Student Health Services strives to create an acute and preventive care environment
that supports an optimal level of health for all students so they may develop personally
and succeed academically. Student Health Services accomplishes this mission by providing:
- Primary health care that is high quality, prompt, ethical, affordable, confidential
- Wellness Promotion services that are multi-dimensional, and evidence informed. These
services address the needs of the diverse student population.
- Additionally, Student Health Services serves as a resource for the university community
in its mission and initiatives to promote quality of life and healthy development.
To successfully accomplish its Mission, Student Health Services is committed to the
following core values:
Treat all individuals with respect, understanding, support, kindness, honesty, sensitivity,
and compassion. Student values and individuality must be understood and considered
in the development of our programs and services. Each student should be considered
as an individual and actively involved in their own care.
Provide fair and equitable treatment to all students. Acts of insensitivity or discrimination
against individuals based on their race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation,
abilities, or religious beliefs will not be tolerated.
In recognition of the reciprocal relationship between learning and health, SHS will
support learning environments that will help students make informed decisions for
the development of healthy lifestyles. Recognize that each contact with a student
is an opportunity for promoting healthy lifestyle choices. Professional staff are
responsible for maintaining the continuing education necessary to support this value
and their own professional skills.
Regularly evaluate and improve both acute and preventive care by performing ongoing
assessment of key service and program components. Assessment activities and reports
must be timely and reflect a system for “closing the loop” of the service assessed.
Periodically review goals and objectives in relation to those of WCU and the Department
of Student Affairs.
Promote self-advocacy by encouraging students to take full advantage of resources
and opportunities, while recognizing that students are adults and responsible for
their own decisions and their own health behaviors.
Develop and cultivate collaborative relationships with other university departments
and divisions in order to enhance student quality of life, integrate the dimensions
of wellness into appropriate venues, and support student academics and retention.