Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.71
Liaison Greg Kozak
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northwestern University
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Sarah Tulga
Sustainability Program Coordinator
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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):

For employees, Northwestern’s in-house wellness program is formally called YourLife and focuses on financial, emotional and financial wellness. The mission of YL is: YourLife will create and sustain a culture that educates, motivates, and empowers faculty, staff and retirees, and their eligible family members, to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Taking responsibility for one’s health and well-being is vital to getting the most out of your life and making valuable contributions to the mission of the University.

Northwestern also has the work/life office which provides well-being services such as caregiver and childcare support services, childcare fee assistance, lactation support, adoption assistance and flex support. In regards to the EAP: The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a program for faculty, staff and household family members, is a network of services, including short-term counseling, to help cope with everyday life issues EAP that provides counseling, life coaching, financial and legal consults – in addition to online resources (articles, podcasts, assessments).

For students, there are a variety of wellness programs with resources surrounding the eight types of wellness, physical, emotional, social, intellectual, environmental, spiritual, vocational, and financial. Programs include, outreach and education training for students and student groups, individual wellness consultations, bystander intervention trainings, resilientNU a training on increasing wellness, managing stress and finding balance, and Alcohol ‘NU a workshop on making informed choices around alcohol consumption. Additionally, there are campus wellness initiatives including the Student Well-being Task Force, Community Alcohol Coalition, Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence and ASG’s Health and Wellness. Also, within each of the eight dimensions of wellness, there are a whole host of resources and groups.

Learn more about the wealth of programming below:

Physical: https://www.northwestern.edu/wellness/8-dimensions/physical-wellness.html


Social: https://www.northwestern.edu/wellness/8-dimensions/social-wellness.html

Intellectual: https://www.northwestern.edu/wellness/8-dimensions/intellectual-wellness.html

Environmental: https://www.northwestern.edu/wellness/8-dimensions/environmental-wellness.html

Spiritual: https://www.northwestern.edu/wellness/8-dimensions/spiritual-wellness.html

Vocational: https://www.northwestern.edu/wellness/8-dimensions/vocational-wellness.html

Financial: https://www.northwestern.edu/wellness/8-dimensions/financial-wellness.html

Counseling and psychological services provides counseling and referral services to all students, as well as a host of outreach and education programs. Students can schedule an appointment or visit Let’s Talk where counselors are available for informal discussions outside of CAPS offices. See more about this here:


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:

Smoking is prohibited in University buildings and within 25 feet of building entrances, as well as in designated outdoor facilities.

For our Evanston campus, we follow Evanston's Clean Air Act. This policy can be found here: https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/departments/health-human-services/promote/clean-air-act-smoking

For our Chicago campus, we follow the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance here:

Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:
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