Live Well | Learn Well aims to create a campus culture that values and promotes individual well-being and a healthy community for undergraduates at Columbia University. 

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Progress of the Columbia-JED Campus Strategic Plan

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January 2018

The Student Health Advisory Committee, composed of undergraduate and graduate students from across schools, helps guide the redesign of Columbia Healths website.

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January 2018

The JED Steering Committee forms 14 working groups to address the important areas of action identified in the JED Strategic Plan. Led by Dean James J. Valentini, chair of the JED Steering Committee, cross-functional teams are formed to begin to move the implementation of JED’s multi-year plan.

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February 2018

Columbia Health’s redesigned website launches, providing students a more user-friendly navigation and easy access to all resources and services.

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April 2018

All Columbia College staff complete Gatekeeper Training, a mental health training to help staff identify students at risk. 

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April 2018

Columbia Health begins the Health Psychology Initiative, placing psychologists from Counseling and Psychological Services into Medical Services, to provide additional points of entry to mental health services.

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April 2018

The Undergraduate Residence Hall Roof Door Security Project is launched to improve residence hall roof door security, balancing the need to restrict student access while maintaining emergency access functionality.

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April 2018

Columbia Health launches the Behavioral Health Initiative, posting two Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) psychologists in Medical Services during select peak periods, allowing for seamless and expedited referrals to counseling for students visiting with their primary care provider.

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April 2018

Committee begins to develop a health form that will allow identification of students with any significant history prior to their arrival at Columbia and allow proactive outreach from the relevant office to these students with connection to resources.

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April 2018

Columbia University Public Safety partners on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a free service to the Columbia community to anonymously and at no cost turn in unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal.

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June 2018

ULifeline, a confidential mental health screening tool, launches for all students.

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July 2018

Gatekeeper Training is incorporated into the leadership training required of all student group leaders.

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July 2018

The Columbia Student Health History Form, a confidential and comprehensive health history assessment, launches. The form includes medical, substance use and mental health history, disability information and family history.

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July 2018

A primary care case manager is dedicated to assist with Columbia Student Health History Form review, outreach and follow up.

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August 2018

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) has an increased presence at New Student Orientation Program, including late night drop in hours, open tours of CPS spaces and participation in Columbia 101.

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August 2018

An improved New Student Orientation Program experience is launched, with new training for student volunteers and leaders in order to build their capacity to support peers in distress and connect them to appropriate resources.

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August 2018

Various Lerner Hall spaces are converted to student lounges and fun zones, including the 4th-floor lounges and Lerner ramp lounges.

Initiated
September 2018

Gatekeeper Training begins to be implemented for all faculty of the Core Curriculum.

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September 2018

Work begins to revise protocol that keep faculty, staff, students, parents, family members, alumni and other community members knowledgeable and appropriately informed of emerging concerns.

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September 2018

Work on a pilot weekly social/community-building programming series to increase opportunities for students to gather and connect begins.

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September 2018

Work begins towards creating a simplified readmission pilot process for students returning from medical leave. The improved process will decrease the amount of time and travel previously required.

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September 2018

Work begins to identify and train staff members to serve as school-based and departmental representatives for postvention response group.

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September 2018

Work begins to formalize inter/intra school notification, ensuring all Columbia undergraduates receive timely notice of student emergencies.

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October 2018

Live Well | Learn Well, a new wellness marketing campaign, launches its centralized website, with access to information on wellness resources across campus.

Initiated
October 2018

Work begins to develop and update systems for ensuring the accuracy of emergency contact information for all students.

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October 2018

Work begins to establish protocols for identifying and communicating with impacted communities (residence hall, class/academic, affinity or identity-based, student employment/research, clubs, athletic teams, hometown, and other social networks).

Well-Being Resources

Organized in seven distinct categories, this catalog of resources brings together the current well-being support and services for undergraduate students at Columbia.