Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date Aug. 27, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Commonwealth University
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jake Holweger
Sustainability Intern
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?:
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):

University Counseling Services (UCS) are available free to all students on campus. They are a short-term, focused treatment agency. All enrolled students have the opportunity to meet with a clinician to assess the specific needs of the student and how to best meet those needs. Additionally, UCS provides consultation for faculty aiding students in distress to help create a safety net for students at VCU as well as accountability and support for faculty who care about their students needs and well-being both in and out of the classroom. Finally, UCS provides addiction and substance abuse recovery programming in its own separate facility through Rams in Recovery.
URL: https://counseling.vcu.edu/

VCU University student health services provide VCU students with access to healthcare while on campus including physical health, mental health and psychiatry, and referrals to local providers. The mission of University Student Health Services is to provide quality outpatient medical care and public health services, which includes health education programming that empowers students to become full participants in their health care. Student Health services are covered by a health fee that is billed to the student's account each semester. The health fee is billed automatically to all full-time students. Part-time students are charged the health fee only if they present to clinic requesting services. University Student Health Services undertakes a legal and ethical responsibility to foster and preserve the privacy and confidentiality of patient information in all its stages of development and use.
URL: https://health.students.vcu.edu/about/

RamStrong is a wellness initiative created by a team at the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute. The team recognized that VCU has many different wellness resources for faculty, staff, and students but envisioned a collaborative tool where the entire VCU community could easily access resources to support their own holistic well-being. RamStrong is the starting point for faculty and staff health and wellness on campus and provides resources for physical, emotional, financial, intellectual, occupational, environmental, social, and spiritual wellness for all campus community members.
URL: https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/resources/

CommonHealth is administered by the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM). This initiative provides health and wellness programs to state employees, including VCU faculty and staff and their covered family members over the age of 18 living in their homes. Wage employees and retirees are also eligible for participation. Programs cover a wide range of health and wellness subjects and are presented in a variety of formats - including onsite programs and video presentations - that make it easy to participate. The programs are educational and fun, and they help employees stay fit and healthy. Employees do not need to be enrolled in the state health benefits program to participate in CommonHealth programs and services.
URL: https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/worklife/commonhealth-and-wellness/

All health plans offered to state employees and their dependents have employee assistance programs (EAPs). Included are up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling and legal or financial services. EAP counselors are available to assist employees with problems related to Alcohol, Drugs, Family, Gambling, Health, Legal, Financial, Housing, Mental health, Child care, Elder care, Grief, Spousal/child/parent abuse, Workplace Career planning, and Retirement.
URL: https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/worklife/family-resources/


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:
The institution’s smoke-free policy:

To provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment for faculty, students, staff and visitors on its campus, VCU's Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus policy applies to the use of all types of tobacco, including but not limited to smoking tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping. Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of premature death. Education about tobacco-use and associated health risks can help members of the VCU community avoid starting a bad habit and eliminating second-hand smoke makes it easier for existing smokers to quit. In addition, cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world and cost the university money to clean up. Smoke and tobacco-free campus policies also significantly reduce campus fires. This policy does not apply to any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.

The Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus policy applies to all university property, both indoor and outdoor, including, but not limited to, all offices, classrooms, hallways, waiting rooms, restrooms, meeting rooms, community areas, performance venues, parking garages, covered walkways, temporary enclosed structures, trailers, and tents, the Compass, McGuire Park and residence halls, unless permitted by the terms of this policy. This policy also applies to vehicles owned or leased by the university. It applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors and other visitors on campus, regardless of the purpose of their visit.

The policy complies with the governor’s Executive Order 41 (2006); the Administrative Guidelines resulting from the Executive Order; the Code of Virginia section 15.2; and the VCU Space Use Regulation. The policy is effective July 1, 2019.

URL: https://tobaccofree.vcu.edu/policy/


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