Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.90
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2021

STARS v2.2

Carnegie Mellon University
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Pattye Stragar
Operations Manager Of Fitness/Aquatics
Athletics & Physical Education and Campus Engagement
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Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all academic staff?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all non-academic staff?:

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s):
Students have access to Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS), which addresses the mental health needs of the students by providing a safe and confidential environment for students to talk about their personal and academic concerns. CaPS provides a wide array of services with the purpose of improving student’s psychological health by facilitating insight and personal growth. CaPS also provides education and training (Mental Health First Aid, Kognito, Suicide Prevention Training: QPR) in different topics of mental health and suicide prevention. CaPS is attentive to issues of diversity and equality and we strive to deliver socially-just and anti-racist clinical services. CaPS collaborates and partners with other departments and services on campus to better understand the student experience, inform our services, and create new opportunities for growth. CaPS also consults with staff and faculty and offer trainings and education on how to help students.

Faculty, staff, and graduate students have access to a comprehensive set of programming and resources intended to provide stability and support:

--The Concierge Service provides information, support, guidance, and education on all dependent- and care-related topics by leveraging current resources available to campus.
--The Carelink forum is used to find caregivers or other service providers.
--The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers a wide range of free and confidential that include but are not limited to: counseling for stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and resources, tobacco cessation support, resources for child and elder care, moving and relocation, making major purchases, college planning, pet care, and home repair, financial planning, legal consultations, and career development.
--Access to free Group X-ercise classes in-person and online.
--Human Resources sponsors annual flu vaccines for faculty and staff. Alternative options were offered during the most recent year due to COVID-19 and restrictions.

To promote being physically active, Athletics, Aquatics, and Recreational and Fitness facilities are state of the art and available for the CMU community with a valid CMU ID. There are many Group X-ercise classes offered a week at no cost to the faculty, staff, and students. We provide a library of pre-recorded live Group X-ercise & Physical Education classes on-line for anyone to access.

A monthly BeWell@CMU newsletter offers a comprehensive resource for CMU students, faculty, and staff regarding wellness inspired events, announcements, and professional and personal development opportunities. The Mindfulness room, open 24 hours a day, is a space to rest, breathe, and relax with no agenda. A free subscription to Headspace, a mindfulness and meditation app is available to faculty, students, and staff. A variety of meditation sessions are provided to the campus community. The Mindful Living course, Mental Health First Aid, Project Smile, and Thrive are programs offered.

Nutrition services and education are provided through a collaboration with Dining Services and University Health Services. Dining Services makes it a priority to implement programs and practices that are healthier for the CMU community and the environment.

Dining vendors on CMU’s campus purchase foods from local farms and vendors to help support the Pittsburgh community, provide fresher foods and cut down on pollution. Chartwells, our primary dining vendor, buys nearly 20% of their food from local vendors and serves milk from a local dairy at all of their locations. Dining Services also provides a nutrition calculator and advice for special dining needs including vegan; vegetarian; kosher; halal and food allergies.

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI) actively cultivates a strong, diverse and inclusive community capable of living out these values and advancing research, creativity, learning and development that changes the world. Tartan Allies is a series of sessions offered to CMU faculty, staff, and students to foster a network of people who are committed to working toward an affirming environment for all at CMU. In particular, the series focuses on being an ally to those in the LGBTQ+ community. Tartan Allies is made up of three progressive sessions, with participants free to choose the number they wish to complete. As our name suggests, being an ally is not a passive behavior. Good and effective allies listen, learn and act.

The Center in partnership with colleagues across campus and in our School of Computer Science, who originally piloted Bias Busters @ CMU (modeled after Google's Bias Busters @ Work), hosts several trainings for the campus community. Unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences.

In addition, the campus community is supported by a comprehensive approach through University Health Services includes Green Dot training, LGBTQIA+ care, and Collegiate Recovery Community. Community initiatives for health educational programs are presented by the Peer Health Advocates. The Health Promotion Team supports the health and well-being of the CMU community through clinical services, health education programs and campus initiatives.

Every three years University Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, and University Athletics partner with Institutional Research and Analysis to conduct a Community Health Assessment on the Pittsburgh campus. Our goal is for everyone to come to campus healthy and leave healthier by using the resources provided to them.

Does the institution prohibit smoking within all occupied buildings owned or leased by the institution?:

Does the institution restrict outdoor smoking?:

Does the institution prohibit smoking and tobacco use across the entire campus?:

A copy of the institution's smoke-free policy:

The institution’s smoke-free policy:
Smoke-less Campus Policy
Smoking of tobacco products is prohibited in all university buildings and facilities owned, leased, or operated by Carnegie Mellon University, including campus vehicles. Smoking of tobacco products is also prohibited on all grounds and outside areas except for limited designated outdoor areas where the negative effects of second-hand exposure is deemed sufficiently low. As such, major campus thoroughfares, gathering spaces and entrances to buildings are not designated areas. The number, nature and location of designated areas was determined by an oversight committee convened by the university’s Environmental Health & Safety department and comprised of representatives from Faculty Senate, Graduate Student Assembly, Staff Council and Student Senate.


Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Websites where information about related programs or initiatives are available:
Human Resources EAP Guidance Resources
Human Resources Your Work and Life Healthy Living Campus Resources
University Health Services
Dining Services
Dining Services Sustainability
Nutrition Calculator
Group X-ercise
Group X On Demand Fitness Classes
Athletics, Aquatics, Fitness, Recreation Facilities
Campus Wellness Be Well
Campus Wellness Mindfulness
Mindfulness Initiatives
Enhancing Campus Culture Initiatives
University Health Services
University Health Services Stress Management Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services Resources
Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

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