Health, Safety & Wellbeing (3.0)

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PA 11: Health, Safety and Wellbeing – version 3.0


  • 11.1. Student wellbeing and assistance programs
  • 11.2. Employee wellbeing and assistance programs
  • 11.3. Smoke free environments

Questions & Answers

How has this credit changed between STARS Version 2 and Version 3?

  • More detail and opportunities to earn partial points have been added to these indicators, e.g., regarding campus safety, the provision of free contraception and/or safer sex supplies, and emergency financial assistance funds.
  • Quantitative data on workplace health and safety incidents is no longer required.
  • A comprehensive list of differences can be found in the STARS 3.0 Summary of changes.

What types of efforts qualify as student and/or employee wellbeing and assistance programs (Indicator 11.1 and 11.2)?

Institutions should report on the current status of student-directed programs and initiatives in each of the following areas:

  • Physical health services – e.g., an on-site medical clinic or a referral service
  • Behavioral health services – e.g., an on-site counseling program, a referral service, or a harm reduction initiative
  • Free or reduced cost fitness activities – e.g., gym access or organized outdoor activities
  • Sexual and reproductive health services – e.g., programs offering contraception and safer sex supplies
  • Contemplative and/or spiritual activities – e.g., organized meditation, mindfulness, yoga, prayer, or ritual activities
  • Campus safety committee that brings together individuals from vulnerable groups – e.g., student representation on the institution’s campus safety committee or a dedicated student safety committee that meets with management representatives on a regular basis.
  • Emergency assistance fund for students/employees experiencing financial difficulties
  • Food bank/pantry, meal donation program, or similar initiatives

How should institutions report on policies that restrict smoking and vaping (Indicator 11.3)?

Institutions should report on the current status of the institution’s policies and programs. Policies adopted by entities of which the institution is part (e.g., government or university system) qualify as long as the policies apply to and are followed by the institution. Institutions should report on “smoking” as defined by the institution (e.g., to include or exclude vaping).

Suggestions for Institutions

  • Work with your Campus Safety and/or Wellness office(s) or similar to collect the information requested under this credit.

Potential Data Quality Issues

  • Affirmative responses must be supported by information provided in descriptive fields for all Indicators.

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