Healthy Campus Framework

Commitments of Healthy Campus Framework

Student SuccessStudent Success

Both process and outcome, SJSU defines student success as ownership of one’s own educational and intellectual development as it contributes to personal identity and maximizing potential. While student success can be measured by retention and graduation rates, the ultimate goal of our efforts is to produce citizens who possess intellectual, social and life skills that are adaptable, culturally respectful, transformative, productive, and responsible. (SJSU Center for Student and Faculty Success)


A state of physical, emotional, and social well-being, a resource for living, and not merely the absence of disease. (World Health Organization)


A conscious, self-directed, and evolving process of achieving balance and integration across eight essential elements: Physical, emotional, social, multicultural, intellectual, spiritual, environmental, and occupational. (National Wellness Institute) See the Eight Dimensions of Wellness.

Health PromotionHealth Promotion

Any combination of education and environmental supports that enable people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. The goal of health promotion is to make the healthy choice the easy choice. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy People 2020)


Successful students typically feel connected to their institution, participate in activities beyond the classroom, and have a meaningful network of peers, friends, advisors, and mentors. The Healthy Campus priorities will support this key pillar of student success while contributing to healthy development and positive health behaviors. (SJSU Four Pillars of Student Success)


A healthy campus is welcoming and inviting to all individuals and all communities. San José State University defines diversity as the active appreciation, engagement, and support of all campus members in terms of their backgrounds, identities, and experiences (SJSU Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). Diversity is our commonwealth, an asset for personal growth, and one of the deep roots of our unique university identity. Our expanded campaign slogan, “SJSU Treat Yourself Well” is a call to collectively treasure our diverse community and all that it offers. 


We recognize community as between us, and around us. As SJSU President Mary Papazian stated in her inaugural address, “Our people are our legacy. And they are our promise.” The Division of Student Affairs asserts that community starts with how we treat ourselves and each other. A healthy community promotes quality of life and a sense of belonging for all by making the place we are, the place we want to be.