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Student Health Services

Location: Student Health and Wellness Center - Room 119
Phone: (435) 797-1660
Fax: (435) 797-8010
Email: ryan.barfuss@usu.edu

Mission & Services

Our Mission

The Student Wellness Center's mission is to assist students, staff, and faculty in the development of life skills necessary to enhance their personal wellness and ability to be successful in the five areas of life which are: Physical; Mental/Emotional; Social; Economical, and Spiritual.


Health and Wellness Educational programs and presentations provided to all student organizations such as fraternities, sororities, residence halls, athletic teams, campus based student clubs, etc., around such topics as balanced lifestyle, decision-making, conflict resolution, coping techniques, relationship and people skills, alcohol and other drug use/abuse, sexuality, sexual assault, date/acquaintance rape, HIV/AIDS and STD's, nutrition, exercise, helmet and seat belt safety, as well as other safety concerns.

Student Peer Education and Mentoring Groups volunteer as educators using workshops, theater, presentations, activities, and mentoring as educational tools. Known as S.T.O.P. (Students Taking Over Prevention), the Student Wellness Center Student volunteer organization encompasses work on health issues from the five areas of life especially Alcohol and Other Drug use and abuse, healthy relationships, sexual assault, date/acquaintance rape. SAM's (Student Athlete Mentors) teach and mentor incoming freshmen and transfer athletes and ATOD Facilitators are peer educators for the 17-hour Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Education class.

Programs and Awareness campaigns sponsored each year include National Collegiate Alcohol & Drug Awareness Weeks, National Drunk and Drugged Driving Week, National Safe Spring And Summer Breaks, National Red Ribbon Week, Student Health Fair, National AIDS Day, and other campus-wide educational events.

In-service training is provided for students, faculty and staff on signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug abuse, health and legal consequences, and campus and community resources for help with this problem.

Referral services uphold USU's policy on alcohol and other drug use and misuse by providing brief intervention and comprehensive education and referral services for students, faculty, and staff.

Alcohol and Other Drug Education 12-Hour Class is required for judicially mandated students found in violation of USU policy, but is also open to any student interested in examining the way they use alcohol and other drugs. The class is peer-facilitated and introduces students to the problems substances can cause in the lives of individuals, families and society.

Support Groups facilitate 12-step recovery groups such as Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous. Information is available for other community support groups such as Al-Anon and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics).

Research to determine the actual extent of alcohol and other drug use on campus, as well as other health concerns, and to compare the results with national and state norms whenever feasible.