Health, Well-being & Safety
Health, Well-being & Safety (HWS) is a newly created division made up of nine departments that are dedicated to listening, supporting, and providing UC Riverside students with helpful resources and services for your overall safety and well-being.
The vision for HWS is to be a model of excellence in higher education by providing students the best campus environment to thrive, enhance, sustain, and support their personal growth and academic goals, ultimately making a positive impact in communities throughout California, nationally, and worldwide.
The mission of the division is to raise awareness and provide students with an inclusive framework of services, resources, and programs that cultivate community and a holistic approach to the campus environment by supporting diversity and student success through an integrated culture of wellness.
Welcome from Dr. Woods
Check Out Upcoming HWS Events
The various departments of Health, Well-being & Safety plan and schedule lots of fun and interesting events to support your overall wellness. From meditation workshops to free food on campus, you'll want to visit our Events page frequently to see what's coming up next!
UCR Values Freedom of Speech
Freedom of speech and expression are values that UCR respects and encourages. This includes opinions that challenge and encourage robust debate, action, and inquiry. The safety of our community is tandem with the right to free expression, and UCR will ensure that both are treated fairly. Please visit our new Free Speech website for more information about how UCR respects and upholds the right to free speech and expression.
Let's Do R Part
This fall, UC Riverside is welcoming many students, faculty, and staff to campus for the first time in 18 months. Each of us has a responsibility to ourselves and the UCR community to make this campus return as safe as possible. Let’s Do R Part to stop the spread of COVID-19 at UCR! Get vaccinated. Wear face coverings. Keep informed. Visit campusreturn.ucr.edu to learn more.
If you are experiencing basic needs challenges, such as food insecurity, housing displacement/homelessness, or financial crisis, we encourage you to reach out to us for assistance. Every day, Highlanders just like you (both undergraduate and graduate students) take advantage of available resources like the R'Pantry — for food, hygiene products, and childcare items. In addition, we offer currently enrolled students emergency housing assistance, application assistance for CalFresh, and emergency grant support through our Economic Crisis Response Team.
Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE)
CARE is an intervention and prevention support program committed to ending sexual violence at UCR. CARE seeks to unite, inspire and cultivate a community culture of care by providing direct advocacy, resources, and prevention educational programming related to issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking to students, staff, faculty, and UCR affiliates.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS professionals provide a range of programs to promote mental health, emotional resilience, and well-being throughout the campus community. Clinical services include individual counseling and group therapy, as well as psychiatric services. All services are free, confidential, and provided by a diverse and multiculturally competent professional staff.
Healthy Campus collaborates with campus and community partners to create a campus culture of health by incorporating health into all policies, programs, services, and learning, teaching, and working environments.
Student Affairs Case Management
If you're struggling with an issue, whether it’s medical, psychological, psychiatric, social, financial, or academic, Case Managers will listen, help you brainstorm, problem solve, and ultimately connect you to the right resources. Case Managers work closely with all academic and Health, Well-being & Safety departments to help students reach their goals.
Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC)
The Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) provides a wide range of free, voluntary, and confidential services to regularly enrolled UCR students with permanent or temporary disabilities. The center works with academic and support departments around the university to ensure that all students have equal access to campus life.
Student Health Services (SHS)
If you’re injured, require dental or lab work, or need to fill a prescription, the SHS team of physicians, dentists, clinical lab scientists, and pharmacists can help. SHS offers on-campus primary care and psychiatric services, as well as referrals to off-campus specialists, programs, and resources. SHS also administers the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UCSHIP) on campus. UCSHIP is a systemwide plan providing enhanced health benefits to all enrolled students.
UC Police Department, Riverside (UCPD)
The mission of UCPD is to ensure the quality of life on campus by providing a safe and secure environment through professional service to the university community. In order to be successful in this mission, UCPD needs to maintain the public's trust and pursue a partnership with our community.
The Well is UCR's health promotion department, providing students with health education tools, knowledge, resources, and supplies to keep themselves as healthy as possible so they can succeed at UCR and beyond. The Well also offers opportunities for peer engagement, support, leadership, and professional development. Visit The Well’s website and social media to find out more about walk-in hours, appointments for health coaching and health-supporting supplies, and ways to get involved in health promotion efforts across campus.