For Faculty


Simple actions faculty can take to enhance student well-being:

  • Review current data on ASU student wellness

  • Promote positive ASU student norms:
    • 40% of ASU students don’t drink alcohol, according to annual surveys of our students. Why is this important?
      • This information corrects misperceptions about student drinking.
      • These data reinforce positive norms, and affirm that there is a significant proportion of students who enjoy activities that don’t involve alcohol.
      • Students in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, and those who choose a sober lifestyle for other reasons, will be happy to learn that they are a large proportion of the student population.

  • Start by believing.
    • Stressful personal situations are not uncommon.
      • 16.1% of ASU students reported experiencing the death of a family member or friend in the past 12 months.
      • 40.3% have been ill with a cold, the flu, or a sore throat.
      • 43.9% of ASU students reported experiencing family problems such as financial, legal, health or relationship problems, within the past 12 months.
    • When students share about their situation with you, or ask for modifications, a little understanding will go a long way to helping them to get through their personal crisis.
    • Refer students to the dean of students’ office, ASU Health Services or ASU Counseling for assistance with their situation.

  • Encourage sleep through words and actions.
    • When discussing assignments, projects, and exams, remind students that a good night’s sleep supports their success.
    • When setting due dates for assignments, projects and exams, set the deadline for completion in the afternoon or evening. If you set the deadline for late night, many students will stay awake into the wee hours of the night, making it hard to unwinding for a good night’s sleep.

  • Take breaks during long lectures and exams.
    • Encourage students to get up and walk around. This will get their blood flowing and enhance brain function for the remainder of the class.

  • Show health and wellness videos between classes.
    • Use the time between classes to air videos about health and wellness, and other student success information.

  • Assign students to participate in online courses outlined on this website.

  • Make assignments addressing health and wellness topics relevant to your class.
    • Consider having students research a relevant wellness topic for a paper, presentation or group project.

  • Link ASU health and wellness activities to the syllabus.
    • Health and wellness activities are scheduled throughout the academic year, many that are relevant to various core study areas. Tap into these opportunities by incorporating them into your syllabi, or as extra credit opportunities.
      • Event sponsors can collect student signatures and ID to ensure students attend.
      • Or you can have them bring back a signed program for proof of participation.

  • Be a healthy role model.
    • Join the Sun Devil Fitness Complex and exercise there.
    • Speak up to stop negative comments or poor choices—students can learn how to stop negative behaviors in others by watching your example!

  • Take care how you talk about risky choices you have made. If you choose to share such experiences, discuss what you learned or changed as a result.