Wellness Programs (2.2)

Credit Language

PA 14: Wellness Programs – version 2.2

Frequently Asked Questions

How has this credit changed between STARS 2.1 to 2.2?

Minor edits were made. A new part added to address smoke-free environments. A comprehensive list of differences can be found in the 2.2 Summary of changes.

Do wellness programs need to be offered to students, faculty, and staff to count?

Response for a “A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s)” should reference wellness opportunities for all stakeholders identified (students, academic staff, and non-academic staff).

Example Responses

  • Bard College – Comprehensive responses in both sections. Good reporting example earning partial points by referencing institution policy that covers indoor locations.
  • Brock University – Comprehensive responses in both sections. Good reporting example of an institution with a smoking and vaping policy that covers all of the campus.

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • Descriptive responses must support affirmative responses and should explain how a representative sample was reached. Watch for outliers (high percentages) without sufficient detail.

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