Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.37
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Lowell
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Rutherford
AVC Human Resources
Human Resources
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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):

The Healthy Workplace Committee is a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Lowell Human Resources and Equal Opportunity & Outreach, Environmental and Emergency Management, and the Labor Unit leaders on campus. The Committee is convened to provide guidance and advice around issues related to University employee health and safety policies, programs, and practices. The Committee’s overarching goals are preventing, tracking and remedying workplace hazards and providing a workplace environment that promotes overall health and wellbeing.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a UMass Lowell-sponsored program to provide employees with confidential assistance with stress, substance abuse, family concerns and other personal problems. LifeScope is the name of the program and it is managed by E4 Health with offices in Shrewsbury, MA.

These benefits are confidential and are available to all benefited faculty and staff, household members of faculty and staff (including roommates) and any immediate family member of faculty and staff who is impacted by the challenges facing the immediate family member. Immediate family members include parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and children.

Healthy Campus Campaign
The goal of the Healthy Campus Campaign is to cultivate collaborations which will help to promote physical health and improve nutrition on campus.

For students:
The Counseling Center is a department within the Health and Wellness Cluster, under the Student Affairs Division. Here, we are committed to caring for the student community of UMass Lowell and its emotional and mental health. Academic success is often connected to our emotional well-being and self-esteem. This is why we focus on supporting our students in a manner that creates an atmosphere more cohesive for academic and personal growth. Our counselors provide crisis intervention, assessment, referrals and individual counseling for all eligible students.

UMass Lowell Campus Recreation is committed to excellence in supporting the development of healthier and happier lifestyles. Through experiential education we strive to teach students the importance of exercise and recreational activities in preparation for a productive, balanced and rewarding life. In addition to our fitness center, group fitness schedule and personal training options; multiple wellness programs will be offered through out the year. Our Fitness and Wellness team takes pride in helping as many students, faculty, staff, and members as possible reach their wellness goals. Our semi-annual stress relief day, partnered with Student Health Services, will help you relieve stress prior to finals. Incentive programs will provide participants motivation to stay on track. Our spring semester 12-week Commit To Be Fit program can help you attain any fitness or wellness goal you have; whether it is to lose weight, gain strength, or decrease your 5K run time. The programs are designed to help participants reach their own goals and our staff is here to help along the way.

Additionally, following a student-driven campaign led by the Student Government Association, UMass Lowell is now a smoke and tobacco-free campus. To aid students, faculty and staff in a tobacco-free lifestyle, UMass Lowell, in partnership with Lowell General Hospital, offers a free smoking cessation program.

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:

Tobacco-Free Campus (as of 8/25/14) As of August 25, 2014, all campus property is designated smoke- and tobacco-free. To assist in the implementation of the new policy, signage has been posted throughout campus reading “Share Fresh Air. Welcome to our smoke and tobacco-free campus.” Also to support the campus during the transition, we have partnered with Lowell General Hospital to provide free, eight-week smoking cessation programs for students, faculty and staff. The “Freedom from Smoking” program provides support and guidance for those seeking a tobacco-free lifestyle. Students, faculty and staff seeking assistance in quitting smoking or tobacco use are encouraged to register for the free program. For additional information, please contact Maria Figueroa in Human Resources at Maria_Figueroa@uml.edu.

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:

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