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Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Putting student wellbeing first.

Health, wellness and safety are critical components to student success at Cal Poly. Student Affairs is committed to delivering best-in-practice programs and services that meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of our students. In doing so, our mission is to empower students with the tools and knowledge needed to thrive, be well and achieve lifelong success.

Current Priorities

  • Improve health care, counseling and wellness services by implementing the first year of the student health fee adjustment
  • Expand basic needs support for students
  • Enhance university-wide prevention programs, services and education for substance abuse, violence and suicide
  • Expand health and wellness facilities to support Cal Poly’s emerging 24/7 residential campus model
  • Create best-in-practice health and safety education programming for students


Past Priorities and Achievements

AY 2017-18 Highlights

Education and prevention

  • Through intentional programming, education and student support, incidents involving marijuana and other drugs within University Housing fell by approximately 50 percent.
  • The Dean of Students – in partnership with the Kinesiology department, Cal Poly Policy, San Luis Obispo Police and Rising Immigrant Students for Education (RISE) – obtained a $300,000 Department of Justice grant to bolster bystander intervention education at Cal Poly.
  • Saw 3,950 students participate in new hazing prevention education programming and online trainings during the academic year.
  • Men and Masculinity hosted a Monthly Speakers Series, discussing topics such as mass shootings and video game culture, with a 75% increase in attendance from 2016/17.

Health Services 

  • Executed a campus-wide education campaign that led to the successful approval and implementation of a $99 adjusted health services fee for newly-admitted students.
  • Hired nine new medical provider staff, leading to decreased student wait times and increased patient satisfaction.
  • Campus Health and Wellbeing successfully passed AAAHC re-accreditation.

Basic Needs Services

  • Held more than 1,200 meetings with students to assist with issues related to academics, finances, mental health, medical and more.
  • Campus Health and Wellbeing obtained a $130,000 CSU grant to enhance basic needs services by implementing improved marketing and training for faculty and staff.
  • Provided more than 1,500 meals donated to students in need through the Meal Share Program, a partnership with Campus Dining and the Dean of Students office.

Student Safety and Support

  • Established new “Mustangs for Recovery” program, which provides community support for students in recovery from addiction.
  • Launched WITH US: The National Network for Peer Accountability, a leading platform for innovative research and effective peer-led prevention and bystander intervention strategies, resources, and education.
  • Supported more students than ever before with Title IX cases, and hosted more than 150 meetings with students through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Collaborated with the Dean of Students to support 209 students of concern utilizing the Advocate CARE Network – an increase from 175 last year.

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