Notices to Students

Notices to Students: The Office of the Registrar periodically notifies students about services and deadlines via their ONID email accounts. Advisors may see which messages are sent to particular students and the dates the Office of the Registrar anticipates sending the notice.

Click here for emails sent to student populations via student communications.

Click here to see Graduation Notices to Students.

 

When

Purpose

Description

Who gets it

Multiple times throughout the term

Grading Basis Reversion from S/U to A-F

Notifies the student if we revert their elected grading basis from S/U back to A–F due to AR 20 which states the student may not have previously taken a course for which they are electing S/U grading, for a letter grade.

Any student that has previously taken a course for a letter grade and tries to S/U the same course in the current term.

Multiple times throughout the term

PAC/MUP/ALS Couse Limit Reminder

Notifies the student when they have reached their repeat limit for PAC, MUP or ALS courses and/or if they have gone over the maximum allowable number of repeats. Tells the student that while they can still take the course it will no longer be included in their GPA or credit count towards graduation requirements.

Any student who has reached their maximum allowable repeat limit for PAC, MUP or ALS courses and are currently registered for additional credits in these courses.

Multiple times throughout the term

Withdrawn Course Limit Reminder Notice

Notifies the student of how many courses they have withdrawn from, and how many they may withdraw from in the future in accordance with AR 12 (A student may withdraw from no more than 12 courses while an undergraduate (including terms as a postbacc student).

Students who have withdrawn from a course for the term.

Multiple times throughout the term

Withdraw from the University Confirmation Notice

Notifies students they were successfully withdrawn from the university for the term by the Office of the Registrar after taking the ‘Withdraw from the University’ survey.

Students who have successfully completed the ‘Withdraw from the University’ survey.

Multiple times throughout the term

Withdraw from the University Unsuccessful Notice

Notifies students they unsuccessfully completed the ‘Withdraw from the University’ survey. Informs them that if they intend to withdraw from the university for the term, they will need to successfully retake the survey or no further action will be taken by the Office of the Registrar.

Students who did not successfully complete the ‘Withdraw from the University’ survey and need to retake it if they intend to withdraw from the university for the term.

Second Week of Sp Term

Summer Term Certification Information

Notifies students collecting VA benefits about the Summer Term Certification Process. The student must notify our office in writing if they would like to use their VA benefits for Summer Term. Also lets them know when we will pull our Certification Report and how the VA will pay out benefits for Summer Term. Summer Term has 6 different sessions instead of the standard 11-week term.

All students coded in Banner for VA benefits during Spring and Summer Term.

Seventh Week of Sp Term

Summer Term Certification Information reminder

Reminder email sent out to students about how the VA system works during the Summer Term, similar to email sent during the Second Week of Spring Term.

All students coded in Banner for VA benefits during Spring and Summer Term.

Tenth Week of Sp Term

Summer Term Certification Information reminder

Final reminder email sent out to students about how the VA system works during Summer Term, similar to email sent during the Second Week of Spring Term.

All students coded in Banner for VA benefits during Spring and Summer Term.

First Week of the term

"I/grade" One-year Notices

Notifies students that their "I/grade" will revert to the letter grade at the end of the term because the one-year deadline will expire. Intended to give students ample warning to complete the course before the grade reversion.

Students who have an "I/grade" that will revert to the letter grade at the end of the term because the one-year deadline is about to expire.

Second Week of the term

Academic Warning/Probation notices to VA students

Notifies students that they are either on Academic Warning or Probation and informs them of available resources on campus for tutoring or learning assistance. Also explains that if their academics continue to decline they will no longer be able to use their VA benefits.

Any student who is currently on Academic Warning/Probation.

Third Week of the term

AR 1 36 maximum credits for Non-degree seeking Students Notice

Notifies non-degree seeking students that they may only transfer 36 non-degree credits to degree-seeking credits and tells them how close they are to the limit. If students attempt to go over the 36 credits as non-degree seeking students, they will have a hold placed on their account. To remove the hold, they may either become a degree-seeking student or send a written request to the Office of the Registrar acknowledging the hold and that only the latest 36 credits over the limit will be transferred should they ever seek a degree program.

Any currently registered non-degree seeking student.

Third Week of the term

"I/grade" Graduation Notice

Notifies student who intend to graduate at the end of the current term that they have outstanding "I/grade(s)" that may affect their graduation and/or permanent record if they are unresolved at the end of the term.

Students who have an active graduation application for the current term and have an unresolved "I/grade".

Fourth Week of the term

3 Term Clean Up for accurate VA numbers

Every term we review our current Veteran students for registration. If the student has not registered for a class within the past three terms (including the current term), we send a notification to the student asking if he or she is still an active student at OSU. Before the email goes out we remove any future term coding in Banner designating them as a Veteran student collecting a VA benefit. If they are still active then we ask that they respond to the email and let us know.

Any student who has not had registration at OSU for at least 3 terms.

Fourth Week of the term

Rights & Responsibilities to new students

Notifies students of their rights and responsibilities as a student collecting a VA benefit at OSU. Discusses Unsatisfactory Academic Progress and general rules governing the use of VA benefits towards their academic goals.

All new students.

Fifth Week of the term

Reverse Transfer Notice

Notifies students who are part of the DPP program with LBCC that we are sending their OSU transcripts to LBCC. The purpose is to see if the OSU courses help the student qualify for an Associate’s degree through LBCC.

Students who are enrolled at OSU and are part of the DPP program with LBCC.

Eight Week of the term

Future Term certification information

Notifies all current students when we will pull registration reports for the upcoming term. Advises the student to please be fully registered at that time. If they cannot complete registration at that time they are asked to notify our office for a certification hold.

All students coded in Banner for VA benefits.

Tenth Week of the term

Future Term certification information reminder

Email reminder about when we will pull registration reports for the following term.

All students coded in Banner for VA benefits.

13th Week of the term

"I/grade" Received for the Term Notice

Notifies the student that they have received an "I/grade" for the term. It also provides information on how to resolve the "I/grade", information about deadlines, and what will happen when the grade reverts to the alternate grade.

Students who receive an "I/grade" for the term just completed.

13th Week of the term

Removed from a Course for Not Meeting the Prereq Notice

Notifies students that the Office of the Registrar has removed them from a course in the current/future term because they have failed to meet the course prerequisite(s), often by failing the prerequisite course in the term that just ended.

Students who have been removed from a course for failure to meet the prerequisites.

13th Week of the term

Academic Warning/Probation/Suspension Notices

Notifies students who have been placed on warning/probation/suspension the reason for their current academic standing. Lists resources to help improve their academic standing, and what will happen if their academic standing does not improve.

All students who have been placed on academic warning/probation/suspension for the term just completed.

Graduation Notices to Students

When

Purpose

Description

Who gets it

Fifth Week of the term

Graduation Application Procedures and Eligibility

This letter informs seniors that they are qualified to apply for graduation if they intend to graduate in the next 3 terms. It also gives them instructions on how to apply for graduation.

All seniors and post-baccalaureates with >135 hours who have no graduation application entered in Banner for the current or upcoming two terms.

Seventh Week of the term (Third Week of Summer Term)

Important Graduation Information

This notice gives students information about their graduation status after the term ends, the timeline of degree clearance, diploma pick-up methods, and transcripts. For Spring term expected graduates, general Commencement information is also included.

All students who have a pending graduation application on file for the current term.

Tenth Week of the Term and the Week Before the Term Starts

Deficiency Notice regarding Graduation Requirements

This letter alerts students of their missing requirements to ensure that they are fully informed of any issues that might prevent them from graduating during their expected term and gives them the opportunity to consult with their advisors and the Office of the Registrar to resolve these issues.

All students who have a graduation application on file for next graduation term.

Fourth Week of Winter Term

Spring Commencement Ceremony Registration

This email conveys information regarding the Spring Commencement ceremony and includes registration instructions.

All students who are eligible to attend Commencement, but have not yet registered.

Second Week  of Spring Term

Grad Fair Reminder and Financial Aid Repayment Information

Reminds students of upcoming opportunities at the Grad Fair and provides dates of important financial aid repayment workshops.

All students who have applied for graduation during Spring term or who have graduated during the prior Fall or Winter terms.

Tenth Week of Spring Term

Graduation Holds and Commencement Participation

Provides alert that there are graduation holds in place that will prevent students from receiving their diploma at the Commencement ceremony.

All students who have applied to graduate during Spring term, are participating in the Commencement ceremony, and have graduation holds in place.

 

Tenth Week of Spring Term

Commencement Instructions for Future Summer and Fall Term Expected Graduates

Reminds these students that they will not receive their diploma at the Commencement ceremony, and that pending completion of their degree, their diploma will be available after degree clearance has been completed. This also includes information about how to obtain diplomas once degrees are cleared and awarded.

All students who have applied to graduate in the future Summer or Fall terms, and have registered to participate in Commencement.

After degrees have been awarded – multiple times a term

Congratulations, You’ve Graduated!

This is sent out to congratulate graduates of OSU and to provide answers to questions regarding diploma pick-up methods, transcripts, etc.

All students whose degrees are awarded.

After degree audit process is complete 

Cancelled Graduation Application Notice

This email and letter informs students that their graduation application was cancelled due to unresolved deficiencies, and gives instructions about next steps.

Students who have graduation applications that were cancelled by the Office of the Registrar.

After degrees have been awarded – multiple times per term

Diploma Notification

This outlines the methods that are available for graduated students to pick up their diplomas.

All students that have graduated and who have not picked up or requested their diplomas.

Log of Emails Sent to Students via Student Communications

The emails below were approved by the OSU Registrar to be sent to Student Communications listserves.

Dear OSU Community,

Welcome to the beginning of a new academic year. With today marking the start of classes, we wanted to share the following reminder regarding the upcoming Jewish high holy days. Over the last few weeks, we have been working with our Jewish colleagues, advisors and specific student groups, to support their planning for these religious observances and to identify how students and OSU employees can best access resources.

OSU is committed to honoring these holidays, and understands that since they are falling during the first days of Fall term, it may not be possible for students to contact faculty for accommodations in advance as outlined in our religious accommodations policy. For this reason, we request that faculty work with students who miss classes on September 20, 21 or 22, 2017 due to this religious holiday, and provide accommodations to make up any missed work deliverables or in-class material within a reasonable amount of time.

Below is information about spaces throughout the campus community that have been identified as “Quiet Spaces,” by individuals looking for spaces for meditation, reflection and prayer specifically on September 21. Below you will also find information about different dining and food options available on campus, as well as local information for services.

For additional information, please review the OSU Policy of Non-discrimination on the Basis of Religion. If you have any questions, concerns or recommendations, please do not hesitate to directly contact the Office of Student Life or OSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

September 21 & 22 Rosh Hashanah – OSU Resources

Quiet spaces:

Quiet spaces are available on campus in the Student Experience Center 3rd floor (Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 8am-8pm and Friday from 8am-5pm) and in the Intercultural Living Learning Center Multi-Faith Room. The Cultural Resource Centers have the following quiet spaces available: Asian & Pacific Cultural Center quiet space, Lonnie B Harris Black Cultural Center quiet space, Centro Cultural César Chávez quiet space, Ettihad Cultural Center quiet space, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws Sacred Space, Pride Center reflection garden, and Women's Center quiet lounge. No reservations are required. These spaces are open on a first-come, first serve basis.

Dining and Food Options:

Any student practicing a Kosher diet, who needs help to develop a plan that will meet dietary needs for this holiday and beyond; who may have suggestions such as specific foods that could be added to our convenience stores and dining halls; or who needs to discuss access to space for meal preparations, etc., should contact Tara Sanders, Registered Dietitian in University Housing and Dining Services by calling 541-737-3915 (office) or 541-602-9736 (cell).

Additionally, food in all UHDS dining centers is labeled for dietary preferences and allergen needs. UHDS carries many Halal and Kosher certified packaged goods as well as a variety of whole foods (fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grains) at Cascadia Market in the International Living Learning Center building.

For more information about all available food options, restaurants and menus, please visit the University Housing & Dining Services website. You can also directly contact the department of Housing & Dining Services with suggestions.

Local Synagogues/Services observing Rosh Hashanah:

Oregon State Hillel, the home for Jewish life on Campus, will be hosting an Erev Rosh Hashanah picnic noshing dinner followed by carpooling to Beit Am (the local synagogue) services. Please see their Facebook page for details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OSUHillel/ Beit Am – http://beitam.org/

  • College students and members of other synagogues are welcome. Please let them know if you would like to attend services by contacting their office via e-mail at office@beitam.org.
  • Unless noted on Beit Am’s website, all Rosh Hashanah services will be held at the Universal Unitarian Fellowship, located at 2945 N.W. Circle Blvd. in Corvallis. A detailed list of services can be found on their website.

Students wishing to join Oregon Hillel in Eugene are welcome to attend.

Thank you for assisting our students in balancing their pressing academic concerns and important religious obligations. I wish you all a great academic year.

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Student Life
Melissa.Morgan@oregonstate.edu

 

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Members of the Oregon State University community,

Oregon State University is pleased to announce the launch of a renewed Code of Student Conduct to enhance the university’s ability to create and maintain safe and equitable environments for our students to learn, explore, work, innovate and thrive.

The renewed code takes effect Sept. 11 and key enhancements include:

  • Well-defined expectations outlining student accountability in diverse learning environments, including online and off-campus settings.
  • Clarified expectations for the behavior of students and student organizations.
  • Clear descriptions of the student conduct processes including administrative conferences, committee hearings, appeals process and disciplinary sanctions.
  • Centralized and streamlined processes for resolving allegations of academic misconduct.
  • Refined processes for adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Code of Student Conduct was revised after evaluating Title IX requirements and feedback from internal and external reviews and student focus groups. The revised code reflects strong, ongoing collaboration and leadership between students, the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, all university colleges, Faculty Senate, Academic Regulations Committee, the Office of Student Life, University Housing & Dining Services, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, and the ASOSU Office of Advocacy. Student Conduct & Community Standards staff members will continue to work with students and these varied university partners to develop expectations for behavior, and processes for addressing allegations of misconduct that promote a safe environment and that support the university’s values for student integrity, equity and respect for all.

As the new academic year begins, we look forward to welcoming both new and returning students to campus and providing students with an environment that supports student success. The staff of Student Conduct & Community Standards is here to provide information, guidance and support. We encourage you to reach out to our office at sccs@oregonstate.edu or by calling (541) 737- 3656 if you would like to learn more about changes to the Code of Student Conduct. The code is available at studentlife.oregonstate.edu/code.

Dan Larson
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Oregon State University
Dan.Larson@oregonstate.edu

Kim D. Kirkland, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Equal Opportunity and Access
Oregon State University
Kim.Kirkland@oregonstate.edu

Carol Millie
Director, Student Conduct & Community Standards
Oregon State University
Carol.Millie@oregonstate.edu

 

Members of the Oregon State University community,

Yesterday, the national credit monitoring company, Equifax, announced that it had been the victim of a major data breach. In that breach, personally identifiable information of nearly half of the U.S. population was compromised. This security breach includes information such as social security numbers and dates of birth. There is a strong chance that either you, or a member of your family will be impacted by this breach.

While Oregon State University was not directly connected with the Equifax data breach, we are writing to inform you of immediate actions that we advise will help protect you personally from identity theft in the wake of this event.

To help guide you through those actions, we’ve set up a web page with our recommendations: http://is.oregonstate.edu/ois/office-information-security/equifax-data-breach

We will continue to monitor this event and post updates to this web page as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Dave

Dave Nevin | Chief Information Security Officer | Information Services | Oregon State University A008 Kerr Admin Bldg | Corvallis, OR 97331

 

Members of the Oregon State University community,

I write to assure you that Oregon State University’s support for its students with DACA, undocumented students and students from mixed-immigration status families remains unwavering despite the U.S. Department of Justice announcing this morning that in six months it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

Since 2012, DACA has provided temporary protection against deportation for young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors. Rescinding DACA will negatively affect students attending Oregon State and many thousands of university and college students nationwide.

We strongly support bi-partisan efforts by members of Congress to find a solution that will ensure that these young people are able to remain in the U.S. and contribute to society by attending college, working and paying taxes, improving their communities, and serving in the military.

In the meantime, OSU will continue to enroll and look for ways to assist DACA students, as well as undocumented students, and students from mixed-immigration status families.

We encourage students impacted directly by today’s announcement to contact Janet Nishihara, director of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), at janet.nishihara@oregonstate.edu or by calling (541) 737-3628. EOP is prepared to provide all OSU students with guidance on university resources.

As members of the Oregon State community, I ask you to get involved in this matter. Acting with understanding and compassion is one way. Faculty, staff and students can learn what more they can do by reviewing the university’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student FAQs.” A recorded informational session “Advising Students on DACA and Undocumented Status Issues” is also a helpful resource. Finally, I urge you to call upon your Congressional leaders to act quickly and with a moral imperative to defend and retain DACA.

I will continue to work with university and college leaders nationwide to identify with our elected leaders, a viable and compassionate approach for continuing support of our DACA students. Meanwhile, OSU will continue to monitor closely this matter and will provide updates as they become available.

Please join with me to do everything in our power to ensure that Oregon State University is an inclusive and safe community that supports equal opportunity for education and the opportunity for all to succeed.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Members of the Oregon State University community,

I am writing to provide an update on an important university-wide process that we will conduct in fall term to evaluate the names and namesakes of four buildings on the Corvallis campus.

Buildings and places play a very important role in our university. When OSU names a building, that name and building speak to the university’s values and its mission, as well as our collective work to create inclusivity and recognize the positive contributions of all those associated with the university.

Over the past two years, a number of OSU community members have raised concerns regarding several buildings whose namesakes may have held or espoused views that were exclusionary or inconsistent with the university’s values. These buildings are Avery Lodge, Arnold Dining Center, Benton Hall and Gill Coliseum.

I have asked the Office of Institutional Diversity, the OSU Architectural Naming Committee and a special Building and Place Name Evaluation workgroup made up of faculty, staff and students to undertake a full and transparent historical review of these buildings and their namesakes. This review builds on a process first announced last school year and will engage the entire university community and OSU stakeholders to learn about and discuss these buildings and their names.

Once this review and gathering of community input is completed, I will meet with and review recommendations from the Architectural Naming Committee and the Building and Place Name Evaluation workgroup as to whether these buildings will retain their current names or have their names changed. I will announce my decision the week of Nov. 27.

Whether a building’s name is changed or not, it is important to learn from our history and permanent educational plaques and displays will be created to contextualize the history of each building and its name. Such transparent efforts are essential to our growth as an inclusive university community that is committed to success for all.

I encourage your involvement in this important process by first exploring a website created to inform and engage members of the OSU community and stakeholders. This website includes information on the scheduled evaluation process; information on each building; a set of FAQs; a comment tool for you to provide input to the evaluation process over the next few months; and contact information if you would like to email or speak personally with someone.

We will update this website frequently, including with a building history and namesake review currently being conducted by several noted scholars. Meanwhile, please plan to attend community dialogue sessions on Sept. 28 and Oct. 2 to learn about and offer your input on the building name evaluation process, and additional sessions that later will focus on the names of each of the four buildings. The schedule for these meetings is available on the website.

It is important that we not only examine the past but also that we openly consider how the names of buildings presently portray our values as a community and reflect on OSU’s mission. It is essential that we are cognizant of our history and learn from it. By doing so, we also join in the efforts of colleges and universities throughout the country that have taken up this important endeavor.

Please join me in this important process to examine our institution’s history as well as those associated with OSU so we can best serve our values and achieve our university’s mission in the 21st century.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Oregon State University Corvallis students,

Our campuses in Corvallis and Bend are hosting major events this coming weekend to celebrate the rare total solar eclipse that will bring an estimated 1 million people to Oregon. As well, we have international, national and regional media coming here to cover the eclipse.

In Corvallis, the OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience runs Saturday through Monday, Aug. 19-21. All OSU students are invited to participate in the great lineup of fun and educational activities, exhibits, talks, art and entertainment. Details about OSU eclipse events are available at oregonstate.edu/eclipse.

Your help is needed. We also hope you will consider volunteering as part of the OSU eclipse festival.

Here is information about volunteer opportunities, free solar eclipse glasses and free student admission to the Sunday night concert: go to http://signup.com/go/VfciEau to sign up to volunteer to welcome guests or help with activities. In appreciation, all volunteers will be entered in a drawing for an exclusive commemorative OSU150 eclipse tailgate blanket or Dutch Bros. gift card.

If you plan to view the eclipse on Aug. 21, you need to protect your eyes with special solar eclipse glasses or viewers, except during the short “totality” period when the sun is completely blocked. In Corvallis, totality will be from approximately 10:17 a.m. to 10:19 a.m. Looking directly at the sun can cause serious and permanent eye damage. Free glasses—limited to one per person—will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, and Thursday, Aug. 17, in the SEC Plaza. Beginning Aug. 16, free glasses will also be available at the Valley Library front desk.

Additional glasses for friends and family are readily available for purchase at local stores or online. Be sure the glasses have the ISO logo and state “Meets the Requirement for ISO 12312-2”.

Free outdoor concert for students to be held on Sunday. You are invited to attend this classic rock and soul blues concert in the MU Quad, featuring local favorite The Plaehn-Hino Blues Band and award-winning San Diego band Lady Dottie and the Diamonds. OSU students can attend free with your university ID card. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for seating. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friends and family who are not OSU students can purchase tickets for $15 each at tickettomato.com.

I hope you will join us to celebrate this eclipse experience, which for most of us will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. For more information, email eclipse2017@oregonstate.edu or jill.peters@oregonstate.edu.

See you at the eclipse!

Regards,

Steve Clark

Vice President

University Relations & Marketing

Oregon State University students,

As you likely know, a total solar eclipse will occur on Monday morning, Aug. 21, passing directly over the Willamette Valley and through Central Oregon on its way across the nation. As a result, Oregon is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of eclipse visitors from throughout the world. In anticipation, federal, state and local public agencies are preparing for significant traffic congestion and engaging in detailed advance safety plans.

Meanwhile, our Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses have extensive eclipse festival events planned for Aug. 19-21, including showcases of OSU Space Grant programs, as well as the innovative science and teaching conducted at the university. These eclipse activities include musical performances, public accommodations in our residence halls, and eclipse watch events.

With the travel safety of our students, employees and the public in mind, OSU leaders have decided to limit university operations on Aug. 21 to those providing basic services to the visiting public and those essential to maintaining campus safety and security.

As a result, classes will not be held, Monday, Aug. 21, and most OSU operations and campus buildings will be closed that day. University divisions located on the Corvallis campus that will be open and have extensive eclipse day plans include:

  • Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police
  • Student Health Services
  • University Housing and Dining Services
  • Memorial Union
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • University Relations and Marketing
  • Parking and Transportation Services
  • Facilities Services

Meanwhile, OSU-Cascades classes will be cancelled, however all campus buildings will remain open for eclipse programming.

We encourage you to engage with the many university employees and students, who are making plans for OSU Space Grant Festival activities in Corvallis, the Bend Eclipse Experience and Orange & Black Eclipse Festival in Central Oregon. These events will serve as a launch to OSU150 – the university’s celebration of its 150th anniversary as a public university.

Please check out OSU’s eclipse web page for more details.

Sincerely,

Mike Green, Interim Vice President, Finance and Administration

Rebecca Mathern, University Registrar

 

June 15, 2017

To the Oregon State University community,

I am writing regarding recent media coverage of events involving a member of the Oregon State baseball team Luke Heimlich.

The tragedy of sexual assault in our society is both horrific and heartbreaking. I have heard from many individuals who personally – or through loved ones – have experienced the distress of sexual assault. There is no closure. Survivors live with that horror the rest of their lives, but hopefully they can heal and recover. This story has triggered a great deal of sorrow and pain in other victims of sexual assault and among their loved ones. In the midst of all of this, my heart goes out to the young girl in this matter, who was the victim of wrongdoing.

I have taken time this week to think through these complex issues and to give Luke the time and space he needed to determine how he wished to proceed. I believe he made the right initial decision for himself and for the team last Friday when he recused himself from pitching for the team in the NCAA Super Regional.

Yesterday, Luke decided that he would no longer represent the university this year as a member of the baseball team. As such, he will not participate in the NCAA College World Series nor travel with the OSU baseball team to Omaha. I concur with this decision as to do otherwise would certainly serve as a disruption and distraction to the team due to the significant public scrutiny that this matter has attracted. As well, I am mindful of the need for providing safety for all concerned that otherwise might be at risk during times of heightened emotions.

If Luke wishes to do so, I support him continuing his education at Oregon State and rejoining the baseball team next season.

At Oregon State University, we are in the business of transforming lives and creating opportunity for each student. I have always believed that education is a path to a more meaningful, responsible and productive life for everyone. I believe that every individual should have the opportunity to get an education. Therefore, I have long supported the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education to allow individuals to register for college admission without revealing a prior criminal record, except in specific circumstances.

The position that OSU has taken on criminal records in regards to admissions is consistent with the U.S. Department of Education Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge signed by universities and organizations nationally, such as Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, the University of California System, the University of Washington, Google, Starbucks, Xerox and many more. In September 2016 alone, there were 61 higher education signatories to this pledge representing 172 individual campuses serving more than 1.8 million students. Certainly, individual universities have their own specific registration requirements in troublesome cases where public safety considerations may be involved. Clearly, OSU is not an outlier in its admissions policies.

For purposes of employment or volunteer work with OSU, background checks are required for anyone – including students – seeking critical or security-sensitive positions – such as working with minors. Separately, OSU also receives reports through the Oregon State Police (OSP) in Salem of registered sex offenders (RSOs) who attend our university. Upon being notified by OSP, Oregon State’s departments of Human Resources, Student Affairs and Public Safety share that information on a need-to-know basis with those OSU managers who meet with the student and otherwise take actions to mitigate any community risks that might result from an RSO attending the university. For example, RSOs cannot live in OSU residence halls on campus, and are prohibited from working with or having unsupervised contact with juveniles. We also require students with criminal backgrounds to reveal this history if it involves crimes that would limit where a student would be allowed to study such as within a College of Education school counseling degree or teacher preparation programs. Students in these kinds of programs are specifically background checked by other public agencies before having certain types of access with minors off campus.

While at OSU, Luke has been in good academic standing, his participation as a student-athlete has been positive, and his presence on the team has been in compliance with existing OSU policies.

Moving forward, I will discuss with university colleagues a review of our policies. This review should consider the possibility that some offenses and situations are so serious that we should no longer let such a student represent the university in athletic competition and other high-profile activities sponsored by the university by virtue of their offense. Such individuals could still enroll as a student in the university with appropriate risk mitigation. Any potential change in existing admission criteria will be implemented for students entering the university beginning in fall 2018.

The safety and security of OSU’s students will always be our paramount concern, and we will continue to review our policies to ensure that they are aligned with the best interests of the OSU community.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Oregon State University students,

You already may have read or heard about an article published today on OregonLive and in The Oregonian questioning the university's admissions policies. This news story also provided information regarding a reported past sexual offense conviction involving an individual, who is now enrolled as an Oregon State University student.

I find this account disturbing and want to let you know that OSU does not condone the conduct as reported. But we also understand that this case involves a criminal matter that was previously addressed by the judicial system in the state of Washington.

We take this issue very seriously, and I want to be clear that each day the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is Oregon State University’s number one priority. Our policies and procedures seek to provide a safe learning environment for our entire community and to ensure that all prospective and current students are treated fairly and equitably.

By university policy, all OSU students – including student-athletes – are subject to the same academic criteria, admissions standards, codes of conduct and community standards while applying to and attending the university. OSU follows U.S. Department of Education recommendations that universities not allow a person’s criminal history to affect disproportionately a student’s access to higher education and opportunity for a better life.

It is the policy and practice of OSU that upon learning that a student is a registered sex offender, representatives from Oregon State Student Affairs and the Department of Public Safety meet with the student immediately and coordinate with other departments as needed to mitigate risks associated with a student’s attendance at the university. Under the university’s practices, students who are listed as registered sex offenders are prohibited from living in Oregon State residence halls and from working directly with minors through any of our student employment, teaching, volunteer or outreach programs.

As is the case in all university matters – and most particularly as it regards safety – Oregon State continually reviews its policies and practices to ensure that they are aligned with – and serve – the best interests of the OSU community, and particularly our student body. To learn more about our university processes, please read the university’s statement regarding today’s news account.

While many of you will soon leave for summer breaks, jobs, travel, research and other activities, we are here to help members of our university community who may feel impacted by today’s developments. Regardless of your summer whereabouts, if you are a student who feels a need to confidentially contact our OSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), please call 541-737-2131 or e-mail: caps@oregonstate.edu.

In closing, I would like to assure you that as an institution of higher education, Oregon State University is compelled to provide for community safety and do all we can to support every member of our community as they learn, grow, graduate and prepare to become significant and positive contributors in life, community and career.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

June 6, 2017

Faculty, staff and students,

Last week, the Trump administration announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation. I want to assure the Oregon State University community that we remain steadfast in our resolve to advance our institution’s commitments toward the global challenge of climate change. We are resolute in our work to reduce the institution’s carbon footprint; to pursue world-class research that improves knowledge and informs strategic actions; and to empower our students and communities through education and capacity building.

Ten years ago – in April, 2007 – I signed what was then known as the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, now known as the Carbon Commitment. It set Oregon State on an ambitious path to reduce and ultimately eliminate the university’s planet-altering institutional carbon emissions.

Over the last decade, OSU has reduced its annual per-student carbon emissions 38 percent. We must proactively continue to invest to decrease these emissions even further, and thus we have no intention to reduce or defer our commitment to climate action. Additionally, as a sun grant university, we are committed to continuing our research efforts to develop renewable and low-carbon sources of energy including wave, wind, nuclear and solar energy systems.

As the home of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, OSU also participates in a network of more than 150 researchers throughout the state, including partners in state and federal agencies, who are on the forefront of working to find solutions to many climate issues.

Reducing carbon emissions is a shared task. We can each participate in OSU’s strategic efforts around institutional emissions, as well as take simple personal steps to help. To participate in Oregon State’s strategic initiatives, visit this link for the new Carbon Planning Toolkit for university units. For an approximate measurement of your own emissions and tips on how to reduce them, please see this customized carbon footprint calculator for members of the OSU community. If you have further questions, please contact Brandon Trelstad via email or at 541-737-3307.

Let me assure you that we are unwavering in our commitment to address climate change, one of the world’s most pressing issues. We will continue to be a strong partner and collaborate with other universities, cities, states, and key federal entities. With our collective and continued resolve in these efforts, I am confident that Oregon State will continue to be a leader in climate change research and sustainability to provide a healthy planet for all of us.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

 

To Oregon State University Corvallis students:

University leaders recognize that the frequent power outages that Oregon State’s Corvallis campus has experienced are more than just a minor inconvenience, and have negative impacts on teaching, research and student life.

I want to assure you that university leaders are working to resolve problems associated both with the university’s on-campus power grid and with the delivery of reliable power by Pacific Power, the regional energy supplier that serves the Corvallis community and the campus.

The reasons for power outages are wide-ranging and often are compounded by extreme weather events. About half of the power outages affecting OSU result from off-campus electrical system issues. The balance of outages are a result of on-campus issues, including severe weather impacts. Yet, some of the outages we have experienced are due to mechanical failures that are preventable through increased investment in equipment and maintenance.

Oregon State is working to address these matters effectively and promptly in partnership with Pacific Power to improve the overall reliability of Oregon State’s power grid through both short-term improvements and long-range investments.

Pacific Power will invest $800,000 in equipment upgrades during 2017, and have committed to providing additional support and training for Oregon State employees, as well as improved repair crew response time when issues do occur. Over the long-term, Pacific Power is making improvements to equipment and inspections, as well as implementing a modernization program to improve the sustainability of the campus power grid. The utility company is also working to address issues with regional energy transmission matters and substation reliability through technology upgrades, capital investments, and improved data analysis.

Meanwhile, backup power generators are in place in 44 buildings on campus and Facilities Services is in the process of installing 12 new full-building power generators at key research and teaching buildings and residence halls on the Corvallis campus over the next six years. These backup generators are viewed as an additional measure to protect critical campus safety and operational needs during emergencies and outages, and complement long-term solutions that address the core issues with power stability.

At the same time, Oregon State is developing an Electrical Energy Sustainability Plan focused on reliability, safety and efficiency, which will take into consideration the university’s needs, costs and OSU’s goal to be carbon-neutral by 2025.

Next Steps OSU staff will continue to work closely with Pacific Power to make immediate upgrades and improvements, and monitor progress on long-range plans. Decisions made this summer about the proposed Electrical Energy Sustainability Plan and updates regarding the campus power grid will be shared with the OSU community as information is available.

Mike Green
Office of the Vice President
Division of Finance and Administration
Oregon State University
640 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph: 541-737-2447

May 11, 2017

To the OSU Community:

Please remember to vote in the upcoming May 16th election. In order to be counted, your ballot must be received by a County Elections Office or deposited in an official ballot drop site no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day: Tuesday, May 16th.

If you are mailing your ballot, please note that postmarks do not count. In order to ensure that it is received in time, mail it no later than today, Thursday, May 11th.

There is an official ballot drop site on the OSU Campus: OSU Valley Library. Library hours of operation are:

  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Closes at 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. no closing
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours, ballot box closes at 8:00 p.m.

For official ballot drop sites throughout Oregon: http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/

Note: On Election Day all official ballot drop sites will be open until 8:00 p.m.

If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot, contact your county elections office to check on your voting status:

Benton County Elections Department:
(541) 766-6756, https://www.co.benton.or.us/elections

Deschutes County Elections Department:
(541) 388-6547, http://www.deschutes.org/clerk/page/elections-and-voting

Lincoln County Elections Department:
(541) 265-4131, http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/clerk/election-history

For all other county elections offices in Oregon:
http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/countyofficials.aspx

You can also check the status of your ballot at My Ballot: http://www.oregonvotes.org/

If your ballot is from another county, you may drop it off at any official county ballot box, as long as you do so no later than 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 16th. The county receiving the ballot will route it to your home county for counting.

For additional voting and election information from the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.oregonvotes.org/

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray, President
Oregon State University

Robert Mason, President
Faculty Senate

Rachel Grisham, President
Associated Students of Oregon State University

Molly Svendsen, President
Associated Students of Cascades Campus

To the OSU Community:

Ballots for the May 16th Election were mailed to most voters last week. If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot, you may check the status of your ballot by calling your county elections office or on the Oregon Secretary of State website: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/default.aspx

Benton County Elections Department:
(541) 766-6756, https://www.co.benton.or.us/elections

Deschutes County Elections Department:
(541) 388-6547, http://www.deschutes.org/clerk/page/elections-and-voting

Lincoln County Elections Department:
(541) 265-4131, http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/clerk/election-history

For all other county elections offices in Oregon:
http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/countyofficials.aspx

In order to be counted, your ballot must be received by a County Elections Office or deposited in an official ballot drop site no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day: Tuesday, May 16th.

Note: Postmarks do not count. The ballot must be deposited or received by May 16th. If you are mailing your ballot, in order to ensure that it is received in time, mail it no later than Thursday, May 11th.

There is an official ballot drop site on the OSU Corvallis Campus: OSU Valley Library

 

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Closes at 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. no closing

For official ballot drop sites throughout Oregon: http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/

Note: On Election Day all official ballot drop sites will be open until 8:00 p.m.

For additional voting and election information from the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.oregonvotes.gov/

We hope you will take time to participate in the May 16th Election.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray, President
Oregon State University

Robert Mason, President
Faculty Senate

Rachel Grisham, President
Associated Students of Oregon State University

Molly Svendsen, President
Associated Students of Cascades Campus

Oregon State University students,

I am pleased to share that today we announced an updated OSU institutional brand identity and logo. This is an exciting undertaking as our university prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary beginning this summer.

OSU’s new brand more vibrantly communicates our mission and the excellence of Oregon State’s teaching, research, outreach and engagement as Oregon’s statewide university. This new brand also will elevate awareness and visibility of OSU’s relevant impact in the state of Oregon and across the nation and the world.

Oregon State’s brand is a promise of what we stand for and what we offer. Our new brand will portray the reputation the university has earned from the people it serves. It will describe our unique identity and personality as Beavers.

There are many benefits to being “well branded.” Greater awareness of Oregon State’s strengths and impacts adds to the value and prestige of an Oregon State degree — attracting more students to come and experience OSU. A unified message also supports Oregon State’s case for increased engagement and support from legislators, the governor, other state and federal officials, donors, alumni, community leaders and industry partners.

For more information about the university’s new brand identity and logo, please click here. To watch Oregon State’s new brand video, click here.

Sincerely,

Ed Ray
President
Oregon State University
600 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2128
541-737-4133

 

Oregon State University community,

Today, the University Board of Trustees voted to approve tuition rates for the 2017-18 academic year that include a 4 percent increase in resident undergraduate tuition and a 2 percent increase in non-resident undergraduate tuition. Twenty-five percent of this increase in tuition will be directed to need-based student financial aid.

Tuition for graduate students and students participating in specific academic programs are available here.

Trustees voted on these tuition rates upon my recommendation as part of a comprehensive university strategy to:

  • Manage expenses in a fiscally prudent and sustainable manner including reducing expenses where necessary;
  • Invest in specific priority strategies, including efforts to increase graduation and retention rates through the Student Success Initiative;
  • Recruit and retain quality faculty and staff members;
  • Grow student enrollment in online learning, at OSU-Cascades and in other programs;
  • Develop new revenue streams; and
  • Continue to engage in high quality and impactful teaching, research, and outreach and engagement.

Unfortunately, we will be forced to make hard choices while contending with much higher state-required employee benefit costs and an unacceptable continuing decline in higher education support from the state of Oregon.

I did not propose larger tuition increases despite pending budget shortfalls because I realize that many students are heavily burdened already with student loans and other concerns. Our students should not bear the brunt of covering an anticipated shortfall in state funding for higher education. In fact, students must remain Oregon State’s first priority for support so that they can continue to pursue their studies, graduate and prosper in life and career.

As you may know, we have already raised $50 million of a $150 million fund-raising goal to support student financial aid, support services and programs to improve student success. In addition to fund-raising, we must find alternative revenue sources, and we must implement cost reductions to balance the university’s budget.

For at least the next two fiscal years, we will have to identify continuing annual cost savings and reallocate existing resources approximating $20 million. This is because state funding for the public universities could remain flat -- and at $100 million less than the continuing operating needs of the universities. Nevertheless, we will continue to invest in increased student financial assistance; seek to expand our Student Success Initiative efforts; and provide adequate compensation increases for our faculty and staff.

We have created a new budget website to keep the OSU community up-to-date on fiscal matters facing the university and to inform you of our efforts to operate Oregon State in the most effective and financially responsible manner possible while serving the university’s mission.

Over the past several months, university budget director Sherm Bloomer worked with the university budget committee and a separate student advisory group to consider budget needs and tuition scenarios for next year. Knowing that Oregon State is faced with flat funding from the state for the next two years, both budget groups supported a 4 percent increase for resident undergraduate tuition.

I have taken these recommendations very seriously. I also have listened closely to input provided by our students, faculty and staff to understand their needs and concerns.

I also realize that each of Oregon’s seven public universities must determine its own requirements for cost reductions and tuition increases. With no increase in state funding in sight, it has been publicly reported that some of Oregon’s universities are considering double-digit tuition increases.

I remain deeply disappointed that state leaders have no meaningful plan to manage the budget challenges we face in Oregon -- other than by hunkering down and waiting for better times. I have been in Oregon for 14 years. I note that the absence of a state strategy that provides for investment in a better future for all Oregonians during both good and bad times has persisted for too long. The state’s current approach of hoping for better times is not a strategy.

I strongly encourage the governor, legislators and business leaders to make hard decisions to find the funding required to support every level of the Pre-K-20 education continuum. We need a more highly educated workforce to escape these continuing budget problems and power Oregon's 21st century economy. The people of Oregon deserve better than crisis management.

Until we see significant and continuing state investments in higher education, we will do our best at Oregon State University, including engaging in collaborations with other education partners, to pursue an investment strategy that Oregonians need and deserve.

We will continue to do our best to invest in the quality of our core mission of teaching, research, and outreach and engagement. And Oregon State will remain transparent and fiscally prudent while working to keep tuition increases as low as possible.

Sincerely,

Ed Ray
President
Oregon State University
600 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2128
541-737-4133

 

To the Oregon State University community,

As our university has continued its pursuit and attainment of excellence in many fields and service that impact the people of Oregon and beyond, I have remained convinced that this great research university must elevate and celebrate the arts to fulfill its mission in society.

Today, I am very pleased to announce an historic new investment in Oregon State University that will result in the construction of a transformative arts and education complex on our Corvallis campus.

Thanks to an anonymous donor making an extraordinary $25 million lead gift, OSU will expand and enhance the LaSells Stewart Center to bring together music, theater, digital communications programs and the visual arts. In doing so, OSU will create a $60 million centerpiece of culture and creativity that we expect will open sometime in 2022.

Over the last several years, OSU arts programs have experienced significant growth. Under the inspiring leadership of Dean Larry Rodgers and his colleagues, the College of Liberal Arts has taken bold steps to grow a dynamic arts environment within Oregon State. Along the way, our community of arts supporters has greatly multiplied. We recognize that at OSU, the arts are for everyone. The arts drive the culture of curiosity, creativity and inclusive excellence that is at the heart of everything we do. Moreover, the arts broaden and deepen our experience and connection with our global society.

This donation – and the arts and education complex – will serve as a transformational investment in our university, in our students and faculty, and in the Corvallis community.

We all owe a boundless debt of appreciation and gratitude to our incredibly generous donor. Please join me in celebrating this wonderful news.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
Oregon State University
600 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2128
541-737-4133

Oregon State University Corvallis students,

Last month more than 1,800 students received the type B meningococcal disease vaccination at clinics held on the Corvallis campus. I am writing to let you know that follow-up vaccine clinics will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 18, in the lower-level ballroom of the Memorial Union.

If you received your first dose either at the March OSU clinic or at Student Health Services, it is imperative that you receive your follow-up dose. To achieve the best possible protection against this disease, you must receive all doses in the vaccine series and stay with the same brand for all doses of a vaccination series.

There are two brands of meningococcal B vaccine: Bexsero and Trumenba. Most students who got their vaccine at Student Health Services or attended the OSU clinics in March received Bexsero. Some students started with Trumenba from another provider. Bexsero requires two doses that are given at least 30 days apart (you can get your second dose at any point after 30 days). Trumenba requires three doses over a six-month period of time. Both brands of vaccine will be available at the OSU clinics. Please call Student Health Services with any questions at 541-737-9355.

It is important that you bring these items to the upcoming clinic: your student identification; medical and pharmacy insurance information (in some cases these are separate cards); and previous meningococcal B vaccine information. Students who participated in the first OSU clinics should be in the system and should have a Get the Vax wallet card.

You are encouraged to attend the vaccine clinic regardless of insurance status or ability to pay*. OSU continues to work with health partners to address barriers to insurance coverage, and staff will be available at the clinics to assist students in navigating coverage options and maximizing benefits.

If you have not begun the meningococcal B vaccination series, it is not too late to start. If you are unable to attend the upcoming clinics, you can still receive the vaccines at Student Health Services, 108 S.W. Memorial Place, or at your own healthcare provider.

Please be aware of the symptoms of this meningococcal disease: high fever, stiff neck, rash, headaches, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, seek immediate care at Student Health Services, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. After hours, immediately go to a nearby urgent care medical clinic or hospital emergency room.

More information about the disease is available by visiting Student Health Services or the Oregon Health Authority. If you have questions, please call the Student Health Services Nurse Advice Line at 541-737-2724.

Sincerely,

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost
Student Affairs

* Students without health insurance may be eligible for enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan. If you have questions or are interested in applying, please call the Health Navigator at 541-766-2130.

 

Students, Faculty & Staff,

Each year, Oregon State University must notify each employee and student, in writing, of the: 1) standards of conduct; 2) sanctions for violation of federal, state and local law and campus policy; and 3) health risks associated with alcohol and drug use. This annual notification is distributed to comply with part of the requirements of the 1989 amendments to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), as articulated in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) §86.1 —the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations. Please find the 2017 annual report here: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/prevention-center/alcohol-and-other-drugs/annual-notification

If you would like the report in an alternate format, please contact me.

Other relevant and exciting information I would like to share with you:

For three years, the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) has provided engaging and understanding support to students in recovery from substance use disorders. Last fall, in partnership with University Housing and Dining Services, the CRC opened the new Recovery Living Community at Dixon Lodge. This on-campus housing option is specifically designed to support students in recovery. Thanks to support from a generous donor, this renovation was made possible and scholarships are available for students living in the community. For more information, please email recovery@oregonstate.edu or visit http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/recovery

Since fall 2015, the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center (SARC) has provided confidential support to survivors of sexual assault and other forms of violence. With funding from the Office of the Provost, SARC has hired a second full time professional advocate. This center works closely with services both on and off campus to assist survivors in navigating their path to healing. These services include: crisis stabilization and support; information about reporting options; accompaniment to legal, medical and academic proceedings; and connections to additional resources. SARC also participates in national campaigns, such as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the annual Take Back the Night event, which raises awareness and gives voice to survivors to communicate the impact of sexual violence. For more information about SARC please visit http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/sarc

Thanks to a partnership between the Prevention, Advocacy and Wellness department within Student Health Services, Intercollegiate Athletics and University Housing and Dining Services, Student Health Services provides individual counseling with a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) III . Confidential sessions with the CADC allow students to create an individualized plan to meet their goals related to substance use and abstinence. Sessions are free when students are self-referred. For additional services, such as campus outreach,educational groups, consultation, or to make an appointment, call 541-737-9355.

Online substance use and violence prevention modules were successfully implemented again this year through the combined efforts of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, University Housing and Dining Services, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, Student Health Services, Ecampus, the Registrar, Enterprise Computing Services, the Graduate School, International Programs, and other offices. More than 3,600 students, representing over 90% of the first year student population, completed an alcohol prevention program this academic year. Additionally, 8,200 new students completed an online sexual violence prevention program this year.

During the 2015-16 academic year, the Prevention, Advocacy and Wellness team provided workshops to over 10,000 students. To schedule a workshop for your classrooms, student group or team, go to: studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/workshops

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rob Reff

Robert C. Reff, PhD
Director
Prevention, Advocacy and Wellness
Student Health Services
328 Plageman Building Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-7564 Office
(541) 737-4530 Fax
robert.reff@oregonstate.edu

 

Dear members of the Oregon State University community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Charlene Alexander, Ph.D., to serve as Oregon State University’s chief diversity officer.

I created this position in early 2016 to oversee institutional changes and strategies to advance the university’s commitment to be a community of inclusive excellence. Charlene will join Oregon State on June 30 and be responsible for guiding OSU’s efforts around institutional diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice throughout the university.

In her role at Oregon State, Charlene will also be a vice president and report directly to me.

Charlene has served as the associate provost for diversity and director of the Office of Institutional Diversity at Ball State University for nearly four years. Presently, she also serves as interim associate vice president for community engagement.

Under her leadership, Ball State established the university’s first Diversity Advisory Committee and guided development of the university’s first diversity strategic plan. Prior to becoming associate provost, Charlene directed programs in the Department of Counseling Psychology, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1997.

Charlene has been leading diversity and inclusion initiatives since 1990 as a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Charlene received her undergraduate degree in psychology and her master’s in counseling and guidance from Creighton University and earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests are in the areas of multicultural counseling, school counseling and international psychology. Her scholarship includes serving as co-editor of the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling, currently in its fourth edition.

As we prepare for this leadership transition, I want to thank Angela Batista, who has served as interim chief diversity officer since Feb. 1, 2016. She has provided very able strategic leadership in launching this new office and guiding many important initiatives. I learned last week that Angela will leave Oregon State in mid-April to be closer to her family on the East Coast while continuing to work in higher education. Please join me in wishing Angela well and great success in her new opportunities.

I also wish to thank Sastry Pantula, dean of the College of Science, who chaired the search for this position, other members of the search committee and the staff in the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Oregon State University
600 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2128
541-737-4133

Oregon State University community members,.

Signs and materials found today on the Corvallis campus containing messages promoting white nationalism, racism and xenophobia are in direct conflict with the university’s core values. .

These messages were posted anonymously overnight and appear, in some cases, to have targeted particular OSU program offices. We believe that these flyers were meant to intimidate, threaten, scare and provoke faculty, staff, students and visitors.

As an institution, Oregon State unequivocally rejects racism, bigotry and discrimination in all forms. As community members, we must reject the ugliness and cowardice these messages represent.

We will work with the Department of Public Safety, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, and other OSU offices to investigate this matter and determine any violations of university policies. In doing so, we will hold individuals and organizations accountable for policy violations. The university will also engage with local law enforcement agencies regarding this matter.

Similar additional incidents should be reported using the bias incident report form at http://biasincidentreport.oregonstate.edu.

We recognize that xenophobia is a part of Oregon’s past and present. The messages in these materials are an extension of a legacy of racism, exclusion and ignorance. We will take concerted steps in the upcoming term to engage the Oregon State community by learning and discussing the context of this history, how it affects the present, and how it can be actively opposed today and in the future. We must stand together as a community to reject this type of hate at Oregon State University.

Sincerely,

Angela Batista, Ed.D.
Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Susie Brubaker-Cole, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Susan Capalbo, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

 

Oregon State University students,

We are writing to remind you that Oregon State University students are still considered to be at high risk for type B meningococcal disease and should be vaccinated.

You may be aware that more than 3,000 students have been vaccinated on campus since three cases of type B meningococcal disease involving OSU students were diagnosed. Many students were vaccinated earlier this month at vaccination clinics held on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus. Many other students have received their vaccines from home or community providers.

Spring Break provides a good opportunity for you to visit personal medical providers if you are traveling home. Students can also still receive the vaccines at Student Health Services and the Student Health Pharmacy in Plageman Hall on campus, 108 S.W. Memorial Place, 541-737-9355.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, those at highest risk include students age 25 and younger who live in on-campus housing or are members of - or visit - fraternal living groups associated with the university.

At this month’s campus clinics, students who received the vaccination were given wallet cards with vaccination details, including the brand of vaccine they received and potential side effects. It is very important that students stay with one brand of vaccine.

There are two commonly used brands of vaccine:

  • Bexsero requires two doses with the second dose given one month or more following the first. Students who attended the vaccine clinics in in March or who got their first dose at Student Health Services received this brand.
  • Trumenba involves three doses. The second dose occurs 1-2 months after the initial dose, and the third dose is given 6 months after the initial dose. Student Health Services carries Trumenba for students who were started on this series.

Student Health Services will be organizing additional vaccine clinics on the OSU campus on April 17 and 18. Students who received their first dose at the March clinics can get dose #2 at this time.

It is important that students who were initially vaccinated at the campus clinics earlier this month to attend the April clinics, or come to Student Health or their off-campus provider for their second dose to ensure full effectiveness of the vaccine. If students have not yet started the vaccination series, they may receive their first dose at the April clinics as well. Details about the April vaccination clinics will be communicated when they are finalized.

As before, please check with your insurance provider to determine coverage. Student Health Services has been able to manage many of the network barriers, and the OSU pharmacy is also providing vaccines. Feel free to call the SHS insurance and billing office to verify coverage: 541-737-8370.

Health officials have recommended that all students be aware of the symptoms of this potentially fatal infection, which can include high fever, stiff neck, rash, headaches, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Anyone who exhibits these symptoms should immediately visit Student Health Services, which is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or their personal medical provider. For after-hour resources, immediately go to a nearby urgent care medical clinic or hospital emergency room.

More information on meningococcal disease is available by calling the OSU Student Health Services Nurse Advice line at 541-737-2724 or Benton County Health Department communicable disease nurses at 541-766-6835 or by visiting these websites:

http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectious-diseases/meningococcal-disease

http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=51

I hope that winter term ended successfully for you and that spring break provides an opportunity for rest and relaxation.

Sincerely,

Susie Brukaker-Cole
Vice Provost
Student Affairs

Oregon State University students,

We are writing to inform you that more than 1,800 students were vaccinated last week against type B meningococcal disease at clinics held on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus. The mass vaccinations were necessary due to three cases of type B meningococcal disease involving OSU students within the past four months. Additionally, OSU Student Health Services already had administered about 650 vaccinations since last fall in addition to many more by local pharmacies and private physicians.

We continue to encourage vaccinations for students considered at highest risk for this disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, those at highest risk include students age 25 and younger who live in on-campus housing or are members of - or visit - fraternal living groups associated with the university.

You can still receive the vaccines at Student Health Services in Plageman Hall on campus, 108 S.W. Memorial Place, 541-737-9355. For those not yet vaccinated, the upcoming spring break provides an opportunity to visit personal medical providers if you are traveling home.

At last week’s clinics, all students who received the vaccination were given wallet cards with vaccination details, such as the brand and potential side effects; and advised about follow-up steps that include clinics in mid- to late-April for the second dose required to ensure full effectiveness.

Health officials have recommended that all students be aware of the symptoms of this potentially fatal infection, which can include high fever, stiff neck, rash, headaches, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Anyone who exhibits these symptoms should immediately visit Student Health Services, which is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For after-hour resources, immediately go to a nearby urgent care medical clinic or hospital emergency room.

While meningococcal disease is not highly contagious, it is transmitted through direct contact with droplets from coughing or sneezing; other discharges from the nose or throat; by sharing of eating and drinking utensils, smoking devices; or through intimate personal contact.

More information on meningococcal disease is available by calling the OSU Student Health Services Nurse Advice line at 541-737-2724 or Benton County Health Department communicable disease nurses at 541-766-6835 or by visiting these websites:

http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectious-diseases/meningococcal-disease

http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=51

Good luck with finals next week and best wishes for a safe and relaxing spring break.

Sincerely,

Susie Brukaker-Cole
Vice Provost
Student Affairs

Oregon State University community members,

I am writing to invite you to participate in an important meeting Monday, March 13, regarding steps that OSU will take beginning spring term to consider the names of university buildings whose namesakes may have held or acted on racist or otherwise exclusionary beliefs inconsistent with Oregon State’s mission and values. The meeting will be held from 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in LInC Room 268, and will be facilitated by Scott Vignos, director of strategic initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity.

The process of evaluating building names – and considering name changes – is part of the university’s efforts to examine and further Oregon State’s goal of advancing inclusivity, diversity and social justice.

On Monday, the co-chairs of the building name advisory committee made up of faculty, staff and students will present the results of their work that began in April 2016. Co-chairs Associate Professor Joseph Orosco and OSU Archivist Larry Landis will share the committee’s recommendations on how and why the name of a university building or place may be changed. The committee’s recommendations also include an extensive commitment to transparency and community engagement.

Monday night’s meeting is an important opportunity for community feedback on the advisory committee’s recommendations and to provide input on how community engagement regarding evaluations of building names can be best achieved. The advisory committee’s recommendations and community feedback will guide the OSU Architectural Naming Committee to immediately undertake a process of evaluation that will result in recommendations to President Ed Ray.

We recognize that there is significant interest among some OSU community members to evaluate the names of four buildings on the Corvallis campus – Avery Lodge, Arnold Dining Center, Benton Hall and Gill Coliseum – and determine whether those names should be changed.

The work of the advisory committee; significant information from OSU’s archives and other research on these buildings and their namesakes; and with community input received Monday night, will guide the process regarding these building’s names that will begin in April at the beginning of spring term.

Please participate in this meeting Monday night, and offer your input on the naming evaluation process and provide suggestions for the best forms of community engagement in this process.

Sincerely,

Steve Clark, Chair
OSU Architectural Naming Committee
Vice President, University Relations and Marketing

Good Afternoon,

This month, the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will review proposed tuition and fees for the 2017-18 academic year.

Before the tuition rate information is presented to the Board, we have the opportunity to provide comments and feedback. There will be an open forum on OSU’s 2017-18 tuition proposals to be held at 12:00 pm, Thursday, March 9, in the Memorial Union Main Lounge.

At the Open Forum, you will be presented with about the different tuition scenarios being proposed to the Board of Trustees from the OSU Budget Committee, the changes in projected revenue and expenses. Especially, we are interested in your feedback as a student who attends OSU, and how the proposed tuition change will impact you!

For more information and details about the forum, click on one of the links below and bring a friend, or two!

Social Media Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1086944344750567/

Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning: fa.oregonstate.edu/budget

Please share this message with students and staff and help us spread the word!

Thank you and we hope to see you all at the Main Lounge in the MU on Thursday, because I know you give a Dam about your tuition!

Rafid Hasan Chowdhury
Memorial Union | President | Oregon State University
Room 209 | Phone: 541.737.1564
MUPresident@oregonstate.edu | mu.oregonstate.edu

To all Oregon State University Corvallis students,

Due to the third case of an OSU Corvallis student being diagnosed with meningococcal B disease in the past four months, the university is recommending that students at the highest risk receive meningococcal B vaccinations.

Following the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the university is recommending meningococcal B vaccinations for all Oregon State undergraduate students who are age 25 or younger. In particular, OSU students who are age 25 or younger and who live in on-campus housing or who are members of – or who visit – fraternal living groups associated with the university are urged to act on this recommendation.

Students who are outside of these groups, and who are concerned about meningitis or are interested in learning more about vaccinations for meningococcal B disease, are encouraged to contact their primary care physician, Student Health Services or a nearby urgent medical center.

 

VACCINATION CLINICS

Vaccination clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 9, in McAlexander Field House. If students cannot participate in the clinics on March 8 and 9, they can also receive a vaccination at Student Health Services.

VACCINATION INSURANCE

Before visiting the vaccination clinics, students (or their family members) are encouraged to contact their private insurance provider to verify insurance coverage for the vaccine. When speaking with your insurance representative, it is important to mention that OSU Corvallis campus has been designated an “outbreak” status by federal, state and county public health officials.

Student Health Services (SHS) will be billing students’ insurance plans. Vaccinations for students who are on the Oregon Health Plan will be fully covered, as will vaccines for domestic and international students on OSU’s two sponsored plans (Aetna Student Health or Pacific Source).

Many private insurance plans will cover the cost of vaccines, including Kaiser and Providence. SHS is working to ensure as many plans as possible cover the cost of Meningococcal B vaccine at OSU. Again, it is important for students to contact their own insurance provider to verify coverage. SHS will assist international students and any others who have plans that do not cover the cost of vaccine if provided at OSU to receive the vaccine at an alternate location.

 

Students without insurance can receive the vaccination through benefits provided by the Oregon Health Plan or via other university resources. It is important that students not be discouraged from getting the vaccine due to their insurance status.

If you have questions about the OSU insurance plans, please contact OSU Student Health Services by calling 541-737-4184. SHS staff will be at the clinic to assist with insurance questions as well. Please be sure to bring your insurance information with you to the clinic.

IT IS ESSENTIAL TO RECEIVE ALL REQUIRED VACCINE DOSES

There are two commonly used brands of vaccine and both require multiple doses to be effective in preventing meningococcal B disease. It is very important that you receive the same brand for all doses:

  • Bexsero, which will be used at the OSU clinics and is the vaccine used at SHS, requires two doses with the second dose given at least one month following the first dose. The total cost of receiving two doses of the Bexsero vaccination for students through OSU Student Health Services is $364. Insurance will be billed for this expense.
  • Trumenba is another available brand and involves three doses. The second dose is provided one to two months after the initial dose. The third dose is provided six months after the initial dose. SHS carries this vaccine for students who started this series at another medical facility. The total cost for Trumenba through OSU Student Health Services is $405. Insurance will be billed for this expense.
WELLNESS & PREVENTION ARE OSU’s TOP PRIORITY

We understand that news of another student being diagnosed with meningococcal disease is very concerning.

Meningococcal disease is NOT highly contagious. Nevertheless, it is important to know about symptoms of meningitis and how the disease is contracted. The disease is transmitted only through direct contact with droplets from an ill person coughing or sneezing; discharges from the nose or throat; by sharing of eating and drinking utensils, smoking devices; and through intimate contact.

Symptoms of meningococcal disease include high fever, a stiff neck, a rash, headaches, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you or someone you know exhibits these symptoms, you should immediately visit Student Health Services in Plageman Hall on campus at 108 S.W. Memorial Place or call 541-737-9355. Student Health Services is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For after-hour resources, immediately go to a nearby urgent care medical clinic or hospital emergency room.

Additional information on meningococcal disease is available by calling the OSU Student Health Services Nurse Advice line at 541-737-2724 or Benton County Health Department communicable disease nurses at 541-766-6835 or by visiting these websites:

 

http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectious-diseases/meningococcal-disease

http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=51

Sincerely,

Mike Green
Interim Vice President Finance and Administration

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost Student Affairs

Steve Clark
Vice President University Relations and Marketing

 

To all OSU Corvallis students,

We are writing to inform you that an undergraduate student attending Oregon State University in Corvallis is being treated at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for what has been confirmed as meningococcal disease. The student remains hospitalized in good condition.

This is the third reported case of the B strain of meningococcal disease at Oregon State over the past four months. Two other cases were reported in November 2016.

As a result of these three cases, the university will follow the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recommend meningococcal B vaccinations for students who are at the highest risk. This vaccination program will be offered in cooperation with OSU Student Health Services, Benton County Health Department, the Oregon Health Authority and other health care partners. In accordance with CDC guidance, vaccination is recommended for all Oregon State undergraduate students under the age of 25. In particular, OSU students who are under the age of 25 and who live in on-campus housing or who are members of – or who visit – fraternal living groups associated with the university are urged to act on this recommendation.

News of this matter is concerning for all of us in the OSU community. While this is a serious matter, it is not an emergency. The university and its health care partners will address this matter effectively with the health and wellness of the Oregon State community as our top priority.

The county health department is working with OSU officials, local medical providers and state public health officials to identify anyone who may have had enough close exposure to the ill student to require preventive antibiotic treatment. As of today, more than 40 individuals have received preventive treatment. Since the disease is not easily spread from one person to another, county health officials are confident that they have identified and treated all close contacts of the most recent case and that no one else requires preventive treatment at this time.

As part of its response, the university will offer vaccination clinics on Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 9, in McAlexander Field House from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m.

In advance, please check with your insurance carrier regarding coverage for receiving a meningococcal B vaccination at OSU. Be sure your insurance provider understands that the Corvallis campus has been designated by public health officials to have an “outbreak” status. Students without insurance will be provided the vaccine via other resources, and further communications about this assistance will be provided over the next week.

Awareness is very important in effectively managing meningococcal disease. While meningococcal disease is very serious for those who become infected, it is not a highly contagious disease. It most often affects individuals who are 25 years old or younger. It is transmitted only through direct contact with droplets from an ill person coughing or sneezing; other discharges from the nose or throat; by sharing of eating and drinking utensils, smoking devices; or intimate contact.

Symptoms of the disease include high fever, headache and stiff neck, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Some people do not get the full range of symptoms, but may exhibit a rapidly developing rash on the armpits, groin and ankles, as well as in areas where elastic pressure is applied.

Students experiencing these symptoms should immediately visit OSU Student Health Services located in the Plageman Building, 108 S.W. Memorial Place. If symptoms are sudden and severe or occur after hours, immediately go to an urgent care or hospital emergency room. Non-students experiencing symptoms should contact their primary care physician, an urgent care medical clinic or a nearby hospital emergency room.

More information on meningococcal disease is available by calling the OSU Student Health Services Nurse Advice line at 541-737-2724 or Benton County Health Department communicable disease nurses at 541-766-6835 or by visiting these websites:

http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectious-diseases/meningococcal-disease

http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=51

Sincerely,

Mike Green
Interim Vice President Finance and Administration

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost Student Affairs

Steve Clark
Vice President University Relations and Marketing

 

Members of the Oregon State University community,

Many are concerned about a change in guidance this week from the US Departments of Education and Justice to schools and universities regarding access to restrooms and facilities for transgender students. This change represents a setback for the rights of transgender people that may impact students across the country.

We are writing to assure our community that this change at the federal level will not change Oregon State University values or commitment to ensure an inclusive, safe and accessible university for transgender students and community members -- and all members of the OSU community. As such, Oregon State will continue to pursue gender-inclusive policies and practices.

Additionally, the state of Oregon continues to demonstrate its commitment to inclusive access to facilities through the state’s laws and policies. OSU demonstrates its commitment to civil rights, inclusivity and access in this area in many ways including:

  • The adoption of a name-in-use policy. The University believes it is important that while attending the University, students are called by the first name they choose to use, regardless of their legal name. This University policy is intended to enhance the wellbeing and academic success of transgender students by allowing an individual’s name to align with their gender identity.
  • The Task Force on Transgender Issues works to improve the University’s understanding of transgender issues and to propose initiatives to advance the wellbeing, safety and belonging of our transgender community members. The task force is reviewing current policies, practices and the OSU culture related to transgender students, faculty and staff and will offer recommendations to University leadership. Areas of focus include facilities, residential life, athletics and physical education, health services and counseling, and employment conditions.
  • The continued expansion of gender-inclusive restrooms and facilities throughout the university. A Corvallis campus map of more 125 gender-inclusive restrooms and facilities is provided here. For Cascades campus, a bathroom in Tykeson Hall is labeled all gender. As well, there are also single user restrooms in the dining hall and on every floor of the residence hall.
  • The campus participation in the #illgowithyou campaign led by the Pride Center. This program encourages people who identify as supportive allies to go into bathrooms or other spaces with people who may be concerned about their safety.
  • The work of seven student cultural resource centers, including the Pride Center, the Office of Diversity and Cultural Engagement, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, as well as other programs.

Oregon State will continue to provide updates on this and other civil rights matters on the OSU Home Page, as well as the websites of the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, the Office of the Dean of Student Life and the Office Diversity and Cultural Engagement.

The new federal guidance points out that federal law continues to protect against any discrimination or harassment based on one’s gender (including transgender) status. Regardless of federal developments, we will remain vigilant in protecting against discrimination and harassment, both of which are unacceptable and are prohibited at Oregon State University.

Sincerely,

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Scott Vignos
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Office of Institutional Diversity

 

 

Dear OSU community members,

Today was a very memorable day for Oregon State University as more than 750 members of Beaver Nation came together at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for my annual State of the University Address.

We celebrated many remarkable achievements of the university, our faculty, staff and our students.

 

In my address, I announced that the OSU Foundation has committed to raise $150 million to support Oregon State’s Student Success Initiative.

As you know, as part of the Student Success Initiative, we have committed that the entire university will work to achieve these goals by 2020:

  • Improve retention and graduation rates for all students;
  • Find ways to make an OSU degree an affordable reality for all qualified Oregonians;
  • Make sure that Oregon State is the school of choice for Oregon’s high-achieving and highly accomplished students; and
  • Ensure that Oregon State is a university where all students achieve success regardless of their economic status, the color of their skin or family background.

I also called on Governor Brown and the Legislature to end 15 years of declining state support for Oregon’s public universities. I emphasized the need for the state to increase 2017-19 funding for our four-year universities by $100 million; to approve $69.5 million in state bonding for OSU-Cascades; and to support OSU’s statewide public services sustainably.

I ask you to join me in achieving the goals of the Student Success Initiative and supporting the priority of investing in public higher education in Oregon. Serving the future success of our students and our state will require an “all hands on deck” effort that involves each of us, including OSU alumni, donors, other partners and the Oregon Legislature.

As we look forward, let us take a moment to be proud that Oregon State University’s impact throughout Oregon, the nation and the world continues to grow in meaningful and significant ways.

Be confident that by working together, the best is yet to come for Oregon State University.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray, President
Oregon State University
600 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2128
541-737-4133

To the OSU Community,

Oregon State University is committed to sending timely messages in emergency or potentially dangerous situations.

To receive timely, emergency messages on a cell, office or home phone as well as a personal email, please add your contact information to your OSU Alert account. The information you provide is only used for emergency communications and conducting periodic tests of the system. As you may be aware, OSU communicates campus emergencies and timely warnings through the OSU Alert system. The emergency notifications are to inform the OSU community of incidents so people can take appropriate actions to protect themselves.

To update your contact information, go to http://main.oregonstate.edu/alerts/osu-alert-portal and follow the instructions “Sign Up for OSU Alert.”

If you have any questions, please contact us at emergency@oregonstate.edu.

Thank you,

Mike Bamberger
Emergency Preparedness Manager
Oregon State University
601 SW 17th Street
Cascade Hall, Room 221
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Phone: 541-737-4713 | Cell: 541-758-9126
Michael.Bamberger@oregonstate.edu | http://emergency.oregonstate.edu

 

Dear members of the Oregon State University community,

I am angry and disappointed over the Presidential Executive Orders issued last week regarding US immigration policy changes and the ability to travel abroad. These orders lack detail, are being unevenly implemented, and have created anxiety, uncertainty and hardship among thoroughly vetted refugees, immigrants, those with green cards, and their families and friends.

Questions remain regarding the future treatment of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and other undocumented students and families and the extent to which future federal policy changes will affect funding to public research institutions, like Oregon State University. I am deeply saddened for everyone caught up in these circumstances and my heart goes out to those affected. At this time, each of us must reaffirm our compassion and commitment to one another as a community regardless of immigration status, background or identity and declare our enduring commitment to free and open inquiry, which are fundamental to our democracy.

Since 1868, Oregon State University has existed to provide educational opportunities and improve the lives of all people through our teaching, research, and outreach and engagement.

Going forward, our pledge of service to others will never change. This university will remain unwavering in its commitment to inclusive excellence, social justice, diversity of all kinds and the safety of all people. These commitments are the foundation upon which we build excellence in everything we do. As your university’s president, I assure you that Oregon State University is fully committed to support students’ pursuit of their education and faculty’s work in teaching and research.

University leaders – along with partners such as the Association of Public Land Grant Universities and others – are actively monitoring executive orders and federal announcements and seeking to interpret their implications.

We will share what we learn with the university community on an ongoing basis as quickly as possible, such as in recent communications to research and academic faculty and to international students and visiting faculty. We know, for example, that there are many students, faculty, and staff at the university from the seven countries named in the Presidential Executive Order on travel. Each of these students and employees is a valued member of our university community. To our knowledge, none of these individuals is presently engaged in international travel and we deeply regret the fear and anxiety they are experiencing.

I also am writing to assure you that OSU will remain a sanctuary university for its students.

OSU’s Sanctuary University status is not subject to recent presidential executive orders since the university complies with all federal laws. The United States Constitution provides for states' rights that effectively allow state entities such as OSU to decline to participate in an enforcement role in carrying out deportation actions. As a sanctuary university, OSU does not hinder or prevent the federal government’s deportation activities, but OSU has chosen not to participate in those actions nor will it provide information to the federal government to aid in those actions, unless required in specific instances by court order or an emergency health or safety situation. As well, the OSU Department of Public Safety will not voluntarily seek, collect or provide immigration status information to federal immigration enforcement officials.

OSU will remain in compliance with other federal laws associated with the business of the university, such as requirements related to international student visas, employee hiring, and student applications for federal financial aid.

Going forward, the university will continue to issue public statements on our policies, and the university – along with national educational associations – will advocate at the federal level for OSU’s interests on immigration policy and civil rights. This will include our steadfast support of the BRIDGE Act – Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy Act – a bipartisan Congressional bill that makes the DACA program a federal law. We also will advocate at the federal level for transparency, timely access to information on administration policy actions, including immigration, civil rights, and research; and clarification on federal law and policy developments.

In the next few weeks, the university will announce and hold community education and information sessions on topics, such as:

  • Know Your Rights – An educational session to inform community members on their civil liberties in the immigration arena and provide knowledge and resources regarding immigration issues.
  • Understanding Executive Orders – A session on how Presidential Executive Orders work and interact with federal and state law.
  • Immigration Basics, Updates and Planning – A session on topics including international travel, documentation, visa renewals and other areas affected by current and potential policy changes.
  • Advising on DACA and More – A session on understanding and navigating current and potential federal policy changes affecting DACA recipients, undocumented students, and students with undocumented family members.

As you may know, as a university, OSU’s attorneys represent OSU and cannot provide legal advice to OSU students. However, free legal services are available to students through ASOSU legal services.

If you are in need of personal assistance, and are a Corvallis student, please visit the offices of Diversity and Cultural Engagement, Institutional Diversity or the Division of International Programs. The Student Affairs Student Resources website also provides detailed information about support services. OSU-Cascades, students should visit their campus’ student resources website for assistance.

Employees needing assistance may utilize the OSU Employee Assistance Program by confidentially calling 1-800-433-2320 at any time, or by calling the Human Resources Department at 541-737-3103.

In the coming days and weeks, we will provide updates through communications such as this and by updating the OSU Sanctuary University FAQ web page found on the website for the Office of Institutional Diversity. This website will include expanded links to other community resources, as well as updates.

As we go forward, we must remain strong and supportive of each other and our community. We remain guided by the values upon which this university was founded and under which we still operate today.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray, President
Oregon State University
600 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2128
541-737-4133

Jan. 10, 2017

Oregon State University students,

Welcome back to campus and winter term. I hope you had a good holiday break.

As you may be aware, two Oregon State University students were diagnosed in November with Type B meningococcal disease.

I am writing to share that the best way to prevent meningococcal disease is by vaccination. You may want to consider being vaccinated for Type B meningococcal disease if you have not already taken this step. Please contact Student Health Services (SHS) at 541-737-2724 or your health care provider to determine the need for this vaccine. It is also advisable to contact your insurance carrier for information on coverage for meningococcal B vaccine.

Note that to ensure full immunization, you must complete a two- or three-dose series of vaccinations, depending on the brand of vaccine.

If you have already started the vaccination series, OSU Student Health Services (SHS) can provide follow-up doses. It is imperative that you communicate the date of your initial vaccination dose and the brand received when you visit SHS. If you want to begin the vaccination process, SHS can also help with that as well.

Be aware that the B strain of meningococcal disease is not covered by the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine that OSU requires upon admission for first year students under 22.

As a reminder, meningococcal disease is transmitted through direct contact with droplets from an ill person coughing or sneezing; other discharges from the nose or throat; or by sharing of eating and drinking utensils, smoking devices; or intimate contact. Health officials encourage everyone to monitor their own health and note the following symptoms that may accompany this disease: high fever, a significant weakness, headache, stiff neck, rash, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

If you experience these symptoms, please immediately contact SHS, your primary care physician or a nearby urgent care medical clinic or emergency room.

More information on meningococcal disease is available by visiting these websites:

http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectious-diseases/meningococcal-disease

or

http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=51

Best of luck with your classes this term.

Susie Brubaker-Cole

Vice Provost Student Affairs

Members of the Oregon State University Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kim D. Kirkland, Ed.D., to serve as Oregon State University’s executive director for equal opportunity and access.

The university’s executive director for equal opportunity and access is central to the success of OSU’s equity, diversity and inclusion efforts and is responsible for overseeing compliance with federal, state and university policies and regulations regarding affirmative action, equal opportunity, disability access and other civil rights.

Kim will join the university on February 28.

She succeeds Clay Simmons, who has served Oregon State as interim executive director for equal opportunity and access since February 1. Upon Kim’s start, Clay will return to his role as the university’s chief compliance officer.

Kim has served for more than eight years as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In that role and as Title IX deputy coordinator, Kim has been responsible for monitoring compliance with IUPUI’s equal opportunity, anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and sexual misconduct policies as well as all related federal and state laws and regulations. She also has had the responsibility for investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination and harassment. In addition, Kim has served as IUPUI’s official liaison with governmental civil rights agencies and developed the university’s affirmative action plans.

Previous to working at IUPUI, Kim served for more than four years as affirmative action officer and senior investigator at Bowling Green State University, as vice president for compliance programs at the Meridian Group in Ohio and as General Electric Aircraft Engines/Aviation manager of equal employment opportunity and diversity programs.

In her role at Oregon State, Kim will report directly to me.

As we prepare for this leadership transition, I want to recognize and thank Clay Simmons for serving so ably in this interim role, while also serving as Oregon State’s chief compliance officer.

I also wish to thank interim Chief Diversity Officer Angela Batista, who worked closely with the search committee chair in developing the position description for this new position at Oregon State, General Counsel Becca Gose, who chaired the search for this position, and the other members of the search committee.

Please join me in welcoming Kim to Oregon State.

Edward J. Ray, President

Oregon State University, 600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2128, 541-737-4133

Sent to osu-students-corvallis@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University students,

As you may be aware, two Oregon State University students were diagnosed in November with Type B meningococcal disease. I am pleased to share that both students are recovering and are no longer hospitalized. I am writing to share that the best way to prevent meningococcal disease is by vaccination. You may want to consider being vaccinated for Type B meningococcal disease while you are on winter break. Many health care providers have the meningococcal B vaccine available. Please contact your health care provider to determine the need for a vaccine, and it is advisable to contact your insurance carrier for information on coverage for meningococcal B vaccine. There are two commonly used brands of vaccine:

  • Bexsero requires two doses with the second dose given one month following the first.
  • Trumenba involves 3 doses. The second dose occurs 1-2 months after the initial dose, and the third dose is given 6 months after the initial dose.

Note that you must complete whichever vaccine series you have started to ensure full immunization. Once you return to campus, OSU Student Health Services can provide follow-up doses of either Bexsero or Trumenba. It also is imperative that you communicate the date of your initial vaccination dose and the brand received when you visit Student Health Services. If you already received a first dose of meningococcal B vaccine before leaving for winter break – and you choose to visit a primary physician in your hometown for a second dose—you will need to let your health care provider know which brand of vaccine has been started. If you received a first dose vaccine on campus at Student Health Services, you received Bexsero.

You can call SHS at 541-737-2724 if you do not remember the date you received your first dose. Be aware that the B strain of meningococcal disease is not covered by the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine that OSU requires upon admission for first year students under 22. As a reminder, meningococcal disease is not highly contagious and is transmitted through direct contact with droplets from an ill person coughing or sneezing; other discharges from the nose or throat; or by sharing of eating and drinking utensils, smoking devices; or intimate contact.

Health officials encourage everyone to monitor their own health and note the following symptoms that may accompany this disease: high fever, a significant weakness, headache, stiff neck, rash, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. While away on winter break, if you experience these symptoms, please immediately visit your primary care physician or a nearby urgent care medical clinic or emergency room. More information on meningococcal disease is available by visiting these websites: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectious-diseases/meningococcal-disease or http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=51

I wish you and your family a healthful and happy holiday season.

Susie Brubaker-Cole, Vice Provost Student Affairs

Continuing inclement weather conditions will result in Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus opening at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Please use caution while commuting as icy conditions may persist in some areas in the Willamette Valley. The OSU Corvallis campus to open at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2016

5 a.m. Dec. 14, 2016 To all Oregon State University Corvallis students, University officials continue to monitor winter weather conditions and forecasts. Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus will open with normal operations on Wednesday, Dec. 14

5 a.m. Dec. 8, 2016 To all Oregon State University Corvallis students, Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus will open with normal operations on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. University officials will continue to monitor weather conditions and forecast

Dec. 7, 2016 To all Oregon State University Corvallis students, Due to the prospect of inclement weather -- including possible accumulations of snow and ice in the Willamette Valley -- please check your e-mail and the OSU Home Page at 6 a.m., Thursday.

A second power outage on Oregon State University's Corvallis campus has occurred affecting Gill Coliseum, Bloss and Finley residence halls, Dixon Recreation Center and Arnold Dining Center. The outage is attributed to heavy rainfall that has fallen in

An electrical power service disruption Friday morning, Nov. 24, to several major buildings on Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus has been restored. The power outage is attributed to five inches of rainfall in the mid-Willamette Valley.

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00 am on Thursday, November 24 through the end of the day on Sunday, November 27. These tools and services will be inaccessible during the outage. We apologize for the inconvenience.

OSU does not and will not enforce federal immigration laws. The university will not facilitate federal immigration enforcement activities -- nor will it honor federal immigration information requests -- unless required by warrant, court order or eme

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30 a.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2016). Our partners is IT are currently working as quickly as possible to get this resolved. For the most current updates, please keep an eye on our twitter account. @ osu_registrar We realize this is highly inconvenient d

//www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/ Note: On Election Day all official ballot drop sites will be open until 8:00 p.m. If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot, you may check the status of your ballot by calling your county elections

creating a safer campus, so students can thrive. We are proud ambassadors of our institutions and members of our communities. Both ASOSU and ASUO are committed to ensuring the safety of students across the state. We ask you to join us in this effort. Tak

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//sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/my-vote.aspx Students may register to vote using a university address or a permanent home address. If you choose to register to vote at home but would like your ballot sent to your school address, you will need t

• Roll-out of Oregon State’s new Name-in-Use Policy; •Pilot testing and implementation of Student Diversity Learning Modules; • Launching a new Faculty and Staff Social Justice Education Initiative; • Ongoing development of bias incident response resou

Watch out for false calls and e-mails regarding overdue taxes and offers to save on tuition. Please be aware of recent national scams that are targeting college students. In one example, callers pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and d

August 4, 2016 Dear Members of the Oregon State University Community, Following broad consultation with numerous individuals and groups, and after analyzing several separate reports, I have determined that Oregon State University’s Marine Studies Initia

On-campus housing options for Sophomore and Above Students. Message from University Housing & Dining Services It’s not too late to sign up for on-campus housing for Fall 2016 Still looking for housing for next year? Don't miss out on the $900 rebate on

• Find ways to make an OSU degree an affordable reality for all qualified Oregonians; • Make sure that Oregon State is the school of choice for Oregon’s high-achieving and highly accomplished students; and • Ensure that Oregon State is a university wher

// oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2hipsmZVC0iciGN Oregon State University is in the process of reviewing transportation on the OSU main campus. We are requesting students and faculty/staff complete a brief, online transportation survey about typic

• A representative from the Department of Human Services will be on campus Tuesday, January 5th – Thursday, January 7th from 1pm to 4pm to help students’ with SNAP (Food Stamp) applications. Call or stop by to set up a 15 minute appointment. • Winter M

// catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=148). Thank you and best of luck with winter term, Office of the Registrar Office of Business Affairs

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OSU Transportation Survey – 2015 Oregon State University is in the process of reviewing transportation on main campus. We are requesting students and faculty/staff complete a brief, online transportation survey about typical morning and evening trips. Th

30-11 a.m. Memorial Union Lounge OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals for holiday treats and gourmet beverages. Join President Ray in celebration and conversation at the Memorial Union Lounge. Accommodations for disa

Good morning, Phishing attempts are on the rise as we head in to the holiday break – phishing scammers pay attention to the school calendar and send even more phishing attempts when you’re coming back from break. During our 2nd Annual Phishing Derby, O

“TapRide.” Meanwhile, be aware that university and city of Corvallis public safety officials – including police and fire department officers – will be out in greater numbers this weekend. So if you party, party smart. If you need emergency assistance ov

OSU Corvallis Students, Please note the correct emergency phone number for OSU Department of Public Safety is (541)-737-7000. You can also reach Oregon State Police or Corvallis Police Department at 911. We apologize for any confusion regarding the cor

//financialaid.oregonstate.edu/consumer-information. The consumer information available is in regard to student financial aid, campus security, the Student Right to Know Act, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA)

Students, We have some great news for you! In an effort to make your course scheduling life a lot easier, the Office of the Registrar recently partnered with a company to make it possible for you to create multiple=

55 pm. If you withdraw from classes before that deadline you will receive a 50% tuition refund. After that deadline there are no further tuition refunds for the term. Remember, W grades are entered on transcripts when students withdraw from classes.

// emergency. oregonstate.edu/oregon-shake-out. If you participate in the Drill, send an email to Michael.bamberger @ oregonsate.edu with which group/office/class/etc. you are with and how many participated in the drill. We want to exceed our 300 particip

Working with Distressed Students and Active Shooter Preparedness. This will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, in Milam Auditorium. In light of recent events, this event is now open to everyone in the OSU community. Please come if you can. This wil

55 pm. W grades are recorded after this deadline. This is also the deadline to drop courses and receive 100% tuition refund. Dates have changed for other important activities. Please consult the academic calendar for these dates here. Thank you and have a

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free support to students, 541-737-2131; Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers support to OSU employees, 800-433-2320; Other referrals may be made through the OSU Care Network at 541-737-8748. In respon

Oct. 1, 2015 Dear OSU Students, Faculty and Staff, There are no words sufficient to frame today’s horrific and senseless violence at Umpqua Community College. Disbelief and sadness are understandable, but we must focus on doing all we can to comfort the