Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.91
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

San Jose State University
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Christine Wong Mineta
Assistant Director, Wellness & Health Promotion
Wellness and Health Promotion
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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):

San Jose State has an employee wellness program. The program organizes wellness events like the community walks and the Spartan Wellness Challenge which supports healthy lifestyles. We partner with our health care providers to provide on-site free flu shots and biometric screens to support our employee's health. The wellness program also offers wellness lectures on topics such as weight management, lowering your blood pressure, and stress management. All SJSU employees have access to our employee assistance program LifeMatters by Empathia. They offer services such as counseling, financial and legal advise, health and wellness resources, and child and elder care resources.

STUDENTS: There are many wellness related services available for students at SJSU. Our Wellness and Health Promotion office is based in the Student Health Center and our sole purpose is to support the wellness and health of students. We offer workshops on a variety of topics (see website for program request form), one-to-one consultations on healthy relationships, sexual wellness, nutrition, body image, alcohol/drugs. We do outreach to the campus with an average of 70 events each year going into residence halls, out to greek membership, to athletes, etc. We oversee online training on alcohol and sexual assault prevention that supports wellbeing for all incoming students. We have a condom co-op in our Wellness Center that provides free supplies to students. We also provide access to massage chairs and biofeedback to support stress reduction, the number one impediment to academic success. Our Wellness Lounge provides a study space along with crafts, tv marathons, wii dance and a range of other programs and events that change monthly but which support student wellness. Our Student Health Center is a full service clinic that also provides wellness education in many forms through nurses, physicians and specialists such as our physical therapist, dermatologist, etc.

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:

November 20, 2014

From: Mo Qayoumi, President

Subject: Presidential Directive 2014-01 I San Jose State University will become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus on August 1, 2015.


In 2011, the campus participated in the San Jose State Smoking Policy Survey which surveyed the attitudes of students, faculty, staff and administration toward smoking. 72 percent of the more than 2,300 participants were students. Close to 65 percent of those surveyed supported a smoke-free campus.

The effects of smoking, second hand smoke and tobacco have been well established. It is widely accepted that there are negative health, environmental and economic consequences as the result of smoking and the use of tobacco products. Examples include:


- Coronary Heart Disease
- Stroke
- Lung and other cancers
- Chronic bronchitis and emphysema
- Environmental

Cigarette butts contribute a large percentage of California waste and are the source of toxins to our aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, improperly discarded cigarettes, including electronic cigarettes can cause wildfires and house fires.


In addition to the high cost of smoking to the individual smoker, there are significant costs associated with environmental cleanup and heath care expenditures.

In creating a smoke-free and tobacco-free environment on campus, San Jose State hopes to encourage the following:

Prevent the usage of tobacco products on campus
Encourage current users to quit or decrease use
Prevent second hand smoke exposure on campus
Prepare students to enter smoke-free work environments

San Jose State has been delegated the authority to implement a smoking policy, according to Title 5, AB 846 and HR 2003-19.

Title 5 § 42356
The president of each campus and the Chancellor for the headquarters office may adopt rules regulating smoking on the campuses and property of the California State University.

AB 846
AB 846 extends the current ban on smoking in state buildings to city and county buildings and expands the non-smoking perimeter around main entrances of such buildings to 20-feet.

HR 2003-19
State agencies are free to adopt other smoking and tobacco control regulations that are more restrictive than AB 846.


San Jose State is committed to promoting a healthy learning and working environment. Consistent with this commitment, smoking and tobacco use is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor areas on campus, including vehicles and parking lots. Areas currently designated as smoking areas will be eliminated. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited, as is tobacco related advertising and sponsorship.


This directive applies to all SJSU students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors and to all indoor and outdoor areas on campus.

“Campus” refers to all of San Jose State, including South Campus, and leased buildings.

“Smoking” is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or electronic cigarette.

“Tobacco product” is any item containing tobacco leaf and any product containing biologically active amounts of nicotine that can be inhaled. It does not include any product designed and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.

“Visitors” refers to any individuals on campus who are not SJSU students, faculty, staff and administrators.


The Spartan community is responsible for the success of this directive. This directive will be widely posted and it is expected that students, faculty, staff and administrators will adhere to the directive. It is hoped that compliance will be voluntary; however, the university reserves the right to institute fines for infractions.

Students living in Housing must adhere to the Student Housing License Agreement and employees are expected to adhere to all Presidential Directives.

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

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