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Student Well-being: Self-Care Days and Recommended Syllabus Statement

As you plan for the spring semester and update your course syllabus, consider how you can support your students’ well-being. This spring, two Student Self-Care Days are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, March 24. Explicitly acknowledge these dates in your syllabus and avoid scheduling due dates for assignments and exams on or immediately after Self-Care Days. This will allow your students to take full advantage of these opportunities and engage in essential self-care practices.

You might also consider acknowledging the importance of well-being by including a statement in your syllabus, such as the following:

Your Well-being Matters 

College/Graduate school can be an exciting and challenging time for students. Taking time to care for yourself and seeking appropriate support can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. You are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, avoiding drugs and alcohol, getting enough sleep, and taking time to relax.

It can be helpful to remember that we all benefit from assistance and guidance at times, and there are many resources available to support your well-being while you are at Pitt. If you or anyone you know experiences overwhelming academic stress, persistent difficult feelings and/or challenging life events, you are strongly encouraged to seek support. In addition to reaching out to friends and loved ones, consider connecting with a faculty member you trust for assistance connecting to helpful resources. The University Counseling Center is also here for you. You can call 412-648-7930 at any time to connect with a clinician.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please call the University Counseling Center at any time at 412-648-7930. You can also contact Resolve Crisis Network at 888-796-8226. If the situation is life threatening, call Pitt Police at 412-624-2121 or dial 911.

For more information and resources to support student well-being, visit the University Counseling Center’s website and look for more information in upcoming newsletters.

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