Faculty & Staff: Syllabus Statement & Teaching Resources


Syllabus Statement

A mental health statement sends a positive message of support for your student’s wellbeing. The suggested statement is included in the Office of the Provost General Education Course Syllabi Required Elements where you can also find language on Community of Care, students with disabilities, sexual misconduct reporting obligation and more. 

The statement can be added to course syllabi, advising newsletters, office memos, and even email signature lines – whatever makes the most sense within the context the faculty or staff member is interacting with students.

Mental Health Statement

Significant stress, mood changes, excessive worry, substance/alcohol misuse or interferences in eating or sleep can have an impact on academic performance, social development, and emotional wellbeing. The University of Illinois offers a variety of confidential services including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, psychiatric services, and specialized screenings which are covered through the Student Health Fee. If you or someone you know experiences any of the above mental health concerns, it is strongly encouraged to contact or visit any of the University’s resources provided below.  Getting help is a smart and courageous thing to do for yourself and for those who care about you.

  • Counseling Center (217) 333-3704
  • McKinley Health Center (217) 333-2700
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
  • Rosecrance Crisis Line (217) 359-4141 (available 24/7, 365 days a year)

This statement is approved by the University of Illinois Counseling Center.

Resources for Your Continued Learning

Creating a Student-Focused Syllabi: A Tool for Instructors

Creating a Student-Focused Syllabi: A Tool for Instructors

This checklist from the University of British Columbia is intended as a reflection tool that provides you with opportunities to design your course syllabi through the lens of supporting the wellbeing and learning of undergraduate students at UBC. On this checklist, you may notice elements that you already use.

Download the PDF Checklist


Teaching Practices That Promote Student Wellbeing

Teaching Practices That Promote Student Wellbeing

This reflection tool from the University of British Columbia is designed to give you an opportunity to think about your teaching practices through the lens of promoting student wellbeing. In this list, you may notice teaching practices that you already use. We invite you to identify and consider adopting one or two new teaching practices into your work.

Download the PDF Reflection Tool

Helpful Resources

Core Campus Resources

24 Hour Resources

After Hours Support

  • Emergency Dean After Hours Support for Health and Safety Emergencies for Students