Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.05
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 5, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Cornell University
PA-13: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Linda Croll Howell
Director for HR Analytics
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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 staff?:

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

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s), including information to support each affirmative response above :

Cornell has three departments that are responsible for Cornell’s wellbeing-related initiatives and services for employees: Work/Life in Human Resources, the Wellness Program, and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. Multiple offices are responsible for student wellbeing, the most prominent being the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office.

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program offers free, confidential, professional assessment, counseling, consultation and referral services by telephone or in person to all benefits-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and their dependents. Supervisors can consult with FSAP for assistance in managing employees with personal problems or whose behaviors are causing poor job performance or interpersonal conflicts. Counselors help individuals with a variety of topics including stress-related emotional issues; relationship issues; anger management; family issues and parent-child concerns; grief/loss issues; divorce/separation adjustment; depression and anxiety; alcohol and drug concerns; financial concerns; and interpersonal difficulties.

The Cornell Wellness Program helps individuals achieve their fitness and nutrition goals. With 5,182 members as of June, 2019, including retirees, Trustees, and Professors Emeriti, in addition to employees the Wellness program serves a broad range of needs. Additionally, Wellness staff facilitated 408 fitness, nutrition, and life coaching consultations in FY19. The program offers access to five fitness centers, an ice skating rink, and several swimming pools, along with group fitness and nutrition classes for employees of the university.

Work/Life in Human Resources is responsible for supporting employee wellbeing through resource and referral services, consultations on breastfeeding accommodations, child care, self-care, and adult/elder care, providing support services to ill employees, consulting on workplace flexibility, managing the Cornell Child Care Center and other child care resources, and oversees Cornell’s retirement engagement initiatives. Instituted in 2018, the university launched the 7-Dimensions of Wellbeing model, which includes Environmental Wellbeing as a dimension.

Wellbeing workshops are offered by these departments in-person and remotely to employees on topics such as managing change, health and nutrition, caregiving, parenting, resolving interpersonal conflict, setting limits, depression, working with difficult people, compassion fatigue and burnout, keeping relationship satisfaction high, sleep, domestic violence, and more.

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to provide crisis intervention, outreach, and referral services to students. They also offer consultation, education, and prevention strategies to the University community. CAPS is a safe place for our students to speak with a mental health professional about any concern. This may include stress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, relationship difficulties, questions about identity, or managing an existing mental health condition. They support the well-being of our students by encouraging an environment of inclusion and personal development.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional websites to visit for more information on our wellness programs.

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