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Many of the typical day-to-day challenges and stresses of university life can be managed with the support of your friends, families, faith, and other communities. The Health Promotion Services provided by Health and Counselling Services educate, promote and advocate for optimal student health and academic success by working in collaboration with students, faculty, services and community agencies.
The Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) operates the undergraduate student Health and Dental Plan. All students enrolled in four (4) courses or more in the fall semester are automatically registered for the Health and Dental Plan as part of their tuition fees. Students who are registered in less than four (4) courses per term are eligible to opt-in to the Health and Dental Plan. Students who already have health and dental insurance are eligible to out-out of the Health and Dental Plan. For more information about the plan including coverage, group name and policy number, change of coverage periods and the opt out/in process, please visit the CUSA website or the CUSA Office (401 University Centre).
If you are an International, exchange or study abroad student you are required to enroll in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which covers basic and primary health care.
Staying active is an important component of your university life. Your physical health has a direct impact on your academic and personal life. Carleton Athletics has a variety of facilities to help you maintain your physical health while at Carleton. You have access to a number of ways to stay active from the moment you arrive on campus in September.
The fitness centre allows you to give yourself a total body workout with cardio machines, weight-lifting machines and free weights.
Get fit and make new friends in a community atmosphere with our fun and invigorating fitness programs. Sign up for individual programs including dance, yoga, group cycling, martial arts, and group fitness, or register for a CUFit Pass to get access to a variety of classes that work within your changing schedule. There are daily recreation times for Carleton students, faculty, and staff. All you need is your Campus Card to play sports such as badminton, basketball, soccer, squash, tennis, volleyball, hockey, and skating. Additionally, Carleton has a 40 metre indoor swimming pool and an Ice House.
The From Intention to Action (FIT: Action) program supports undergraduate and graduate students in the often stressful university experience. FIT: Action helps students to better manage stress and improve their academic performance, by navigating the personal stressors that can often get in the way of school. FIT: Action students meet 1-on-1 with a Coordinator for 1 hour every week for 12 consecutive weeks. The Paul Menton Centre provides access for students with disabilities to academic accommodations and support services.
If you’re looking for peer support, one CUSA’s eleven service centres can support you. The Wellness Centre is a peer-to-peer mentorship centre, focusing on helping you care for your physical, mental and emotional health. In addition to the Wellness Centre, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre as well as the Womxn’s Centre provide space for to receive peer mentorship and access resources.
Students who have disclosed that they have experienced sexual violence will be provided support services and will be treated with dignity and respect at all times by the University and its representatives. A person affected by sexual violence is not required to report an incident of or make a complaint about sexual violence under the formal complaint process of the Sexual Violence Policy in order to obtain support and services, or in order to receive appropriate accommodation for their needs.
Carleton offers many resources on campus to help support your mental health and well-being, from self-help to more intensive individual support. Confidential personal counselling services are available to you as a current Carleton Student. Counselling can help you alleviate distress and promote healthy functioning by providing short-term counselling services. If you live in residence, there is a satellite office of Health and Counselling Services open exclusively for students who live in residence. If you are an international student, there are counselling services available to you as well. Students with disabilities have access to both disability-related and academic counselling services through the PMC.
If you are looking for tools and resources to help you manage your own emotional well-being without the help of a counsellor, then the TAO Self-Help provides self-directed modules and practice tools to help you learn positive skills for personal growth-or to assist you in bouncing back from life’s disappointments and frustrations.
If you are a parent or guardian of a future Raven check out CU Parents to learn more about supporting your student as they transition to life at Carleton.