Presentation on theme: "Campus Policies January 23, 2014 Michelle Olding Su-Ting Teo."— Presentation transcript:
Campus Policies January 23, 2014 Michelle Olding Su-Ting Teo
Why? Policies set how things are done They articulate priorities, values, and beliefs They have direct impact on the students, staff, and faculty (learning, teaching, working)
Policy Backgrounder Objectives To better understand the scope and content of policies related to mental health To identify any promising practices in post-secondary policy development and review To identify some common challenges and debates underlying the development of student mental health policy
Policy Backgrounder Methods: Review of academic and grey literature Institutional policy review Key Informant Discussions (directors of student counselling services, accommodation services,
Policy pertaining to social determinants of campus mental health Mental health lens within -Workplace harrassment and violence policy -Occupational health and safety policy -Human rights/anti-discrimination policy -Sexual assault prevention/ response policy -Policy on student housing -Policy related to financial support and bursaries Policy pertaining to all students -Academic policies (grading, course and exam scheduling, faculty policies) -Student Code of Conduct --Stand alone voluntary and Involuntary Leave policy* Policy pertaining to students experiencing mental health difficulties - Accommodation policy -Confidentiality and privacy -Voluntary and Involuntary leave policy* Policy pertaining to students in distress -Policy on disruptive/at- risk behaviour Voluntary and Involuntary Leave policy* Figure 4. Spectrum of Campus Mental Health Policies
What is the system and how to navigate it? Robert Clift
Ryerson University Statement of Commitment Ryerson is committed to the success of all its community members by creating an environment that is supportive of mental well-being. This includes an ongoing dedication to creating and sustaining a supportive campus culture and institutional ethos without stigmatization and discrimination with regard to mental health. … Policy Principles be respectful of human dignity, the whole person, multiple perspectives and experience, as well as individual privacy and confidentiality establish flexible responses with processes that do not impose undue barriers and stress for all involved parties promote a collaborative, compassionate and flexible approach to problem resolution and avoid creating more adversarial processes
Questions: Statement of commitment to mental health and well-being: is it intended to have any force? (ie what is its purpose?) Over arching policy principles: What force and effect would they have and who would approve them? How would this document influence the policies that are developed across the university? How does intersect with the Accessibility inclusion lens work being done? Policy principles are general good policy development, how does this add?
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