Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.72
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Berkeley
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mikayla Tran
SDG & OS Engagement Fellow
Office of Sustainability
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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):
UC Berkeley offers a range of wellness programs that support staff and faculty well-being through nutritional, ergonomic, young mother and other types of programs. That includes healthy catering programs, exercise initiatives for employees and support to quit smoking. Volunteer wellness ambassadors also help to spread the word about campus wellness initiatives among faculty, staff and students.

For example, Be Well at Work -- Wellness Program strives to create a healthy campus community and work environment through integrated programs and services designed to:
- Provide faculty and staff with tools and skills for leading healthy lifestyles and preventing injury and illness.
- Build a healthy workplace that supports healthy lifestyles by making the healthy choice the easy choice.


Under UC Berkeley's Student Health Insurance Program, counseling and mental health services are completely covered within network and 60 percent covered outside the network. Campus counseling and wellness services are also available to all students, faculty and staff.


UHS offers counseling and mental health services to all UC Berkeley students (regardless of insurance plan)
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers short term counseling for academic, career, and personal issues and also offers psychiatry services for circumstances when medication can help with counseling:
- Social Services is comprised of a team of multidisciplinary and multicultural professional counselors, dietitians and support staff. The Social Services staff will assess a student’s immediate needs, whether they are medical, academic, legal, emotional, financial, or family-related. Social Services is open to all registered UC Berkeley students regardless of your insurance plan.


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:
University Health Services (UHS), with guidance from the University of California Office of the President, has updated the Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy as of January 1, 2020.

UC Berkeley has been a smoke and tobacco-free environment since January 1, 2014 and this amended policy expands the scope that prohibits the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chews, unregulated electronic nicotine delivery systems, and any other non-combustible tobacco products at all indoor and outdoor spaces owned or leased by UC Berkeley.

The aim of having a Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy is to:
- Create a healthier environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors;
- Support tobacco and cannabis users who are trying to quit; and
- Promote the social norm of a smoke and tobacco-free environment.

An important part of having this campus policy is making available the resources to support those that are seeking help to quit smoking. Resources can be found at Get Help to Quit (https://uhs.berkeley.edu/tobaccohelp) as well as health information about cannabis (https://uhs.berkeley.edu/cannabis).

The student group, Breathe at Berkeley (https://callink.berkeley.edu/organization/breatheatberkeley), is also helping to advance the tobacco prevention program on campus by creating and adapting strategies to the changing trends of tobacco usage by students.

With the roll-out of the updated Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, it is also important to reinforce the information we are learning about the dangers of vaping and have provided some additional information on this e-cigarette fact sheet (https://uhs.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/e-cigarette_fact_sheet.pdf).

For more information, visit Tobacco-Free Berkeley: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/tobaccofree

Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy Update Source: https://bsa.berkeley.edu/news/smoke-and-tobacco-free-campus-policy-update

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The data in this field are provided by UC Berkeley websites about campus wellness and health initiatives. The sites are centered around the university's wellness home page.


The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.