Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.33
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 1, 2024

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Linda Croll Howell
Director for HR Analytics
HR
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Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:
Yes

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s):
Cornell has three departments that are responsible for Cornell’s wellbeing-related initiatives and services for employees: Work/Life in Human Resources, Cornell Wellness, 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 employee wellbeing areas are a part of the new Cornell Employee Experience team in HR, which also includes HR Analytics, Talent Engagement and Retention, and Recruitment, and Remote Employee Engagement. The university’s wellbeing strategy is informed by data collected from employees in the Employee Experience and Faculty Quality of Work/Life Surveys and other life cycle surveys. All of these groups provide both in-person and virtual consultative services, classes, workshops, and other programs related to wellbeing, ensuring equitable access to a broad range of support. In the Fall of 2022, Cornell signed on to the International Okanagan Charter to become a “health-promoting campus.” This charter specifies a commitment to people, places, and the planet. The work will be advanced by two new committees – the Student Wellbeing Council and the Workforce Wellbeing Core Advisory Committee (WWCAC). The WWCAC has developed a first round of recommendations for senior leadership review. These recommendations connect to mental health, workload and boundaries, and particularly relevant to STARS - healthy places and spaces. The recommendations are currently under review and approved ones will be advanced over the coming year. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program offers free, confidential, professional assessment, counseling, consultation and referral services by telephone, remotely 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. Note - for employees that use mental health counseling outside of Cornell's FSAP, the endowed health plans (serving about 60% of the Cornell workforce) make in-network counseling free of charge (no co-pay). This was implemented during the start of the pandemic and will apply throughout 2024. The Cornell Wellness Program helps individuals achieve their fitness and nutrition goals. With thousands of members, including staff, faculty, postdocs, retirees, trustees, and Professors Emeriti, the Wellness program serves a broad range of needs. 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. Cornell Wellness offers virtual classes for low to high impact workouts that can be done at home in addition to in-person opportunities. Wellness has focused on flourishing and sustained mental wellbeing to support the increased mental health needs of employees. New in 2023, Human Resources opened a new "HR Wellbeing Room" which allows Cornell Wellness to host group fitness classes and other programs in a more accessible location (perimeter of campus with ample parking). Work/Life in Human Resources is responsible for supporting employee wellbeing through resource and referral services, consultations on breast/chest feeding 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. The university’s 7-Dimensions of Wellbeing model (https://hr.cornell.edu/culture/wellbeing) 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 HR Wellbeing Liaisons in each of the colleges/units (26 in total) customize messaging and help spread the work about programs and services available (see Employee Wellbeing Update bi-weekly email at https://hr.cornell.edu/culture/wellbeing/employee-wellbeing-update). 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 wellbeing of our students by encouraging an environment of inclusion and personal development.

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

Does the institution restrict outdoor smoking?:
Yes

Does the institution prohibit smoking and tobacco use across the entire campus?:
No

A copy of the institution's smoke-free policy:
The institution’s smoke-free policy:
https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/policy/policies/smoking-and-using-electronic-cigarettes Individuals are prohibited from smoking or carrying lighted cigars, cigarettes, or pipes, or using electronic cigarettes in any indoor facilities, enclosed bus stops, and university-owned or controlled vehicles, as well as within twenty-five feet of the entrance to any university-owned or controlled building. Smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes at Cornell athletic facilities is prohibited. Building layouts, window and entryway locations, and environmental factors such as air currents and prevailing winds may vary from building to building. Therefore, building coordinators or other university officials may impose rules that are more restrictive in areas surrounding buildings for which they are responsible, resulting in greater restrictions such as prohibiting smoking beyond twenty-five feet of entrances.

Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Additional websites to visit for more information on our wellness programs. http://www.fsap.cornell.edu/ http://wellness.cornell.edu https://hr.cornell.edu/culture/wellbeing Cornell Health offers a variety of tobacco and nicotine cessation services including pharmaceutical, free quit kicks, consultations with behavioral specialists, and more.

Additional websites to visit for more information on our wellness programs.
http://www.fsap.cornell.edu/
http://wellness.cornell.edu
https://hr.cornell.edu/culture/wellbeing

Cornell Health offers a variety of tobacco and nicotine cessation services including pharmaceutical, free quit kicks, consultations with behavioral specialists, and more.

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