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Why a new syllabus statement?

The syllabus statement for student well-being was recently revised and broadly endorsed for use.

The new, expanded statement is especially important now, given the effects of COVID-19 on students. 

The new statement serves to recognize that students’ well-being is interconnected and that multiple campus resources are available to assist students. It is intended to expand upon the older Mental Health syllabus statement. 

The revision process was collaborative, with input from:

See also Faculty Encouraged to Use Student Well-being Statement in Syllabi in the University Record, December 11, 2020. 


SHORT version of the recommended syllabus statement:

Student Well-Being

Students may experience stressors that can impact both their academic experience and their personal well-being. These may include academic pressure and challenges associated with relationships, mental health, alcohol or other drugs, identities, finances, etc.

If you are experiencing concerns, seeking help is a courageous thing to do for yourself and those who care about you. If the source of your stressors is academic, please contact me so that we can find solutions together. For personal concerns, U-M offers many resources, some of which are listed at Resources for Student Well-being on the Well-being for U-M Students website. You can also search for additional resources on that website. 


LONG version of the recommended syllabus statement:

Student Well-Being

Students may experience stressors that can impact both their academic experience and their personal well-being. These may include academic pressure and challenges associated with relationships, mental health, alcohol or other drugs, identities, finances, etc.

If you are experiencing concerns, seeking help is a courageous thing to do for yourself and those who care about you. If the source of your stressors is academic, please contact me so that we can find solutions together. For personal concerns, U-M offers the following resources:


For questions about this syllabus statement, you may contact:

Wolverine Wellness
University Health Service
Phone: 734-763-1320
Email: ContactUHS@umich.edu

Updated 12-3-2020