Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.59
Liaison Richard Demerjian
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Irvine
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Carrie Metzgar
Sustainability and Planning Analyst
Campus Physical and Environmental Planning
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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):


UCI’s Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion (CSWHP) strives to be a leader in collegiate health promotion by focusing on the unique and relevant health needs and concerns of UCI students in support of their academic success. We empower students to make informed decisions that support individual health and a healthy campus environment by providing comprehensive programs and coordinated services. Based on assessment data, we provide programs and services in the following identified topic areas: Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing; Sexual & Relationship Health; Alcohol & Other Drugs; Wellness & Selfcare; Nutrition & Body Image. A Program Manager oversees each of these topic areas.

We have three programmatic modalities to deliver our programs. Large-scale events, like health fairs, introduce students to the campus and community resources that support their health and wellbeing. Program Managers present workshops or facilitate trainings for housing communities, athletic teams, student organizations, classrooms, and many other audiences throughout campus and in the community. Individual consultations are also available for students to get personal attention and feedback, and are facilitated by our Program Managers.

In addition to informational programs and individual consultations, CSWHP provides various services to supplement their educational messaging with services that create and support a healthy environment. We host/facilitate Wednesday Wellness Walks in campus/local nature to support mental health; provide a Condom Co-op, with free sexual health resources; provide Responsible Hospitality/Server training for those who serve alcohol on campus; maintain a Wellness Room with massage chairs and other resources, where students can relax and practice selfcare; and work with campus partners to provide healthier vending options in beverage and snack machines, as well as water filling stations across campus.

Students can also get actively involved with our office in several ways. They can apply to be a Peer Health Educator, serving one of the five topic areas as a focus. We also offer academic internships in the form of Field Placement and Practicum experiences for students in Social Ecology or Public Health. Volunteers are also welcomed in our office for events or special projects/research.


UCI HR Wellness is dedicated to building and sustaining a culture and environment that supports the well-being of UCI and UCI Health employees. UCI HR Wellness strives to advance a culture of whole-person wellness, which includes physical, mental and financial well-being while focusing on self-care. The UCI HR Wellness program focuses on developing, promoting and increasing awareness and usage of enterprise-wide and local programs and initiatives in a hybrid work environment. UCI's commitment to a healthy campus culture can be seen by many collaborative endeavors, benefits, programs, services, and initiatives.

UCI received the highest, Gold, Workplace Health Achievement recognition from the American Heart Association 2018 – 2020, was named a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Company by the AHA 2011-2017, as well as a Health at Work Award from ComPsych in 2015, and a WorldatWork Seal of Distinction in 2017.

The UCI HR Wellness program includes:
- Wellness Ambassador program
- Physical/fitness programs and challenges
- Nutritional/weight management programs
- Mental Health/Stress management programs
- Financial wellness programs
- Work life balance/parenting/caregiver resources
- Self-care resources
- Behavior modification programs and challenges
- In person and online educational workshops and resources
- Healthy work policies and guidelines
- CPR/1st Aid and Mental Health First Aid certifications
- Staff intramurals
- Employee perks and discounts


The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential service available to UCI and UCH Health faculty, staff, retirees and their dependents. This program is administered by ComPsych Guidance Resources, with oversight from UCI Human Resources.

This service, staffed by experienced clinicians, is available by phone or online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A Guidance Resource Professional will help with problem identification, assessment and referral to treatment providers and community resources. Multilingual counselors are available. Services include, but are not limited to, clinical services, personal and financial services, work/family life services, and critical incident crisis management.

Employees, retirees, and their families have access to 3 free confidential counseling sessions, per issue, per year as well as unlimited legal, financial, and work-life guidance. EAP also provides informational toolkits and resource guides as well as worklife webinars each month.

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:

- UCOP Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000371/SmokingPolicy

- UCI Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment Policy: http://www.policies.uci.edu/policies/pols/903-14.php

- A Message from the Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy Task Force - 1/27/2021: https://www.ehs.uci.edu/smoke-tobacco-free/pdf/smoke-tobaccoo-free-zotmail-1-27-21.pdf

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

The website URLs where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

- Student Wellness: www.StudentWellness.uci.edu

- UCI HR Wellness: http://hr.uci.edu/wellness/

- EAP, ComPsych Guidance Resources: http://www.wellness.uci.edu/facultystaff/eap/introduction.html

- UCI Wellness, Health, and Counseling Services: https://whcs.uci.edu/

- Be Well Website: https://bewell.uci.edu/

The information for this credit was provided by:

Doug Everhart
Director, UCI Student Wellness & Health Promotion

Dyan Hall
Engagement & Wellness Specialist, UCI HR Wellness

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