Essential Steps

I-9 Form

The Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. Faculty are legally required to complete their I-9 form within the first three days of working at BU. You will receive an official appointment letter signed by the Dean of Wheelock via email. Hard copies are available upon request.

If you have not been contacted by Human Resources to set up an appointment to complete your I-9 form prior to your start date please contact the Payroll and Personnel Administrator. For this appointment, please take your appointment letter along with your documentation to the Office of Human Resources (HR).

Payroll Enrollment

The Payroll and Personnel Administrator will automatically enroll you in payroll with your appointment letter. For issues concerning payroll, contact the Payroll and Personnel Administrator.

Employee Self Service & BU Works

You will be able to access the BU Employee Self Service Link with your Kerberos username and password through the BU Works site. On this site, you are able to view your pay statements, enroll in and modify benefits, get campus services, update personal information, and modify your direct deposit information.

Benefits & Pay

After logging in to BU Works, select the Benefits & Pay link to create or change your direct deposit information, enroll in benefits, and view your salary statement. A comprehensive overview of benefits can be reviewed here.

If you change bank accounts, please update your direct deposit information through employee self-service as soon as you change accounts.


At the time of your HR appointment, you will also obtain a BU Identification Card. This identification card functions as your campus library card and convenience points card, for use at dining facilities, BU @ Barnes & Noble bookstore, and City Convenience stores.

Kerberos Username and Password

Kerberos is a secure network authentication protocol that protects your information and the information of BU at large. BU HR will set up each new faculty member with a username and password, which will allow you access to the Faculty Link and the Employee Self-Service Link. Your Kerberos username will determine your BU e-mail address.

BU Email

It is mandatory that all faculty obtain and use a BU e-mail address, which is essential for receiving important school wide communication. As a BU Employee, you will be expected to correspond with students using this e-mail account. Microsoft Outlook is the supported email application within BU. New faculty will be assisted with email setup by the Desktop Services Specialist.

The university now has an agreement with Gmail that will allow you to access your BU email through the Google platform. To do so, visit and login using your full BU email (ex. and Kerberos password. Faculty may also enable a Google Apps account, which gives access to many further tools within the Google suite, including Google Drive, Google Calendar, and more. BU Gmail also allows for attachments of greater sizes than other email providers.