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Implementation Teams

Stay up to date on our latest progress in examining and implementing recommendations from the Student Mental Health Task Force report.

Implementing Report Recommendations

An implementation steering committee consisting of students, faculty and staff has been charged with overseeing several teams to evaluate and operationalize the task force’s recommendations. The evaluations will consider cost, time, potential barriers and other factors to determine what’s feasible at NC State.

Below we’ve listed our current team leads and the recommendations they’ll explore (some recommendations are grouped for efficiency).

Individual Recommendations

Many of the recommendations, especially in the short-term category, have been implemented or are currently being examined by their respective team leads.

RecommendationsTeam Lead(s)
Improve the usability of the Counseling Center websiteJustin Hammond, Asst. Vice Chancellor, DASA
Create a one-stop website for mental health and well-being resourcesJustin Hammond, Asst. Vice Chancellor, DASA
Schedule wellness days each semester and assess the benefitCharles Clift, Asst. Vice Provost, University Registrar, EMAS
Embed clinicians across campusMonica Osburn, Executive Director, Counseling and Prevention Services
Hire and retain more clinicians and case managersMonica Osburn, Executive Director, Counseling and Prevention Services
Review NC State postvention protocolsDonna McGalliard, Interim Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA
Compile and advertise courses that support well-beingWellness Advisory Committee
Create a campuswide theme centered on wellness and sense of belonging for 2023-24 academic yearYarneccia Dyson, Department Head and Professor, School of Social Work
Create a faculty toolkit and other resources for facultyDiane Chapman, Director, Office of Faculty Development
Add additional interventions and opportunities that promote a sense of belonging, connection and communityMichele Kurtz, Interim Director, Student Leadership and Engagement
RecommendationsTeam Lead(s)
Become a JED CampusMonica Osburn, Executive Director, Counseling and Prevention Services
Create a Dean of Students-type position in DASADoneka Scott, Vice Chancellor and Dean, DASA
Implement widely available mental health screening for students, including education on resources availableRichard Tyler Walker, Assoc. Director, Counseling Services
Increase prevention efforts, including changes to Prevention ServicesWellness Advisory Committee
Review existing advising models across the universityKesha Reed, Assoc. Vice Chancellor and Assoc. Dean, DASA
Modify the Health and Exercise Studies GEP courses required for every undergraduate student, to increase wellness and life skills educationTommy Holden, Interim Department Head, Health and Exercise Studies 
Create a common core first-year experience course (folded into GEP discussion)Carrie Zelna, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA; Holly Hurlburt, Assoc. Dean, DASA
Add a health and wellness component to performance appraisals for employees (developmental)Tim Danielson, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, University Human Resources
Continue to address food insecurity, housing instability and other environmental factorsKaly Wall, Academic Advisor; John Classen, Director of Graduate Programs; Mike Giancola, Asst. Vice Chancellor and Student Ombuds, DASA
Provide additional student support services and community engagement programming opportunities on Centennial CampusDonna McGalliard, Interim Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA

Grouped Recommendations

The following recommendations are grouped based on the overarching themes they represent.

This group of recommendations will increase access to services and support within the Wolfpack community.

RecommendationsTeam Lead(s)
In Progress/Short Term
Increase access to counseling services and decrease the wait time (telehealth platform, currently Academic Live Care)Lisa Zapata, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA
Longer Term
Implement a peer mentoring support program
Provide a wellness app for the NC State Community

This group of recommendations focuses on possible educational measures NC State employees can leverage to better support student mental health.

RecommendationsTeam Lead(s)
In Progress/Short Term
Require students to complete a well-being skills training moduleLisa Zapata, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA; Carrie Zelna, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA
Encourage faculty and staff to attend ally training programs, diversity training and racial dialogue workshops
Longer Term
Require/encourage faculty and staff to complete training to learn how to recognize early warning signs of mental health distress

This group of recommendations seeks to remove financial barriers for students in need of mental health and well-being resources.

RecommendationsTeam Lead(s)
Longer Term
Continue to address financial barriers to success among students (particularly grad students)TBD, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA
Provide student services for distance education students

This group of recommendations will explore the spaces on campus to better support the student experience.

RecommendationsTeam Lead(s)
Longer Term
Implement means restrictions in the built environmentLisa Zapata, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA
Create more gathering spaces that cultivate community

This group of recommendations will examine several university regulations and update them when possible to foster a more supportive academic environment.

RecommendationsTeam Lead(s)
Longer Term
Examine regulations related to academic expectations (REG 02.20.03 Attendance,
REG 02.20.14 – Test and Examinations,
REG 02.20.13 – Teacher Availability to Students)
Katharine Stewart, Sr. Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs; Bret Smith, Sr. Assoc. Dean, DASA
Ensure course expectations and workload align with credit hours earned (REG 02.20.05 – Course LoadREG 02.05.02 – Length of Time to Graduation)
Coordinate exams at the institutional or departmental levels
Add a syllabus statement on mental health (REG 02.20.07 – Course Syllabus)
Examine “grades” regulations (REG 02.50.03 Grades and Grade Point AverageREG 02.45.02- Grades and Credit in Graduate CoursesREG 02.20.16 – Undergraduate Grade ExclusionREG 02.20.06 Course Repeat RegulationREG 02.05.01 – Continuation of Undergraduate Enrollment (Academic suspension))

This group of recommendations suggests revising current regulations to facilitate streamlined course schedule changes.

RecommendationsTeam Lead(s)
Undergraduate leave of absence (new proposed)Lisa Zapata, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA; Charles Clift, Asst. Vice Provost, University Registrar, EMAS
Examine current regulations for withdrawals/leaves of absence/adding or dropping courses (REG 02.05.04 – Term Withdrawal from the UniversityREG 02.20.02 – Adding and Dropping CoursesREG 02.20.15 – Credit Only CoursesREG 07.55.03 Refunds)