|Submission Date||March 4, 2022|
Washington University in St. Louis
PA-14: Wellness Program
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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):
Washington University's Habif Health and Wellness Center offers undergraduate and graduate students on the Danforth campus medical services, mental health services including psychiatry and counseling, and health and well-being programs and communications. The center is open to students throughout the year and monitors immunization compliance. Staffed by health promotion staff, the Zenker Wellness Suite is a satellite health promotion hub in the Sumers Recreation Center where students can take advantage of free resources and programs related to mental health promotion, substance use risk reduction, sexual health promotion, and community health. The Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center staff works with students on issues related to interpersonal violence.
Washington University’s Wellness Connection is an initiative of the Office of Human Resources to promote evidence-based, data-driven wellness programs for benefits-eligible faculty, staff, postdoctoral appointees and clinical fellows. Their goal is to design and deliver wellness initiatives that meet employees where they are, while fostering holistic growth: physically, emotionally, financially, socially and spiritually. The initiative aims to provide ample opportunities for faculty and staff to set high standards for personal health decision-making, promote consistent community support and advocate for public health policies that will be a positive example for our students and our community.
HR well-being initiatives through the Office of Human Resources promote evidence-based, data-driven wellness programs for benefits-eligible faculty, staff, postdoctoral appointees and clinical fellows. Their goal is to design and deliver wellness initiatives that meet employees where they are, while fostering holistic growth: physically, emotionally, financially, socially and spiritually. The initiative aims to provide ample opportunities for faculty and staff to set goals for personal health decision-making, promote consistent community support and advocate for public health policies that will be a positive example for our students and our community.
Employees have the opportunity to meet with a Registered Dietician through the MyWay to Health program. In these sessions, employees set goals and receive evidence-based wellness support from WashU experts. Also, in partnership with the WashU health plan, employees have access to an Onsite Nurse Advocate who specializes in chronic disease management and will assist with finding primary or specialty care for both the employee and their dependents. Other programs offered include wellness challenges focusing on physical activity and engaging with colleagues, a biometric screening program, and Mindfulness courses that train using Mind-Body Stress Reduction. Many times, these programs collaborate with university partners to utilize their expertise to bring a holistic well-being program to the university.
Washington University provides a Work/Life Services and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all benefits eligible employees and their dependents. This confidential and prepaid benefit is offered as a way to help our employees have access to resources to help resolve issues that may impact their personal lives and their job performance. The EAP provides professional assistance to benefit eligible University employees and their family members to help resolve problems that are affecting their personal life or job performance. The program is managed by Guidance Resources, a nationally known professional consulting firm specializing in EAP services.
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:
In an effort to provide a healthy, comfortable and productive work and learning environment for students, faculty and staff, all Washington University in St. Louis campuses are entirely smoke and tobacco free.
Under the policy, smoking and the use of all other tobacco products is prohibited on the entire campus. Smoking also is prohibited inside vehicles parked in campus parking lots.
This policy applies to all university community members, including visitors and those attending athletic and alumni events.
WashU Tobacco Free LogoTobacco-Free Policy
Washington University is committed to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive work and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff. Research shows that tobacco use in general, including smoking and breathing secondhand smoke, constitutes a significant health hazard. The university strictly prohibits all smoking and other uses of tobacco products within all university buildings and on university property, at all times.
This policy applies to all, including students, faculty, staff, patients, contractors and visitors.
For the purpose of this policy, “tobacco” is defined to include, but not limited to, any lit cigarette, cigar, pipe, bidi, clove cigarette, electronic cigarette (e-cigarette), personal vaporizer and any other smoking product; and smokeless or spit tobacco, also known as dip, chew, snuff or snus in any form.
The use, distribution or sale of tobacco, including any smoking device, or carrying of any lit smoking instrument, in university-owned, leased or occupied facilities or on university-leased, owned, or occupied property*, at events on university properties, or in university-owned, rented or leased vehicles, is prohibited. This includes:
parking facilities and lots (including in personal vehicles);
university buildings located near city/municipality owned sidewalks, within 20 feet of entryways or exits, near air intakes, or near fire/explosion hazards;
off-campus housing managed by Residential Life; and
fraternity chapter houses managed by Greek Life.
(Download a PDF map of the tobacco-free areas (PDF).)
If individuals within the university community smoke or use tobacco products off university properties, they are expected to be respectful of residents, hospitals and businesses neighboring the university campuses and properties. They should not loiter in front of homes, businesses or hospitals near university campuses or properties, and must discard tobacco products in appropriate receptacles.
The free distribution of tobacco products on university property is prohibited.
No tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship shall be permitted on university property, at university-sponsored events or in publications produced by the university.
Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action.
* Facilities fully managed and maintained by Quadrangle Housing, such as the residential portion of the Lewis Center, are not subject to this policy.
Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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