Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 31.76
Liaison Jonathan Ehrlich
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2019

STARS v2.2

United World College-USA
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Todd Austin
Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives
President's Office
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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):

UWC-USA has two counsellors employed by the school offering one-on-one counselling services to students free of charge. The counsellors also offer a bi-weekly confidential support group. There are three primary student led wellness-oriented student groups who offer educational programming and peer support: Organization for Mental Wellness (dedicated to mental health education and advocacy), S.W.E.E.T. Sexual Wellness Education Empowerment Team (dedicated to sexual wellness), and A.S.A.P. Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (dedicated to substance use prevention and harm reduction). Selena Seremeno PhD, the school's consulting psychologist, offers four Mental Health First Aid trainings to faculty, staff, and students throughout the year. Beyond that, students are required to participate in "personal sustainability"--i.e., Experiential Education courses which include Meditation and Yoga. We have a Wellness Team comprised of faculty and staff who oversee the development and implementation of our wellness programming. Additionally, all students complete a Personal Wellness Assessment which includes wellness goal setting in their first semester. This Wellness Assessment is part of the Residential Life Capacity Building curriculum intended to help students develop wellness and social and emotional learning skills.

There is an employee assistance program for all faculty and staff covered under the insurance umbrella (Standard Insurance Company Employee Assistance Program) that allows referral to a professional for employees having issues related to depression, grief, loss and emotional well-being; family, marital and other relationship issues; life improvement and goal-setting; addictions such as alcohol and drug abuse; stress or anxiety with work or family; financial and legal concerns; identify theft and fraud resolution; and online will preparation. The package also includes WorkLife services and Online resources. (see http://www.standard.com/eforms/17201.pdf)


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:

The Student Handbook (p. 21) states: "Smoking of tobacco or any other substance, which includes the use of electronic cigarettes, is prohibited." Meanwhile, the Employee Handbook states "In keeping with UWC-USA’s intent to provide a safe and healthy work environment, smoking is prohibited at all times on UWC-USA’s premises. For purposes of this policy, “smoking” includes the use of tobacco products through pipes, cigars and cigarettes and the use of e-cigarettes, regardless of whether they contain tobacco. This policy applies to all employees, students, vendors and visitors." There are also signs on campus indicating that it is a smoke-free facility.


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