Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.59
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Raritan Valley Community College
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Cheryl Wallace
Executive Director of HR
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):

Free, personal short-term counseling is available to students through our mental health office. "We recognize your college years can be challenging and we want to support you and help you have a productive, rewarding and satisfying college experience."

RVCC offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for full-time and part-time faculty, staff and their family members.

The EAP is offered through the Hunterdon Healthcare System at Hunterdon Medical Center. The EAP can assist with:

work related issues
career counseling
depression; anxiety
phobias
stress
relationship problems
alcohol
drug and gambling problems.

Each employee or immediate family member is eligible for up to 6 sessions per incident, without limit to the number of episodes per year. If family counseling is required, treatment sessions can be combined as needed to maximize benefits.


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?:
Yes

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

SMOKING AND TOBACCO USE
Smoke-Free Policy Date Approved: Responsible Office: Human Resources Responsible Executive: Executive Director of HR, Compliance & Security
Policy To provide a healthy working environment for the College community, RVCC is a smoke-free environment. This includes all tobacco and electronic smoking/vaping devices. Persons in violation of this policy are subject to citations, fines, and/or other disciplinary actions. Scope The policy prohibits the use by students, staff, faculty and visitors of tobacco products, vaping devices, electronic cigarettes, or any other form of ingestion of tobacco products anywhere on the college campus including in buildings, on the grounds of the campus, in college leased vehicles, at sporting events or at any other indoor or outdoor event or activity.
Sanctions
• Security begins handing out tickets to people they observe smoking.
o 1st offense: Warning
o 2nd offense: $25 fine
o 3rd offense: $50 fine
o 4th and subsequent offenses: $75
Appeals Students who appeal may go to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs. On a case-by-case basis, on-campus Community Service may be used ONCE as a substitute for the second offense. Summary of the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act The New Jersey Legislature finds and declares that tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the State and the nation. Tobacco smoke constitutes a substantial health hazard to the nonsmoking majority of the public. Electronic smoking devices have not been approved as to safety and efficacy by the federal Food and Drug Administration, and their use may pose a health risk to persons exposed to their smoke or vapor because of a known irritant contained therein and other substances that may, upon evaluation by that agency, be identified as potentially toxic to those inhaling the smoke or vapor. The separation of smoking and nonsmoking areas in indoor public places and workplaces does not eliminate the hazard to nonsmokers if these area share a common ventilation system. It is clearly in
the public interest to prohibit the smoking of tobacco products and the use of electronic smoking devices in all enclosed indoor places of public access and workplaces.
Full text of the NJ Smoke-Free Air Act: http://www.njgasp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/sfaa_2010_w-ecigs.pdf
Resolution approved by Forum, May 2018
On January 1, 2019, Raritan Valley Community College will be a smoke-free campus by prohibiting the use of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices on campus. To achieve this end, the College will undertake an awareness and cessation campaign as part of a countdown to January 1, 2019. A detailed policy will be developed in the Fall 2018 semester to take effect January 1 that establishes an enforcement system of warnings and fines, as well as more effective use of student and employee identification cards.
Responsible Office: Human Resources
Responsible Executive: Executive Director of HR, Compliance & Security
Revised and reaffirmed
• May 2019
Communication – This policy is communicated to the College community in the following documents:
• College Catalog
• Faculty Handbook
• Student Handbook
• College Website


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