OUSA publishes health and wellness policy with recommendations for institutions

November 25, 2014

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance has released a new policy on student health and wellness, offering recommendations on health promotion, the structure of campus wellness centres, youth mental health, athletics and recreation, nutrition, access to care for marginalized groups, campus security and safety, and sexual violence on campus. OUSA explores the possibility of redesigned reading weeks and exam structures as preventative measures, and urges university health services to offer holistic services that extend beyond physical health. Moreover, OUSA calls for further work to combat the stigmatization of mental health issues and for increased emphasis on low-commitment recreational activities and on first-time gym users. The report also recommends that campus eateries work toward providing more nutritious food, available in a variety of portion sizes, at an affordable cost and accompanied by detailed nutrition and allergy information. OUSA calls on institutions to recognize the unique needs of marginalized groups and improve accessibility to academic and medical accommodations for students that need them, and urges universities to implement consistent and well-communicated policies and processes for reporting sexual assault and harassment on campus, with appropriate accommodations and dedicated support centres for victims. OUSA Blog