provide guidance throughout the onboarding process so please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.
In the meantime, to get a head start with onboarding, please complete section 1 of the Form I-9. Within the first 3 business days from your start date, you must come in person to the HR office to complete section 2.
You must accept your online job offer in our applicant tracking system (ATS) PageUp before you can begin working at TC. If you have not accepted your job offer, please follow the steps outline below:
Federal Law requires Teachers College, Columbia University to have a valid Form I-9 on file for every employee, and requires the employee to complete Section 1 no later than their first day of employment, and Section 2 of the Form I-9 to be completed no later than three business days from their employment start date.
E-Verify is an Internet-based system that enables employers to electronically verify United States work eligibility of employees. The system compares employee information taken from the Form I-9 against the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security databases.
As both a Federal Contractor and as an institution that employs students who have earned degrees in certain science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, the University participates in the Federal E-Verify program.
The E-Verify process is integrated with the Form I-9.
A Social Security Number (SSN) is not required for the Form I-9, but is required for E-Verify. If you do not yet have a SSN when you complete the Form I-9, you will leave the Social Security number empty on the i-9 form. For assistance applying for a SSN, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Once you have a Social Security Number, present your card to Human Resources. E-Verify will be run once Teachers College has received your Social Security Number.
All full time faculty and full time staff (union and non-union) must complete a background check as part of the hiring process. Once you have accepted your offer and have completed the new hire paperwork associated with it, you will receive a background check request email. Please follow the prompts of the background check request email to ensure your background check is successfully submitted so that your start date is not delayed.
Once a new employee completes the online onboarding form, they may go to uni.columbia.edu within 24 to 48 hours to activate their UNI.
A UNI account is used to access TC email and enter myTC Portal.
To activate the UNI, follow the steps below:
Section 2 of the Form I-9 must be completed by your third day of employment. To do so, you must present our office with your employment authorization documents. Please refer to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for acceptable documents you can bring to confirm your identity and authorization to work.
You will also need your identification documents to obtain your Teachers College ID card on your first day of work.
Reusable drinking containers are part of the Teachers College Initiative for Sustainable Futures. You can help make a difference by bringing your own reusable container.
Located on West 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, our campus consists of 5 residence halls and 8 interconnected buildings.