The Student Wellness Policy (“policy”) outlines the Institution’s intentions on support and wellness for students. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Student Wellness Procedures.
This policy applies to all students.
See Glossary of Terms.
4. Policy statements
4.1 The Institution is committed to promoting and ensuring the overall wellness of its students and that appropriate support is provided to meet student needs. It considers that support and wellness services are an integral part of student life in order to:
a. enhance the student experience and enable students to achieve their personal and educational goals;
b. help students identify whether their personal circumstances are having an adverse effect on their education; and
c. ensure wellbeing and foster an environment that is free from harm.
4.2 There are strategies in place to identify students who require additional support to achieve their personal and academic potential.
4.3 Information and access to advice, support and/or counselling is provided in a timely manner on a range of matters including, but not limited to, a student’s course of study, educational experience, personal wellbeing and safety, sexual assault / sexual harassment support and counselling, accommodation issues, mental health, legal advice, disability and any other wellness needs. See also the Student Wellness Procedures.
4.4 students who require additional support as a result of failing to maintain satisfactory academic progress will be managed in accordance with the Academic Progression Policy and Academic Progression Procedures.
4.5 The Institution recognises that in some instances students may require support from external professional services (e.g. emergency services, health services, legal advice, etc) as there are limits to the extent of the support that can be provided by the Institution. Information on these services will be accurate and provided in a timely manner. Referrals to external professional services are provided to students at no additional cost.
4.6 Students are entitled and encouraged to request and/or access relevant internal or external advice, support and/or counselling services as needed while enrolled as a student.
4.8 A variety of health, wellness, and safety initiatives/campaigns are promoted across the physical and online campus in order to foster a safe environment.
5. Role and responsibilities
5.1 Students are responsible for:
- seeking relevant support and/or professional assistance where personal circumstances are having an adverse effect on their education; and
- contacting relevant support services should they receive any informal or formal feedback regarding concerns for their progress or wellness.
5.2 Staff are responsible for:
- identifying students who may require some form of advice, support and/or counselling; and
- be aware of their own personal and professional limitations and refer the management of any student to those with relevant expertise as required.
5.3 The Wellness Team is responsible for:
- providing limited, informal personal guidance and support for any physical or emotional issues affecting a student’s academic progress; and
- developing a variety of health, wellness, and safety initiatives/campaigns which are promoted across the physical and online campus in order to foster a safe environment.
6. Related documents
Academic Progression Policy
Academic Progression Procedures
Student Wellness Procedures
Diversity and Equity Policy
Approved by Board of Directors 14 September 2020.