Health and Wellness

  • Health Services

    Davison Health Center
    327 High Street

    Wesleyan University’s Davison Health Center is staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, a physician associate, and nursing personnel who provide comprehensive primary care services for illness or injury to students. The staff provides an array of clinical and health education services, including assessment and treatment of illnesses and injuries, health, wellness, disease prevention counseling, nutritional counseling, international travel counseling, immunizations, allergy injections, HIV testing and counseling, and referral to outside specialists. The Health Center provides basic laboratory testing and a dispensary for many prescription and over-the-counter medications. In addition, the staff works closely with the Director of Health Education to promote health education and wellness programs on campus.

    For more information, contact: Joyce Walter, director 685-2470

    Operating Hours (When classes are in session)

    Monday –Thursday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

    Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Saturday 12 noon –4 p.m.

    The Health Center is closed during academic breaks and summer.

    Students are encouraged to make appointments; however, walk-in visits are available for urgent care.

    When the Health Center is closed, our physician staff is on call and available to speak with students by phone. An On-Call Message Center is available to handle calls when the Health Center is closed.

    Dial 685-2470 to access the following menu:

    • You have reached the Wesleyan University Health Service On-Call Message Center, designed to assist you when the Health Center is closed. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 12 noon to 4 p.m. If this is a medical emergency, please hang up and dial x3333 for Public Safety, or x9911.

    • If you are calling for the Office of Behavioral Health, please hang up and dial x2910.

    • If you have a nonurgent question, need a medication refill, or wish to schedule an appointment, please press 1.

    • If you have a problem or question that you feel cannot wait until the office is open, please press 2.

    • If you are a hospital or emergency room physician calling, please press 3.

    Choice 1: You have reached the Wesleyan Health Service Message Center. At the tone, please state your name, phone number, and message, and a Health Center Staff member will return your call on the next day that the office is open. If you have reached this message line in error, please hang up and try again.

    Choice 2: You have reached the Wesleyan Health Center Urgent Message Center. At the tone, please state your full name, phone number, and the reason for which you are calling, and the doctor on-call will be paged and return your call. If you have reached this message line in error, please hang up and call again.

    Choice 3: You have reached the Wesleyan Health Service Private Physician line. If you are calling from a hospital or emergency room, at the tone, please leave your name, phone number, and the name of the patient, and the doctor on call will return your call.

  • Counseling and Psychological Services

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to all students for consultation and for treatment of emotional problems. All contacts are strictly confidential. Appointments are scheduled during the day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Evening and weekend availability is provided on a rotating basis by the staff, making 24-hour, seven-day-a-week coverage available when undergraduate classes are in session. Individual and group therapy is offered according to a time-limited model (an evaluation session and then up to 10 sessions, if needed); students can also sign up for a consultation if they wish to talk over a particular issue or situation with a professional in the context of a single meeting. In addition, workshops are scheduled each semester on a variety of topics, which may include stress reduction, time management, eating disorders, and sexual abuse. Student support groups under the aegis of the behavioral health services also exist for issues that include death and dying, eating disorders, and alcohol/substance abuse.

    For more information, contact: Dr. Jennifer D'Andrea 685-3144.

  • WESWell, the Health Education Program

    Davison Health Center, 327 High Street

    The mission of WesWELL, the Health Education Program at Wesleyan University, is to present up-to-date information on health issues. It also encourages students to make the kinds of choices in regard to themselves and their environment that will contribute to their personal growth and enhance not only their well being but that of the entire Wesleyan community. The educational programs offered by the Health Education Program cover a wide range of topics such as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, nutrition, sexuality, sexual misconduct, sexually transmitted diseases, stress, and fitness.

    The program operates on three distinct but complementary levels:

    The health and wellness educator offers health information, resources, and referrals to individual students who are in personal need or who are doing research on a health-related topic. Journals, books, videos, and Internet access are available in the resource library.

    The health and wellness educator recruits and coordinates the training of student peer educators who then do educational outreach programs for other students. The health educator also advises the students who are residents of the Well-Being House and Halls.

    The Health Education Program sponsors campus wide outreach and awareness programs on various health issues for all students, staff, and faculty. The office is located in Davison Health Center. It has an open, friendly atmosphere, and students can drop in without an appointment.

    Office hours are:

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

    For more information, please visit the web site:

  • Physical Education/Department of Athletics

    Freeman Athletic Center

    Physical education at Wesleyan has several goals. It promotes good health through programs of physical fitness. It teaches physical skills and encourages their mastery. It encourages disciplined physical testing of personal mettle. It builds teams and fosters the pursuit of solidarity, cohesive power, efficiency, and excellence. It provides opportunity and incentive for recreational sport of a sort that contributes not only to good health but also to a fuller understanding of the importance of physical activity in mature life.

    Freeman Athletic Center

    161 Cross Street

    Main Entrance
    Monday – Friday: 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
    Saturday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

    South Entrance
    Monday – Friday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m.–5:45 p.m.

    Monday – Friday:  8:30 a.m.– 4::30 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

    Monday – Friday : 7:15 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Lap swim
    10:00 a.m.–12 noon PE classes
    12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Lap swim
    4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Lap swim
    Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Lap swim
    Sunday: 2:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Lap/family swim

    Bacon Field House and Fitness Center
    Monday – Friday: 7 a.m.–8:45 p.m.
    Saturday: 8 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
    Sunday: 11 a.m.–5:45 p.m.

    Equipment Room
    Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.–8:45 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

    Towels distributed at monitor station.

    Check out the athletic Web site at:

    Intercollegiate Athletics

    A. NESCAC Presidents’ Statement on Abusive Drinking

    In addition to being partners in athletic competition, the 11 colleges and universities comprising the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) are united in efforts to provide safe environments in which students may mature intellectually and socially.

    Recognizing that social life plays a role in the college experience, each campus has increased its efforts to encourage students to make responsible choices. Each school takes a strong stand against substance abuse, including alcohol. While the vast majority of students at NESCAC institutions who choose to drink alcohol do so responsibly, each school has disciplinary and educational programs in place for students who misuse alcohol and other substances.

    Additionally, all of the conference schools expressly prohibit hazing.

    NESCAC member institutions include Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, Williams College.

    B. Team Initiations and Hazing Policy

    Varsity and club sport team initiations, which include hazing, are dangerous to the safety of the student-athletes and are prohibited. Also, any varsity team event that is organized by team members that includes the use of alcohol is a violation of the department alcohol policy. (See Athletics Department Manual, section 3.8.) Team initiations that are intended to create team spirit or a bonding of team members are not inherently bad. However, often these events include some ritual or tradition that includes excessive drinking. Most often, these events are to indoctrinate first-year team members into the team. These individuals are usually under 21 years of age, and providing them with alcohol is a violation of the state of Connecticut laws and the Wesleyan University Code of Non-Academic Conduct. Students violating this code are subject to disciplinary action by the Student Judiciary Board. Team initiations may also place team members in violation of the anti-hazing law of the state of Connecticut. Team hazing or initiations often include any act, whether physical, mental, emotional, or psychological, that subjects another person, voluntarily or involuntarily, to anything that may abuse, mistreat, degrade, humiliate, harass, or intimidate him/her or that may in any fashion compromise his/her inherent dignity as a person.

    In addition, any requirement by a member of an organization that compels another member to participate in any activity that is against Wesleyan University’s Code of Non-Academic Conduct or state/federal law will be defined as hazing. Coaches are to inform team members well before the beginning of the season not to hold such events. As well, a copy of this policy is to be distributed to each team member and posted in the team locker room at the beginning of the season.

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