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Withdrawn Course Limit Reminder Notice

Notifies the student of how many courses they have withdrawn from, and how many they may withdraw from in the future in accordance with AR 12 (A student may withdraw from no more than 12 courses while an undergraduate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Students who have withdrawn from a course for the term.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Notifies students they were successfully withdrawn from the university for the term by the Office of the Registrar after taking the ‘Withdraw from the University’ survey.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 2019-2020

The emails below were approved by the OSU Registrar to be sent to Student Communications listserves in the 2019-2020 school year.

Email archive for previous years.

 

 

Dear OSU-Cascades community,

These are challenging times for many of us, but particularly for the Black community and other people of color. In addition to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic – which disproportionately affect communities of color and include an increase in anti-Asian bias – our colleagues of color are facing brutal and constant reminders of the threats of racism.

Over the past week, we’ve witnessed a nation mourning the police killings of Black people including George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and most recently, David McAtee, and demanding an end to the systemic racism that has plagued this country since the arrival of the first white settlers.

First and foremost, I want to extend open-ended and open-hearted support to our students, staff and faculty of color, and encourage my white peers to do the same. 

To our students and staff of color: I see you and I stand with you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for support, whether to me or to other resources.

To all my colleagues: We have work to do. As Vice President Becky Johnson mentioned in her recent message, we must all do our part to create a community that is equitable, inclusive and safe for all.

It is in that spirit that I share these resources to support our collective efforts to create a culture of care and a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus. This collaborative living document includes opportunities to engage, connect, take care, read, and listen.

I invite you all to join me in creating a web of support for one another and showing up in solidarity with communities of color.

With gratitude,

Erin

Erin Rook | Diversity Coordinator
Pronouns: He/Him or They/Them
Oregon State University – Cascades

 

Dear Students,

 

We are writing to encourage you to read through the message Provost Feser sent last night—we’ve placed it below this message for your convenience. He wants you to be aware of the advice he gave the faculty, encouraging them to allow appropriate flexibility in the form and timing of assignments, final exams and other requirements.

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your instructors if you need this flexibility. Also remember that the option to switch to S/U grading is available to you through noon tomorrow, Friday, June 5.

 

Sincerely,

Alix Gitelman

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

 

Philip Mote

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

 

 

PROVOST FESER’S MESSAGE:

 

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

 

 

 

3 June 2020

 

Dear OSU Community,

 

I am writing on behalf of myself and President Ray regarding actions to be taken immediately here at Oregon State University to address the needs and concerns of our community. President Ray issued a statement on Sunday to address the changes in policing that must occur across this country and he has written to the National Governors Association to take up that call to action immediately. Here at Oregon State University, we must take action now.

The killing of George Floyd, repeated acts of police brutality against the Black community, and the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color: this is what systemic racism looks like. Blacks, African-Americans and other people of color live this tragedy—and are called upon to be the central agents in fighting it—every day. Those of us who identify as white and who believe ourselves allies in the fight against racism have the luxury of engaging in times and places of our own choosing, when we are able to muster the attention and energy from other concerns and causes, the foresight and understanding, or the courage. That too is what systemic racism looks like.

Our Black students, faculty, and staff are hurt, grieving, exhausted, frustrated and angry. What is playing out in our cities and in our media—yet again stark evidence of the creeping slowness by which our society is coming to grips with what it is and what it faces—is all too viscerally familiar. Yet our Black colleagues and students continue to work, teach, conduct research, serve Oregon’s communities, attend to their families and friends, and learn. Their bravery and resilience are humbling and an example for everyone.

Whatever the color of your skin, open your eyes and ears to your Black colleagues and students. See them, listen and seek to understand. Lend your voice to the cause of challenging systemic racism and police violence. Question and actively oppose historical, cultural and institutional practices that perpetuate racism. Bring your ideas, your time and your resources to help achieve real change within OSU and in America. I also ask our deans and department heads to recognize that our Black faculty need additional support and flexibility during this time.

As teachers, we oversee the progress of our students. These are trying times for them and they may need adjustments in how they meet their responsibilities. Whether you are teaching a campus-based remote class or on Ecampus, please allow appropriate flexibility in the form and timing of assignments, final exams and other requirements. Remind all of your students of their option to switch their courses to S/U grading—a policy put in place in response to COVID-19. They have this option through the end of this week. Encourage your students to talk with you. It is true that students must meet their academic responsibilities; yet, current circumstances warrant flexibility in how they meet those responsibilities.

Twelve weeks ago you began our sudden and massive shift to remote operations, supported by our dedicated staff. We now approach the end of this unprecedented spring term, deep in planning for what is next in our uncertain future. We are also faced with addressing intersecting and mutually compounding crises as a society and nation. It is almost trite to say that this is a challenging and stressful time.

But it is not equally challenging for all of us. Many of us experience privilege and safety simply by virtue of the color of our skin. Some of us do not. The lasting strength and positive impact of our university community depends on each and every one of us coming to terms with this fundamental injustice and at last addressing it with the commitment and urgency it demands.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

    

     624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

     leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

3 June 2020

 

Dear OSU Community,

 

I am writing on behalf of myself and President Ray regarding actions to be taken immediately here at Oregon State University to address the needs and concerns of our community. President Ray issued a statement on Sunday to address the changes in policing that must occur across this country and he has written to the National Governors Association to take up that call to action immediately. Here at Oregon State University, we must take action now.

The killing of George Floyd, repeated acts of police brutality against the Black community, and the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color: this is what systemic racism looks like. Blacks, African-Americans and other people of color live this tragedy—and are called upon to be the central agents in fighting it—every day. Those of us who identify as white and who believe ourselves allies in the fight against racism have the luxury of engaging in times and places of our own choosing, when we are able to muster the attention and energy from other concerns and causes, the foresight and understanding, or the courage. That too is what systemic racism looks like.

Our Black students, faculty, and staff are hurt, grieving, exhausted, frustrated and angry. What is playing out in our cities and in our media—yet again stark evidence of the creeping slowness by which our society is coming to grips with what it is and what it faces—is all too viscerally familiar. Yet our Black colleagues and students continue to work, teach, conduct research, serve Oregon’s communities, attend to their families and friends, and learn. Their bravery and resilience are humbling and an example for everyone.

Whatever the color of your skin, open your eyes and ears to your Black colleagues and students. See them, listen and seek to understand. Lend your voice to the cause of challenging systemic racism and police violence. Question and actively oppose historical, cultural and institutional practices that perpetuate racism. Bring your ideas, your time and your resources to help achieve real change within OSU and in America. I also ask our deans and department heads to recognize that our Black faculty need additional support and flexibility during this time.

As teachers, we oversee the progress of our students. These are trying times for them and they may need adjustments in how they meet their responsibilities. Whether you are teaching a campus-based remote class or on Ecampus, please allow appropriate flexibility in the form and timing of assignments, final exams and other requirements. Remind all of your students of their option to switch their courses to S/U grading—a policy put in place in response to COVID-19. They have this option through the end of this week. Encourage your students to talk with you. It is true that students must meet their academic responsibilities; yet, current circumstances warrant flexibility in how they meet those responsibilities.

Twelve weeks ago you began our sudden and massive shift to remote operations, supported by our dedicated staff. We now approach the end of this unprecedented spring term, deep in planning for what is next in our uncertain future. We are also faced with addressing intersecting and mutually compounding crises as a society and nation. It is almost trite to say that this is a challenging and stressful time.

But it is not equally challenging for all of us. Many of us experience privilege and safety simply by virtue of the color of our skin. Some of us do not. The lasting strength and positive impact of our university community depends on each and every one of us coming to terms with this fundamental injustice and at last addressing it with the commitment and urgency it demands.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

    

     624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

     leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oregon State students, faculty and staff,

 

I am very pleased to share that in collaboration with the OSU Foundation, we have surpassed our goal to raise $150 million for student success scholarships and initiatives.

 

Four years ago, I announced that the university would make student success a top priority and achieve new horizons of inclusive student success and excellence for all students. We committed to increase first-year retention rates and graduation rates and expand student experiential learning and other programs to help all students reach their full potential in the classroom, in the community and in life after graduation. As a first-generation student myself, I knew it was essential that OSU provide for the success of each and every student.

 

In response, the university launched the Undergraduate Student Success Initiative (USSI) and also made success for all undergraduate and graduate students a foundational element of  OSU’s Strategic Plan 4.0. The OSU Foundation collaborated by quickly pledging to raise $150 million to support student success strategies and scholarships. Others, including the USSI Steering Committee, have also been leaders in addressing many factors related to student success.

 

Meaningful results are occurring as more students are completing their degrees. Our six-year graduation rate has improved from 63.3% to 67.1% with last year’s graduating class. First-year retention rates increased as well – from 83.4% in 2015 to 85.4% in 2018. These improvements are occurring with the leadership, engagement and passion for student success by our faculty, student advisors, Student Affairs staff and colleagues throughout the university.

 

In four years, generous philanthropic support from OSU alumni, faculty, staff and others has created more than 475 new scholarship and fellowship funds – nearly a 27% increase – as well as funds to support experiential learning, including internships and study abroad opportunities. In addition to need- and merit-based financial support, this philanthropy also provides emergency funding assistance.

 

While we have more work to do to advance student success at OSU, it is important to note improvements to date, thank our donors, celebrate this remarkable fundraising achievement and recognize the OSU Foundation for its outstanding leadership. For more details, please visit the foundation website, read the news release and view this video.

 

Recognizing that there is still unmet need, Oregon State has created a new match program by providing $10,000 in scholarship resources to students for each new qualifying endowed gift of $50,000 made by donors. The university will commit up to $1 million toward this effort, which will inspire at least $5 million in new endowed funds.

 

We know that our graduates are OSU’s most important contribution to the future. And by helping each and every OSU student meet their academic goals, we will advance OSU’s education, research and engagement mission.

 

I thank each of you for helping to advance the student success initiative so that we may provide a transformational experience for every student attending this great university.

 

Sincerely,

                                                                       

Edward J. Ray

President                                                    

 

 

Dear OSU students,

I hope this note finds you well as we near the end of a very unusual spring term.

You may have already seen announcements within other sources, but I wanted to personally invite you to a student information session to be held this afternoon related to OSU’s resumption plans for on-campus student learning, activities, research and residential life.

The information session will include updates by ASOSU and university leaders, is specifically designed with student interests in mind, and will include time for you to ask questions, and share suggestions and any concerns.

The student forum takes place today, June 2, from 3 to 4 p.m., via Zoom at https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/95105825919.

 

Sincerely,

Dan Larson

Vice Provost

Student Affairs

 

 

 

Dear OSU-Cascades students,

I hope this note finds you well as we near the end of a very unusual spring term.

You may have already seen announcements within other sources, but I wanted to personally invite you to a student information session to be held this afternoon related to OSU-Cascades’ resumption plans for on-campus student learning, activities, research and residential life.

The information session will include updates by ASCC, campus and university leaders, is specifically designed with student interests in mind, and will include time for you to ask questions, and share suggestions and any concerns.

The student forum takes place today, June 2, from 4 to 5 p.m., via Zoom at https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/96666276545

Sincerely,

 

Becky Johnson

Vice President

OSU-Cascades 

 

 

Dear OSU-Cascades students,

 

By now, you likely have heard about the tragic death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minnesota, and the widespread outrage sparked by this latest violence against people of color in our country. I want to echo OSU President Ed Ray in expressing care for our colleagues of color and in calling us to act to create a different future.

 

As President Ray noted in his message sent Sunday, this violence is not new. Nothing will change unless we take action to eradicate racism and all forms of bias. He described some of the actions he is taking to advocate for police reform and to ensure that public safety at OSU is conducted in alignment with our values of promoting equity.

 

I implore each of you to reach out and support campus community and local community members of color during this time and find ways to contribute to a community that is equitable, inclusive and safe for all. I ask you to join me in taking advantage of trainings and programming offered on our campus, and I will ask Erin Rook to provide specific opportunities available to our community. These are offered regularly and can teach us to recognize bias - in ourselves and in others - and how to speak out when we witness discrimination or harassment.

 

As a society - and members of an OSU campus community - we must all do our part to ensure that everyone is safe and valued, and has the opportunity to realize their full potential.

 

Sincerely,

 

Becky Johnson

Vice President

 

 

 


Members of the OSU community,

 

The primary role of police in America is to provide for the safety of all people by protecting them from criminals and to hold each of us accountable to the law. We expect police to apprehend criminals and work within the legal system to make certain that justice is blind and all are held accountable to the law.

 

We all have watched in horror videos being replayed over the past week showing the life of George Floyd brutally taken from him by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minn., while three other officers sworn to uphold the law looked on in indifference. The officer who killed Mr. Floyd was arrested and all four of the officers were fired, but the other three officers simply went home.

 

Sadly, this horrific event is just the latest in a seemingly endless stream of acts of violence against Black and other people of color by police who are sworn to protect and serve them.

 

Mr. Floyd’s death comes on the heels of the Feb. 23 fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery by armed white residents as he was out jogging in a neighborhood in South Georgia. As well, the March 13 death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot in her Louisville, Ky. home by police. And the reporting to police last week of an African American man threatening a white woman when in fact he was in New York City’s Central Park to watch birds and simply asked her to keep her dog on a leash.

 

We continually hear speeches and testimonials about how unacceptable and terrible these acts are and how our leaders feel the pain of the Black community. Yet, nothing changes much and we act as if these horrific events are singular or isolated events. But these are not one-offs. They are the product of a failed justice system that perpetuates racism in America and too often a culture of silence within police forces that protects incompetent and hateful people simply because they wear the badge. We are condemned to relive these tragedies unless we make real change a priority throughout this country.

 

America must be a land of personal and equal freedom, safety and opportunity for all people. And to be certain, the police exist to protect us from predators and not to control us. That attitude should be universal in this country regardless of who we are, where we live or what we look like.

 

But how can we expect America and all people who live here including communities of color to thrive in the midst of such violence and injustice? How many times must we write the same messages expressing our outrage and hurt, sharing our thoughts and prayers for those harmed, and pleading for an end to injustice? How many acts of discrimination, injury and death must occur before our country confronts the realities of the lived experiences of people of color in our society? All of this must stop and that requires action not speeches.

 

Policing is a local function, but our system of policing requires systematic change across the country. On Monday, I will write the National Governors Association and urge the association and other groups to develop rules, training programs and disciplinary codes for appropriate policing to be enforced throughout America and for unions to step up and support the justice system in weeding out bad officers. Most police are good, dedicated, under-paid and hard working men and women, who risk their lives every day for the well-being of all people. They deserve our thanks and respect and they should not be subject to public scorn because we are incapable of holding some police accountable to the laws of our country and communities simply because they wear a badge. 

 

As a university community, we must join together to ensure that all members of the OSU community students, faculty, staff and visitors not only feel welcomed and safe, but experience our community as a place to thrive. Each and every member of our community must know they are valued, that they belong here, and that we celebrate the rich diversity that they bring to Oregon State University. We should not tolerate anything less.

 

Our new police chief, Edgar Rodriguez understands that police must be a community partner that provide a sense of safety in the university and broader community.  As we hire officers for our police force, the Office of Institutional Diversity will continue to provide training to OSU public safety officers on implicit bias, foundations of power, privilege and oppression to ensure that our public safety practices are congruent with OSU’s values regarding inclusivity and opposing oppression. University leaders also will to seek to achieve agreements with police agencies in communities where OSU operates so that we may mutually advance inclusive justice for all people.

 

The novel coronavirus pandemic has made all of us look at the inequities in our society. We call people essential workers and yet we systematically pay them less than living wages and deny them critical health care and quality education for themselves and their children, and we act surprised that they are disproportionately vulnerable to death from the COVID-19 pandemic because of pre-existing conditions and that they are disproportionately people of color. When do we get disgusted enough with what we have created and say enough?

 

We have a policing problem in America, but it is part of a much deeper and broader failure of this society to live up to the promise of America, which continually eludes us.

 

As I prepare to step down as university president on June 30, I am confident that our university and the OSU community are in the right hands with incoming president King Alexander. He and I talk often and I know he shares my personal values and leadership commitment to inclusivity, safety and opportunity for all. I know that as OSU’s next president, he will be unwavering in helping advance the work of inclusive justice and opportunity for all that must be part of life within OSU and across America.  Together with Chief Rodriguez, he will help us move in the right direction in our little part of the world.

 

In closing, I ask that each of us continue to participate in dialogue, leadership and understanding as we seek to alter the direction of society. I know this will not happen overnight, but by God it needs to happen soon.

 

Sincerely,

                                                                       

Edward J. Ray

President                                                    

 

 

 

Dear OSU-Cascades students,

I am writing to share information about summer sessions 4 and 5 and fall term.

With the best information we have available now, we are preparing summer and fall registration plans while prioritizing public health and personal safety on our campus for our students, faculty, staff and the public. Please note that these plans are subject to change pending higher education guidance anticipated from Governor Kate Brown and public health authorities.

Summer term:

  1. Many courses in summer sessions 4 and 5 will use remote instruction modality, while some courses will be held on campus. Details will be available in the schedule of classes next week.
  2. To assure public health and personal safety, all in-person instruction will be conducted with strict capacity restrictions within classrooms and labs, physical distancing requirements, and a face covering standard to guide students, faculty, staff and guests on when and where face coverings are required. Detailed information will be shared in the coming weeks.

Fall term:

  1. We will deliver as many class sections as possible with in-person instruction, as long as public health guidelines are met.
  2. We expect many (though not all) class sections with enrollments 40 and below to be delivered in-person.
  3. We expect most class sections with enrollments over 40 will be delivered using a remote instruction modality.
  4. Details about course delivery will be available in the schedule of classes in late June. 
  5. Classes that typically end 50 minutes after the hour will end 45 minutes after the hour to allow for a slightly longer transition time between classes to facilitate lower density and crowding during transition times.
  6. During fall term, we will continue to use strict capacity restrictions, physical distancing requirements and a face covering standard that will guide students, faculty, staff, and guests on when and where face coverings are required.

I want to emphasize that our plans are being guided by principles regarding public health and safety, successful experiences for first-year and transfer students, and progression to graduation for all undergraduate and graduate students. There is a comprehensive listing of our principles on the Keep Learning website.

In closing, I am very impressed by your academic work, patience and commitment to public health during these challenging times. I recognize that students and faculty are achieving great feats this term by successfully completing courses remotely that typically are conducted on campus. Your transition and successful progress this term was nothing short of extraordinary.

I thank you for your continuing efforts and patience as we adjust academic programming and student services during this unprecedented situation.

Sincerely,

Becky Johnson

Vice President

Summer term:

  1. Many courses in summer sessions 4 and 5 will use remote instruction modality, while some courses will be held on campus or at an OSU-approved location. Details will be available in the schedule of classes next week.
  2. To assure public health and personal safety, all in-person instruction will be conducted with strict capacity restrictions within classrooms and labs, physical distancing requirements, and a face covering standard to guide students, faculty, staff and guests on when and where face coverings are required. Detailed information will be shared in the coming weeks.

Fall term:

  1. We expect many (though not all) class sections with enrollments 50 and below to be delivered in-person.
  2. We expect nearly all class sections with enrollments over 50 will be delivered using a remote instruction modality.
  3. Classes that typically end 50 minutes after the hour will end 45 minutes after the hour to allow for a slightly longer transition time between classes to facilitate lower density and crowding during transition times.
  4. Face-to-face teaching on the Corvallis campus will end on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Week 10 classes and fall term final exams and activities will be delivered remotely. You will not be required to return to OSU’s Corvallis campus after the Thanksgiving break for the remainder of fall term.
  5. During fall term, we will continue to use strict capacity restrictions, physical distancing requirements and a face covering standard that with guide students, faculty, staff, and guests on when and where face coverings are required.

We want to emphasize that our plans are being guided by principles regarding public health and safety, successful experiences for first-year and transfer students, and progression to graduation for all undergraduate and graduate students. There is a comprehensive listing of our principles on the Keep Learning website. We are very impressed by your academic work, patience and commitment to public health during these challenging times. We recognize that students and faculty are achieving great feats this term by successfully completing courses remotely that typically are conducted on campus. Your transition and successful progress this term was nothing short of extraordinary.

Thank you for your continuing efforts and patience as we adjust academic programming and student services during this unprecedented situation.

Sincerely,

 

Alix Gitelman

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

 

Rebecca Mathern

Associate Provost and University Registrar

 

Dear OSU Corvallis students,

We are writing to share information about summer sessions 4 and 5 and fall term for Corvallis campus as well as Portland and Hatfield locations.

With the best information we have available now, we are preparing summer and fall registration plans while prioritizing public health and personal safety for our students, faculty, staff and the public. Please note that these plans are subject to change pending higher education guidance anticipated from Governor Kate Brown and public health authorities.

Summer term:

  1. Many courses in summer sessions 4 and 5 will use remote instruction modality, while some courses will be held on campus or at an OSU-approved location. Details will be available in the schedule of classes next week.
  2. To assure public health and personal safety, all in-person instruction will be conducted with strict capacity restrictions within classrooms and labs, physical distancing requirements, and a face covering standard to guide students, faculty, staff and guests on when and where face coverings are required. Detailed information will be shared in the coming weeks.

Fall term:

  1. We expect many (though not all) class sections with enrollments 50 and below to be delivered in-person.
  2. We expect nearly all class sections with enrollments over 50 will be delivered using a remote instruction modality.
  3. Classes that typically end 50 minutes after the hour will end 45 minutes after the hour to allow for a slightly longer transition time between classes to facilitate lower density and crowding during transition times.
  4. Face-to-face teaching on the Corvallis campus will end on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Week 10 classes and fall term final exams and activities will be delivered remotely. You will not be required to return to OSU’s Corvallis campus after the Thanksgiving break for the remainder of fall term.
  5. During fall term, we will continue to use strict capacity restrictions, physical distancing requirements and a face covering standard that with guide students, faculty, staff, and guests on when and where face coverings are required.

We want to emphasize that our plans are being guided by principles regarding public health and safety, successful experiences for first-year and transfer students, and progression to graduation for all undergraduate and graduate students. There is a comprehensive listing of our principles on the Keep Learning website. We are very impressed by your academic work, patience and commitment to public health during these challenging times. We recognize that students and faculty are achieving great feats this term by successfully completing courses remotely that typically are conducted on campus. Your transition and successful progress this term was nothing short of extraordinary.

Thank you for your continuing efforts and patience as we adjust academic programming and student services during this unprecedented situation.

Sincerely,

 

Alix Gitelman

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

 

Rebecca Mathern

Associate Provost and University Registra

Dear OSU students,

We wanted to inform you about a change to our student information system that will result in displaying your photo ID to advisors and faculty as of June 1st. Previously you could opt-in to display this photo to your instructors and advisors. With a change in our student information system, we consulted ASOSU representatives about switching from an opt-in to an opt-out process for ID photos; ASOSU representatives supported this change.

 

Now your ID photo will display to your advisors and instructors in the student information system. *Please note: your student ID photo is not directory information and will not be released to those who do not have a legitimate educational interest.*

 

You have the ability to opt-out if you would like to starting June 1. To do so, go to the ‘Update Personal Profile’ section on the Welcome screen of MyOSU. Click ‘OSU Directory Preferences.’ [see image below]


 

Once you click this, it will take you to a screen in Online Services that says ‘Directory Profile,’ where you can decide what displays in the directory. At the bottom, you will see where it says ‘Photo Viewable.’ If you uncheck that box, your photo will not be viewable. **ID photos are not directory information and will not be displayed publicly.**

 

If you have questions about the change in this process, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

 

Sincerely,

Rebecca Mathern, PhD

Associate Provost and University Registrar

Oregon State University

 

Dear Students,

 

As we enter the weekend and fall registration opens, we want to update you on the current planning for fall term. This is an unprecedented time and that means some of our long-standing practices at OSU might change. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we aim to limit changes to the student experience but appreciate everyone’s flexibility where changes are necessary. Fall term course planning is being managed by several overarching principles.

 

Safety is the number one priority. That includes multiple strategies for how we support classroom teaching this fall such as: providing for physical distancing in and out of the classrooms, limiting large gatherings, careful room scheduling, and an aggressive cleaning and sanitation plan for campus. The second principle is prioritizing students’ progression towards degree; this can affect students differently.

 

Please understand that course offerings are subject to change based on health authority guidance, room availability, and instructor availability. Possible changes could include locations, times, and availability of courses. OSU is cautiously and intentionally moving ahead with the current updates for fall term registration: 

 

  • At the present time, classes larger than 100 are scheduled as remote. This number may be reduced upon further guidance from the Governor and Oregon Health Authority.

 

  • Lab and activity courses will require unique approaches developed by faculty in each department. This may result in having to adjust class size; prioritization may need to be given to students closest to graduation. 

 

  • The vast majority of necessary adjustments to the fall schedule will be finalized by Labor Day (Sept 7, 2020).

 

As we have said earlier, your continued safety and progress toward your attainment of your educational goals are our top priorities. Other information about financial resources can be found on the financial aid website about COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alix Gitelman                                                             

Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education                                

 

 

Rebecca Mathern

Associate Provost and University Registrar

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

14 May 2020

 

Dear OSU Students,

 

In the days ahead, we expect to receive additional guidance from Oregon Governor Kate Brown specific to the resumption plans of the state’s universities and colleges. This guidance will provide clarity on how OSU’s resumption activities may intersect with the reopening plans of counties in which the university operates. In the meantime, please be aware that OSU’s activities remain restricted until June 13 under Executive Order 20-09 to remote instruction and only on-site critical functions, regardless of the re-opening of any Oregon counties. As counties do reopen, the university will evaluate its activities within those counties we operate and advise our faculty, staff and students accordingly.

 

Thank you and stay well.

 

Dan Larson

Coronavirus Response Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

    

     624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

     leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear OSU students,

 

I am pleased to announce that Edgar Rodriguez has been selected to serve as Oregon State University’s interim associate vice president for public safety and chief of police beginning May 25, 2020.

 

Edgar currently is the associate vice president and chief of public safety and emergency management at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, where he has served in that role since 2014. He is responsible for the leadership, direction and administration of the university’s Department of Public Safety and develops and implements programs to ensure the safety and security of a diverse campus community.

 

Edgar’s appointment is a very important step in OSU’s process to establish a law enforcement department on the Corvallis campus that is in keeping with the university’s culture and educational mission.

 

As you are likely aware, the Oregon State University Board of Trustees last month approved the establishment of a Corvallis campus police department. The new department will operate within the Department of Public Safety and begin operations on July 1, as contracts with the Oregon State Police for law enforcement services end on June 30, 2020.

 

With more than 32 years of progressive law enforcement experience, Edgar brings a vast background and deep knowledge of campus-based engagement, public safety and community policing, law enforcement leadership and emergency management to Oregon State. Throughout his career, he has served in various positions with the Department of Public Safety at Quinnipiac University, the Connecticut State Police and the Beacon Falls Police Department in Connecticut.

 

Edgar is committed to establishing and fostering strong communications, engagement and positive working relationships with OSU students, faculty, staff and the greater Corvallis community. One of his top priorities will be to lead, train and equip licensed law enforcement employees as part of OSU’s public safety department.

 

His hiring is contingent on the completion of customary OSU hiring requirements over the next week.

 

Edgar is expected to serve in this interim role for two years, leading the university’s planning and development of community-based law enforcement and public safety services and programs on the Corvallis campus. Please join me in welcoming Edgar to Oregon State and Beaver Nation.

 

Sincerely,

Mike

 

Michael J. Green

Vice President

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Office of the Vice President

Division of Finance and Administration

Oregon State University

640 Kerr Administration Building

Corvallis, OR 97331

Ph: 541-737-2447

 

 

The Office of the Registrar is launching a new online Change of Grading Basis form to better serve students when changing their grading basis (A-F to S/U or S/U to A-F).

This new process provides students and advisors with a seamless experience. Students are now able to:

•             Choose desired grading basis from their online schedule of classes.

•             Digitally sign and submit the form, which is routed to their advisors, from email.

•             Receive email confirmation that the request was approved, denied or processed

For details on the step-by-step process to change your grading basis, visit our website here

The deadline for students to select the S/U grading option for spring term 2020 is noon on Friday, June 5.

If you have questions or need assistance with the changing of grading basis process, please send an email to registrars@oregonstate.edu or contact the Office of the Registrar at (541) 737-4331.

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

 

11 May 2020

 

Dear OSU students,

 

I am writing to update you on the university’s plan to resume in-person teaching during the last few weeks of summer and the fall term.

 

OSU is prioritizing your health and safety. On-site university activities will resume in phases. We are building the capacity to adjust our phasing to changes in the status of COVID-19 without disrupting your learning significantly.

 

Everything we do will be in alignment with guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and local health authorities.

 

Summer Term

  • All courses starting in June (sessions 1, 2, 3, and 6) will be delivered through remote instruction.
  • Starting in July and August (sessions 4 and 5), we are planning for most courses to be delivered on-site and some remote. Full information about summer term course delivery will be available by June 1 in the summer schedule of classes. For more information about summer term at OSU visit this website.

Fall Term

  • We are planning to provide on-site, in-person instruction this fall.
  • Many courses may involve a combination of in-person and remotely delivered components, so we can maintain appropriate physical distancing and provide as much in-person instruction as possible.
  • We have created an option for international students new to OSU to being their course of study online and ease the transition to the university once travel conditions permit.

Campus Life

Some aspects of your campus experience this fall will be different from previous terms as a result of COVID-19. But we are planning for much to be the same:

  • Students will live on campus and be able to meet friends in the dining and student centers on our Corvallis and Bend campuses.
  • Recreation facilities and the craft center on our Corvallis campus will be open, and students in Corvallis and Bend will be able to engage in clubs, organizations and student leadership.
  • You will be engaged in learning and discovery in classrooms, labs, OSU research forests and farms, and on the ocean and nearby waterways.
  • Along the way, you will receive in-person support from faculty, academic advisors and other student affairs advisors and staff.

Public Health Measures

The following are public health measures we will have in place:

  • We will use OSU’s innovative TRACE-COVID-19 project to monitor the prevalence in the university community of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • We will enhance cleaning and sanitation of university facilities.
  • As a caring community, we will prioritize and promote effective personal hygiene, including regular hand-washing.
  • We will provide recommendations regarding the use of face coverings as part of our comprehensive public health strategy.
  • We will practice appropriate physical distancing.
  • We will provide testing in our Student Health Center for students in Corvallis, and work with local health providers for testing in Bend.
  • We will support local health authorities by engaging in contact tracing related to anyone infected by COVID-19 so that they may be isolated and monitored for illness.
  • We will provide support for students who become symptomatic and require self-isolation or quarantine space, if they have been exposed. 

 

To view our detailed resumption plan, please visit the OSU COVID-19 website to view a PowerPoint presentation and video detailing the plan and check out responses to frequently asked questions. This site also includes a link to information about the federal CARES Act funding that OSU received to help students in need of financial assistance during this difficult time.

 

As members of Beaver Nation, we will take care of each other and continue to change the world for the better through our study, research and service.

 

Stay well and see you soon,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

    

     624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

     leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


OSU faculty, staff and students,

Many members of the university community – both students and employees – continue to face serious personal, family and financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During this time, Beaver Nation’s caring, can-do and resilient spirit is stepping up remarkably to support those in need. I am writing with a deep sense of appreciation to share an update on such efforts underway, indicate how you can reach out for help if you are in need, and share how you might provide assistance if you are able.

 

We estimate that up to one-third of OSU’s students will be financially impacted by the pandemic. To date, more than 2,300 OSU students have applied for federal CARES Act and OSU emergency funding relief through the Financial Aid Office. Unfortunately, federal regulations do not allow us to distribute CARES Act funds to students enrolled solely in Ecampus prior to March 13, 2020, students who are not U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, DACA and undocumented students, and those not eligible for federal financial aid.

 

As well, I know that some faculty and staff are experiencing hardship.

 

All OSU students and employees are important. To assist as many community members as possible, the OSU Foundation – in collaboration with the university – has launched a fundraising initiative called Beavers Care with donors contributing over $500,000 to date in emergency funding for students and employees. We also are committing additional institutional resources to support students in need.

 

While students should apply for assistance through the Office of Financial Aid, employees may apply for COVID-19 relief assistance through the Office of Human Resources.

 

I am grateful to the OSU Foundation and the many generous donors who have stepped forward to make contributions. University senior leaders and OSU Athletics coaches have joined me to personally pledge over $932,000 to support student emergency aid, faculty and staff assistance programs and the university’s auxiliary units most severely impacted by COVID-19.

 

You already may have made a gift. If you have not, I ask you to consider making a personal contribution to the Beavers Care initiative. I know these are uncertain times for each of us but believe that any amount you can pledge will make a difference for someone in need.

 

Today is an opportune time to do so as the world comes together in a global day of giving in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19: #GivingTuesdayNow. By contributing online to Beavers Care, you can direct your gift to any OSU area you choose, including a student emergency fund in the Dean of Students’ Office, college or OSU unit of your choice, or the faculty and staff fund. You also can make a gift to Beavers Care through payroll deduction if you are an employee.

By collaborating, we will support those in need and inspire others to assist those among us who are struggling.

Thanks for all you do as members of the Oregon State University community. I hope that you, members of your family and your friends are well during these challenging times.

 

Sincerely,

                                                         

Edward J. Ray

President 

 

 

 

 

We are here for you


Though I know that the spring term has presented many challenges, Oregon State University remains here for you with programs and services to assure your success.

Our offices are open remotely and ready to help regardless of your learning and living location. Below you will find a broad range of student support services and engagement opportunities to support you and help you stay connected. If you need assistance navigating university resources, please contact Student Care via text or Zoom.

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.
Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students 

 

 

hands typing on laptop

 

Find connection


It's easy to feel disconnected from one another when we can't be together physically. Try meeting up with friends virtually at an Oregon State event, or show off your creative skills by sharing your art and craft projects with the Craft Center. For more ideas on how to connect with friends or family, or engage in some intentional time on your own, visit the OSU Experience website.
 

 

Academic support services


Finish spring term strong by utilizing OSU’s remote support services. The Academic Success Center can help with time management, motivation and studying strategies, while the Writing Center offers consultations and support to help throughout your writing process. Check out the Keep Learning site for a broad range of remote learning resources.
 

 

Lease and rental agreement assistance


ASOSU realizes the impacts of COVID-19 are numerous and unpredictable. The ASOSU Student Legal Services office is open and ready to assist if you are unable to pay rent due to loss of employment; have questions about the state of Oregon's eviction moratorium; need to know how to terminate your lease agreement early; or if you have a unique situation that needs legal consultation. 

Your well-being


Wherever you are, OSU offers a broad range of resources for your well-being. BEavers Here Now livestreams 15-minute meditation sessions at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Beavers Belong Support Network creates connection and community through weekly peer-led groups. And wellness coaching offers support for navigating transitions and overcoming challenges. 
 

 

Keep your career development on track


Many students are worried about how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact their post-graduate careers. The Career Development Center offers a number of resources to help you stay on track — from remote career workshops to résumé and cover letter advising sessions via Zoom to a micro-internship program that allows you to explore career paths.
 

 

Financial support resources


The COVID-19 pandemic has created financial uncertainty for many of our students. Oregon State University is here to help you learn about federal and local resources, including emergency funding. Need help navigating resources? Contact the basic needs navigator at the Human Services Resource Center for assistance filing for unemployment, applying for SNAP benefits and more.
 

Stay active

Spring has arrived, which means the sun is shining more, reminding us of the importance of staying active and getting outdoors. You can still go outside for a walk, run or bike ride — just remember to maintain a safe social distance of at least 6 feet. Recreational Sports offers lots of other options for staying active and engaged. You can take free fitness and training classes remotely, participate in virtual intramural sports or attend an Adventure Leadership Institute class that teaches outdoor preparedness skills.

 

 

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

 

 

 

4 May 2020

 

Dear OSU undergraduate and graduate students,

 

I am writing to update you that the university has now received federal funding for students available through the recently passed CARES Act, which offers financial relief due to COVID-19 impacts. The Office of Financial Aid is preparing to disburse these funds, which may be used to offset costs of housing, food, course materials, technology, health care and child care, among other eligible expenses.

 

To learn more about this program and apply for CARES Act assistance, please visit OSU’s CARES Act web page and apply using the emergency funding request. Note that there are eligibility requirements associated with the CARES Act, such as being eligible to receive federal financial aid and having a current FAFSA on file. If you have not filed a FAFSA for the 2019-20 academic year, you may still do so at this website.

 

Unfortunately, the provisions of the federal regulations do not allow OSU to distribute CARES Act funds to students enrolled solely in Ecampus, international students, DACA and undocumented students, and those not eligible for federal financial aid.

 

These students are also important members of the university community. To assist them and others, the OSU Foundation has launched a fundraising initiative called Beavers Care with donors contributing over $400,000 to date in emergency funding for students and OSU employees. In addition to the Beavers Care initiative, OSU is dedicating additional philanthropic and institutional funds to supporting students. To apply for this assistance, students should complete an emergency funding request through the Office of Financial Aid and may also learn more about assistance through their college advisors.

 

Please know that during this time of uncertainty, we’re here for you and remain committed to your well-being and doing all we can to assist you. Your continued safety and progress toward your attainment of your educational goals are our top priorities.

 

I hope you and your families are well.

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

    

     624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

     leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Students,

 

We've recently seen an uptick in employment scam emails targeting students. These are easy to spot when you know what to look for, but can be very dangerous if you don't know about them. If you see an email with any of the following traits, there's a good chance it’s a scam.

 

  • It comes from someone claiming to be a researcher or professor who is abroad and needs to hire an intern here
  • They offer a seemingly high weekly salary for only a small amount of office type work
  • They say that you'll need to purchase things for them, for which they'll send you money
  • They ask you to respond back with your name, number, address, and other personal information
  • They ask you to respond to a different “personal” email address

 

Legitimate employers won’t send you an email out of the blue asking you to do easy work for a high pay. If something seems too good to be true it usually is. If you receive an email like this that you’re suspicious of, please forward it as an attachment to phishing@oregonstate.edu and we’ll be happy to take a look. If you’re looking for real jobs at OSU jobs.oregonstate.edu is one of the best places to start.

 

If you want more quick tips on cybersecurity check out our minisite: beav.es/infosec

 

What kind of stories do we see?

 

It was the first thing in the morning and I was trying to get through all of my email.  I received yet another email from payroll for a document I needed to complete to start direct deposit for my student job, or so I thought.  I rapidly read through the email, clicked the link, and tried to login, but it didn’t work.  So I tried again.  Then it hit me, this wasn’t a legitimate email.  I read through the email again and it was embarrassing to notice how many signs were there that I had glossed over in my rush to get my direct deposit set up.

 

I got a Facebook message from a Professor at OSU, asking if I was interested in supporting a research project, and I was thrilled!  The Professor let me know that they were travelling over the next several weeks and asked if I buy some supplies for them, and they would pay me back.  I did as they asked and I was reimbursed.  The professor then asked for my bank information so they could arrange for direct deposit…a week later, my bank called letting me know that someone was trying to empty my account!  It turned out the “Professor” was a fraudster.

 

 

David McMorries | Chief Information Security Officer | Office of Information Security

| University Information and Technology | Oregon State University

1500 SW Jefferson Avenue | Corvallis, OR 97331 | Phone: 541-737-9561

https://uit.oregonstate.edu/ois

https://beav.es/infosec

OSU Students,

 

We hope your spring term is going well while we navigate the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19. As we advance through the term, we would like to share a reminder regarding religious holidays which students may observe. Oregon State University is committed to providing support for students, faculty and staff in our community whose observance of their religious beliefs may have an impact on classes, schedules and dietary needs.

 

We request that faculty work with students as outlined in OSU’s Religious Accommodation of Students Policy. It is incumbent on the student making the request to notify the faculty member as soon as possible prior to the need for the accommodation. Students should work directly with their faculty member on these requests according to OSU’s religious accommodation policy. Meanwhile, faculty and staff are able to approve requests for religious accommodations but must first contact Equal Opportunity & Access if denying a request.

 

Because of the timing of some holidays, we recognize it may not always be possible for students to contact faculty and staff for accommodations in advance as outlined in our religious accommodations policy. For this reason, we request that faculty work with students who miss required activities due to these religious holidays, and provide accommodations to make up any missed work deliverables or course material within a reasonable amount of time. In particular, due to the unique circumstances of the university’s COVID-19 response, flexibility should be given to students and offices to navigate accommodation processes under changed circumstances.

 

In addition to the above information, with this email, we are providing information about different dining and food options available on our campuses in Corvallis and at OSU-Cascades.

 

If you have any questions, concerns or recommendations, please do not hesitate to directly contact the Office of the Dean of Students or OSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

 

I wish you all a great remainder of your spring term.

  

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu

  

  

 

 

Dining and Food Options: Corvallis UHDS and OSU-Cascades dining locations are open for take-out service spring term.

 

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.

 

Any student in Corvallis practicing a Halal or Kosher diet who needs to develop a plan that will meet dietary needs for current holidays and beyond; who has suggestions about 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 & Dining Services by calling 541-737-3915 (office) or 541-602-9736 (cell).

  

OSU-Cascades: Contact Dining Manager Marta Givens  for assistance with special food needs. Housing Manager Amy Snyder can help students living on OSU-Cascades campus who need access to meal preparation space.

 

To request this information in an alternative format please contact deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu.

OSU community members,

 

The 2020 Primary Election is right around the corner. Oregon’s vote-by-mail system makes it easy to exercise your right to vote even during these unprecedented times. In order to vote in the May 19 election, you must register to vote by Tuesday, April 28.

 

If you are not registered to vote, we encourage you to do so through ASOSU’s TurboVote. This system makes it efficient for OSU students, faculty and staff to register to vote, update registration information, and receive election reminders.

 

If you are already registered to vote in Oregon, please take a moment to review your voter registration information through the Secretary of State’s website.

 

It is especially important to ensure your mailing address is updated to where you will be in residence on May 19. In Oregon, it is legal to have ballots mailed to your current mailing address even if that location is different from your residential voting address. Additionally, if you have changed your signature, or party registration, you must update your voter registration information with the Secretary of State.

 

If you are registered in a different state and residing in Oregon, you will need to apply for an absentee ballot through your home county or state’s elections office. It is not legal for anyone, including the post office, to forward your ballot.

 

More information for student voters can be found here.

 

Please take the time to register to vote — and once registered, please participate in the election. If you have questions or need information about voter registration, please visit the appropriate elections office website:

 

Benton County Elections Department:

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

 

Deschutes County Elections Department:

(541) 388-6547, https://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

 

Sincerely,

                                                           

Edward J. Ray

President 
Oregon State University                                                        

                                                        

                                                                                                               

Associated Students of Oregon State University

 

Associated Students of Cascades Campus

                                         

OSU Faculty Senate                               

 

United Academics OSU

 

SEIU Local 083                                                            


Coalition of Graduate Employees

Members of the OSU community,

 

I am writing to announce that this weekend Oregon State University scientists will launch a public health study in Corvallis to determine the community prevalence of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

 

This effort is called TRACE-COVID for short and is among the first of its kind in the nation to understand an entire community’s COVID-19 wellness.

 

The study is evidence of how OSU faculty, staff, and community and private sector partners are quickly and effectively contributing to multiple efforts to reduce the risk and spread of the virus.

 

TRACE-COVID will launch in pilot phase on Sunday and beginning April 25 will safely test 960 local residents weekly at their households over four consecutive weekends. The results of the tests will be shared confidentially within 7 to 10 days with those tested and will be provided to the Benton County Health Department. Each week, the aggregate results of each weekend’s sampling will be shared on an OSU website thereby indicating if the prevalence of the virus in Corvallis is growing, staying the same or declining.

 

Importantly, this study will be among the nation’s first to measure the prevalence of the virus among people who are both symptomatic and asymptomatic. Most commonly now, tests are provided only to symptomatic individuals. With this more comprehensive information, public health and government leaders will be able to better guide efforts they are waging against the virus.

 

Here is a link to the TRACE-COVID website and a link to a news release being distributed to media nationally today.

 

We hope that OSU will find additional funding and partners to expand the TRACE-COVID study beyond Corvallis to other communities in Oregon and nationally.

 

Clearly, this type of information is vitally important – not only in real time data today – but to inform future decisions by Gov. Kate Brown and others to begin to re-open our communities and the state’s economy as social and physical distancing and other measures take hold and substantially reduce the risk of COVID-19.

 

TRACE-COVID is a joint effort by OSU’s colleges of Science, Public Health and Human Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, and is in partnership with the Benton County Health Department. This effort is aided by a collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology Lab in Corvallis, which will run the diagnostic test samples provided by each community participant. The study is being initially funded by OSU and a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and has been aided by collaboration with the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association.

 

Please join me in acknowledging the work being done throughout OSU to address the pandemic – and applauding the efforts of the TRACE-COVID team to understand the prevalence of the pandemic virus in the Corvallis community.

 

I am confident this work will help save lives and contribute to next steps to restore a new normal in our community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Dear OSU students,

There is a planned information systems maintenance outage planned between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Some of the tools that you use will be unavailable or will have limited functionality during this time.

Unavailable:

§  Scheduler

§  MyOSU

§  MyDegrees

Available (with limited functionality):

§  Canvas – available for normal schoolwork while some add-on tools will be unavailable

§  Student Registration, Student Records, Student Accounts Tool (also known as Online Services)

§  Duo self-service tools – only available for basic log in use.

During this planned outage, a maintenance screen will be displayed for MyOSU to provide links to commonly used systems and processes. If the maintenance work is completed sooner than planned, all systems will be returned to their normal operation and will be accessible as usual.

If you have questions regarding this message, or issues following the scheduled maintenance please contact the service desk at: http://beav.es/help

April 14, 2020

 

OSU Corvallis students,

 

As you may be aware, the Oregon State University Board of Trustees has approved the establishment of a Corvallis campus police department to be managed within the culture and educational mission of the university and its community. The new department will operate within the Corvallis campus Department of Public Safety and begin operations on July 1, 2020, as contracts with the Oregon State Police for law enforcement services end on June 30, 2020.

 

Community engagement plays an important role in this process, and input was initially gathered during four community listening sessions in March. You are invited to participate in two additional remote community input sessions to consider the values, principles and expectations regarding public safety and the new Corvallis campus police department.  The OSU Public Safety Advisory Committee—made up of students, faculty and staff—will take stock of this input in providing final recommendations to university leaders.

 

In keeping with OSU’s commitment to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19, these sessions will be conducted through Zoom.

 

Community Input Sessions:

  • 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2020

 

OSU students, faculty and staff who wish to participate in these community input sessions can register here. Please visit the public safety website for more information.

 

I hope your remote learning experience and spring term have started well.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dean of Students

 

OSU students,

 

As testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 becomes more available and frequent, we likely will hear of more positive cases of COVID-19 involving university students, faculty and staff.

 

While it is important to keep our community informed about COVID-19 matters involving the university, we do not believe it helpful to provide continued general university notifications for every positive future case involving an OSU student or employee. Such notifications will only duplicate daily COVID-19 updates being provided by the county and regional health authorities in which OSU has campuses and facilities. 

 

As well, we believe that each of us already recognizes that communities worldwide are in a state of public health emergency where the risk is already high.   

 

Going forward, OSU will focus its communications and support regarding positive cases to address the risk and spread of COVID-19 among potentially affected faculty, staff and students, who may have come in contact with those who test positive. While we do this -- and continue to collaborate with local county health departments– we will fulfill all applicable federal reporting requirements, such as Clery emergency notifications. Specifically, when a first COVID-19 case occurs for an individual working or studying at OSU’s campuses in Corvallis and Bend, and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, a Clery emergency notification will be issued once, such as was the case with a communication sent Saturday, March 28, 2020, involving the OSU Corvallis campus. Beyond a first notice, future Clery emergency notifications will be issued, if the university determines such a notification is required due to the circumstances of a specific case, including the extent, immediacy or location of possible exposure, such as, for example, within an occupied residence hall.

 

By managing its general response and communications regarding positive cases in this way, OSU will provide immediate response, communications and service to those OSU units, locations and individuals who may have had a potential contact exposure. Privacy will continue to be maintained, and only broad details of where and when a potential exposure may have occurred will be provided to potentially affected faculty, staff and students. Support will be provided to potential contacts by the county health department and OSU departments.  As is the case now, we will continue to contact and support deans and unit department leaders whose staff or student groups may have been exposed. Additionally, if potential exposure involves facilities owned and operated by the university, building and facilities will be further cleaned and sanitized.   

 

In closing, we appreciate the commitment and efforts that each member of the OSU community is taking to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.  Staying home and creating physical distance from people outside your household, monitoring yourself for symptoms of illness and seeking medical advice if you have concerns, and washing your hands frequently remain the best actions you can take.

 

Questions or comments may be sent to covidhealth@oregonstate.edu.  Questions regarding our communication process can be found on our COVID-19 website.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson                                                   Mike Green                                                  Steve Clark

COVID-19 Response Coordinator          Vice President                                             Vice President

Vice Provost                                                Finance and Administration                    University Relations

Student Affairs                                                                                                                    and Marketing

 

 

10 April 2020

 

Dear OSU Students,

 

I am writing to make you aware of two key changes for summer term 2020:

 

1.       Registration for summer term 2020 will open on Friday, April 24.

2.       Summer sessions 1, 2, 3 and 6 (all with start dates in June) will be offered entirely remotely.

 

DETAILS

 

Summer term registration. We are delaying the start of summer term registration to April 24 to give faculty time to prepare for remote delivery of summer sessions 1, 2, 3 and 6.

 

Remote delivery. The four summer sessions that begin in June — sessions 1, 2, 3 and 6 —will be delivered remotely. For now, we are hopeful that the remaining two summer sessions — sessions 4 and 5 — may be offered face to face later in the summer, with a July and August start, respectively. Of course, our decision about sessions 4 and 5 will ultimately be based on health guidance from the state of Oregon and county health officials. We will make a final decision on the delivery of these two sessions by June 1, 2020.

 

We hope that if we can return to classroom delivery for sessions 4 and 5, some courses that involve lab work, site visits, internships, etc. can be held during the latter part of the summer.

 

I know that our shift to remotely delivered instruction has required you to adapt to many changes in a short period of time. Certainly it has been a challenge for our faculty and staff as well. However, we are seeing hopeful signs that the pandemic is slowly coming under control and fewer people are falling seriously ill. At OSU, in many different ways, we are doing our part to help that happen while also delivering our mission. Thank you for your understanding and good luck with your studies.

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

 

 

10 April 2020

 

Dear OSU Students,  

 

We know some of you may be facing significant financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact. Oregon State University is committed to doing all it can to help you navigate those challenges so that you may reach your educational goals.

 

Using funding through the federal CARES Act, institutional funds and philanthropy, we have assembled emergency financial assistance for currently enrolled students. If you need help, please reach out right away. Contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Human Services Resource Center in the Office of the Dean of Students:

 

§  https://financialaid.oregonstate.edu/financial-aid (look for the chat box where you can make specific inquiries)

 

§  https://studentlife.oregonstate.edu/hsrc

 

We applaud your resiliency and persistence during this difficult time and we stand behind you as you work to complete your education.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Mike Green

Vice President, Finance and Administration

April 10, 2020

 

Dear OSU students,

 

Welcome to the very different sunny days of spring term 2020.

 

COVID-19 has changed your spring … and mine. That means each of us must be physically distanced while socializing and engaging in recreation, sports, studying, volunteering and participating in group activities – including social gatherings -- indoors or outdoors.

 

This is not just a good public health practice. It is state law and university policy to reduce the risk and spread of a virus that nationally is killing more than 1,200 people each day. And I hope you agree, it’s our obligation to ourselves, our friends and community. 

 

Until further notice, and in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order, we are taking down the volleyball nets near Dixon Recreation Center and closing the gates to Student Legacy Park on the Corvallis campus. Meanwhile, in our communities in and around Bend, Newport and Corvallis, I ask each of us to show Beaver Nation pride and leadership by modeling appropriate social distancing measures in our communities. Social gatherings included. It is more important now than ever to take care of ourselves, be mindful of our friends and families, and support and maintain personal networks for overall health and well-being, while engaging in appropriate social distancing.     

 

Thank you, Beaver Nation. For your patience and for doing your part each day to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

Becky Johnson

Vice President, OSU-Cascades

 

OSU faculty, staff and students,

In light of Gov. Kate Brown’s announcement today extending social distancing and remote learning regulations for the state of Oregon through June 12, 2020, it is not possible to hold OSU’s Corvallis Commencement ceremony on June 13 or OSU-Cascades’ Commencement ceremony on June 14 in Bend.

Therefore, I write to share that Oregon State University’s 2020 Commencement exercises in Corvallis and Bend will be postponed until a later date, possibly to be held in the fall. This decision is in keeping with the university’s measures to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 and is in compliance with Gov. Kate Brown’s executive orders addressing the pandemic.

This was not an easy decision to make. OSU Commencement is a tradition that was begun 150 years ago with three students and now celebrates the distinguished achievements of more than 7,000 graduates annually and is attended by more than 25,000 guests and university faculty and staff. Yet, postponing Commencement to a healthier time is the right choice and is strongly supported by our students. This postponement decision also acknowledges that the university has never cancelled Commencement in its history.

A survey recently conducted among Corvallis students on track to graduate this spring by the President’s Office and ASOSU President Rachel Josephson received more than 2,500 responses. Of this total, 66% supported rescheduling Commencement to a later date; 24% supported holding a virtual ceremony; and 10% supported cancelling Commencement as a result of COVID-19. At OSU-Cascades, a similar survey was conducted by the President’s Office, OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson and Associated Students of the Cascades Campus President Ben Chavez. The OSU-Cascades survey received several hundred responses, indicating 76% favored rescheduling Commencement to a later date; 10% favored holding a virtual ceremony; and 7% favored cancelling Commencement.

Moving forward, I will ask university staff to plan for Corvallis Commencement 2020 to be held on an alternative future date based upon our public health recovery from COVID-19 and the availability of Reser Stadium; and to plan for OSU-Cascades’ Commencement to be held on an alternative date based upon public health and the availability of a suitable location in Bend.

We will provide you information on these dates as soon as possible.

Until then, join me in continuing to support all OSU students on their path to graduate this spring and in future years.

And as the invited speaker for our Corvallis 2020 Commencement – and as an attendee at OSU-Cascades’ Commencement – I invite you to join me in being Beaver strong and Beaver loud when celebratory 2020 commencement events are held in future months for our more than 7,000 graduates.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Dear OSU faculty, staff and students,

I write to share that the university’s Board of Trustees on Friday made several important decisions that fully serve the mission and values of Oregon State University.

 

In recognition of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and their families, trustees voted to freeze tuition rates for currently enrolled undergraduate students in Corvallis and Bend for summer session and the 2020-21 academic year.

 

The board also agreed to consider in late May whether OSU is financially able to provide tuition relief to new students enrolling this fall. As well, the board approved reductions in spring term 2020 student incidental fees for Corvallis and OSU-Cascades – following recommendations from student leaders at each campus. Here is a link to a news release regarding the full board meeting.

 

Each of the decisions regarding OSU’s COVID-19 response reflect the uncertainty of the times that we live in and the university’s commitment to assist students in their progress to graduation. These commitments include the Oregon State University Pledge for our graduate and undergraduate students. Even in times of global crisis, I believe that an OSU education and diploma remain a great value for all students and a pathway to success in life, career and community.

 

Teaching, research, Extension and community outreach continue throughout the university.

 

Last week, 1,300 OSU faculty and hundreds of graduate teaching assistants remarkably launched nearly 4,000 remotely delivered courses and sections. At its peak, remote teaching provided 1.5 million minutes of daily instruction to class sections large and small, including to 573 students participating remotely in a class section at one time. As well, OSU research and community service programs, such as OSU Extension, are being provided remotely as faculty and staff observe OSU’s social distancing and remote work policy.

 

At the same time, the university is actively evaluating steps to mitigate the significant financial impacts of the pandemic. Already this year, we froze compensation for senior administrative leaders, including the president, provost, vice presidents, deans, vice provosts and others. In the weeks ahead, we will evaluate fully and announce implementation of other specific measures that will rein in university expenses and reduce administrative costs.

 

On Friday, the Board of Trustees also voted to establish an OSU police department within our Corvallis campus Department of Public Safety as contracts with the Oregon State Police for law enforcement services end on June 30, 2020.

 

This decision is fully in keeping with the university’s values of being a safe and welcoming community for all. I support this decision and have been in frequent contact with president-elect King Alexander about public safety matters. We agree that public safety is the university’s first priority, and that public safety services at OSU should reflect and support the university’s culture and educational mission.

 

Four community listening sessions in March and work by the university’s Public Safety Advisory Committee, which I convened last fall, informed the board’s decision. Future community input sessions will be held this month to gather additional student and community input on priorities for public safety. Managing our own law enforcement, public safety services and values aligns Corvallis campus public safety with the University of Oregon and all Pac-12 conference members, which each operate their own departments.

 

In closing, please continue to join me in staying home. By doing so, each of us will help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. As I have said before, lives depend on our actions.

Please remain well during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Hi Beavs, 

 

To start, we hope that you are doing well as we all begin to navigate this very different spring term. We are writing to inform you of an 11.33% reduction for a new student incidental fee of $353.30 for spring term 2020 for OSU Corvallis students. The incidental fee funds the Associated Students of OSU, Family Resource Center, Human Services Resource Center, Student Experiences and Engagement, Performing Arts, Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreational Sports, and the Memorial Union. 

 

To get here, we asked each unit’s budget manager to work with student leaders in their unit to come up with a reduction to their incidental fee following the principle of maintaining set operational costs, other fixed costs and student payroll in a proposed reduced budget. All reductions were created completely by the units and their student leaders themselves. We did this to ensure that units will be able to plan for and have a successful fall term; for fee-funded student employees to be able to retain their jobs; and to lessen the financial cost of this term for Corvallis students by only making cuts that do not disparage these units, which will still be offering many services at this time. We have created a centralized Canvas page for students to be able to access the services being provided by the various units receiving incidental fee funding. 

 

 

After the reductions were finalized by each unit after being internally vetted twice, the Student Fee Committee approved the budget reduction and the ASOSU Congress unanimously approved a reduction resolution. The ASOSU President signed the resolution and it was approved by President Ray and then presented before the Board of Trustees for their final approval. We greatly appreciate the speed at which the student fee-funded units and students involved in this process worked to efficiently and effectively to create a new budget for this term to relieve some financial struggles during this difficult time. 

 

For a more thorough update on the student fee, please visit: https://asosu.oregonstate.edu/covid-19

 

If you have any questions regarding this change and its impact to your student account, you can contact “Student Accounts” through the email: studentaccountservices@oregonstate.edu. You can also visit their website at https://fa.oregonstate.edu/business-affairs/students. We welcome your questions during this time, and we are excited to share this fee reduction with you.

 

Best, 

Safi Ahmad, Student Fee Committee Chair 

Rachel Josephson, ASOSU President 

Kylie Boenisch, ASOSU Vice-President 

 

Dear OSU students,

 

We have now kicked off a term filled with rapid change, a focus on staying healthy individually and as a community, and the need for mutual support and resilience. These are challenging times for everyone, and Oregon State University is committed to ensuring your continued academic progress. To this end, I write to inform you of changes the university is making to provide you with more flexibility at this time. In addition to committing to the Oregon State University Pledge for graduate and undergraduate students graduating at the end of this term, we are taking the following actions.

 

  • The drop deadline for courses has been extended for all students through the end of the second week of spring term. The new deadline to drop a course and receive a full refund with no W on your transcript is Sunday, April 12. You may make those changes online using MyOSU.

 

  • Extension of the time allowed to select the S/U grading option for courses taught in spring term that use the normal grading mode (A-F). Students now have through week 10 to select S/U. Additionally, for undergraduate courses taken during spring term, we have lifted the restrictions on S/U for major requirements and the 36-credit hour limit. For graduate students, S/U grading may now be used for spring term courses within a student’s program of study.

 

There are some exceptions and considerations to spring term allowance for S/U grading. Unfortunately, due to program requirements, this option is not available to students within the colleges of Pharmacy or Veterinary Medicine. For graduate students, S/U grading only should be used in exceptional circumstances. Please talk with your major professor or program director prior to requesting the S/U grading option. More details about S/U grading will be shared in the near future on the Office of the Registrar website and from your advisor. Please look for that information in the next 10 days, as technical details are still being finalized. Additional policy accommodations for graduate students may be found at https://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/coronavirus-info-graduate-students.

 

I wish you and your families and friends continued good health during this time. Please utilize the OSU resources available to you, stay well, and know that we are here for you, proud of your achievements, and committed to doing all we can to ensure your academic success.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

Students,

 

The official URL for Canvas recently changed. The new URL is https://canvas.oregonstate.edu.

 

As a result of this change, we discovered an issue with the integration between Canvas and Zoom. Depending on which Canvas link your instructor used when setting up Zoom sessions, you may not be able to see the Zoom meeting information for your course. 

 

We're sorry about this...we know the last thing you need this term is a technical glitch. 

 

If you can't immediately find your course Zoom info, look for details in the course calendar and/or announcements. If you are still unable to find the meeting information for your class, please contact your instructor for the link.

 

These are difficult times - we are here to support you and help you find success. If you require any assistance, please contact the Service Desk: https://is.oregonstate.edu/help.

 

Be well,

 

David McMorries, UIT COVID Coordinator

Oregon State University | University Information and Technology

 

 

Hello Fellow Beavers,

During this time of great uncertainty – both in the world and locally – we want you to know that we are in this together.  As we adjust to our new realities, it is important to find new ways to stay connected and support each other’s needs, including health, remote learning, financial, and social distancing. Let’s commit to making personal decisions that take good care of ourselves and our community. To that end, we’ve included some suggestions below for ways you can cope with challenges you may face, as well as some resources. This list is just a starting point. As you figure out other helpful ways to cope and adjust, please consider sharing them with your friends, communities and on social media.

 

Things you can do to take care of yourself (source: CDC):

  • Maintain your normal routine as much as possible, even when you’re at home all day. Set an alarm, eat regular meals, go to sleep at your normal time and make sure to make time for self- care.
  • Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Use an app to set screen time limits.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Take part in safe activities that you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling and check in with others you care about.

 

Some activities to combat social isolation:

  • Stay connected to Beaver Nation by checking out the Student Experience website to see how we’re taking the OSU Experience to the virtual world.
  • Check in with friends and family via video chat or phone (host a video chat party).
  • Get outside and check out something new.
    • Take a walk, roll or run. Consider visiting a walking path or local trail.
    • Please remember to limit activities—such as a soccer game—to members of your household while remaining socially distant.  Avoid contact with plastics and metals found on playgrounds and keep direct contact with others to a minimum. 
  • Download Sanvello and get access to free premium meditations with a valid .edu email address.
  • Take a few  virtual field trips; more than 30 are available.
  • Take a virtual tour of 12 famous museums.
  • Get in touch with your creative side. Listen to music or create your own playlist; work on or take up a new hobby; learn a language--anything that inspires you.

 

Unity is an important aspect of wellness during these times. 

  • Nationality has no influence on COVID-19.  Look out for your fellow students and remember that you can submit a Bias Incident Report if you experience or witness an act of bigotry. Let’s all remember to respect one another.
  • A public health crisis like COVID-19 can cause uncertainty and stress for people of all ages and identities. For some communities already at greater risk of anxiety, depression and negative health outcomes, the pandemic can exacerbate challenges they already face. Social distancing and isolation necessary to stop the spread of the virus can also increase feelings of loneliness and need for support. As you take care of yourself, remind your friends and family to take care of themselves. Offer your support and look for ways to connect with those who may be struggling.

Resources:

 

We wish you the best as we embark on spring term. We are all in this together!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Rachel Josephson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

ASOSU President

OSU Corvallis community members,

 

We are informing the OSU Corvallis community that today the university was made aware that an Oregon State University Corvallis student has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

 

The student self-isolated following testing the week of March 16, 2020, does not presently reside within the Corvallis community, does not present symptoms at this time and is reported to be doing well.

 

The university is working with the Benton County Health Department communicable disease team to assist the county in its standard case investigation processes, including examining any potential virus exposure involving this student and members of the Corvallis university community.

 

The Benton County Health Department will announce this case within its standard reporting schedule on Monday, March 30, 2020, at 1 p.m. 

 

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms, stay home; avoid close contact with others; and contact your health care provider, Student Health Services, or an emergency medical care provider.

 

For more information about the university’s COVID-19 response and services, please visit this website.

 

For non-emergency medical assistance related to COVID-19, contact OSU Student Health Services by calling 541-737-7211 or the Oregon Health Authority by dialing 211.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dan Larson

OSU Coronavirus Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

March 26, 2020

 

Dear OSU students,

 

In compliance with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-12, Stay Home, Save Lives, until further notice, Oregon State University faculty, staff and students are required to stay within their place of residence, with few exceptions.

 

During this time, OSU remains open as permitted by the governor’s Executive Order 20-09, and will continue to provide for remote instruction and continuity of research, service and operations.  However, on-site access to OSU campuses and facilities will be greatly limited.

 

The keep learning web site has many resources for students, and the OSU Service Desk is your first stop if you need help with your personal devices or you need questions answered about Zoom, Canvas or other technologies.

 

For students who live on campus in Corvallis and Bend, OSU will provide spaces to support learning, housing and dining needs.  Additionally, both OSU campuses will maintain modified mail and parcel shipping services, technology support, as well as building and campus security.

 

On the Corvallis campus, the following student services are provided to support critical learning activities:

  • Residence halls, student family housing and dining centers.
  • Memorial Union for use of internet.
  • Milne Computing Center for use of computers and access to internet.

On the Bend campus, the following student services are provided: 

  • Tykeson Hall for access to internet services.
  • Obsidian Hall for food service.
  • The residence hall.

All in-person services are provided in accordance with appropriate social distancing requirements, which may include physical spacing between individuals, limited hours and services by appointment only. Please check online for the most current information for a service office.

 

It is critically important that all members of the OSU community practice social distancing. The university has implemented a Social Distancing Policy. On-campus or engaging in OSU activities, OSU community members are expected to comply with this policy until further notice.  Specifically, OSU students are expected to maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals to the greatest extent possible and be in compliance with requirements outlined in Gov. Kate Brown’s Executive Orders 20-09 and 20-12.

 

We know that this remains a challenging time for all. Thank you for your patience, flexibility and resilience as we all do our part to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dan Larson

OSU Social Distancing Officer

OSU Coronavirus Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear students,

 

We hope you are well and enjoying your spring break while adjusting to disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. In anticipation of the need for continued precautions through spring term, we request your feedback on several alternatives regarding OSU-Cascades’ 2020 Commencement.

 

Oregon State University is deeply proud of you and every graduate. Commencement has long been one of our most important opportunities to celebrate student accomplishments. Indeed, the university has never failed to hold commencement. At this time, it appears likely that prohibitions on holding events with more than 25 people will continue into June. Unfortunately, it is clear we will be unable to hold our traditional commencement ceremonies in Corvallis and Bend.

 

In response, we are considering alternative ways to acknowledge our graduates and celebrate with them, while also ensuring OSU community members, family members and guests remain safe.

 

We welcome your feedback regarding three options for the 2020 OSU-Cascades Commencement:

 

1. A video-recorded ceremony held in June that would be digitally streamed for viewing. While details would have to be worked out, this option could include a commencement platform party and speaker, acknowledgement of awards, and reading of graduates’ names. Graduates, family members, friends and faculty would be able to watch the ceremony online.

2. A full commencement ceremony scheduled to be held on a later date, possibly in the fall 2020;

3. Cancellation without holding a 2020 Commencement ceremony.

 

We have set up the following survey link to provide for your feedback. The survey will be open for responses through Friday, April 3rd.

  

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray, President

Becky Johnson, Vice President OSU-Cascades

Ben Chavez, ASCC President

 

25 March 2020

 

Dear OSU faculty, staff and students,

 

President Ed Ray and I are pleased to announce that Oregon State University will no longer require that undergraduate applicants submit standardized test scores – the ACT or SAT – for freshman admission consideration.

 

This policy is effective for fall term 2021 and will allow students applying for admission the option of determining whether a standardized test score is reflective of their academic accomplishments and ability.

 

The university is implementing this change following broad consultation with university leaders and stakeholders, including OSU’s Board of Trustees, student leaders, alumni, and the Faculty Senate, which voted 70-1 in favor of this change on Feb. 13, 2020.

 

Across the nation, more than 1,000 four-year universities and colleges, including almost 400 top-tier four-year universities and colleges, have either abandoned standardized testing altogether or now provide students the option to take such tests.

 

Going to test-optional admissions is consistent with OSU’s values as a land grant research university that is committed to inclusive excellence. Research conducted nationally for many years has demonstrated that standardized admissions are very limited in predicting a students’ academic performance in college. As well, research shows that standardized tests results might not be inclusive.

 

The university’s decision follows extensive review of standardized testing and its reliability in undergraduate admissions. The leadership of Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Jon Boeckenstedt was instrumental in advancing this work. Vice Provost Boeckenstedt’s thorough white paper detailing the rationale behind test optional admissions helped guide the university’s deliberations.

 

In addition, today OSU joined all of Oregon’s public comprehensive universities and Oregon Health & Science University in announcing that, starting with fall term 2021 admissions, no Oregon public university will require freshman applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission.

 

Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, and OHSU – for applicants applying to undergraduate nursing programs – had previously allowed students the option of not submitting test results. Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon officially joined the other five Oregon institutions today.

 

More information on OSU’s test-optional admissions practices can be found on the university’s Admission Office website.

 

At a time filled with so much uncertainty in America and around the world, we are hopeful that OSU’s decision to allow undergraduate applicants the option of submitting standardized test results will serve as some relief for students and families as the nation and world battles the risk and spread of COVID-19.

 

President Ray and I assure all members of the university community – and prospective students and their families – that Oregon State University will continue to examine everything it does to ensure that OSU best serves students’ educational goals and provides maximum opportunity for all students to succeed.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Dear OSU faculty, staff and students,

Today, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order requiring Oregonians to stay home in response to the increasing spread and risk of COVID-19.

I fully support this order and thank the governor for her leadership and continued efforts to provide for public safety in these challenging times. I assure you that Oregon State University will comply with this and other executive orders.

As your president, please join me in complying with this order. It is our personal duty as clearly, lives are at stake at this time.

If you are already at home, stay there. If you are not at home, go home, and follow the governor’s order. For some students, I realize that home may mean residing with family within a student’s home community, in a rented residence nearby to OSU, or in a university residence hall.

Looking ahead, remain confident that OSU continues to operate and will assist fully all of our undergraduate and graduate students in their pathway to earn a valued, high-quality OSU degree.

Throughout OSU, faculty, advising staff and academic leaders are preparing to fully provide for remote classroom instruction and student support throughout spring term. Research faculty and staff are preparing to manage critical work. OSU Extension and outreach faculty and staff are preparing to provide critical community programming remotely.

Over the next two days, Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser and I have asked all OSU supervisors and leaders to complete a detailed plan to continue the critical onsite functions of the university on its campuses in Corvallis and Bend, and at facilities in all of Oregon’s 36 counties. This plan will be in compliance with the governor’s executive orders issued today and on March 18 that suspended in-person instruction and on-site operations at universities and colleges.

I realize that the work that each of our employees engages in is very important. But at this time of public health crisis, we must realize that some functions are more critical to be performed on-site, while others can be provided remotely from home. OSU’s continuity plan to be issued mid-week will define those critical on-site functions, roles and building locations.

For the foreseeable future, join me in staying home and remaining well. By doing so, each of us will reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 locally and among colleagues at OSU, who are required to work on-site by their critical function.

Please stay out of community environments where maximum social distancing is not possible. I ask our students and employees to put spring break, social gatherings and family events on hold.

While the governor’s order provides for civil and criminal penalties for not complying with this order, I think we all know the most compelling reason to comply with this order: Lives depend on our actions.

Please continue to make a positive difference in this difficult time.

Sincerely,                                                        

Edward J. Ray
President           

 

UPDATE SUMMARY

  • Please respond to survey assessing student needs.
  • OSU defining critical functions.
  • Student health and wellness services remain active.
  • Student employment updated.
  • Student remote learning guidance and assistance available here.

 

Dear OSU Students,

 

I hope each of you are doing okay during these challenging local and global times. I know that it has been a difficult end of winter term, and I am sorry for the disruption, anxiety, frustration and fear that you may feel.

 

We recognize that there is much uncertainty for each us, as well for our families and friends due to COVID-19. The reality is, it likely will be quite some time until we feel our community is back to normal.

 

I want you to know that we are here for you, and will do everything we can to help you advance in your progress to graduation and to stay engaged in the OSU community, albeit for now, remotely. Let’s stay connected, support each other, our families and friends, and keep ourselves and each other well.

 

SURVEY ASSESSES STUDENT NEEDS

 

Please visit this web page to participate in a survey to help us learn your plans for spring term. Your participation in this survey also will help inform an analysis of spring term incidental fees.

 

UNIVERSITY DEFINING CRITICAL FUNCTIONS

 

Pursuant to Gov. Kate Brown’s Executive Order issued Thursday, March 19, 2020, OSU is in the process of defining critical functions that will continue while others are suspended. Work by all university employees – including graduate teaching and research assistants – within all OSU campuses and facilities will be limited to critical functions. If you live off campus, do not come to campus unless you need to staff or access a critical function.

 

Critical functions will include, but not be limited to, the operation of university residence halls and student housing, dining services, selected administrative services, campus safety programs, some research activities and facilities, medical facilities, delivery of remote instruction, and other activities critical to OSU’s emergency response and resiliency efforts. Further information on critical functions will be available by Tuesday.

 

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES REMAIN ACTIVE

 

Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services will remain open for urgent medical and mental health care during spring break and spring term. Routine mental health and non-urgent medical care will be available via teleconference. Contact Student Health Services for additional information at 541-737-9355 and CAPS by calling 541-737-2131.

 

The Office of the Dean of Students is able to assist students during the COVID-19 outbreak remotely. If you would like to speak to someone from the Dean of Students office via Zoom chat or audio, please go to beav.es/4qQ. Staff are available via Zoom Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by e-mail at support.odos@oregonstate.edu

 

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

Students who currently have a Federal Work Study (FWS) job located on campus may telecommute for spring term under certain circumstances. Consult with your supervisor for this option. The university will offer remote work opportunities as much as possible for non-work study student employment. Please consult with your supervisor to determine the options that may be available to you.

 

REMOTE TEACHING AND LEARNING GUIDANCE

 

The university has developed guidance for both remote learning and remote teaching.

 

Throughout these challenging and changing times, I continue to admire and appreciate support you offer each other, and the resilience of the OSU community. I assure you that everyone at Oregon State University is working to fully provide for progress to your degree completion and the success of all of our undergraduate and graduate students. Please continue to check OSU’s COVID-19 website for other important updates.

 

Stay well.

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear OSU-Cascades students,

 

First and foremost, I want to express my appreciation for the compassion and understanding you are showing each other during this unprecedented time. I'm seeing and hearing the problem-solving and creativity you are bringing as OSU-Cascades and the university as a whole responds to the COVID-19 outbreak, and as we move to full remote instruction for all of spring term.

 

You have been seeing updates about Oregon State’s university-wide response.  As you read them, know that OSU-Cascades leadership is contributing to decision-making and that OSU's response is developed with you and our campus community in mind.

 

I know that it will be a challenge for some to adapt to remote learning, but I want to assure you that our faculty and staff are here to help you.  Already, their work to transition to remote delivery of instruction includes:

 

*         All courses, even lab classes, are being offered remotely this spring

 

*         Remote internships will be offered when possible, while possible substitute courses will be offered when internships are not available.

 

Our small size gives us an advantage to make sure that you stay connected with your faculty and other students, even if it's through the use of remote instruction and advising.  We are committed to keeping all of you on track for graduation, whether that's this spring or three years from now. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact your advisors or faculty.

 

Also, please be aware of changes in building hours and access on campus.  For the most up to date information visit the OSU-Cascades COVID-19<https://osucascades.edu/coronavirus> web page for students.  As always, be sure to check the OSU COVID-19 page<https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/coronavirus> for university-wide updates.

 

This is a challenging time for you, but we are committed to helping you get through this period in the best way possible.  What we've seen from our students during the remote delivery of finals has already been impressive.

 

Meanwhile, I loved the quote in today's The Bulletin article from our student, Clare Rodman:

 

"It'll be something to grow and learn from," the first-year student said. "We're going to have to pull up our little bootstraps and get on with it."

 

I couldn't have said it better!

 

Sincerely,

Becky

 

Rebecca L. Johnson, Vice President

Oregon State University - Cascades

1500 SW Chandler Avenue, Bend, OR 97702

Suite OBSN 208 | T 541.322.3113

 

18 March 2020

UPDATE SUMMARY:

  • OSU will move to remote instruction for all of spring term.
  • We have introduced the Oregon State University Pledge: OSU students will stay on track to graduate. If a student was on an approved pathway to graduate this spring, but cannot because of changes to instructional delivery, a scholarship will cover the additional tuition needed to complete remaining credits in a subsequent term.
  • OSU residence halls, student housing, and dining halls will remain open.
  • Students who leave OSU residence halls to return to their home community to complete spring term will not be charged cancellation fees.
  • OSU will offer expanded employee leave.

 

ALL REMOTE INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY FOR SPRING 2020

Effective Monday, March 30, and throughout spring term, all OSU campus instruction will be conducted remotely. This includes academic labs, testing during the term, and final examinations. Ecampus instruction remains unchanged.

 

Oregon State University will remain open.

 

At least through spring term, the university will continue critical activities of research, OSU Extension and engagement, student services, and general operations by adhering to social distancing and use of communications technology for meetings and conferencing. OSU is taking these steps informed by the public health guidance of our local county health departments, the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and federal officials.

 

OSU PLEDGE

Oregon State University is committed to ensuring every student reaches their academic goal.

 

OSU will assure that all undergraduate and graduate OSU students who are on an approved pathway to complete their requirements to graduate at the end of spring term 2020 – and whose graduation is impeded by OSU’s COVID-19 instructional delivery changes – will receive a scholarship to cover the additional tuition needed to complete their remaining credits in a subsequent term. Scholarships will be available for up to 8 credit hours and may be expanded as resources allow.

 

NO PENALTY FOR RESIDENCE HALL CANCELLATIONS

University residence halls and student housing on the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses – and at HMSC – will remain open during spring term. Student residents who choose to engage in their remote academic learning from their home community will be able to cancel their OSU residence hall contract without penalty. If a student chooses to return to their home community during spring term, their housing fees will be refunded on a prorated basis.

 

We anticipate that on our Corvallis campus many students will remain in residence halls during spring term. Students who choose to return to their home community are asked to fully vacate their residence hall room in coordination with University Housing and Dining Services and staff at OSU-Cascades and HMSC. Until further notice, all OSU dining centers that remain open will be operated in compliance with the state of Oregon’s rules of take-out operation for restaurants that serve the public.

 

STUDENT SERVICES

Student services at all OSU campuses and centers will continue to be offered during spring term, although some will be offered at a reduced level. Fees may be revised accordingly.

 

In coordination with ASOSU and the Associated Students of Cascades Campus, OSU may propose to the university’s Board of Trustees at its April 3 meeting revised incidental fees for spring term. These revised student fees will recognize the variable service levels being provided to students while maintaining support for essential student health services and other programs.

 

Until further notice, Dixon Recreation Center on the Corvallis campus will not operate during spring term.

 

UNIVERSITY FACILITY AND BUILDING OPERATIONS

Most OSU buildings will remain open at some level to support ongoing teaching, research and engagement activities.

 

In the next 48 hours, the university will provide further clarification on what constitutes critical university staffing and services. In order to provide the OSU community and Oregonians we serve with clear information on the continuity of university, college, division, unit and program operations, we ask that building managers and appropriate leaders await further OSU guidance to be provided shortly.

 

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE RELATED TO COVID-19 RESPONSE

Oregon State University appreciates the remarkable ongoing contributions of its employees. The university recognizes that during the nation’s – and the university’s – response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OSU employees will be impacted due to remote working measures, job assignment changes, hours worked, and family considerations, such as the closure of schools and childcare centers.

 

During spring term, the university will seek to retain the employment of its employees (which includes graduate assistants) and student workers. Employment will be determined by the university’s continued and required level of operations and OSU’s financial capabilities.

 

Employees, who are not able to work due to the university’s COVID-19 response or their own personal or wellness circumstances, may utilize the following university employee benefits (if eligible):

 

  • all accrued personal sick leave;
  • all hours of personal leave and accrued vacation.

 

Additionally, as part of its COVID-19 response, OSU will provide 80 additional hours of paid leave to employees. This additional leave is based upon an employee’s full-time equivalent employment, so it will be prorated based upon an employee’s actual level of employment. This leave is not compensable, is only available for use during the university’s COVID-19 response, and cannot be reserved for use or paid out at some future time.

 

The university fully recognizes that the impact on OSU employees from COVID-19 may last for many weeks and months. To retain current employment at present levels beyond the leave benefits provided above, the university will require additional financial assistance from the Oregon Legislature and the federal government.

 

YOUR EFFORTS ARE IMPORTANT AND APPRECIATED

These steps will prompt many questions and cause disruption for all. I ask everyone to do their best to accommodate them.

 

Also, please continue to take appropriate personal and public health measures, and support other OSU community members, including the families of OSU employees affected by these measures and other measures required by the state of Oregon. And, check regularly the university’s COVID-19 website daily for updated information.

 

Thank you for all you do for OSU.

 

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

 

16 March 2020

 

Updated Restriction: 25-person attendance limit on all OSU events applied immediately

 

Informed by March 15 guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings, and informed by a directive issued Monday, March 16, by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, OSU has established immediately a prohibition on university-sponsored or sanctioned events of more than 25 people. The prohibition applies for an indefinite period. OSU’s previously announced prohibition was for no OSU events attended by 50 or more people beginning March 30 and extending through at least until April 30.

 

Meanwhile, OSU encourages that all events hosting 25 or fewer people be postponed or at least held in a location that allows for maximum social distancing, such as using a space that is twice the capacity of the number of those in attendance.

 

In-person final examinations:

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all in-person winter term final exams will be scheduled in locations ensuring that no more than 25 students taking the exam are gathered. Students with in-person exams will receive guidance from their instructors regarding the location and time and date of their exam.

 

Remote Work and Delivery

OSU remains open at this time and continues to maintain essential university functions for education, research, Extension and outreach, and operations. The university will be open, and many offices, services and programs will be delivered remotely. To maximize the public health care benefits of social distancing and remote conferencing tools, faculty and staff should work remotely, where possible, and not engage in university-sponsored travel. Concerns with remote work should be discussed with your supervisor, who can work with the appropriate dean, vice president and vice provost to consider appropriate alternatives. In these cases, maximum social distancing measures must be employed. Employees are asked to utilize the guidance offered below if their job functions require on-site presence. Transition to remote work should begin immediately.

  1. Cancel or limit in-person meetings, and instead use teleconference and video conference technologies, such as Zoom.
  2. Maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet between employees in offices and at worksites.
  3. Implement staggered work schedules.

For all employees, especially those whose work cannot be done remotely -- or for employees whose work is deemed essential for operational continuity (including hourly, represented and student workers) – managers, employee supervisors and employees should develop plans to complete special assignments to enable the progress and services of respective OSU units.

We recognize that modifying and/or curtailing operations has implications for employment, and it is OSU’s hope and intent that all employees, including students, will remain employed. OSU employees engage in many different jobs and responsibilities. The work modifications we must make -- to advance public and personal health at this this time -- will vary. Employees must engage in ongoing communication with their managers and, if they work on campus or at an OSU facility, ensure their workspace is set up for maximum social distancing measures to reduce exposure. Subject to the needs of the university, managers should consider flexible work arrangements such as having employees work on-site with alternating or variable shifts, including fewer hours or fewer days to be worked. This can be coupled with remote work assignments, when possible, for the time not spent on-site. We also recognize that employees working remotely may also need to care for children who are not in school due to closures. As such, employees should work with their supervisor on how to best balance their duties while working remotely.

 

Buildings and Services Remaining Open
Most campus buildings will remain open during OSU’s COVID-19 response to support education, research, student services and operations.

 

As of March 16, 2020, on the Corvallis campus, this includes student housing and dining centers, health services, the Memorial Union, Valley Library, Dixon Recreation Center -- with restrictions, Transportation Services, and the Student Accounts and Payroll office, although some services and hours of operation may be modified. At OSU-Cascades, this includes the campus residence hall, Obsidian Hall, as well as Tykeson Hall, and services and hours of operation will be limited. Additional precautions are being taken for each facility that remains open, including precautions to limit viral and bacterial exposure. Users are also encouraged to follow CDC guidelines at all times when visiting any OSU facility.

 

Until further notice, most programs and services will utilize remote methods for teaching, testing and meetings. All OSU units are directed to update their individual websites to communicate how students, faculty/staff and community members are to access their services.

 

No Increases or Decreases in Tuition and Fees Anticipated for Spring Term

OSU’s provisions for remote delivery of teaching and education services for students during the COVID-19 outbreak are not the same as the educational services offered through Ecampus. While the “remote delivery” of instruction uses a similar platform and technology (video) as online instruction, remote delivery is a short-term and largely synchronous means of offering OSU’s 200 undergraduate degree programs and 100 graduate degree programs. There are significant added expenses associated with shifting to remote delivery of courses, especially on very short notice, as well as additional costs for necessary information technology. OSU’s current on-campus tuition and fee rates will not fully cover those expenses. At the same, we recognize that remote delivery does not offer the same student experience as in-class instruction, and we have received requests for tuition discounts.

 

While understanding the change in student experience, the rising costs facing the university are very real. Therefore, OSU does not anticipate decreasing spring term tuition and fees, nor will it increase them. Instead, the university will work with Oregon’s elected leaders and agencies to seek assistance to accommodate the increased costs of this temporary shift to remote delivery so that our current and future students are not unduly impacted.

 

Additionally, at the present time, we anticipate no major sustained changes in programs and services that are funded through student fees. While there will be a temporary reduction in some programs and services, the costs associated with these programs are largely personnel, and OSU remains committed to assuring our students are well-served and our employees remain employed as much as possible. Employees who are not serving in their normal capacities may be assigned to perform other duties within their units.

 

Why Students are Encouraged to Remain on Campus and in Corvallis and Bend

The university believes that traveling home is not a good practice for students, as returning to their home communities may mean students become exposed to the virus as they come into greater contact with more vulnerable groups, and then travel back to our campuses in Corvallis and Bend. Therefore, we continue to encourage students to remain on campus (or in the community, if living off campus) for the spring break, as well as spring term. University Housing & Dining Services is taking numerous efforts to help maintain a healthy living and dining environment. More information can be found here.

 

We encourage students and their families to make the best decision for their personal circumstances and the academic degrees students seek.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

OSU COVID-19 Response Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear OSU students, faculty and staff,

 

In a time of great uncertainty, and given the continued unavailability of widely available testing, it is difficult to know the extent of exposure to COVID-19 in our university community, or about who may or may not have been exposed.

 

Information from public health authorities suggests that it is likely that some members of the OSU community have been exposed to others – locally, in Oregon, nationally or globally – who have contracted COVID-19. The University’s early adoption of precautionary measures, including our emphasis on social distancing, is intended to help minimize the speed and scope of transmission.

 

Under these circumstances, it is critical that everyone in the OSU community remain supportive of one another and as informed as possible. We provide the additional guidance below.

 

Guidance on Exposure

If you are a student and believe you have been exposed but show no symptoms, contact your primary medical care provider or Student Health Services at 541-737-2324, and self-isolate and monitor your wellness for 14 days. Students who live on campus should communicate their concern to University Housing and Dining Services for guidance. Students should also notify their course instructors and supervisors of their anticipated absence.

 

If you are an employee and believe you have been exposed but show no symptoms, contact your primary medical care provider, and self-isolate and monitor your wellness for 14 days. Employees should work with their supervisor to make arrangements to work from home.

 

Students or employees who believe they may have been exposed and have symptoms, should self-isolate and immediately call their health provider, Student Health Services, or an emergency medical care provider, as appropriate. Be aware that not everyone is being tested for COVID-19 right away. Testing depends upon symptoms that clinicians evaluate before deciding to test.

 

Students or employees who have general concerns about their health, potential exposure and COVID-19, may contact the Oregon Health Authority hotline, at 211.

 

If we become aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the university community, we will work with local public health authorities on communications to the OSU community and containment measures.

 

Prevention Measures: SOCIAL DISTANCING

We ask that you follow OSU’s precautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Information on those measures can be found here. Social distancing is the foundation of the university’s prevention and response strategy. You may learn more about social distancing by watching this video.

 

March 12 Information Session

If you were not able to attend or watch the live-streamed OSU Community Information Session, we encourage you to watch it here. We will continue to provide the OSU community updates and ways to stay well.

 

Stay informed!

COVID-19 resources and information may be found on this website. The information is updated regularly.

 

Be well!

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

OSU Coronavirus Response Coordinator

Dear OSU faculty, staff and students,

 

I know we are all proud of the progress we have made in recent years to create a more just, inclusive and supportive university community. The COVID-19 pandemic represents a serious and real-time test for each of us regarding our commitment to collaborative community progress and support for each other.

 

While many in our state, nation and world are at serious health risk, I recognize that each of us is being inconvenienced in multiple ways.

 

As community members and as a university, I ask that each of us do our part to limit the spread and impact of COVID-19. On Wednesday, the university announced significant social distancing measures to substantially reduce interactions among people that might result in the spread of the virus. We are not closing our university at this time. It remains open. At the same time, we ask that our students and employees remain within their university community and not travel over spring break to decrease community spread of the virus locally, in our state or nationwide.

 

Limits on non-essential travel, work-related travel, elimination of athletic events, competitions, musical and theater productions, receptions and celebratory gatherings and even possible self-quarantines are turning our lives upside down. Yet, we must remember that by each of us committing to these actions, we can actually relieve suffering and the risk of death among the most vulnerable members of our community, who are more susceptible to COVID-19. This includes individuals who are older and those with health issues.

 

Unfortunately, we have no credible data at this time on the rapid spread of COVID-19, and there have been limited test kits available to date to confirm whether or not someone has the coronavirus. Therefore, at this time, we do not know accurately the extent or the rate of growth of infections. We do know that there are approximately 1 million hospital beds in the United States and the majority are being used every day. Lacking critical information, we do not know if access to healthcare facilities and to healthcare personnel will be overwhelmed by this pandemic. If that happens, extremely ill patients will not get the immediate attention they need.

 

Each of us can do our part by following personal healthcare instructions, following OSU’s guidelines and observing restrictions on social interactions to help flatten out the growth curve of infected members of our community. Flattening out the COVID-19 infection growth curve will reduce the risk that a growth in the number of infections among us will overwhelm the healthcare system

 

This is a real time opportunity for each of us to show that we are willing to be inconvenienced, disappointed and self-quarantined, if necessary, for that sake of those in our community who are most susceptible to this virus. Please join me in demonstrating how much we care about their health and safety. Please do all that you can to ensure that we do not fail this test.

 

Please take note of OSU communications on how OSU will continue to maintain operations by making adjustments in how classes, research, Extension and other programs and services are made available. I urge you to check the OSU COVID-19 website regularly for the latest updates.

 

I deeply believe in each of you and the power of all of us to make a positive difference in this difficult time.

 

Sincerely,

                                                           

Edward J. Ray

President                                            

 

11 March 2020

 

Oregon State University is committed to state, national and global efforts to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19, while appropriately continuing the essential activities of teaching, research, OSU Extension and engagement. While at this time, the public health risk in Oregon from the coronavirus is lower than it is in other states, we became aware today of a presumptive COVID-19 case in Deschutes County and testing for a possible case in Benton County is underway.

 

Effective Saturday, March 14, OSU will move to a higher level of response that continues the essential operations of the university, but seeks to reduce the frequency of interactions among students, faculty, staff and visitors throughout all university campuses, centers, facilities and operations. Our focus is on continued university operations and social distancing.

 

In taking these steps, we remain mindful and informed by the public health guidance of our local county health departments, the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC.

Effective March 14, 2020:

  • Campuses and OSU facilities and operations statewide will remain open.
  • Winter term finals week exams and activities will be delivered remotely where possible. Where remote teaching, coursework and testing is not possible, maximum social distancing measures will be utilized.
  • University academic and remote meeting tools, including Canvas and Zoom, will be used to minimize in-person meetings.
  • All non-essential OSU-sponsored travel will be suspended.
  • All OSU employees will be encouraged to work remotely where work responsibilities and duties allow.
  • All OSU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to avoid personal travel over spring break. Students should instead consider remaining at our campuses in Corvallis and Bend.

We are taking these immediate steps while OSU employees and students prepare to take expanded public health measures at the start of spring term.

Effective March 30, 2020:

  • All of the above actions are maintained.
  • All spring term courses, labs and exams will be delivered remotely, where possible. Where remote teaching, coursework and testing is not possible, maximum social distancing measures will be utilized.
  • Until at least April 30, no non-essential OSU-sponsored events of more than 50 attendees will be permitted. All events with fewer than 50 attendees will be held with maximum social distancing.

 

The status of these measures will be evaluated every two weeks.

 

We recognize such steps will prompt many questions and cause disruption. We ask for everyone to accommodate these changes, engage in and support appropriate support personal health measures, support as able other OSU community members, and frequently check the university’s COVID-19 website for updated information.

 

Given that OSU plans that all university operations will remain in effect, we anticipate the continued employment and benefits for all employees. During this time, the university will seek to continue the employment of its student workers.

 

The following provides additional information regarding important aspects of OSU’s COVID-19 response.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define social distancing as avoiding crowds and mass public gatherings, and when possible, maintaining a distance of approximately six feet from others. Social distancing also means staying at home when ill, avoiding contact with people who have symptoms of illness, and not shaking hands.

 

FINAL EXAMS: Because OSU will administer final exams using a social distancing model, for those exams that must be held in-person, the university will seek to relocate final exams to locations where room capacity is three times the number of people registered to take that test. Faculty will notify students of changes in finals week logistics.

 

REMOTE TEACHING: Remote teaching delivery is when a faculty member facilitates the delivery of their in-person course instruction from a different location by using tools such as Canvas and Zoom. With the suspension of face-to-face meetings and the requirement for remote teaching, OSU will provide key resources available to faculty, staff and students. These include the following web pages: Keep Teaching, Keep Learning and Keep Working. If you have any questions or require any technology assistance, please contact the Service Desk. Additionally, there will be online and telephone resources readily available to help students navigate all aspects of online delivery, including Zoom.

 

Additional information on remote teaching is available for all students, faculty and staff within the university’s COVID-19 web page “Hot Topics” under remote teaching.

 

SPRING BREAK: We ask that OSU students, faculty and staff carefully evaluate Spring Break travel plans. If you are a student, please consider staying on campus or simply going home instead of traveling elsewhere during the break. OSU’s residence halls will remain open during spring break. If you are an employee, please consider remaining within your home community. We realize this may disrupt your plans, but broader travel within the U.S. and abroad brings additional risk of exposure to COVID-19, which includes the possibility of self-isolation upon return.

 

EVENTS: OSU’s future requirements regarding events is based upon the university’s interest in reducing the opportunity for COVID-19 to spread among people who gather in large public settings.

 

OSU recognizes that other universities, colleges, K-12 school districts, the state of Oregon and employers may at some time institute other requirements regarding the number of people in attendance at event. We also recognize that CDC guidance on crowd sizes may be different. In OSU’s case, university leaders believe that the facilities throughout the university can best accommodate our social distancing goals at a maximum of 50 people within OSU-sponsored events.

 

Information about the university’s COVID-19 response involving OSU Athletics events will be updated on Thursday, March 12.

 

Because COVID-19 remains a rapidly developing situation, it is important to check OSU’s page regularly, as well as advisories and warnings from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prior to finalizing personal travel plans and undertaking travel.

Please utilize OSU’s dedicated non-emergency COVID-19 information line, which is available to assist faculty, staff and students with questions at 541-737-7211. You can also seek information through the questions and non-emergency contact form on the COVID-19 website. In the case of a medical emergency, call 911 or a nearby emergency medical facility.

The best preventive measures for COVID-19 and any communicable disease continue to be the practices you undertake as part of your daily routine, especially during flu season:

  • Engage in social distancing;
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with warm soapy water or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with another person’s saliva, whether in your own living or social environments;
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue; then discard the tissue;
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to support a healthy immune system;
  • If you are not well, remain at home and contact your primary care physician, Student Health Services or a local emergency medical care provider.

During this time of public health concern and changes in OSU’s operations, please remain mindful and supportive of members of the OSU community who may be more directly affected by the coronavirus situation. Also, it is important that we remain a united community. If you witness any acts of bias or discrimination related to COVID-19, please report them to the OSU Bias Incident Response team.

 

Thank you for your understanding and your continued work to keep the OSU community safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

 

 

Dear Students,

The OSU COVID-19 response team is hosting a meeting for students, faculty and staff Thursday, March 12, to update the university community about work in progress to respond to the global health situation. The meeting will be livestreamed and take place from 11-11:50 a.m.in LINC 128.

Presenters include Dan Larson, vice provost for student affairs, who is leading OSU’s COVID-19 response, and Steve Clark, vice president of university relations and marketing.

Viewing via the livestream is encouraged. The livestream will be available at live.oregonstate.edu. The recorded video will be posted on the COVID-19 website.

If you choose to attend, please practice social distancing and spread out as much as possible in LINC 128. Organizers also are offering an alternative location to view the livestream in the Memorial Union Multipurpose Room 13, which will be configured to promote social distancing. Please remember to wash your hands before arriving if you choose to attend the meeting in person.

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

COVID-19 Response Coordinator

OSU students,

Oregon State University leaders recognize that the global coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic may require all of us to take unprecedented, aligned and localized responses to enable our students to continue to make progress in their studies.

These efforts may necessitate that all faculty, staff and students make adjustments in how we teach and learn within OSU.

Some universities nationally and globally already have announced decisions in response to high risk health circumstances within their immediate community. For example, the University of Washington announced today that through March 29, classes and finals will not be held in person and, where possible, will be provided by remote delivery.

To be clear, the state of Washington – particularly within the Seattle area – is experiencing a higher level of public health risk than Oregon. Decisions being made by the University of Washington and other universities, colleges and institutions in Washington are being guided by direction from the Washington Health Authority and local public health officials.

At this time, the public health risk in Oregon from the coronavirus is lower than it is in Washington, and in other states and nations where colleges and universities have curtailed holding classes, labs or exams in person.

Throughout all of Oregon State University, we are advised locally on levels of public risk and response by county health departments and the Oregon Health Authority. Yet, even while our current level of public health risk remains low, we must be prepared for the possibility of a localized outbreak.

In such case, it may become necessary to suspend face-to-face meetings and instruction for a period of time. While that time is not now within OSU, all OSU faculty and graduate teaching assistants are being asked to review how to deliver all courses remotely using Canvas, our learning management system, as well as Zoom, OSU’s web-conference tool. These tools already are available to all faculty and students. Meanwhile, as we provide additional coronavirus contingency plans, additional student and faculty support and training resources will be made available. Additionally, some of this information may not be relevant for our students who are solely learning at a distance currently, but we want to keep all of our OSU students informed.  

 

We understand that this is a challenging situation and will take extra effort by all as we all collaborate continue providing students with the education they desire and deserve, while also keeping the university community safe and well.

 

More information and links to OSU’s new “Keep Teaching” website will provided soon.

 

Sincerely,

Dan Larson

OSU Coronavirus Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear OSU students,

EVENTS: OSU has no plans at this time to cancel any university activities, including classes or events. The university will make decisions about the implementation of closures and all community measures in close collaboration with health departments in Benton, Deschutes, Lincoln and other counties, and the Oregon Health Authority.

 

CONTINGENCY PLANNING: Oregon State University continues to develop proactive contingency plans for the coronavirus (COVID-19) as the global health situation evolves. Our efforts remain focused on supporting the well-being of the OSU community and continued university teaching, research, outreach, student services and other activities.

 

TRAVEL UPDATE: During the coronavirus situation, the university will follow recommended CDC, World Health Organization and U.S. State Department travel guidance, and university processes and policies for OSU-sponsored travel, while attempting to respect the individual judgment of faculty, staff and students engaged in domestic and international travel.

 

All travelers engaged in university-sponsored global travel are required to continue to use OSU’s international registry system. While the university discourages non-essential, university-sponsored employee travel to high-risk destinations designated by OSU’s international travel policy, employee travelers returning from OSU-sponsored travel to these destinations will be required to engage in 14-day home isolation and self-monitoring advised by the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Until further notice, the university prohibits OSU-sponsored travel by undergraduate and graduate students to high risk destinations designated by OSU’s international travel policy Presently, China, Iran, Italy, Mongolia, and South Korea are designated as high risk destinations for coronavirus.

 

At this time, OSU-sponsored study abroad programs within high-risk destinations have been either postponed or canceled.

 

Eligible employee or student reimbursements under the OSU travel policy for canceled or postponed OSU-sponsored travel or conferences will be honored by the university.

 

Meanwhile, the university urges all students and employees engaging in personal domestic and international travel to use their best judgment and follow recommended CDC, World Health Organization and U.S. State Department guidance.

 

Further travel updates will be provided as appropriate.

 

WELLNESS MEASURES: OSU locations are taking steps to reduce the potential spread of infection by increasing touch-point cleaning within university buildings by using disinfectants advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be effective on coronavirus. Touch points include doorknobs and handles, faucet handles, soap dispenser levers, paper towel dispenser controls, elevator button panels and light switches.

 

We also emphasize that if you are sick with any illness, please stay home and rest to take care of yourself and protect our community. Additionally, contact the Student Health Services Nurse Advice line at 541-737-2724. If you have questions about the coronavirus and are not sick, contact the Oregon Health Authority help line by calling 211 or visit the health authority’s website.

Remember that the best way to prevent the spread of any communicable disease is to continue these important practices:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy warm water or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol, if unable to wash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with another person’s saliva, whether in your work, home or social environments.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue; then throw the tissue away.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to support a healthy immune system.

To facilitate ongoing sharing of information about the virus, we have added a link on the OSU home page to a Coronavirus Updates and Resources page that provides detailed information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; updates on the latest federal travel restrictions; and previous university communications about the virus and other information.

As members of our OSU community, please join me in sharing empathy and support for our students and colleagues who may be directly affected by the coronavirus situation. Please stay mindful of your own wellness and attend to your health.

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

OSU Coronavirus Response Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

Dear OSU Students,

On Feb. 24, 2020, I sent an update regarding negotiations between the university and the Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE). In the message, I wrote that – among other things – CGE is seeking “an increase of 18.6% in minimum monthly graduate assistant salaries, from $3,922 to $4,650. This would result in an estimated additional annual expense of $2.2 million.”

“Minimum monthly” salary on a 1.0 full time equivalent (FTE) basis is the agreed benchmark used in the collective bargaining agreement and in negotiations at the table to set assistantship salaries. However, graduate assistants are appointed on a part-time basis, from 0.3 FTE to 0.49 FTE. Thus, the monthly earnings of an assistant at the contract minimum salary level currently ranges from $1,177 (0.3 FTE) to $1,922 (0.49 FTE) depending on an employee’s FTE status and part-time work responsibility. The actual average monthly salary for all assistants at OSU is $2,028, with a range across colleges of $1,599 to $2,375.

Given that most in our community are not directly familiar with the CGE contract language, my failure to clarify terms implied that assistants’ actual earnings are equivalent to the 1.0 FTE minimum rate. I regret that confusion; they are not. I should also emphasize that our best estimate of the $2.2 million annual cost of increasing the minimum rate by 18.6 percent is correct and is based on actual graduate assistant FTEs across the university.

We have updated the university’s bargaining website to ensure clarity around contract minimum and actual stipend levels. For details, please visit this link to the bargaining requests sought by CGE.

We will continue to provide the OSU community regular updates on graduate assistant bargaining, which you may follow on the university’s CGE bargaining website.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

Dear OSU students,

 

Oregon State University continues to actively monitor the coronavirus COVID-19 global health situation, and we also are developing university contingency plans should a global pandemic or a widespread outbreak occur in the U.S. Our aim is to ensure the well-being of the university community and to enable the continuation of OSU teaching, research, outreach, student services and other activities.

We share this news not to create concern – there are still no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oregon – but to indicate that prudent and significant university-wide planning is underway. We will share more information on this contingency planning effort over the next week.

 

To facilitate the on-going sharing of information about the virus, we have added a link on the OSU home page to a new page that provides detailed and up-to-date coronavirus information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; updates on the latest federal travel restrictions; and previous university communications about the virus and other information.

 

At the present time, restrictions apply for travel to China, Italy, Iran and South Korea. However, because this is a rapidly developing situation – and because U.S. officials believe the potential public health threat posed by the coronavirus is high – it is important to check OSU’s page regularly, as well as advisories and warnings from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prior to finalizing travel plans and undertaking travel.

 

OSU also has established a dedicated non-emergency information line within Student Health Services to assist faculty, staff and students engaged in international and domestic travel and who may have coronavirus health concerns related to their returning to Oregon. In non-emergency cases, please e-mail: coronavirus.health@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-9931 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time, to receive support from a trained staff member. In the case of a medical emergency, call 911 or a nearby emergency medical facility.

 

Whether traveling in the U.S., abroad or staying home over spring break, the best preventive measures for any communicable disease continue to be the practices you undertake as part of your daily routine, especially during flu season:

•            Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water or use a hand sanitizer.

•            Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with another person’s saliva, whether in your own living or social environments.

•            Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.

•            Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to support a healthy immune system.

We also appreciate that this situation can be challenging for many members of our community who have family and friends in China and other countries more directly affected by the outbreak. Situations like these often involve a degree of fear and uncertainty, which means we must come together as a community to offer support those affected by the virus, and for those affected by actions such as travel bans. It is important that fear never be turned toward individuals or groups based on country of origin, appearance or other factors. We have a special responsibility to those who are far from home, who are concerned for loved ones who may be at risk, and who may be the least likely to have a local network of support. It is moments such as these in which our OSU community is called to support each and every member of the university.

 

Please remain mindful and supportive of members of the OSU community who may be more directly affected by the coronavirus situation. Thank you for your continued work to keep the OSU community safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

 

___________________________________

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Oregon State University

Dan.Larson@oregonstate.edu

24 February 2020

Oregon State University students,

As you may be aware, OSU is engaged in negotiations with the Coalition of Graduate Employees—the union that represents graduate research and teaching assistants at the university—to update the collective bargaining agreement between CGE and the university.

Of OSU’s approximately 4,850 graduate students, roughly 1,800 students hold appointments as teaching and research assistants, and are employed by the university and represented by CGE. CGE and the university have had a collective bargaining agreement since 2001, and bargaining teams from the union and OSU are meeting twice monthly to update the current agreement.

We look forward to achieving a good and sustainable agreement that builds on the excellent compensation, benefits and assistance that the university already provides graduate teaching and research assistants. Meanwhile, we recognize the outstanding contributions, dedication, and hard work of our graduate assistants in OSU’s classrooms and research.

In bargaining, the university must balance the cost of attendance for all OSU students, as well as manage competing financial pressures, such as challenges in state and federal support for higher education, and invest in priorities that advance the university’s mission and financial viability.

The current higher education environment is challenging. Mandated state public employee retirement and health insurance costs are rising. Enrollment growth—tuition from which now accounts for 70 percent of OSU’s education and general fund dollars—has slowed. And state funding is not keeping pace with service level costs. Meanwhile, OSU colleges, divisions and units are managing significant expense reductions that occurred in FY18, FY19, and this fiscal year, and that will be necessary again next year.

Within that environment, CGE has presented the university with economic proposals related to salaries, benefits and other requirements that would increase OSU’s expenditures by an estimated $45 to $54 million beginning next year, with most of the spending recurring annually.

To put this request in context, CGE’s requests represent more than 225% to 270% of the $20 million increase in education and general funding that the university anticipates this coming year for the Corvallis campus. And these requests would be above any investment the university would make for compensation and benefits for faculty, staff or other employees, and investments in strategic university priorities, including safety, infrastructure improvements and other needs.

Among other things, CGE is seeking:

  • Graduate assistant appointments to be extended to 12 months regardless of research or teaching work requirements. For example, 78% of current appointments are 9 months. This proposal would result in an estimated additional annual expense of $8.3 to $11 million.
  • An increase of 18.6% in minimum monthly graduate assistant salaries, from $3,922 to $4,650. This would result in an estimated additional annual expense of $2.2 million.
  • Annual guaranteed pay increases going forward of 6% compared with current contracted annual increases of 2%. This would result in an estimated $1.7 million in annual expense.
  • Provision of a $300 per month subsidy for each graduate assistant who lives off campus. This would result in an estimated additional annual expense of $3.9 million.
  • A one-time reimbursement of $400 for each graduate assistant for the purchase of a bicycle. This would result in an estimated $600,000 expense.
  • The establishment of a bicycle repair fund in the amount of $500 per graduate student per year. This would result in an estimated additional annual expense of $900,000.
  • Establishment of one gender neutral bathroom on each floor within all OSU buildings. It is estimated that 100 such restrooms, for example, would cost $2.5 million.

For more information about CGE’s economic proposals and their estimated costs, please visit the university’s bargaining site related to graduate assistants.

Going forward, it is clear that CGE and the university must find common ground on these economic proposals. I assure you the university will pursue continued good faith bargaining to reach a fair and sustainable agreement.

As well, we will continue to provide the OSU community regular updates on graduate assistant bargaining. Along the way, please follow the progress of bargaining on the university’s CGE bargaining website.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

Oregon State University students,

 

At OSU, student success is founded in student well-being.

Yet on our Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses – and across the nation – mental health issues among college students are a growing concern. For example, in 2018, nearly half of OSU students responding to a National College Health Assessment survey shared that at some point in that year they felt so depressed it was difficult to function.

It is clear that we must address mental health in new and more effective ways. Each of us can help by participating in a new online training program called Kognito, which offers OSU students an important way to support each other.

During the approximate 30-minute training participants engage in role-play simulations that will enable students to engage in challenging conversations with their peers about mental health. You can access Kognito here under Student Wellbeing and Support. The course is called “Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress.”

Please join us by engaging in this voluntary training.

Sincerely,

Dan Larson                         Rachel Josephson                   Brian Chavez

Vice Provost                       President                                 President

Student Affairs                   Associated Students               Associated Students

                                             Oregon State University         Cascades Campus

OSU Corvallis students,

We invite you to help consider the future safety services and needs of Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus. While public safety at OSU is provided by many departments and programs, you may be aware, the university’s contract for licensed law enforcement services with Oregon State Police on the Corvallis campus ends on June 30, 2020.

The OSU Public Safety Advisory Committee—made up of faculty, staff and students—is leading an evaluation process to provide recommendations regarding transitional and long-term public safety services for the Corvallis campus.

Engagement and input from members of the Corvallis campus community are a key part of this evaluation process. OSU students, faculty and staff, as well as the public, are encouraged to participate in upcoming community listening and input sessions to be held at:

  • 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 9, Memorial Union Horizon Room
  • 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 10, Memorial Union Horizon Room
  • 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Main Meeting Room
  • 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, Memorial Union Horizon Room

Additionally, we have created a public safety website to inform and engage members of the OSU Corvallis community. The website provides background information, updates and a comment form to submit input online as well.

We hope you will join us in this important process regarding public safety services on OSU’s Corvallis campus.

Sincerely,

Paul Odenthal                                                 Charlene Alexander

Advisory Committee Co-Chair                      Advisory Committee Co-Chair

Senior Associate Vice President                    Vice President

Administration                                                Chief Diversity Officer

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

17 February 2020

 

Dear OSU Students,

 

While U.S. officials continue to believe that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak represents a low risk to the U.S. public, the university is monitoring the global health situation closely and working with local public health care experts to provide prevention response, information and resources.

 

We also acknowledge that this situation can be unsettling for members of our community who have family and friends living in China or elsewhere.

 

As members of the OSU community, I ask you to join me in sharing support for our students and colleagues who are experiencing concern about the virus and the well-being of their friends, families and home communities affected by this illness. For example, many at OSU and INTO OSU have engaged personally and utilized social media and video messages to share our support.

 

A university response working group continues to monitor on a daily basis developments related to the virus and advise OSU leaders. The working group’s efforts are informed by an additional four sub-groups addressing associated issues of health care, communications, federal policy developments and international enrollment activities.

 

If you have concerns about the coronavirus or your personal wellness, please be aware of these important resources:

We will continue to provide updates related to the coronavirus. In the interim, please be mindful of your own wellness and supportive of others in the OSU community, who may be more directly impacted by the virus situation.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

 

 

Oregon State University students,

As you likely know, the U.S. government implemented on Sunday night more stringent travel restrictions for individuals entering the United States from China due to the coronavirus.

Even with such measures, U.S. officials state that this novel coronavirus represents a low risk to the public in the U.S.

I am writing to share what the university is doing to monitor matters associated with the coronavirus, as well as support wellness among community members, and provide valuable information.

As members of the community, students’ greatest contribution at this time is to remain factually informed about the virus, mindful of the low level of risk in the U.S. associated with this virus, and encourage friends and fellow students to engage in personal good health practices.

OSU has formed a steering committee that is responsible for monitoring relevant coronavirus developments locally, within the U.S. and globally. The steering committee is made up of representatives from our Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses, will be in close coordination with the Benton County Health Department, and will involve others working in student health services, student affairs, international affairs, INTO OSU and other departments. This group will be assisted by OSU committees related to health care, communications, and federal policy and developments. These committees will meet daily – or as required – to recommend any OSU procedures, services and communications related to the coronavirus.

Until then, we encourage everyone to do the following:

  • Understand that federal health officials continue to believe that coronavirus represents a low risk to the public in the U.S.;
  • Encourage personal wellness habits shared in this link;
  • Encourage those concerned about their own wellness or symptoms of sickness to contact their personal health care provider or the Student Health Services Nurse Advice Line at 541-737-2724;
  • Understand that OSU is monitoring this matter closely, and will communicate to the university community as immediately as possible next steps, valuable wellness information, and other services available.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

Oregon State University students,

You likely are aware of increased media reports about a new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. We are closely monitoring this evolving situation and want to assure you that currently risk to the OSU community is considered low.

We are writing to provide you information so you are aware of coronavirus symptoms and how to seek medical attention if needed.

The coronavirus now appears to be spreading from person to person, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but the level of contagiousness has not yet been determined. It can take up to two weeks to develop symptoms of the virus, which include fever with a cough and/or shortness of breath. If you have concerns about your health due to possible exposure to the virus or following recent travel to China, please call the Student Health Services Nurse Advice Line at 541-737-2724. It is best to call in advance of visiting the student health center or external care providers, so precautions can be taken to minimize exposure to others.

The best preventative steps for any communicable disease include simple but important practices as part of your daily routine, especially during flu season:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water.
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with another person’s saliva, whether in your own living or social environments.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to support a healthy immune system.

We also want to update you on federal travel advisories regarding China and provide you information on OSU’s international travel policy.

China is currently designated a high-risk travel destination. The U.S. Department of State has issued an advisory to reconsider travel to China, and the CDC has issued an advisory to avoid nonessential travel to the country. As a result, and in accordance with the OSU International Travel Policy, any university-sponsored travel to China at this time requires a petition process. Undergraduate student travel requires approval by the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, and graduate student travel requires approval by a college dean. Please contact Samuel Gras, international health and safety coordinator, for information about the petition process and any travel-related questions.

We will continue to actively monitor this situation and advise you to visit the CDC website for the most current information on the coronavirus.

We thank you for your attention to your personal wellness and efforts to keep OSU community members safe.

Sincerely,

Dan Larson

Vice Provost

Student Affairs

Fellow students, 

 

Welcome back! I hope that winter break treated you all kindly and that those few weeks away from school were restful. I am writing to encourage you to consider running for an open position in ASOSU’s upcoming election. 

 

If you are interested in enacting change on campus, developing your leadership and communication skills, meeting other passionate and engaged folks, and getting involved here at OSU, I strongly urge you to run for a position. 

 

Open positions include President and Vice President, who run together, Speaker of the House, Student Fee Committee Chair, Senator, Representative, and Student Fee Committee member at large. More information on each of these positions, including time commitment and eligibility requirements, is available in the ASOSU Elections Packet, found HERE. Pay rates are available in the ASOSU Constitution and Statutes, HERE. To run for an open position all candidates must attend an in-person ASOSU Elections information session or watch the online information session and fill out a Qualtrics form. Upcoming information sessions are:

  • Tuesday, January 7th, 5:00-6:00pm, in MU 206 
  • Monday, January 13th, 5:00-6:00pm, in MU 206. 

 

The online information session can be found on ASOSU’s website, HERE. Registration for candidacy must be completed by January 15th at 5:00pm and can also completed on ASOSU’s Elections page. 

 

With that, happy first week of the term & thank you for your time. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any members of the elections committee or me at asosu.vp@oregonstate.edu. You are also more than welcome to visit us in SEC 250! 

 

All the best, 

Kylie Boenisch 

ASOSU Vice President | Chief Elections Officer 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

 

Oregon State University is required by federal law to provide information about the university’s alcohol and other drugs (AOD) policies.  In addition, we also include information about OSU’s resources for our community members.  Please see the attached document for this information.  This annual notification is in compliance with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.  Thank you.

 

Wishing you a safe and healthy new year,

 

Kelly Hogan, MPH | Director | Prevention & Wellness

319 Plageman | 108 Memorial Place | Corvallis, OR 97331 | (541) 737-5667

kelly.hogan@oregonstate.edu

 

Dec. 13, 2019

 

Dear OSU community members,

 

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. F. King Alexander as Oregon State University’s next president beginning July 1, 2020.

 

Dr. Alexander’s selection concludes a national search launched last March following President Ed Ray’s announcement that he will return to a faculty teaching position on June 30. I thank President Ray for his leadership, many contributions and 17 years of exemplary service as OSU’s president.

 

As Oregon State’s 15th president, Dr. Alexander will continue the university’s commitment to advancing inclusivity, student success, faculty excellence, research discovery, access to higher education for all, and community outreach and engagement service throughout Oregon and globally.

 

Dr. Alexander is an accomplished academic leader and a nationally recognized advocate for public higher education, college affordability and the value of public research. He comes from Louisiana State University, Louisiana’s flagship university, where he has served as president and chancellor for six years.

 

Here is a link to a brief video message from Dr. Alexander upon his being selected to join OSU, as well as a link to the university’s news release on his appointment.

 

At LSU, Dr. Alexander’s leadership has contributed to graduating a record number of students and welcoming the most diverse freshman class in the school’s history. He also has guided significant advances in research innovation and grant-funded research, and initiatives supporting faculty excellence. While at LSU, he has worked tirelessly to champion student success and inclusive excellence, core values shared with Oregon State University.

 

Prior to LSU, Dr. Alexander served seven and a half years as president of California State University Long Beach, where he managed the university to its highest graduation rates in its history. Among his accomplishments in California is the creation of the Long Beach College Promise, a program to provide local students with greater opportunities to complete their higher education. Dr. Alexander’s efforts to advance student success and his advocacy for public higher education earned him “President of the Year” honors twice. This award is given by the entire student body of the California State Student Association, representing more than 440,000 students in the Cal State University system.

 

Before becoming president at Cal State Long Beach, Dr. Alexander served four years as president of Murray State University, where he received national recognition for significant increases in graduation rates.

 

Dr. Alexander is noted nationally for his strong advocacy of public higher education and the importance of land grant institutions in addressing the world’s greatest challenges through research, teaching and engagement. As a leader, he has developed a reputation for building trust, engaging others and working collaboratively. These characteristics position Dr. Alexander to be a valued member of the Oregon State University community. More information about Dr. Alexander and his transition to Oregon State University is available on the OSU Presidential Transition webpage.

 

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Alexander to the OSU community and the state of Oregon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rani Borkar

Chair

OSU Board of Trustees

OSU faculty, staff and students,

 

I am pleased to invite you to attend a special OSU Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 13 to consider the board’s appointment of OSU’s next president for a term starting July 1, 2020. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Following the board meeting, trustees will host an OSU community and public reception in the main lounge of the Memorial Union at 10:45 a.m. to welcome our next president. 

 

Below is a news release regarding these Dec. 13 events.

 

Many thanks to the members of the OSU community who helped the Board of Trustees with the Presidential Search process – through candidate nominations, input on the presidential leadership profile, participation in listening sessions, service on the search committee and stakeholder group, and countless other ways.

 

Sincerely,

 

Debbie Colbert

Secretary

OSU Board of Trustees

 

 

Dec. 5, 2019

 

OSU presidential search process concludes

 

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting to consider the appointment and employment agreement of Oregon State University’s next president for a term starting on July 1, 2020.

 

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, in the Memorial Union Horizon Room on the OSU Corvallis campus.

 

The candidate under consideration for appointment will be introduced publicly at the Dec. 13 board meeting. If appointed, the candidate will succeed President Ed Ray, who announced in March that on June 30, 2020, he will step down as president after 17 years of service and join OSU’s teaching faculty.

Following the board meeting, trustees will host a reception in the main lounge of the Memorial Union from 10:45 a.m. to noon to welcome the president-elect. The reception is open to the public.

Action by the board in the meeting will conclude a national presidential search launched last spring with the formation of a 15-member search committee and the holding of community listening sessions to develop a presidential leadership profile to guide the recruitment process. The recruitment included an extensive interview process of candidates that involved the search committee, a broad group of stakeholders and trustees.

“Oregon State’s next president is positioned to lead a distinctive university that enjoys tremendous momentum and provides transformative impact in Oregon, nationally and globally,” said Rani Borkar, chair of OSU’s Board of Trustees. “OSU’s next president will continue to foster a university community that prioritizes diversity and inclusive excellence.”

The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda and details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. The meeting will be livestreamed https://live.oregonstate.edu/. If special accommodation is required, please contact 541-737-3449 or lauren.skousen@oregonstate.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

Dear student,

 

The electronic Student Evaluation of Teaching (eSET) period is now open. To provide anonymous feedback about your courses, please go to myOSU – My Student Stuff – Student Evaluation of Teaching.  Be aware not all courses may qualify for evaluation due to size or content.

 

The evaluation period ends Sunday, December 8th. For more information, visit the Office of Academic Programs and Assessment website for the eSET Student FAQ page at: https://apa.oregonstate.edu/eset/student-faqs or email us at: eSET_support@oregonstate.edu

 

Thank you for evaluating your courses and helping improve the quality of teaching at Oregon State University,

 

Office of Academic Programs and Assessment

 

OSU community members,

 

As I indicated in my Nov. 25 communication to the university community, Oregon State University is assessing the safety services and needs of our Corvallis campus. This evaluation is occurring as OSU’s contract for licensed law enforcement services with Oregon State Police ends on June 30, 2020.

 

A Public Safety Advisory Committee made up of faculty, staff and students is leading this evaluation and will provide recommendations regarding transitional and long-term public safety services. The committee’s work is well on its way, and I am confident we will have comprehensive strategies for both the short and long term.

 

As part of this evaluation, this week I authorized Mike Green, vice president for finance and administration, and Paul Odenthal, senior associate vice president for administration, to enter into discussions with the city of Corvallis regarding the possibility of the Corvallis Police Department serving as a transitional campus licensed law enforcement service provider. The Public Safety Advisory Committee supports these discussions as part of its evaluation process.

 

These discussions do not constitute a commitment by either the university or the city. Meanwhile, our evaluation process will remain transparent and our campus community will be actively engaged. Likewise, the city wants full transparency as we move forward. As such, Mark Shepard, Corvallis city manager, briefed the city council at its meeting tonight that OSU and the city are exploring this option together.

 

I expect to receive final recommendations by Dec. 16 for public safety services that will become effective on July 1, 2020. Recommendations related to long-term campus safety needs and services are expected by the end of spring term.

 

I will continue to provide regular updates on the work of the advisory committee and share information about opportunities for community engagement and input including future town hall meetings regarding campus safety.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

 

 

Oregon State University colleagues,

 

Please join us in addressing the growing problem of food insecurity among OSU students.

 

Nationally, we know that two in five college students say they skip meals to pay for other essential expenses, including rent, utilities, tuition and textbooks. At OSU, many of our students are struggling with the same reality.  

 

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the OSU Foundation – in collaboration with the university – is participating in Giving Tuesday, an international day of philanthropy. That day, Beavers all over the world are collaborating to support university efforts to address student hunger at OSU.

You can help by making a contribution to Beavers Fight Hunger. Your support will directly fund resources for students within OSU's Corvallis campus Human Services Resource Center, such as the food pantry and other programs to help reduce food insecurity among our students. For example, a $20 contribution will provide a student with enough groceries from the food pantry for an entire month. Contributions also can be made to assist food insecurity needs among OSU-Cascades students.

By giving today, you can take advantage of a generous match provided by an OSU Foundation donor that will double your contribution. 

Join us by making a donation. Let's all refuse to let OSU students go hungry by having to choose between food, textbooks, rent or utilities.

 

Thank you,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost, Student Affairs

 

Steve Clark

Vice President, University Relations and Marketing

OSU community members,

 

I am writing to update you on efforts to assess the safety values and needs of our Corvallis campus before OSU’s contract for licensed law enforcement services with Oregon State Police ends on June 30, 2020.

 

Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Green has convened the university’s Public Safety Advisory Committee to lead this evaluation and provide recommendations regarding transitional and long-term public safety services. This committee will engage the university community extensively to inform its considerations and recommendations.

 

The advisory committee is made up of students, faculty and staff and includes representatives from ASOSU, the Faculty Senate, the offices and departments of Institutional Diversity, Public Safety, Faculty Affairs, Athletics, Student Affairs, Compliance, University Relations and Marketing, General Counsel and Finance and Administration.

 

Given the importance and complexity of campus safety matters, including law enforcement and other public safety services, the work of this advisory committee is essential. Its work will best serve our community and its values by considering near and long-term campus safety requirements and services. The advisory committee will make its recommendations to Vice President Green, who will then make final recommendations to me. These phased recommendations will first address safety needs and services for a two-year transition period beginning July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022, and secondarily, for long-term public safety needs and services beginning July 1, 2022.

 

I expect to receive the committee’s recommendations by Dec. 16 for public safety services that will become effective on July 1, 2020. Recommendations related to long-term campus safety needs and services are expected by the end of spring term.

Oregon State’s values will serve as the foundation for the committee’s work. These values include striving for a welcoming, inclusive, diverse, respectful, trusting, safe and collaborative community. As well, the committee will conduct extensive community engagement processes, including launching a website and other forms of communication to seek input on values and principles, provide regular updates and gather community feedback.

 

Principally, we will continue to prioritize public safety as essential to teaching, learning, research, and outreach and engagement activities at Oregon State University. We also will continue to emphasize that campus safety is not just supported by licensed law enforcement services, but must be a commitment of all of us and the work of many departments and programs at OSU.

 

Going forward, we will provide regular updates on the work of the advisory committee and share information about opportunities for community engagement and input, including town hall meetings.

 

By working intentionally, collaboratively and transparently, I am confident we will make the right choices about advancing the safety of our university community for all.

 

Sincerely,

                                                           

Edward J. Ray

President                                            

Dear OSU student,

 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (Public Law 93-380), as amended, Oregon Revised Statutes 351.065, and Oregon Administrative Rule 580-013-0005 of the State Board of Higher Education afford students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The university official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the university official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education record that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students should write the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the university decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the university will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of the personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including health staff and members of the Law Enforcement Unit); a person or company with whom the university has contracted; a person or company acting as consultant or volunteer for the university; a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Oregon State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920
1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)
Website: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/index.html 

For more information on FERPA or how to contact the Office of the Registrar with questions, please see the Office of the Registrar FERPA webpage.

 

Thank you,

Office of the Registrar

 

OSU students,

Oregon State University is committed to providing a healthy learning environment for its students and employees, and healthy community spaces for members of the public.

With this priority in mind, the university recently enacted an expanded policy prohibiting the use of any tobacco products on all university properties. OSU adopted a smoke-free campus policy in 2012 for all students, employees and visitors.

Oregon State is a national leader in research and teaching regarding healthy lifestyles. An OSU study in fall 2018 on the Corvallis campus showed strong support for a tobacco-free policy. Nearly two-thirds of students and more than two-thirds of faculty and staff participating in the study supported a tobacco-free policy.

The expanded policy applies to all forms of tobacco products, including chewing and dipping tobacco, hookah tobacco, other forms of tobacco and vaping products. Electronic cigarettes have been prohibited on OSU property since 2012. Additionally, all OSU-owned or controlled properties, including athletics venues, are subject to this expanded policy. For details, please read the entire policy.

OSU has begun implementing the tobacco-free policy with an educational emphasis on raising awareness of the policy and offering services to help those seeking to cease use of tobacco products. OSU Student Health Services has cessation nurses available who can help. Call 541-737-9355 for an appointment. There is no cost to students to access this support. Additional support to break a nicotine addiction includes Smokefree Oregon and 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

For more information about the policy, please contact Christopher Viggiani, director of university policy and standards, via email or at 541-737-2878.

Thank you for your collaboration in helping to keep the OSU community a healthy environment for all.

 

Dan Larson                             Rachel Josephson                    Brian Chavez

Vice Provost                           President                                 President

Student Affairs                       Associated Students               Associated Students

                                                Oregon State University         Cascades Campus

To the OSU Community:

 

Please remember to vote in the upcoming November 5th Special 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, November 5th. 

 

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, October 31st. 

 

There is an official ballot drop site on the OSU Corvallis 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. – 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, November 5th. The county receiving the ballot will route it to your home county for counting.

 

More information for student voters can be found here: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/student-voters.aspx

 

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

 

Sincerely,

                                   

Edward J. Ray

President                                            

           

OSU Corvallis students,

As you may know, Oregon State University will host the University of Washington in a nationally televised football game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.

Weeknight games may bring traffic congestion and parking challenges as 40,000 fans and faculty, staff and students gather on OSU’s Corvallis campus. Additionally, Oregon State will host many visitors for its annual fall Family Weekend Nov. 8-10.

Each of us can help lessen congestion by altering how we travel that day to and from the Corvallis campus, saving time, minimizing hassle and enabling an even better university, visitor and fan experience. We recognize our first priority is safety; followed by ensuring successful academic, research and university business operations; and showcasing Oregon State University and OSU athletics.

We offer a few considerations and options for commuting on Nov. 8:

  • Parking flexibility. On Nov. 8, OSU parking permit holders can park in any commuter zone (Zones A, B or C) on campus.  However, cars in the red tow lots on the linked map must be removed by 1 p.m. that day. Visit the OSU Transportation Services website for more information.
  • Public transit. We encourage the use of local transit to travel to and from campus. For details about routes and times of service, please see the Corvallis Transit System website. Meanwhile, the OSU Beaver Bus shuttle service will operate from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 8.
  • To avoid congestion, we encourage you to walk, bike or carpool to campus. A new state program, Get There Oregon, connects OSU students with others who want to join a carpool. Register with your OSU email to connect with people in your network. As well, many local ridesharing services are available and provide transportation options.

For those attending the game, an Athletics shuttle service is available from the Benton County Fairgrounds ticket booth beginning at 4:30 p.m. It costs $5 and will run until an hour after the game ends.  

Thanks for your help in making Nov. 8-10 an enjoyable weekend for students, visiting families and fans.

Dan Larson

Vice Provost

Student Affairs

 

 

23 October 2019

 

Oregon State community members:

 

We are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Awards.

 

This year, nominations will be accepted for four awards – the Phyllis S. Lee Award, the Frances Dancy Hooks Award, the Oscar Humberto Montemayor Award, and for the first time the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Legacy Award. More information about all four awards can be found on the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Awards website.

 

Award winners and nominees will be honored at the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Celebration Peace Breakfast on January 20, 2020.

 

Each award is accompanied by a $500 stipend.

 

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, November 15, 2019.

 

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Legacy Award

 

Established this year in partnership with the OSU Alumni Association, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Legacy Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to causes of social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion and who exemplify and enrich OSU’s values of community, diversity, respect and social responsibility in their broader community or organization.

 

Learn more and submit a nomination for the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Legacy Award.

 

The Oscar Humberto Montemayor Award

 

The Oscar Humberto Montemayor Award was created to honor Oscar, who served the Oregon State community with diligence and grace over a thirty-year career. The award honors an Oregon State student who embodies Oscar’s ethos of selfless service; steady, strong, considerate leadership; and trailblazing spirit and heart.

 

Learn more and submit a nomination for the 2020 Oscar Humberto Montemayor Award.

 

The Phyllis S. Lee Award

 

The Phyllis S. Lee Award honors a member of the Oregon State community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Learn more and submit a nomination for the 2020 Phyllis S. Lee Award.

 

The Frances Dancy Hooks Award

 

The Frances Dancy Hooks Award recognizes Oregon State students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work: building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity, and proudly “Walking the Talk.”

 

Learn more and submit a nomination for the 2018 Frances Dancy Hooks Award.

 

Please reach out the Office of Institutional Diversity with any questions.

 

Warm Regards,

 

The Office of Institutional Diversity

The 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee

 

 

To the OSU Community:

 

Ballots for the November 5th Special Election were mailed to most voters this week. If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot, please 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

           

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 Vote”: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/default.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, November 5th.

 

Note: Postmarks do not count. The ballot must be deposited or received by November 5th. If you are mailing your ballot, in order to ensure that it is received in time, mail it no later than Thursday, October 31st.

 

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

 

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. – 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.

 

More information for student voters can be found here: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/student-voters.aspx

 

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 November 5th Special Election.

 

Sincerely,

                                                           

Edward J. Ray

President                                            

 

OSU Corvallis campus faculty, staff and students,

 

Oregon State University was informed this week by Oregon State Police of the agency’s decision to terminate its law enforcement services for OSU’s Corvallis campus, citing the need to focus OSP personnel and resources on statewide policing needs.

 

We thank Oregon State Police and its many staff members and troopers who have served our Corvallis campus since the mid-1980’s.

 

To provide for an orderly transition of campus licensed law enforcement services, OSP personnel will remain on-campus, fully serving OSU until June 30, 2020.

 

Campus safety remains our highest priority. University administrators are actively evaluating short-term and long-term needs for campus law enforcement and identifying and evaluating alternative service providers to assure there is no lapse in service. 

 

We will share more information as it is available.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Welcome back, Beavs!

 

On behalf of ASOSU and Information & Technology, we hope that this new academic year has started smoothly for you all. We value your opinions and experiences, so we created a quick opportunity to provide feedback via survey focusing on your knowledge about the data that the University collects relevant to you and how you would like that information to be used. Logging into academic interfaces such as Canvas and MyDegrees, accessing Scheduler, and swiping your ID card at different locations are all actions that create a record of engagement for you.

 

Data security and transparency are important to both students and OSU. OSU seeks information on how you perceive the gathering of data and your thoughts about the ways that data could best support students’ learning experience and enhance your success. Your voice is critical to providing that support. Completing this survey will inform OSU about your knowledge, ideas, and concerns regarding student data collection, which will enable the university to better serve you in your courses and beyond.

 

The survey is anonymous and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be open until the end of the day on November 8. Upon completion, you will have the option to enter a separate drawing to win one of twenty-five $20 Amazon gift cards. If you select the option to participate in one of the focus groups during winter term, you will have the opportunity to tell OSU more about your ideas on issues related to the collection and use of your data. The survey data will be analyzed and results shared later this year.

 

To access the survey, click here.

 

Thank you for your participation! Survey results will be communicated during winter term. For questions, please contact Robin Pappas, Instructional Innovation Program Manager for University Information & Technology: robin.pappas@oregonstate.edu. Questions you want to share with fellow students? Email asosu@oregonstate.edu.

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Josephson, ASOSU President and Kylie Boenisch, ASOSU Vice President

 

 

Brian Chavez, ASCC President

 

October 22, 2019

 

Oregon State University is pleased to announce the launch of a revised Code of Student Conduct to reflect a renewed Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Investigation and Resolution Process for Complaints against Students (Student Process).  The revisions are effective immediately and will continue to enhance the University’s ability to create and maintain a safe and equitable environment for our students to learn, explore, work, innovate and thrive.  The revisions are a result of a thorough evaluation of Title IX requirements and OSU’s commitment to provide students with processes that are fair and equitable.

 

The renewed code’s key enhancements include:

  • Enhanced guidance as to how the University will communicate with students
  • Clearer descriptions of behavior expectations of students and student organizations
  • Enhanced descriptions of the student conduct process and procedures 

 

The renewed student investigation and resolution process enhancements include:

  • Introduction of EOA’s Intake Assessment Associate into the process
  • Clearer delineation of adjudicative functions between EOA and SCCS – bifurcating the findings of fact in the investigation stage from the determination of policy violation in the adjudication phase
  • Enhanced procedural protections and support resources for responding parties
  • Clearer descriptions of the facilitated resolution process options

 

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards in collaboration with the Office of Student Life and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will continue to work with students, faculty and staff to develop outreach programs and promotions that inform all members of our community of our shared expectations for behavior and the processes that will be used for addressing allegations of student misconduct.  

 

As the new academic year continues, we look forward to engaging with our 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. The Code of Student Conduct can be found here.  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 and the Student Process.

 

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students

Oregon State University

 

Carol Millie

Director, Student Conduct & Community Standards

Oregon State University

 

Kim D. Kirkland, Ed.D.

Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Access

Oregon State University

Dear Students,

 

OSU has been the victim of a recent spike in phishing emails as part of a nationwide malware campaign that is targeting universities. Many of these emails try to trick you into thinking something business related needs your attention. They also either have a link they ask you to click or an attachment to open, both of which are malicious. 

 

Here is an example of this type of phishing email, pretending to be from Oregon State: 

/sites/registrar.oregonstate.edu/files/image-album/phishing.png

 

If you receive any emails like this, or any other email that seems suspicious, please forward that message as an attachment to phishing@oregonstate.edu . Please note that due to the high volume of messages we receive, our phishing response team won't be able to reply to every submission, but if you have specific questions please include them in your email and we'll respond. 

 

 

If you have previously received a suspicious email and clicked on a link, or opened any attachments in a message like this please contact your local IT Support Team and they'll help you make sure your account and system stays safe. 

 

 

If you're interested in learning more about this series of attacks, copy and paste the following urls into your browser to view the articles below:

 

https://www.cybereason.com/blog/one-two-punch-emotet-trickbot-and-ryuk-steal-then-ransom-data

https://securityboulevard.com/2019/10/a-closer-look-at-the-emotet-banking-trojan/

https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Emotet+malspam+is+back/25330

https://www.proofpoint.com/us/threat-insight/post/threat-actor-profile-ta407-silent-librarian

 

 

 

 

David McMorries Chief Information Security Officer | Office of Information Security

University Information and Technology | Oregon State University

1500 SW Jefferson Avenue | Corvallis, OR 97331 

https://uit.oregonstate.edu/ois

https://beav.es/infosec

 

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

I am writing to share an update and my concerns regarding the off-campus arrest Sunday by Oregon State Police of an OSU student while riding her bicycle. And I write to offer my sincere interest in the well-being of our student involved in this matter.

 

The university remains engaged in gathering complete information about what occurred. Early this week in an effort to understand the full context of the event, we reviewed both the on-line videos posted by members of the public and body camera video footage of the entire episode provided by Oregon State Police.

 

Upon considering the context of these videos, we immediately communicated with law enforcement authorities sharing our concern regarding what was portrayed in the videos. We also asked that law enforcement policies and practices by Oregon State Police  and other local law enforcement agencies associated with OSU  be examined for evidence of implicit and explicit bias.  

 

This week, university staff have offered support services to this student and other members of the OSU community affected by this matter. This includes sharing information about services available through ASOSU’s office of legal services.  

 

We will continue to emphasize the need for law enforcement authorities to de-escalate situations involving OSU students. Let me be clear, this matter is sufficiently troublesome that unless its resolution is satisfactory to OSU, we will reassess the value of continuing a campus law enforcement service agreement with Oregon State Police.

 

At the same time, we recognize that a comment made earlier this week to a reporter that the university believed there was no indication of bias in this matter was inappropriate, hurt our community and should not have been made, as it added to the challenges of this week. This comment has since been clarified by the university’s spokesman in further statements to the media indicating OSU cannot judge bias based upon the video evidence.

 

Going forward, we will seek continued information to shed light on this situation, determine how implicit or explicit bias played a role, and communicate with law enforcement agencies to address our concerns. I and other university administrators will meet with students, faculty, staff and police to discuss and provide for programming that will inform and build safe and positive relationships between our students and law enforcement.

 

Along the way, I will update the community further on this matter and OSU’s continuing efforts with our faculty, staff, students and community partners to provide a welcoming, inclusive and safe community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

OSU colleagues and students,

 

As you may recall, President Ray called upon the Oregon State University community last spring to help address the growing – and yet solvable - problem of food insecurity at OSU. 

 

I am writing to update you on university efforts since then. While we have begun to better address the problems associated with hunger, we must remain just as focused on these efforts as we are on other aspects of student success.

 

We recognize that each day, too many of our students miss meals, worry about how to feed their families and face difficult decisions about how to spend limited funds on books and course materials, utilities or groceries. I hope we all agree that effective and complete learning cannot occur on a consistently empty stomach.   

The efforts to address hunger will not solely be institutional. This fall, we will launch an OSU Food Insecurity Task Force made up of students, faculty and staff to strategically inform our efforts. ASOSU President Rachel Josephson and I have charged this task force, which will be co-chaired by Kevin Dougherty, associate vice provost for Student Affairs and dean of students, and Sarah Cunningham, OSU instructor and coordinator of the Food in Culture and Social Justice program.  The task force will include university colleagues, who are conducting local and national research, scholarship and public policy work regarding food insecurity, as well as students and staff who are delivering campus-based programs and services. There is a role for each of us within the work of this task force. Those interested in contributing to this effort should contact Kevin to share ideas and become engaged. 

Progress is being made to expand OSU’s food assistance programs in many areas, including:

  • A new University Housing & Dining Services meal program, Food for Thought, piloting later this fall. Using unsold food prepared within campus dining locations, UHDS will create pre-packaged, balanced meal options, available at no cost to eligible OSU students. Visit this website for more details about this and other UHDS efforts to address food insecurity.
  • OSU-Cascades in Bend has launched lower cost food options for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Beaver Dam dining center.
  • Oregon’s eligibility for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has expanded to include more college students.  Information about accessing SNAP benefits is available on the university’s Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) website.
  • In collaboration with the Faculty Senate, ASOSU and Student Affairs, a statement has been added as a required component of course syllabi“Reach Out for Success,” this initiative encourages students to “reach out” and seek support if they encounter difficulties ranging from academic challenges, financial needs and mental health support to food assistance. Details and resources are available on the Reach Out for Success website.    

Certainly, we have more to do to fully address the challenge issued by President Ray last spring.  Working together, I am confident that we will. Meanwhile, I am encouraged by the growing level of community interest and engagement on these important topics to support all students and their needs both inside and outside of the classroom.

If you are personally interested in helping further, a few suggestions follow:

  • Donate non-perishable, unopened food items, including bread and fresh produce, to the Human Services Resource Center located in the Champinefu Lodge, 1030 S.W. Madison Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Consider making a gift to the HSRC. This year’s Giving Tuesday campaign conducted by the OSU Foundation on Dec. 3 will focus on supporting the HSRC food pantry. More details from will be forthcoming.
  • Volunteer in the Cascades Campus food pantry. Contact Sophie Piaskowski, ASCC director of student advocacy for more information.
  • Lead your unit in the "Adopt a Month" targeted food drive. Email the HSRC Food Pantry for more information.
  • Let students know if free food or leftovers are available following university events through the @eatfreeOSU Twitter account. Just complete this web form.

 

I look forward to working with you and all members of the university community to address food insecurity. Throughout the year, I will continue to provide updates as we make progress on this important issue.

 

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Oregon State University

Dan.Larson@oregonstate.edu

OSU community members,

 

Welcome to the new academic year. As we mark the beginning of classes, we want to share a reminder that Oregon State University is committed to providing support for students, faculty and staff in our community whose observance of their religious beliefs may have an impact on classes, schedules and dietary needs.

 

We request that faculty work with students as outlined in OSU’s Religious Accommodation of Students Policy. It is incumbent on the student making the request to notify the faculty member as soon as possible prior to the need for the accommodation. Students should work directly with their faculty member on these requests according to OSU’s religious accommodation policy. Meanwhile, faculty and staff are able to approve requests for religious accommodations but must first contact Equal Opportunity & Access if denying a request.

 

Because of the timing of some holidays, we recognize it may not always be possible for students to contact faculty/staff for accommodations in advance as outlined in our religious accommodations policy. For this reason, we request that faculty work with students who miss required activities due to these religious holidays, and provide accommodations to make up any missed work deliverables or course material within a reasonable amount of time.   

 

In addition to the above information, this email provides resources about Oregon State’s Corvallis and OSU-Cascades “quiet spaces,” which can be used for meditation, reflection and prayer. Additionally, with this email, we are providing information about different dining and food options available on our campuses in Corvallis and at OSU-Cascades.

 

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 and Access.

 

Thank you for assisting our students in balancing their academic schedules, employment duties and religious observations. I wish you all a great academic year.

  

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu   

 

 

 

 

 

 

OSU Resources

 

Quiet Spaces:

Quiet spaces are offered on the Corvallis campus in the Student Experience Center 3rd floor (hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.) and the International Living Learning Center (ILLC) Multi-Faith Room, located on the 4th floor. 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 Hattie Redmond Women's & Gender Center quiet lounge. For OSU-Cascades, a quiet space is offered on campus in the Reflection Room, Tykeson Hall 208. For all spaces listed, no reservations are required and are open on a first-come, first serve basis. 

 

Dining and Food Options:

Any student in Corvallis practicing a Halal or Kosher diet who needs to develop a plan that will meet dietary needs for upcoming holidays and beyond; who has suggestions about 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 & 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.

 

Dining Manager Marta Givens (marta.givens@osucascades.edu) at OSU-Cascades will assist students with special food needs. Meanwhile, Housing Manager Heather Holton (heather.holton@osucascades.edu) can help students living in residence who need access to meal preparation space.

 

 

To request this information in an alternative format please contact deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu.

Oregon State University students,

 

You may have seen or read recent news reports regarding a national outbreak of severe lung illnesses associated with vaping and the use of e-cigarettes.

 

This e-mail is to alert you that the Oregon Health Authority last week reported Oregon’s second vaping-related death. Nationwide, the federal Centers for Disease Control has reported 13 deaths and more than 800 cases of serious illness involving vaping. These cases are primarily youth and young adults.

 

In light of the growing number of cases and the ongoing investigation to determine the cause, the Oregon Health Authority is warning all Oregonians to stop using vaping products or e-cigarettes.

 

Those who want to break their nicotine addiction – or need help to stop vaping – should visit https://smokefreeoregon.com; call 1-800-QUIT-NOW; or see a health care provider about FDA-approved nicotine replacement options, such as skin patches, gum, lozenges, and medication.  Student Health Services has cessation nurses available who can help – call to make an appointment: 541-737-9355. There is no cost to you as a student to access this support.

 

Here is additional educational information about vaping and e-cigarettes from the American Lung Association:

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost of Student Affairs

 

Jenny Haubenreiser

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Executive Director of Student Health Services

 

2019 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report; 2018 & 2017 Updates

 

Notice of Availability

The 2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports include the current security policies and the crime and fire statistics for 2018, 2017, and 2016 at each of the four Oregon State University campuses. Contact information for various campus and community resources related to crime prevention and survivor assistance is in the body and appendix of the reports. 

Oregon State publishes these reports in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Paper copies of these reports can be obtained at the following locations:

  • Corvallis: 200 Cascade Hall, 601 SW 17th St.
  • Bend: 108 Obsidian Hall, 1500 SW Chandler Ave.
  • Newport: Director's Office, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr.
  • La Grande: 205 Badgley Hall, One University Blvd.

A copy of the annual report for any campus can also be requested by emailing clery.compliance@oregonstate.edu. These reports are available without charge. Please click on the links below to immediately access digital copies.
 

 

Corvallis

 

 

The flagship campus that's building a smarter, healthier, more prosperous and more just future.

 

 

HMSC

 

 

The coastal campus and base for oceanographic research with a leading marine laboratory.

 

 

Cascades

 

 

The result of a 30-year grassroots effort to bring a four-year university to central Oregon.

 

 

OSU at EOU

 

 

A program to serve the needs of communities in Eastern Oregon and the Intermountain West.

 

 

Updated 2018 and 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports – Notice of Availability
On September 26, 2019, Oregon State received revised crime statistics for 2016 and 2017 from Eastern Oregon University, where the OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Program is co-located. In 2019, two additional public property liquor arrests in Corvallis were also found to have been reported in 2017. According to U.S. Department of Education policy, we are required to provide employees and students with an updated Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2018 and 2017. Below are links to these reports with updated statistics. To access these reports, please click on any of the links: 2018 Corvallis Campus ASFSR, 2018 OSU-EOU ASFSR, and 2017 ASFSR (OSU-EOU update).

 

 

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Steve Clark,

University Relations and Marketing at 541-737-3808 or Steve.Clark@oregonstate.edu.


 

 

 

28 September 2019

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

We are pleased to inform you that an agreement has been reached on a two-year labor contract between Oregon’s seven public universities and SEIU, the union that represents classified employees. This agreement averts the possibility of a strike by classified workers that may have occurred early Monday morning.

 

Members of the bargaining teams representing the universities and SEIU reached the agreement early Saturday morning after bargaining throughout the day and night on Friday. SEIU members will vote to ratify the contract settlement in October, with implementation of the agreement’s terms in November. We thank all members of the bargaining teams for their exhaustive efforts since January.

 

We reiterate our respect for our classified colleagues and our appreciation of the many contributions they provide our students, the university and its mission.

 

The tentative agreement provides for:

  • A 3.0% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for all classified employees retroactive to July 1, 2019; and 2.10% COLA for all classified employees effective July 1, 2020.
  • Full step wage increases of 4.75% in each year of the new contract. This provision applies to more than 70 percent of classified employees who are not already at the top step of their classification.
  • A longevity premium of 2.5% given yearly to classified employees who have been at the university at least five years, and who have been at the top of their salary range for at least a year from their salary eligibility date.
  • A commitment to keep entry level classified employee wages at all universities above Portland metro area universities’ minimum wages.
  • Moving 15 job classifications to higher salary ranges.
  • Providing classified employees with 48 hours of paid time over the course of the agreement to be used in the event of campus closures and delayed openings due to inclement weather or hazardous conditions.
  • All other benefits, such as healthcare, retirement, holidays, vacations, sick leave, personal leave, bereavement and others to remain as they are within the current contract with classified employees.

 

We look forward to our continued collaboration with our classified colleagues, as well as with all university employees, students and stakeholders. It is this collaboration that makes Oregon State University the outstanding university that it is – and a very special place to learn, work, teach, conduct research, and engage in outreach to communities in Oregon and beyond.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President 

 

Michael J. Green

Vice President, Finance and Administration

Oregon State University students,

 

We are writing to provide an update on contract bargaining occurring jointly between Oregon’s seven public universities and SEIU, the union that represents classified employees.

 

Classified colleagues provide important services at OSU, including working in our residence halls, dining centers, colleges, custodial and facility services departments, IT, enrollment management, libraries, student health services and many other divisions.

 

As of this morning, negotiations between the universities and SEIU continue, and we remain committed to reaching a settlement. We reiterate our respect for our classified employees’ labor rights and the many contributions that classified colleagues provide our students, the university and its mission.

 

While we are optimistic that we can reach agreement – and avoid a strike that union members have announced will occur Monday morning, Sept. 30 – we are writing to provide information as to how the university will operate should a strike occur.

 

In the event of a strike, we ask that everyone remain committed to preserving the friendly and collegial culture that exists among faculty, staff and students throughout the Oregon State University community.

 

If a strike occurs on Monday, we remind you that all students will be expected to attend classes. And student workers will be expected to report to their positions as scheduled.

 

Should a strike occur Monday, university operations will emphasize continuing the university’s essential teaching, research and outreach activities. We share that some operations will be affected:

  • Food service at Corvallis campus dining centers will be curtailed to peak breakfast, lunch and dinner periods. Coffee shops or cafes on campus may experience curtailed operations. During a strike, visit UDHS dining center website for more information on center hours.
  • Student Health Services (SHS) will provide urgent care services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limited nursing services, immunizations and lab services will be provided during a strike. The same-day health clinic in Tebeau Hall will be closed. For SHS hours of operations during a strike, please visit the center’s website.
  • The Valley Library will operate weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine’s veterinary teaching hospital, small animal hospital and large animal hospital will be closed during a strike. Hospital operations will be limited to emergency care for established patients with known and current medical conditions. Meanwhile, the college will continue to receive emergency equine cases and provide rural veterinary farm calls.
  • Corvallis campus mail and freight services will be modified. Campus Mail deliveries will continue, but may be limited to daily service. UPS service to campus will be curtailed during a strike while FedEx service will continue. University Printing and Mailing staff will pick up packages from UPS once per day. OSU employees and students anticipating UPS campus delivery will need to come to Printing and Mailing Services, 4700 Research Way in Corvallis to claim their UPS shipment.  Printing and Mailing staff will call OSU employees and students as UPS packages are available for pick-up. Outgoing packages to be shipped by UPS should be taken to Campus Surplus, at 644 S.W. 13th, Corvallis, for delivery to UPS for shipment.

  

We will continue to provide additional updates as information is available.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost

Student Affairs

Greetings OSU students, staff and faculty and welcome to the start of another academic year.

 

In looking at the year ahead and the busyness of integrating our work and family lives we want to highlight and share a number of unique services and programs OSU offers in support of families with dependent care needs.

 

 

Care.com 
Care.com is child care and more; you can also find elder care, pet and house sitting and housekeeping services. Visit Care.com/OSU to create a free profile using your ONID email address.

Flexible Work Arrangements 
In support of work life fit, OSU offers flexible work arrangements (FWA) in situations where there is a mutual benefit to the employee and university.

Lactation Support
OSU has a network of over 30 well-appointed lactation rooms in addition to free lactation parking permits to facilitate on campus nursing sessions. OSU-Cascades campus lactation room is located in Tykeson Hall.  The OSU Portland Center offers two wellness rooms that can be used for lactation purposes. Visit the front desk with any questions about accessing the rooms, or contact OSU Portland Center Operations at (503) 273-4301.

MilkStork, a breastmilk shipping service is available to OSU nursing employees or students. For additional information about Milk Stork and to obtain a free copy of Nursing Mother, Working Mother contact the Family Resource Center by email or phone at 541-737-4906.

BABy@OSU 
Summer and winter workshops designed for students and employees who have taken a leave of absence for the arrival of a child and are returning to their work and studies.

Beaver Family Connections
Bring your lunch from 12-1 p.m. on scheduled dates and join in on interesting topics and discussions related to your child’s development and your family health and well-being. Open to all students, staff and faculty. If you are unable to attend sessions in person, please visit the Family Resource Center website for access to information shared at previous Beaver Family Connections sessions.

ElderCare Connections 
Monthly lunch hour informational meetings and discussions about what it means to be a caregiver and how to optimally support the ones you love and yourself. Bring friends, colleagues and whoever else you feel could benefit from these sessions, we are open to everyone.

Family Spaces
The Family Resource Center @ Champinefu Lodge and the MU Family Lounge (on the west side of the main floor living room) are both comfortable places to spend time with young children. The Family Resource Center offers convenient dedicated parking, a kitchen, dining and living rooms, a lactation room, shower and laundry facilities, and an outdoor picnic area. For more information, visit the Family Friendly Spaces webpage.

The Family Resource Center and the Faculty Affairs Office of Work-Life have other programs and supports in service to you and your families, as well as referrals to other campus and community resources. Additionally, please keep an eye on the calendar of events for next month’s celebration of National Work and Family Month.

Wishing you all the best as we embark on another new and exciting academic year.

Cathy Hasenpflug                         

Chief Human Resources Officer

 

Susan Capalbo

Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

 

Dan Larson                                   

Vice Provost of Student Affairs

25 September 2019

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

We are writing to provide an update on contract bargaining occurring jointly between Oregon’s seven public universities and SEIU, the union that represents classified employees.

 

Unfortunately, members of the SEIU bargaining team did not appear at a bargaining session agreed to be held yesterday - in Portland. This absence occurred less than a week before SEIU members have indicated they will begin to strike on Monday, Sept. 30, at OSU and Oregon’s six other public universities. We are grateful that bargaining teams from SEIU and the universities have agreed to meet in an all-day bargaining session this Thursday.

 

OSU remains committed to reaching a settlement in these negotiations. We also continue to respect our classified employees’ labor rights and value the many contributions that classified colleagues make to serve our students and the university’s teaching, research and outreach mission.

 

The university asks that all parties proactively and collaboratively work to reach agreement. By working together, we will achieve a respectful and fair bargaining agreement, while also prudently managing the financial resources of the university and its many priority initiatives.

 

We also write to share a sense of context as to the significant impact of the bargaining proposals made by SEIU.

 

You may recall, the Legislature allocated $100 million in additional operating funds to the seven universities for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. These funds provided partial help for a variety of needs, including holding tuition increases down at several universities; addressing increases in the cost of state-mandated public employee benefits; and supporting compensation increases to all university employees, including faculty and classified employees. In fact, the $100 million was well below what the universities argued was necessary to address rising expenses, provide for salary and benefit costs, support student success programs, improve tuition affordability, and address deferred building maintenance. We calculate that SEIU’s contract proposal calls upon Oregon’s universities to dedicate approximately 50% of the increase provided by the last Legislature to classified employee compensation increases over the next two years.

 

Since we last provided you an update, the universities have enhanced their offer to SEIU. Here is an overview of that proposal:

  • Full step increases of 4.75% in each year of the next contract.
  • 2.0% cost of living adjustment for all classified employees effective Nov. 1, 2019.
  • 2.25% cost of living adjustment for all classified employees effective July 1, 2020.
  • An $850 one-time bonus to be paid in November for all classified employees who reached the top of their salary range as of June 30, 2018.
  • Committed to keeping entry level-wages above Portland metro’s minimum wage by eliminating steps of the salary schedule that are below that rate.
  • All other classified employee benefits, such as healthcare, pension, holidays, vacations, sick leave, personal leave, bereavement and others will continue as provided in the current contract.
  • Further details of the universities proposal described above are available here.

 

We remain optimistic that we can reach agreement and avoid a strike, but we continue to prudently prepare for a possible strike. It remains essential for OSU to provide for continued safety, student learning, our research and outreach missions, and priority university services should a strike occur.

 

We will provide additional updates over the next week.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Michael J. Green

Vice President, Finance and Administration

OSU Students,

 

As a reminder, Duo two-step login will become mandatory for all students during this upcoming fall and winter term. Mandatory dates start in late-October and continue until mid-February. You can find your specific, assigned mandatory date at beav.es/student-duo. You can sign up for Duo now to begin protecting your information. As your mandatory date approaches, you will receive reminder emails from the Duo project team until you sign up.

 

What is Duo?

Duo two-step login protects your OSU account by verifying your identity with two forms of identification: something you have (your phone or hardware token) and something you know (your password).

 

Why are we doing this?

The university is implementing Duo two-step login due to an alarming increase in the number of compromised OSU accounts. By using Duo, you can protect yourself from unauthorized:

  • Changes to your financial aid and payroll direct deposit
  • Reading and sending of your email
  • Access to your Student Health records
  • Criminals attempting to commit identity fraud

Please take a moment to visit beav.es/student-duo to learn more and sign up for Duo two-step login.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please contact the IS Service Desk at beav.es/help.

 

Thank you,

 

Michael McDonald, IT Communications Manager

Oregon State University | University Information & Technology

 

[Archive] Log of Emails Sent to Students via Student Communications

Note: This page is an archive. Please visit the current page for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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

Members of the OSU community,

 

You may be aware that Portland city officials, business and community leaders, and community event planners are promoting safety and personal responsibility in the face of anticipated protests this weekend along Portland’s downtown waterfront involving a right-wing rally and a left-wing counter-protest.

 

We are writing to share with you the prospects of such a protest on Saturday. And to encourage that if you are in the Portland area, to safely enjoy all that the region has to offer by visiting other locations. If you are in the area of Portland’s waterfront, please be aware of your surroundings, and should any disturbance or protest occur nearby, please leave that area without engaging.

 

Meanwhile, entry to the Meier & Frank building -- in which the OSU Portland Center is located -- will be locked on Saturday, Aug. 17, and will require an access card to gain entry. Security personnel will be on-site Saturday during the building’s regular weekend operation hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Please enjoy your weekend and stay safe if visiting the Portland area.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Green                                                                          Dan Larson

Vice President                                                                      Vice Provost

Finance and Administration                                                   Student Affairs

OSU Students,

 

Duo two-step login will become mandatory for all students during this upcoming fall and winter term. Mandatory dates start in late-October and continue until mid-February. You can find your specific, assigned mandatory date at beav.es/student-duo. You can sign up for Duo now to begin protecting your information - As your mandatory date approaches, you will receive reminder emails from the Duo project team until you sign up.

 

What is Duo?

Duo two-step login protects your OSU account by verifying your identity with two forms of identification: something you have (your phone or hardware token) and something you know (your password).

 

Why are we doing this?

The university is implementing Duo two-step login due to an alarming increase in the number of compromised OSU accounts. By using Duo, you can protect yourself from unauthorized:

  • Changes to your financial aid and payroll direct deposit
  • Reading and sending of your email
  • Access to your Student Health records
  • Criminals attempting to commit identity fraud

Please take a moment to visit beav.es/student-duo to learn more and sign up for Duo two-step login.

 

Thank you,

 

Michael McDonald, IT Communications Manager

Oregon State University | University Information & Technology

Members of the OSU community,

 

You may be aware that Portland city officials, business and community leaders, and community event planners are promoting safety and personal responsibility in the face of anticipated protests this weekend along Portland’s downtown waterfront involving a right-wing rally and a left-wing counter-protest.

 

We are writing to share with you the prospects of such a protest on Saturday. And to encourage that if you are in the Portland area, to safely enjoy all that the region has to offer by visiting other locations. If you are in the area of Portland’s waterfront, please be aware of your surroundings, and should any disturbance or protest occur nearby, please leave that area without engaging.

 

Meanwhile, entry to the Meier & Frank building -- in which the OSU Portland Center is located -- will be locked on Saturday, Aug. 17, and will require an access card to gain entry. Security personnel will be on-site Saturday during the building’s regular weekend operation hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Please enjoy your weekend and stay safe if visiting the Portland area.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Green                                                                          Dan Larson

Vice President                                                                      Vice Provost

Finance and Administration                                                   Student Affairs

OSU community members,

Oregon State University is introducing a new OSU personal identification card for students and employees to enhance security and increase efficiencies.

 

In addition to a new look that highlights the university logo, the new ID cards include:

  • Enhanced security – Technology integrated within the new ID cards features security capabilities compatible with the latest technology in card-access readers and prevents unauthorized duplication of ID credentials.
  • Expanded functionality – New cards are compatible with all OSU electronic access points on the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses, at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and within the OSU Portland Center. The cards allow for management of student meal plans and event tracking with student ID cards, and the capacity to manage ID credentials to support business needs up to 30 years in the future.
  • Resource stewardship –This new ID card technology will enable Facilities Services to install electronic-access entry points within OSU buildings with the long-range goal of eliminating the need for employees to lock and unlock buildings daily.

The first phase of this ID card transition focuses on those new to OSU. Distribution of new ID cards began with new and transfer students attending START sessions, as well as new OSU employees who began working after June 16. Employees working at OSU Extension offices or experiment stations will receive new cards if their current card is more than five years old or they need electronic access to OSU campuses or primary locations such as the Portland Center or Hatfield. Meanwhile, full migration to the new ID card will take approximately two years to complete. 

This summer, the OSU Campus Access Committee has worked with Facilities Services to modify door-access equipment within university buildings to ensure all equipment works effectively with the new ID cards. As this work continues, new ID cards and information about the cards will be provided faculty and staff working in these facilities.

Please visit the Orange Card website to learn more about the university’s new ID card system and its rollout. 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Green                                                                        Dan Larson

Vice President                                                                   Vice Provost

Finance and Administration                                         Student Affairs

 

OSU community members,

I am pleased to announce that Oregon State University’s new $70 million arts and education complex will be built on our Corvallis campus at the corner of Southwest 15th Street and Washington Way.

This complex will be a dynamic cultural hub for teaching, learning and artistic performance, not only for OSU but for the Corvallis-Benton County community and all Oregonians. The complex will include classrooms and student-centered learning spaces, a 500-seat orchestra hall, a 200-seat black box theater, art exhibition space, rehearsal and practice rooms, faculty and staff offices, technology and recording rooms and landscaped outdoor gathering places.

 

Design of the complex is underway and we anticipate that groundbreaking will occur in June 2020, with construction completion in summer 2022. Here is a link to a news release regarding the location of the arts complex.

 

Moving forward to launch this complex is an enormous and essential step for Oregon State University. In my view, the arts drive a culture of creativity, innovation and diversity that is essential to a thriving research environment. In addition to enhancing our strengths in the sciences, this arts and education complex will enrich the education, career and life preparation of all OSU students.

 

Meanwhile, this location will enable the LaSells Stewart Center to remain an important community and university gathering and meeting place, and home for valuable research and academic conferences that bring our faculty, staff and students together with world leaders in science, teaching and higher education thought leadership.

 

Over the next several months, we will complete donor fundraising and approach the 2020 Oregon legislature for state bonding support for the arts and education complex.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

 

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

Across the nation, one in eight people struggle with hunger. Close to home, one in six residents in Linn and Benton counties sought emergency food assistance last year. And among those served by local and state food banks, as many as two-thirds say they are sometimes forced to choose between paying for food versus paying for their rent, medical services and utilities.

As the number of people affected by food insecurity grows, it includes individuals who make valued contributions to their communities and others, and increasingly, students on our nation’s college and university campuses.

 

Nationally, according to recent research conducted by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, 43% of college students surveyed reported that they felt food insecure in the past 30 days. This problem is striking close to home. Of the nearly 2,800 OSU students who applied for food assistance and food vouchers in the 2017-18 academic year, 81% met the federal definition of food insecurity.

The causes for food insecurity among college students are many: the cost of higher education; the share of educational costs that students now pay versus the state; and the cost of housing, utilities and food. The stark reality is that many students balance going to class and working multiple jobs to minimize college debt, and still don’t have enough money to attend class or take a test with the benefit of a recent nutritious meal.

Whatever the reason, the crisis of food deprivation at Oregon State must end. It is not acceptable for this university and for this state to have students in our OSU community that do not know where their next meal will come from.

It’s up to all of us to help address student hunger.

I am committed to ending hunger at Oregon State, and I call upon university leaders, faculty and staff, student leaders and OSU stakeholders to join with me.

With that commitment in mind, I have directed Dan Larson, vice provost for student affairs, to lead this effort to increase the scale of our programs and services starting in fall term 2019 to make a greater impact on reducing food insecurity among our students. We will do so more fully and more prominently than we do today through the good work already occurring at the Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) on the Corvallis campus or through the Associated Students of Cascades Campus Food Pantry in Bend at OSU-Cascades.

 

Here are examples of what will take place:

  • Over the summer, University Housing and Dining Services and HSRC managers will develop a pilot program to make available to eligible students food that has been produced in university dining centers, but at the end of a day, otherwise would go to waste. This effort will be implemented in fall term and will be in addition to existing UHDS efforts that provide re-packageable food to Linn Benton Food Share, which then – within state and local health requirements – provides these food supplies back to the HSRC food pantry.
  • Approaches will be evaluated to leverage university financial aid dollars with food assistance programs such as Mealbux, which provides eligible students with a meal card to use on campus.
  • Efforts to make students more aware of their eligibility for state and federal food assistance programs. As Oregon’s land grant university, we can help inform more of our own students -- and students attending other Oregon colleges and universities – by increasing communications regarding valuable programs, such as SNAP-Ed – the Supplemental Nutrition Education Program. The goal of this program is to provide people eligible for food stamps and food assistance with information about making healthy food choices within limited budgets – and choose physically active lifestyles. Additionally, this work will make more students aware of how the HSRC can aid students to complete their applications for food assistance.
  • We will engage with the OSU faculty to increase the sharing and prominence of a basic needs support message statement, such as within course syllabi and OSU websites. Such statements would help direct all students to centers and programs that may help address needs such as food insecurity, mental health services and others.Vice Provost Larson will create a task force in fall term 2019 made up of university administrators, faculty, student government leaders in Corvallis and Bend, students who served through our assistance programs, UHDS and financial aid representatives, and other university partners to develop additional action plans for implementation in 2020.

I am directing Steve Clark, vice president for university relations and marketing, to lead OSU’s efforts to better inform our students and the university community about the benefit and availability of food assistance programs and other services available throughout OSU to address food insecurity.

 

Meanwhile, leaders within the OSU Foundation are sensitive to the issue of food insecurity, as well as student mental health, and are beginning to discuss how to be part of OSU’s efforts to help address these student needs.

 

As a community, I call upon us to expand the already impressive culture of caring within Oregon State University. That culture includes the annual Corvallis campus food drive. For example, the 2019 food drive raised the equivalent of 382,000 meals. Of that total, more than $67,000 in payroll contributions were made and another $55,000 was contributed in various food drive fundraising campus events.

 

These contributions aid the OSU Food Pantry on the Corvallis campus in making a real difference. Approximately 65% of those served by the pantry are college students, and 93% of these households have at least one college student in their family. According to self-reported data from those served at the HSRC, 57% are first-generation students; 56% are students of color; and 158 reported sleeping in a tent, car or homeless shelter in the previous 12 months.

Meanwhile, at OSU-Cascades, the food pantry is supported by donations from the campus community.

 

I assure you that even greater personal and university engagement in the problem of food insecurity are needed, and I know that our collective efforts will have a direct impact on our students. But it will take OSU’s institutional commitment and our respective individual consciousness and engagement year-round to fully make a difference.

 

Please join me and Vice Provost Larson by engaging in this effort to end food insecurity among OSU students.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

 

State of Diversity at

Oregon State University

 

Address and Reception

 

Wednesday, June 5, 4-5:30 pm

MU Ballroom

 

We invite you to the second annual State of Diversity at Oregon State Address and Reception hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity. Dr. Charlene Alexander, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, will highlight the incredible work underway across the university to advance inclusive excellence and discuss progress made on Oregon State’s Diversity Strategic Plan.

 

Following the presentation, Dr. Alexander and the Office of Institutional Diversity invite you to enjoy refreshments and connect with other members of the university community to celebrate a successful academic year.

 

The event will be livestreamed and recorded. Livestream will be available at live.oregonstate.edu.

 

The event is free, but your RSVP is requested. Tickets will not be required for this event.

 

For accommodations related to ability please contact diversity@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-1063.

21 May, 2019

 

OSU faculty, staff and students,

 

Oregon State University is committed to providing its faculty, staff and students with access to global opportunities and experiences that promote expanded research opportunities, student success, global understanding and engagement, and safe travel associated with university activities.

 

International travel and exchanges serve the university’s land grant mission to teach, pursue research, and engage in outreach and engagement to promote economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world.

 

To ensure that all OSU units follow consistent procedures associated with university-sponsored international travel, the university has enacted a new international travel policy that is now in effect and will provide travelers with many benefits. This policy requires faculty, staff, students and others traveling internationally on behalf of the university to enter their itineraries in OSU’s International Travel Registry prior to departure.

 

The registry benefits OSU’s international travelers in many ways, including:

    • Enrollment in international travel insurance, which includes medical care and evacuation or security assistance, if needed;
    • 24/7 support from OSU’s international health and safety coordinator;
    • Optional pre-departure, travel location-specific orientations;
    • Secure storage of passport copies and emergency contact information; and
    • Ability for the university to provide incident assistance and support communication with family members and others in the event of unforeseen incidents.

 

If you have questions about this new process or registry, please contact Kendra Sharp, senior advisor to the provost for international affairs, or Samuel Gras, university international health and safety coordinator by e-mail or phone at 541-737-6433 or 541-737-6493, respectively.

 

We look forward to growing OSU’s global connections and impact with you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kendra V. Sharp                                        Susan Capalbo

Senior Advisor to the Provost                  Senior Vice Provost

                                                                 International Affairs Faculty Affairs

 

 

13 May 2019

 

Dear OSU students, faculty and staff,

 

It is my pleasure to inform you that Dan Larson will begin his appointment as vice provost for student affairs effective immediately.

 

Dan began serving as the interim vice provost for student affairs at Oregon State University in September 2017. As vice provost, Dan leads the university’s efforts to provide an enriching co-curricular student experience through residential life, counseling and health services, recreational sports, dining, diversity and cultural engagement, student leadership and involvement programs, student life programs and services, the student union, career development, youth safety and compliance, academic achievement programs, and international support services.

 

During his time in the interim role, Dan has guided this large and complex division to support students in their holistic development and educational persistence to degree completion, and in their preparation and advancement to career or graduate education. He led the establishment of a Division of Student Affairs engagement plan that includes a leadership institute for aspiring student affairs leaders, and he co-chaired the Undergraduate Student Success Steering Committee, bringing greater attention to the importance of faculty and academic units, as well as curricula, as core contributors to undergraduate student success.

 

Dan contributes to OSU’s leadership as a member of the Provost’s Senior Leadership Team and University Cabinet. Prior to his interim role as vice provost, Dan served as the associate vice provost and interim dean of student life, and associate vice provost and executive director of University Housing and Dining Services. Dan joined OSU in 1996 as a graduate student in the College Student Services Administration program, beginning his professional employment at OSU in 2000 as the manager of Housing Services.

 

Dan’s experience and expertise spans student success and achievement, facilities, capital planning, finance, operations, crisis management, risk and compliance, and administrative functions. He has a strong record of positive impact at OSU and is a proven leader and contributor to university-wide initiatives and priorities.

 

Please join me in congratulating Dan on his appointment as vice provost for student affairs and thanking the search committee, chaired by Charlene Alexander, for bringing such a strong slate of finalists to meet with the campus community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

During this academic year, we have witnessed tragedies impacting communities of faith, race and college campuses: A Pittsburgh synagogue, New Zealand mosques, churches in Sri Lanka, a San Diego synagogue, Black churches in Louisiana, and Tuesday, a campus shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Precious and innocent lives continue to be taken and communities are forever impacted. With these incidents, we need to examine what is happening and not become numb to the atrocities that are occurring in our world.

 

Sending a communication after a tragic incident has occurred, though seemingly insignificant, is important as it recognizes the atrocity of these events. These acts cannot be accepted as the norm. We continue to grieve the lives that have been lost and cannot overlook the increasing violence and hatred that is impacting our nation’s college campuses. As members of Oregon State University, it is imperative that we work to understand differences while appreciating the diversity that each of us brings to our university, community and society.

 

It is understandable that you may be experiencing various emotions. We want to make sure you are accessing the appropriate resources (please see below). Let’s continue to come together during these difficult times in our effort to be strong for each other and those beyond this university.

 

 

 

Dan Larson, Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Kevin Dougherty, Associate Provost & Dean of Students

Becky Johnson, Vice President, OSU-Cascades

OSU Student:

 

We hope your spring term is going well. As we advance through the term, we would like to share a reminder regarding the religious holiday calendar for the remainder of the school year.

 

Oregon State University is committed to support those in our community who hold religious beliefs, and understand that observance may have an impact on classes, schedules and the dietary needs of some students, faculty and staff. We request that faculty work with students as outlined in OSU’s Religious Accommodations Policy. It is incumbent on the student making the request to make the faculty member aware of a request as soon as possible prior to the need for the accommodation. Students should work directly with their faculty member on these requests according to OSU’s Religious Accommodation Policy: http://eoa.oregonstate.edu/nondiscrimination-basis-religion. Meanwhile, faculty and staff are able to approve requests for religious accommodations but must first contact Equal Opportunity & Access before denying any request.

 

This email also provides information regarding the holy month of Ramadan, which is observed by Muslim communities worldwide. Ramadan is expected to start on Sunday, May 5, 2019, and will likely run through Tuesday, June 4, 2019. During this month, many Muslims will increase their participation in religious observance, self-reflection, practicing good deeds, and daily fasting from dawn until dusk. On some days of the Ramadan observation, the duration of the fast can be up to 19 hours.

 

Oregon State’s Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses provide “quiet spaces” which can be used for meditation, reflection and prayer, specifically during this time. Additionally, with this e-mail, we are providing information about different dining and food options available on campus, in Corvallis and at OSU-Cascades.

 

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 and Access. This message will also be posted in MyOSU until June 4, 2019.

 

Thank you for assisting our students in balancing their academic schedules and religious obligations. I wish you all a great remainder to your spring term.

 

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Provost & Dean of Student Life

Oregon State University | 150 Snell Hall | Corvallis, OR 97331-8659 | 541.737.8748 | deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu

 

 

Corvallis & OSU-Cascades Campus Resources

 

Quiet Spaces:

Corvallis campus quiet spaces are offered within the third floor of the Student Experience Center which is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m., to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and within the International Living Learning Center (ILLC) Multi-Faith Room, which is located on the 4th floor. The Cultural Resource Centers have the following quiet spaces available: Asian & Pacific Cultural Center; Lonnie B Harris Black Cultural Center; Centro Cultural César Chávez; Ettihad Cultural Center; Native American Longhouse Eena Haws Sacred Space; Pride Center reflection garden; and the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center quiet lounge. For OSU-Cascades, a quiet space is offered on campus in the Reflection Room, Tykeson Hall 208. No reservations are required for use these spaces. These spaces are open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Residence Hall lounges are available for on-campus residents and their guests engaging in Fajr Morning Prayer.

 

Dining and Food Options:

University Housing & Dining Services in Corvallis will extend meal service time during Ramadan for approximately 30 minutes past sundown at Southside Station at Arnold Dining Center. Please check food.oregonstate.edu for exact hours of operation. Halal foods will be available, as well as complimentary dates and yogurt drinks. These extended open hours and special Iftar** food options will be offered Sunday, May 5, 2019, through Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

 

Any student practicing a halal diet, who need 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 UHDS 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 regularly offers a number of Halal-Friendly Menu Options. Please visit https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/halal for more information.

 

Dining manager Marta Givens (marta.givens@osucascades.edu) at OSU-Cascades will assist students with special food needs. Meanwhile, Housing Manager Heather Holton (heather.holton@osucascades.edu) can help students living in residence who need access to meal preparation space.

 

**Iftar or Iftari is the sunset meal to end the day’s fast. Iftar is a time for family and friends to come together to break the fast and usually consists of traditional foods like dates and milk.

 

Additional halal food options are served at the following locations off campus in Corvallis:*

2335 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330

 

*Although OSU is not sponsoring any of the above businesses, it is our understanding that these establishments serve halal food options. Please reply to this message if you know of others and we can add them to the list.

 

Ramadan Events:

  • Second Annual Malcolm X Solidarity Iftar** – Thursday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom in Corvallis
  • Join the Muslim Student Association, African Student Association, and Ettihad Cultural Center in a free Iftar** dinner. Keynote speaker Jamila Osman will discuss the impact of the life and legacy of human rights activist Malcolm X. Jamila Osman is a writer, educator, and community organizer living in Portland. Her work spans a broad range of issues, ranging from the tension between place and identity, to immigration and border justice, to education and race. She has taught poetry to students in Palestine, facilitated writing workshops for young men at the MacLaren Youth Correctional, facility and has provided humanitarian aid to migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border with an organization called No More Deaths. She has presented at the U.S.-Mexico Border Convergence, organized by the School of Americas Watch on the invisibility and hyper-visibility of Black migrants in the larger immigrant rights movement. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary and news publications, including Al Jazeera, the New York Times, Pacific Standard, and Teen Vogue. The event is free and open to the public. Catering will be from Tacos El Machin, and will include halal, vegan, and vegetarian options. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

 

To request this information in an alternative format please contact: deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu

 

24 April 2019

OSU faculty, staff and students,

I am writing to encourage you to join me and other university colleagues and stakeholders by engaging in the process to help select Oregon State University’s next president. Selecting our next president is a milestone moment in the university’s history and its mission to serve excellence in student learning, research innovation and outreach and engagement in Oregon and globally.

Your participation in this process is very important and also will contribute diverse and invaluable input to our university’s future.

OSU’s Board of Trustees will hold 10 listening sessions on April 30 and May 1 to gather input from the public and university stakeholders regarding OSU’s strengths, the challenges the university will face over the next decade, and the attributes that the university’s next president should possess.

The sessions will be held in Corvallis, Portland, Bend and Newport as the board begins a national search to replace President Ray as he steps down in June 2020 as Oregon State’s current president.

The dates and locations of the sessions are available online. Listening sessions held on OSU’s Corvallis campus will be live-streamed and available for later viewing. Input also can be provided online.

Please join me in the process to help select our next university president while we all help position that person and Oregon State University for even greater success in teaching, research, and outreach and engagement.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

The terrorists attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday are another devastating attack on our global humanity that we should mourn together. The bombings that killed more than 300 people are a painful reminder of the hatred in the world that continues to destroy communities by taking precious and innocent lives. In response, we must support one another and strongly denounce all acts of evil. We must honor who we are individually and collectively at OSU by supporting all faiths, nationalities, identities and beliefs that inspire and are committed to peace. By doing so, we appropriately reject hatred and intolerance.

 

As we remain in solidarity, particularly for those directly impacted by this attack, we offer our support. Please be aware of these services available to OSU students and employees:

  1. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on the Corvallis campus and the Student Wellness Center on the OSU-Cascades campus.
  2. Other services are available on the OSU Experience site.
  3. Faculty and staff may seek assistance through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

Charlene Alexander

Vice President, Office of Institutional Diversity

OSU community members,

 

I am pleased to share that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) evaluation committee completed its site visit to the university this week as part of OSU’s seven-year reaccreditation process.

 

I appreciate the dozens of faculty, staff, students, administrators and stakeholders who took time to meet with and provide input to the evaluation committee.

 

Upon completing its visit, the NWCCU committee provided the university a number of commendations and recommendations. This information – along with the full accreditation evaluation report that we will receive this summer – will serve as a foundation for OSU to begin its next seven-year accreditation cycle. Importantly, this peer evaluation will aid our continued efforts to improve the delivery of excellent teaching, innovative research, and impactful outreach and engagement services.

 

The evaluation committee commended the university’s commitment to its land grant mission to provide access to education and statewide service; our culture of utilizing planning to guide operations and strategic initiatives; OSU’s progress in improving student success; the university’s commitment to renovate aging facilities; and OSU’s websites for their design and accessible information for prospective students and stakeholders.

 

Meanwhile, the evaluation committee recommended that the university grow its use of metrics to guide how it accomplishes objectives and utilize student learning outcomes to guide the expansion of academic programs, as well as the choice of delivery methods, such as online education. The committee also recommended that OSU’s accreditation core themes of undergraduate education, research and graduate education, and outreach and engagement guide our planning, priorities and decision-making.

 

I thank the NWCCU committee for these valuable initial assessments, its visit to OSU, its commitment to higher education excellence, and its interest in our university’s continued improvement.

 

We will share the evaluation committee’s full report this summer with the university community, and use it as a guide as we advance OSU’s land grant mission and our service to others. Additionally, the report will serve as a starting point for the university’s s next seven-year phase of accreditation and assessment.

 

I thank each of you for your participation in this comprehensive and invaluable opportunity for continued improvement, and especially the faculty, students, and administrators who served on the accreditation steering committee; the many staff across the campus who contributed to the preparation of the self-study report; JoAnne Bunnage, director of university accreditation; and Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost and OSU’s accreditation liaison officer.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Dear OSU Students:

 

Representatives from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) are visiting Oregon State University Monday – Wednesday this week for an onsite accreditation review. The evaluation committee is composed of eight representatives from peer institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Washington. The reviewers have expertise in the NWCCU accreditation standards, and have carefully reviewed OSU’s Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report. During the site visit, the reviewers will meet with faculty, classified staff, students and trustees to learn more about our university.

 

Members of the Student Accreditation Advisory Council and ASOSU/ASCC encourage OSU students to join them at the Open Forum for Students. This forum will provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to share their experiences at OSU with members of the site review team.

 

Open Forum for Students (undergraduate and graduate)

Tuesday, April 16th – 3:10 – 4:00 pm

MU 104, Journey Room

Beverages and snacks served

 

Students are also invited to attend the Closing Exit Meeting on Wednesday, April 17th at 10 am in MU 49, Horizon Room. At this meeting, the Chair of the Evaluation Committee will deliver a summary of findings from OSU’s Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report and on-site Evaluation.

 

To join either of these meeting via WebEx, please visit the University Accreditation Homepage.

 

Thank you for your participation in OSU's reaccreditation efforts.

 

Best wishes,

 

Susan Capalbo | Senior Vice Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer

JoAnne C. Bunnage | Director of University Accreditation

Academic Integrity Symposium

May 10, 2019

Memorial Union and online

 

 

The digital environment of higher education makes it a challenge to know how students are engaging in academic dishonesty. Join your colleagues to learn simple, practical, and effective strategies you can start using right away to reduce the amount of academic misconduct at Oregon State.

 

Sessions held in the Horizon Room will be available as a live webinar. When registering for the symposium, please select the webinar option and sign up for the webinar through WebEx.

 

Who should attend: Professors, instructors, graduate teaching assistants.

 

Learn more at https://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/academic-integrity-symposium

 

Register today at https://beav.es/Z5d

 

 

 

Agenda

 

7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

Registration and hot breakfast buffet

 

8:15 – 8:25 a.m.

Welcome greeting by Dr. Steph Bernell, Associate Dean, Graduate School

 

8:25 – 9:05 a.m.

Academic Integrity Panel Discussion

 

The panelists will discuss how course design, targeted communication, and utilization of technology can reduce academic misconduct in the classroom. Audience questions and curiosities are encouraged.

 

9:05– 9:50 a.m.

Keynote address: Academic integrity: Is what students believe different from what they do?

Dr. Kim Kirkland, Executive Director of Equal Opportunity and Access, and Title IX Coordinator, Oregon State University

 

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Breakout session 1 (Horizon Room, Multipurpose Room)

 

Cheating in Plain Sight - In this session, you will learn how students misuse online tools and how to prevent them from doing so in your class.

 

Designing Your Course to Enhance Academic Integrity - Course design can prevent academic misconduct and at the same time improve academic integrity. (webinar)

 

10:55 – 11:40 a.m.

Breakout session 2 (Horizon Room, Multipurpose Room)

 

Employing Best Practices in the Design of Writing Assignments - By employing best practices in the design of writing assignments, faculty can greatly reduce plagiarism in the classrooms.

 

Why Students Cheat and Strategies for Prevention - Oregon State students will present research on the factors that determine why students cheat. (webinar)

 

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing remarks by Dr. Alix Gitelman, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

 

Symposium organizers

 

  • ASOSU Office of Advocacy
  • Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • The Graduate School
  • Office of International Services
  • Office of Undergraduate Education

 

 

For accommodations related to a disability please contact marueen.childers@oregonstate.edu by May 3.

 

 

Members of the OSU community,

 

I am very pleased to announce that Pat Reser, an alumna and longtime supporter of Oregon State University and past chair of the university’s board of trustees, will receive an honorary doctorate at OSU’s Corvallis campus commencement ceremony on June 15.

 

Pat’s thoughtful leadership, volunteer engagement and many contributions to Oregon State University span decades, along with her years of service in Oregon and globally as a champion for human wellness, education and the arts. The transformative impact of her work on behalf of our university’s students and faculty and the state of Oregon will serve generations to come.

 

As you may know, along with Al, her late husband, and other members of the Reser family, Pat Reser has contributed to many university initiatives, including renovating Reser Stadium, constructing the Linus Pauling Science Center and Austin Hall, the home of Oregon State’s College of Business, and establishing endowed professor positions in music and chemistry.

 

In 2014, Pat was named the initial chairperson of OSU’s board of trustees, and served in that role until 2017, when she retired from the board.

 

She also served as the co-chair of the $1.142 billion Campaign for OSU, which concluded in 2014, and was a member of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees for more than 10 years. Pat generously supports several other organizations in our state, including the Beaverton Arts and Culture Foundation and the Washington County Historical Society and Museum.

 

Pat is vice chair of the board of Medical Teams International, which makes a profound difference for vulnerable communities all over the world. Pat’s involvement with Medical Teams International has taken her to countries including Bangladesh, Uganda, Lebanon, Cambodia, Myanmar and Guatemala.

 

Pat graduated from Oregon State in 1960. She taught elementary education in Forest Grove and Hillsboro, before retiring from the Beaverton School District in 1995. Together, she and her husband grew Reser’s Fine Foods, a family-owned company based in Beaverton, into an international business with about 6,000 employees at 18 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico.

 

Please join me June 15 at Commencement in celebrating our many 2019 graduates and in recognizing Pat Reser for her visionary leadership, extensive volunteer engagement and many contributions to Oregon State University.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray

Members of the Oregon State University community,

 

OSU is undertaking a process to help select the university’s next president following President Ed Ray’s recent announcement that he will step down on June 30, 2020, when his current five-year contract is completed.

 

President Ray has served as OSU’s 14th president since July 31, 2003, and I know we all are grateful for his leadership and exemplary service. During his tenure, President Ray led the university through a period of extraordinary growth in academic stature; enrollment; facilities and infrastructure; grant-funded research; and statewide and global presence. He also led the university in advancing its strategic planning, fundraising in partnership with the OSU Foundation, and in taking significant steps to prioritize and advance the pursuit of inclusive excellence. In future months, I look forward to honoring and celebrating him with our university community.

 

As a result of these achievements and the momentum that the university has in completing its 150th anniversary as Oregon’s statewide university, OSU’s next president will be positioned to lead a distinctive university that provides ever-increasing impact in Oregon, nationally and globally. As well, the university’s next president will continue to foster a university community that prioritizes diversity and inclusive excellence.

 

Few moments of transition have more significance to our university than the selection of a new president. While the ultimate decision to choose a new president lies with the OSU Board of Trustees, the process will engage the university community and OSU’s many stakeholders. We are fortunate to have engaged and thoughtful trustees, and from among this group, I am appointing Darry Callahan as chair of the Presidential Search Committee. As an Oregon native, OSU alumnus and former vice chair of the Board, Darry brings tremendous knowledge of the university and the position of university president. I also have asked Trustees Patty Bedient, Preston Pulliams and Julie Manning to join the search committee. These trustees will provide wide-ranging experiences and diverse perspectives.

 

In addition to these trustees, the search committee will include representatives from OSU’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, administration and stakeholders, the OSU Foundation, as well as representatives from the broader community with which the university engages. This committee will lead efforts to recruit a visionary and accomplished leader, who will harness further the university’s momentum as a leading land grant public research institution, and guide OSU to even greater levels of accomplishment. The full membership of the committee will be announced later this month. The Board of Trustees and search committee will be assisted by consultants from Witt/Kieffer, a preeminent executive search firm with 50 years specializing in higher education, healthcare and non-profit leadership recruitment.

 

There is much important work to be done as we begin our search.

 

In late April and early May, the Board of Trustees will host listening sessions and launch a survey to gather input regarding the university’s anticipated needs over the next 10 years and the background, skills and experience needed by OSU’s next president. We will use this important feedback to establish a leadership profile for the position of president to use in our recruitment of candidates and decision-making process.

 

To aid us in these effort, we are launching a presidential search website that will provide information on how to participate in listening sessions, complete the survey and nominate candidates: https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/presidentialsearch. The website will be updated regularly as the search for OSU’s next president progresses.

 

Once the presidential leadership profile is approved by the Board in May, the search firm and committee will actively recruit candidates over the summer and early fall and will interview semifinalists in October. As Board Chair, I will make a determination of finalist candidates to participate in interviews in November. I expect the Board’s selection and announcement of the next president in December.

 

This is an important time for Oregon State University, and my fellow trustees and I look forward to taking this journey together with you.

 

My best,

 

Rani Borkar

Chair

Board of Trustees

Oregon State University

Dear Oregon State Colleagues,

 

Early in the year, we wrote to you regarding the FY19 budget rescission and indicated that we would hold forums on the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses to discuss the university’s general financial outlook and OSU’s response to the state’s budget, rising costs, and enrollment trends, as we seek to advance the university’s goals and Strategic Plan 4.0.

 

The dates of those forums are:

 

Thursday, April 18, 10 to 11 a.m., Tykeson Hall 111, OSU-Cascades in Bend

 

Thursday, May 2, 9 to 10 a.m., MU Horizon Room (MU 49) in Corvallis

This forum will be live streamed.

 

In addition, the Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning continues to hold its series of University Budget Conversations for all OSU employees and students, with the goal of providing information about the university’s budget and budgeting process and answering questions.

 

The tenth and eleventh in that series for 2018-19 are scheduled for Monday, April 1, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union Horizon Room (MU 49) in Corvallis, and Wednesday, April 11, 12 to 1 p.m., Memorial Union 215, in Corvallis. Both will discuss the current year and longer-term budget outlook.

 

We encourage you to review our University Budgeting FAQs to learn more about how we undertake budgeting at OSU and the evolving FY20 budget situation, and you might also visit the Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning website, which provides extensive information on the university’s finances and budget planning. We hope you will make time to attend a forum.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

Mike Green, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Members of the Oregon State University community,

 

I am writing to let you know that it is my intention to step down as president of Oregon State University on June 30, 2020, when my current five-year contract will be completed, and after almost 17 years since I had the great honor and joy to assume the presidency on July 31, 2003. I will continue to serve as president of Oregon State University until the new president assumes office.

 

The timing for this transition is excellent. We have just adopted a new chapter in our strategic plan, SP4.0, and we are guided by our common statement of aspirations: Vision 2030. Furthermore, we have recently completed a comprehensive self-study as part of a seven-year accreditation process and we will welcome an external accreditation review team to OSU in the next few weeks. We also developed a 10-year business forecast and a 10-year capital planning model to help guide university fiscal decisions. Perhaps most importantly, I have never worked with a stronger leadership team in my 16 years of service as your president, including an excellent university board of trustees.

 

Personally, my health is very good. Yet, I will be almost 76 years old when I step down as president, and I view my job as including my best effort to assist this wonderful university in transitioning to new leadership. Effective July 1, 2020, I will begin a sabbatical and transition to the College of Liberal Arts as a professor of economics.

 

Please know that my affection for each of you, my passion and commitment to the mission, vision and values of this university have never been stronger. And, I remain certain that the best is yet to come for Oregon State University and those we serve. Our graduates are our greatest contribution to the future, and my colleagues will help all of us provide for a more inclusive future to meet the educational, economic and social needs and aspirations of all Oregonians and those beyond our state, through our teaching, research, creative work and service.

 

Within the next few weeks, Rani Borkar, chair of OSU’s Board of Trustees, will provide further details regarding the process and timeline for bringing the 15th president to this wonderful university, including the role that each of you can play in contributing to a successful search for OSU’s next president.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Oregon State University community members,

 

I am pleased to announce that world-renowned marine ecologist and OSU Distinguished University Professor Jane Lubchenco will serve as the commencement speaker at our Corvallis campus graduation ceremony on June 15.

 

Jane’s contributions in the academy and government place her at the forefront of crafting solutions to our planet’s most pressing problems such as climate change and ocean health.

 

Her selection as OSU’s 150th commencement speaker underscores the university’s commitment to advancing a healthier, prosperous and more sustainable future for Oregon, the nation and the world. Jane’s academic career began as a professor at Harvard University and continued at Oregon State beginning in 1977 until her appointment as administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Following Jane’s NOAA service, she was the 2013 Haas Distinguished Visitor in Public Service at Stanford University. She then returned to OSU as a Distinguished University Professor and advisor to the president for OSU’s growing marine studies initiative.

 

Jane is one of the world’s most highly cited ecologists with expertise in the ocean, climate change and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She served as an undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere within the Obama administration and later as the State Department’s first science envoy for the ocean.

 

Last year, Jane received the Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board. The award recognizes “exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service in science, technology and public policy.” In 2017, she received the National Academy of Sciences’ most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal. She is also a MacArthur Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jane has co-founded three organizations that train scientists to better communicate and more effectively engage with society: COMPASS, the Leopold Leadership Program, and Climate Central. In fact, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has referred to Jane as the “bionic woman of good science.”

She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado College, a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University.

The Corvallis campus commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 15, at Reser Stadium. Jane will receive an honorary doctorate degree in ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences as part of the ceremony.

I am honored that Jane Lubchenco will give our commencement address and provide graduates much to consider as they begin their careers and lives beyond Oregon State University.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray

President

 

 

Dear Students,

 

We mourn today with Oregon State University Muslim students, faculty and staff following the massacre of 49 people that took place Friday at two mosques in New Zealand. These senseless killings are yet another sad reminder that we live in a world where ignorance, discrimination and hatred still exist. This tragedy is also an opportunity to remind ourselves of our values as individuals, as a university and as a community. At times such as these, we must rally and provide support and commitment to all students, faculty and staff. We must jointly work even harder to create a community that is welcoming to all.

 

Most importantly, we should each consider what we can do individually to bridge the gaps that divide society and see the humanity in each other. We encourage you to continue to support each other.

 

As always, we are here to listen and identify ways we can best support those both near and far. Meanwhile, please be aware of these services available within Oregon State:

 

§ Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on the Corvallis campus and the Student Wellness Center on the OSU-Cascades campus.

§ Other services are available on the OSU Experience site.

§ Faculty and staff may seek assistance through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

 

Sincerely,

 

Charlene Alexander, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Dan Larson, Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

It’s not too late to sign up for on-campus housing for Fall 2019

 

Still looking for housing for next year? Don't miss out on the $1,050 rebate on your housing rate offered only to current Oregon State University students.

 

Fill out a housing application via the University Housing & Dining Services website today, and UHDS will notify you of a date and time when you can select and confirm your on-campus apartment, suite, or room.

On-campus housing offers some great benefits for current students:

  • All current OSU students get a $350 per term discount off their housing rate
  • One- and two-term contracts available for students who plan to spend one or more terms away from campus for an academic exchange program or internship — no contract hassles or sub-leasing required.
  • All expenses are rolled into one bill. Utilities, laundry, streaming movies and TV, and high-speed Internet are all included in your rate.

Did you know…?

  • We offer apartment-style living. Halsell Hall has apartment-style suites with two- or four-bedroom options, one and a half baths, furnished living rooms and a kitchenette. Halsell is an entirely second-year and above community, housing upper-division students and transfer students.
  • You can apply together or separately. We can accommodate groups of up to six students who wish to live together. No roommates for next year yet? We can assign you or help you match with other Oregon State students; we also have single rooms available. View all communities.
  • We have communities for specific programs & majors: Interested in living with a cohort of other second-year and above students who share your academic interests? Ask us about communities for Engineering, Business, and Honors students.

Upcoming Dates

  • Apply by March 31 to select your own space in our on-campus communities.
  • April 15-20: students who applied by March 31 can select their 2019-20 housing.

APPLY TODAY!

If you have any questions, please contact our office.

 

University Housing and Dining Services

957 SW Jefferson Avenue

Corvallis, Oregon 97333

541-737-4771

Dear Student,

 

OSU offers students three different ways to obtain an official transcript—by PDF e-transcript, by mail, and for pick-up. As PDF e-transcript requests increase and become more relevant, OSU made the decision to modify the fee structure to best support students. These changes go into effect on March 6, 2019.

 

The following information describes the changes to the fee structure.

   Transcript type                                              Old fee structure                            New fee structure

Paper transcript                                                      $0                                                            $10

(includes pick-up option)

 

PDF e-transcript                                                     $10                                                          $0

 

 

 

What does this mean?

If you order an official transcript, you still have the same three options: paper, PDF e-transcript, pick-up available in the Office of the Registrar.

 

How do I order my transcript?

You will continue to request official transcripts through MyOSU. Transcript services will be temporarily unavailable between the hours of 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM PST on March 6 as we undergo these changes. Once the changes go live (end of day March 6), information about this process will be listed on the Office of the Registrar’s site –

https://registrar.oregonstate.edu/transcripts

 

You can still view your unofficial transcripts through MyOSU.

 

How does this affect me?

You will see a new user-friendly ordering process that walks you through the official transcript options so you can select the best one for your needs. Any associated charges are clearly outlined before you place your order. Additional features include:

  • Securely requesting transcripts online 24/7.
  • Tracking your request online.
  • Receiving an email notification when transcripts are processed and a notification when a PDF e-transcripts are delivered.
  • Requesting electronic delivery of your official transcript.

If you have questions or need assistance ordering your transcripts, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (541) 737-4331 or send an email to registrars@oregonstate.edu.

Oregon State students,

I am writing to announce that OSU will discontinue intercollegiate women’s swimming at the end of the 2018-19 season.

This decision is based upon the university’s commitment to offer all student-athletes a quality, equitable and competitive NCAA experience in keeping with the Athletics Department’s strategic plan. And to provide quality and equitable facilities for all teams, while balancing financial requirements for athletics facilities.

This decision was not made easily. It followed a comprehensive review of all sports and engaged Athletics Department leadership and the university’s Athletics Financial Sustainability Plan Work Group. This review concluded that Oregon State could not meet its commitments while retaining swimming as an NCAA sport. My decision also was made with thorough consultation with OSU President Ed Ray, who supports this action.

 

Facility requirements contributed to this decision as OSU campus pool facilities do not meet NCAA standards. As a result, the OSU women’s swim team holds home meets at the city-owned Osborn Aquatics Center, which is not comparable to the competitive swimming facilities at other Pac-12 Conference universities.

 

Our evaluation determined that it is cost-prohibitive to renovate existing campus swimming facilities. A new collegiate swimming and diving facility would cost $18 to $22 million to build, not including the cost of annual maintenance. Investing in competitive swimming program facilities would negatively impact our ability to serve facility requirements for all sports and all OSU student-athletes.

 

As a former collegiate student-athlete myself, I am very mindful of our 21 student-athletes and two coaches affected by this decision. I thank Head Coach Jennifer Buffin and Assistant Coach Michael Wong, as well as our swimmers for their many contributions to the OSU swimming program and Beaver Nation. We will fully support swim team members during this transition, including assisting any student swimmers who may seek to transfer to another university to compete. Meanwhile, these student-athletes will retain their athletic scholarships while they continue to make successful progress to graduation.

 

Going forward, OSU will field a total of 17 intercollegiate sports and will sponsor approximately 550 opportunities for student-athletes to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Women’s sports include 10 programs: gymnastics, volleyball, golf, rowing, basketball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, softball, soccer, and cross country. Men’s sports include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, wrestling and rowing.

Meanwhile, the university will continue to support fully student-athlete success in the classroom, in the community and in athletic competition. We will achieve the goals of the Athletics Department strategic plan by maintaining financial sustainability, winning championships and achieving post-season success and national recognition. And we will continue the proud tradition of OSU Athletics by competing and succeeding at the highest levels of intercollegiate sports.

Sincerely,

 

S. Scott Barnes

Vice President & Director of Athletics

Oregon State University

OSU Students:

 

The Office of Information Security has received reports that a phishing campaign targeting students is in process. The fraudulent campaign started over the weekend. An example of the fraudulent email is included below.

 

Although the university has taken steps to have the site linked in the message taken offline, we still urge you to be cautious. Please avoid clicking on links in email you receive from people or organizations that you are not familiar with or from whom you are not expecting to receive e-mails. Be suspicious of requests to provide personal information such as your Social Security number (SSN), date of birth, driver’s license number and/or credit card and bank account numbers.

 

If you responded over the weekend to the email in question, we recommend you take the following steps to protect your identity:

 

  • If you provided any of the personally identifiable information listed above, please report the incident to the OSU Department of Public Safety at 541-737-3010.
  • If you provided bank account information, please contact your bank and ask them how to proceed to protect your account.
  • If you provided credit card numbers, please contact the number listed on the back of your credit card(s).
  • If you provided Social Security or other government-issued identity numbers such as those on a driver’s license or passport, we recommend you put a freeze on your credit to help fight identity theft.
  • You may receive additional phishing emails related to this one. Do not click on any links, or open any attachments, in emails that seem to be in response to this one.
    • Please send all phishing emails you receive (using forward as attachment) to phishing@oregonstate.edu. This will help the OSU Office of Information Security take down and block any malicious sites used in this phishing scheme.
  • Check your credit report at least annually. Each of the major credit reporting bureaus are required to provide you a free copy of your credit report each year. You can get a copy of your credit report by visiting http://annualcreditreport.com/. Mark a date on your calendar; check it at the first of the year, when you do your taxes or on your birthday.
  • File your taxes before a fraudster does. If you haven’t filed your taxes this year, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

 

If you have questions or need assistance with this topic, please contact the Service Desk: 541-737-8787.

 

Thanks for your vigilance,

 

dw


Derek Whiteside, Director, UIT Communications

Members of the Oregon State University community,

 

Today was a wonderful occasion as more than 750 members of Beaver Nation gathered in Portland for my annual State of the University address.

 

In my address, I shared examples of faculty excellence, student success, research discovery, fund-raising progress and student-athlete achievements. I offered updates on compelling OSU initiatives, including the university’s expanded services in the Portland region and transformative teaching, research and engagement efforts throughout Oregon, the nation and the world.

 

I also provided an update on Strategic Plan 4.0 and the university’s Vision 2030 goals that we will expand upon and achieve over the next decade.

 

Our strategic plan calls upon the university to achieve four overarching goals:

  1. Achieve preeminence in research, scholarship and innovation;
  2. Provide a transformative education that is accessible for all learners;
  3. Provide significant and visible impact in Oregon and beyond; and
  4. Offer a university culture of belonging, collaboration and innovation.

 

I also called upon OSU and universities and colleges nationally to address the growing national health crisis of student mental health. Across America, the suicide rate among young adults has tripled since the 1950s. Suicide is now the second most common cause of death among college students. We know this is a problem at Oregon State as 25 percent of the respondents to a 2016 student survey shared they experienced moderate to severe anxiety and 32 percent reported varying levels of depression.

 

In my speech, I shared that OSU is enhancing student wellness, as we know that student success is founded in wellness. And I praised student-athletes, Taylor Ricci and Nathan Braaten, who founded the nationally recognized mental health #DamWorthit campaign. Meanwhile, I said Oregon State will better serve students with other insecurities, such as when they can afford and obtain their next meal.

 

My speech addressed that Oregon’s future will be challenged by a continuing era of declining state support for higher education. For example, student tuition now pays more than 65 percent of the cost of our Corvallis campus educational operations and the state only 22 percent. This represents more than a 50 percent decline in the state’s relative contribution from 15 years ago. And nearly a 43 percent increase in the share students and their families pay. Unfortunately, Governor Brown’s recommended budget for the next two years provides no additional funds to the state’s public universities.

 

For our state to progress, our elected leaders must invest in higher education and student success to serve urban and rural economic, educational, health, environmental and cultural needs and strategies. I ask each of you to join me in fostering collaborative discussions with state leaders about how Oregon funds its universities.

 

Yes, we have challenges ahead of us. But I recognize that the determination, critical thinking, collaboration, confidence and ability of Beaver Nation will continue to address and solve today’s most pressing issues. And explore new frontiers here in Oregon and globally.

 

As we look forward to OSU’s next 150 years, let us celebrate the transformational impact that each of you and this university provides. Thanks to each of you, the best is yet to come at Oregon State University.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Oregon State faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break and join President Ray for treats and gourmet beverages at the annual Winter Celebration.

Winter Celebration

Tuesday, Jan. 15

9 to 11 a.m.

Memorial Union Lounge

 

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-4717 or events@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State community members,

As you are likely aware, Congress has not passed legislation to fund some federal government operations starting Saturday, Dec. 22. If funding legislation has not been adopted by that time, approximately one-quarter of the federal government’s departments and agencies will cease non-essential operations until funding is restored.

We are closely monitoring this situation. At this time, there is no certainty that a funding agreement with the White House will be reached in time to avoid a partial federal government shutdown.

As you know, Oregon State University receives significant federal funds for research, land grant programs and student financial aid. We are evaluating the possible impact of a government shutdown on all aspects of university operations, and preparing for any possible outcome.

University officials remain in frequent communication with members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation and other federal leaders regarding the importance of ensuring government continues to operate without interruption.

Meanwhile, we are aware that the U.S. departments of Education and Veteran Affairs have already received full fiscal-year funding, and that there will be no disruption to financial aid or veterans’ benefits. As well, the U.S. departments of Energy and Defense also have received full fiscal-year funding, so there will be no disruptions to facility operations or research under these departments.

For more information on the implications of the shutdown on research and to access information that provides all federal agency shutdown contingency plans, visit the Oregon State Research Office website.

 

We will keep you informed of further details regarding federal budgetary actions and their effect on OSU operations. As always, we are committed to efforts to minimize any impact on OSU’s community, research and land grant programs.

 

Mike Green                                                  Irem Tumer

Vice President                                             Interim Vice President

Finance and Administration                         Research

OSU Corvallis students,

I am writing to inform you that the Benton County Health Department on Friday removed the meningococcal B disease outbreak designation for Oregon State’s Corvallis campus. The outbreak designation had been in place since March 2017 as a result of several confirmed cases of meningococcal B disease afflicting OSU Corvallis students.

The most recent case associated with the OSU outbreak was identified on Nov. 22, 2017. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that an outbreak designation be in force for a calendar year from the date of the last diagnosed case.

I am relieved that no further cases of the disease involving OSU students have been reported over the past year. We believe that public health education and extensive vaccination efforts for meningococcal B disease helped to prevent further illness within our campus community. Thank you to all students who complied with the vaccination requirement.

As a result, Oregon State will no longer require students under age 26, who are new to the university starting winter term 2019, to have the meningococcal B vaccine. However, the vaccination requirement remains in effect for students under 26 who were new to the university beginning in fall term. This means that students not in compliance with the vaccination requirement from the current term will continue to have holds on their winter term registrations.

Although the vaccination is no longer required for students starting their enrollment winter term 2019, the university encourages all students to consult with their healthcare providers to determine if they should be vaccinated. Information about the disease and OSU requirements are available on the Student Health Services website.

All members of the OSU community should continue to be vigilant in monitoring symptoms of meningococcal disease. These include sudden onset of high fever, headache, exhaustion, nausea, rash, stiff neck, vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone displaying these symptoms should be evaluated at a healthcare provider's office, an urgent care medical clinic or an emergency room immediately as the disease can become life threatening very rapidly.

Meningococcal disease is not highly contagious. Yet like colds and flu, 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 and smoking devices; or through intimate personal contact. Standard measures to prevent colds and flu, such as hand washing and not sharing lip balm, food, eating utensils, drinking glasses or smoking devices, will also help prevent the spread of meningococcal disease.

Thank you for your help in keeping our OSU community healthy.

Sincerely,

Dan Larson

Interim Vice Provost

Student Affairs

Oregon State colleagues and students,

 

I write to share our university community’s sorrow and support for the family and friends of victims in the tragic shooting last night in southern California. We mourn the loss of those killed and injured, including several college students.

 

Such senseless violence has no place in society. Yet, tragically, we again find ourselves struggling to process a horrific event. We are mindful that when tragedy occurs anywhere—and certainly when it affects other university communities—it is important to come together and provide even more care and personal support of those around us.

 

As we all work through the sobering reality of this and other tragedies, we must remain vigilant.

 

Safety is a university priority and should be a daily personal responsibility. Each of us has a role: If you see or hear something troubling, please immediately report it to the OSU Department of Public Safety by calling 541-737-7000 or call 911.

 

Meanwhile, DPS and the Oregon State Police are more vigilant than ever. DPS has conducted more than 10 active shooter survival and safety training updates this fall in Corvallis and at OSU-Cascades in Bend. This effort will extend to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and other OSU facilities. Future trainings may be arranged by contacting Suzy Tannenbaum, chief of public safety, at 541-737-8321 or via email.

 

In closing, please remember to take care of yourselves and each other. It is normal after such a tragic event to be upset. Many people within our OSU community are here to support you, including faculty, staff and your peers. Do not hesitate to seek support and be aware of those around you who may be struggling.

 

If you need support, please consider visiting Counseling and Psychological Services in 500 Snell Hall on the Corvallis campus or by calling 541-737-2131. OSU-Cascades students should visit the Personal Counseling Office in 210G Tykeson Hall or call 541-322-3162. 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.

 

Please join me in working together to help keep Oregon State University safe.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

OSU community members,

Oregon State University will join other institutions by being closed on Monday, November 12 to honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, who have served the nation across many decades.

Such an observance is a fitting recognition of those who have given service and sacrifice to the country and its people.

As a land grant university for 150 years, Oregon State has a long tradition with many students annually participating in military science educational programs offered through the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. Upon graduation, these students go onto to serve the country in active duty. Meanwhile, 1,162 veterans comprise 3.8 percent of OSU’s fall 2018 enrollment, and 91 veterans comprise 7.2 percent of the OSU-Cascades’ fall enrollment. Numerous, faculty and staff members are veterans as well.

Join us on November 12 – and before – by taking time to thank these many veterans for their contributions.

Over the next week, many activities on the Corvallis campus also will acknowledge veterans, including:

  1. A free exhibit and panel discussion entitled “I Am Not Invisible” on the service of Oregon women in the military at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the LaSells Stewart Center;
  2. A free showing of the film “Grunt” and panel discussion on OSU student veterans’ return home from military service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the LaSells Stewart Center;
  3. A free showing of the film “Breaking the Silence” and panel discussion on the lives of LGBTQ Oregon veterans at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the LaSells Stewart Center; and
  4. Story sharing by OSU students who are veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Experience Center Plaza.

As well, throughout the year, OSU students, faculty and staff can contact the university’s Military and Veteran Resources office in 137 Snell Hall to receive information about veteran services and connect with other veterans enrolled or working at OSU.

We also encourage OSU employees to participate in a short, interactive training module that helps provide skills to best engage with students, who are veterans, and support their retention and success.

To all of our OSU community veterans, thank you for your service.

 

Sincerely,

 

Susan Capalbo

Senior Vice Provost

Faculty Affairs

Dan Larson

Interim Vice Provost

Student Affairs

Do you attend classes at the OSU Corvallis Campus? Complete the 2018 OSU Transportation Survey, and you could win $100 in Orange Cash.

Take the OSU Annual Transportation survey

Oregon State University welcomes your participation in a brief, online transportation survey about your typical trips to and around campus. The survey is completely anonymous, and all responses will be aggregated for reporting purposes. Your input will help inform transportation programs, services, and infrastructure improvements on campus.

If you complete the survey by Friday, November 16, you will be eligible to win $100 in Orange Cash.

Click here to begin the survey

For questions, please contact Transportation Services at 541-737-4037 or transportation@oregonstate.edu.

 

Thank you for your valuable contribution,

 

Meredith Williams

Director

Transportation Services

Oregon State University | Corvallis, OR 97331

http://transportation.oregonstate.edu/

To the OSU Community:

 

Please remember to vote in the upcoming November 6th General 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, November 6th.

 

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, November 1st.

 

There is an official ballot drop site on the OSU Corvallis 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. – 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, November 6th. The county receiving the ballot will route it to your home county for counting.

 

More information for student voters can be found here: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/student-voters.aspx

 

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

 

Jon Dorbolo, President

Faculty Senate

 

Justin Bennett, President

Associated Students of Oregon State University

 

Reilly King, President

Associated Students of Cascades Campus

 

Leonora Rianda, President

SEIU Local 083

 

Erin Abernethy, President

Coalition of Graduate Employees

To the OSU Community:

 

Ballots for the November 6th General Election were mailed to most voters last week. If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot, please 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

 

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 Vote”: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/default.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, November 6th.

 

Note: Postmarks do not count. The ballot must be deposited or received by November 6th. If you are mailing your ballot, in order to ensure that it is received in time, mail it no later than Thursday, November 1st.

 

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

 

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. – 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.

 

More information for student voters can be found here: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/student-voters.aspx

 

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 November 6th General Election.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray, President

Oregon State University

 

Jon Dorbolo, President

Faculty Senate

 

Justin Bennett, President

Associated Students of Oregon State University

 

Reilly King, President

Associated Students of Cascades Campus

 

Leonora Rianda, President

SEIU Local 083

 

Erin Abernethy, President
Coalition of Graduate Employees

Oregon State University community members,

 

The horrific events of the past week in this country should compel each of us to reflect on where we are as a community, nation and global society. Such violence also should prompt us to consider how we might individually address issues that divide us. Moreover, what we have witnessed nationally should drive us to ponder what our respective roles are in creating a better future for our children, our grandchildren and ourselves in order to carry forward our values and aspirations for the nation and the world.

 

Next week, many of us will be voting in local, state, and federal mid-term elections. I urge every registered voter to go to the polls and express their preferences, and if you are eligible and can still register to vote, I urge you to register now and vote.

 

Political pundits in the United States tell us that mid-term elections typically are not about what we hope for or seek to improve, but are about voting against what we do not like or even hate. In contrast, I ask those who can participate in the upcoming election to make an affirmative declaration through your vote that will advance the beliefs, values and common humanity that bind us together. Before voting, scrutinize the candidates and ballot measures to assure that your vote will seek to advance collaboration; address and solve social and economic problems; serve the needs and interests of our broader community; and promote a more just, inclusive and sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.

 

Oregon State University is truly a diverse community welcoming students, staff and faculty from every corner of the world. Beyond the role and importance of voting, each of us must take on a perspective in our own lives to serve and improve the broader community. We can start by talking – and listening – to the person next to us. I urge each of us to get out of our own comfort zone and find out why others are sad, lonely or even angry. Use social media to tell friends and family members that you love them. Catch up with those who have drifted out of your life. Share your talents with others. Be a role model for young people, or, your peers. Reach out and help others achieve their dreams.

 

Oregon State alumnus Harley Jessup gave a wonderful commencement address to our graduates last June in which he noted that it is the imperfections in people and places that we remember and cherish most. At this time in America and our world, I recall that Harley concluded his commencement address by encouraging graduates to “take the time to appreciate the imperfections in life - in yourself and in others. That is where the beauty lies.”

 

I hope for that kind of commitment from each of us.

 

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

 

 

Members of the OSU community,

 

Recently, the New York Times has reported that a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services memo proposes restricting the definition of gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” This is very concerning. In addition, yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that businesses could discriminate against workers based on their gender identity without violating federal law. Although these recent developments do not change any current OSU policy or state or federal laws, we want to take this opportunity to state that these proposals are inconsistent with our values at Oregon State University.

 

We stand in support of our transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, and intersex students, faculty, staff and community members. We unequivocally affirm your humanity, your identity, and your right to exist in this world exactly as you are. Gender is on a spectrum and understanding one’s self in all aspects of identity intersections is a developmental process. As a university, and as a community, we will advance our inclusivity efforts by providing equal opportunity and supporting success for all people regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or identity, religion, nation of origin, disability or economic circumstances.

 

We are proud of our strong and resilient transgender community. We are proud of the progress we have made at OSU. We will continue our work, including enforcing Oregon State’s non-discrimination policy and recognizing a continuum of gender identity. Moreover, we remain firmly committed to our efforts at OSU to advance inclusivity for our transgender individuals.

 

We will continue to track developments regarding federal policy, and continue to communicate our position and support. We encourage members of our community who are seeking support to visit the following resources:

 

Campus Resources

OSU Transgender Resource Fair: Monday, Nov. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

OSU Transgender Resources

ASOSU Legal Services

Counseling & Psychological Services

PRIDE Center or 541-737-9161

RAD Indigenous Queer & Two-Spirit Student Alliance

Paper Club (LGBTQIA+ zine and anthology)

OSU Cascades Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

OSU Cascades Campus Counseling

OSU Cascades Reflection Room

OSU Cascades Diversity Facebook Page

 

National Resources

Transgender Law Center

National Center for Transgender Equality

Silvia Rivera Law Project

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

Charlene Alexander

Vice President and Chief Diversity Office

Beavers:

 

Beavers Care. When we see something wrong that is occurring, we do something. Remember to stay safe and look out for one another, especially during this Halloween weekend. If you choose to celebrate, please do so, in a responsible, safe and healthy way.

 

Here are some helpful tips and information for your consideration:

 

Party Smart and Halloween Events

To learn how to get help, or know your limits and other tips that will help you to celebrate Halloween weekend in a fun and safe way, visit experience.oregonstate.edu/halloween. As well, there are many free, Halloween activities being held across campus, too. Check them out at Halloween Events 2018!

OSU Code of Student Conduct

Keep in mind, as an Oregon State University student, you are responsible for your behavior on and off the OSU campus. Violating the law or the Code of Student Conduct may result in university sanctions.

 

Amnesty Law

Familiarize yourself with the Oregon Amnesty Law and understand that you are able to call 911 for emergency response when in the need of medical support. It protects you and the person in need from getting a Minor in Possession (MIP).

Prevention and Support

As a part of Beaver Nation, we each play a role in creating an environment that is safe and free of sexual assault and other violence. The Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center is available to all OSU community members needing additional support.

 

Increased Law Enforcement Presence Planned in Corvallis

Be aware that Corvallis Police and the Oregon State Police located on OSU’s Corvallis campus will double their presence in support of a safe Halloween. To promote community livability, safety, and compliance with laws, this significant public safety and police presence will begin Oct. 25, 2018.

 

By being active bystanders, respecting one another, and knowing when to alert authorities, we can have a fun and safe experience this Halloween.

 

Go Beavs!

Justin Bennett
ASOSU President

Dr. Kevin A. Dougherty

Students, faculty and staff,

 

Each year, Oregon State University must notify in writing every employee and student of information and resources available related to dealing with alcohol and drug use.

 

This annual notification is distrusted to comply with requirements of the 1989 amendments to the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.

 

The information and resources provided in the annual notification include standards of conduct, applicable federal, state, local, and institutional sanctions, descriptions of short and long term health risks, and a list of alcohol and drug prevention and treatment resources available to students, staff and faculty.

 

Please see the attached annual notification document. If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Frasieur, MS, RDN, LD

she/her/hers

Interim Director, Prevention and Wellness

Student Health Services | Prevention and Wellness

319 Plageman Building | 108 SW Memorial Place | Corvallis, OR 97331

541.737.5667

OSU students,

You do not want to miss attending the Futures Focus Symposium at Oregon State on Oct. 23 that will examine “The Promise and Perils of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.”

This free, daylong symposium at the LaSells Stewart Center will consider the potential benefits, risks, ethics and uncertainties of artificial intelligence and robotics. Invited national and OSU experts will share their insights into the potential for AI and robotics to transform agriculture, health care, natural resource management, transportation, arts and entertainment, as well as consider possible impacts on jobs, the economy, our communities, laws and privacy.

Here is a link to register. You can choose which portions of the symposium you have an interest and time to attend. However, please, do not delay as registrations are coming in briskly.

And plan to visit a noontime and evening Innovation Fair in which more than 60 exhibits and demonstrations from throughout the university will fill the CH2M Hill Alumni Center to portray how OSU is changing the future with artificial intelligence and robotics discoveries and applications. Presentations will include robots, drones, 3-D modeling, displays, demonstrations and opportunities to experience virtual and augmented reality.

Sincerely,

Steve Clark

Vice President

University Relations and Marketing

To the OSU Community:

 

The 2018 General Election is right around the corner. We hope that each and every one of you will participate in the democratic process and exercise your right to vote. In order to vote in the election on November 6th, you must register by Tuesday, October 16th.

 

If you have moved since the last election, changed your signature, or party, you must update your voter registration information. If needed, you may register using a current mailing address that is different from your residential, voting address to ensure your ballot gets to you. If you are registered in a different state, you will need to apply for an absentee ballot through your home state’s elections office. It is not legal for anyone, including the post office, to forward your ballot.

 

Voter registration cards are available from the Associated Students of Oregon State University in the Student Experience Center (SEC) Room 250. They are also available at the Associated Students of Cascades Campus Office at OSU-Cascades, Room 107 Tykeson Hall.

 

You may now also register to vote online through ASOSU’s TurboVote. This system makes it easy and efficient to get registered and update your information. Please use the link that best corresponds with your campus affiliation.

 

Non-student OSU affiliated (faculty, staff, etc.): https://oregonstate.turbovote.org/r=cefaculty

OSU-Cascades Campus students: https://oregonstate.turbovote.org/?r=cestudentsgen

Corvallis, Ecampus and other OSU students: https://oregonstate.turbovote.org/?r=cecorvallis

 

More information for student voters can be found here: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/student-voters.aspx

 

Please take the time to register to vote — and once registered, please participate in the election. If you have questions or need information about voter registration:

 

Benton County Elections Department:

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

 

Deschutes County Elections Department:

(541) 388-6547, https://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

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray, President

Oregon State University

 

Jon Dorbolo, President

Faculty Senate

 

Justin Bennett, President

Associated Students of Oregon State University Campus

 

Reilly King, President

Associated Students of Cascades

 

Leonora Rianda, President

SEIU Local 083

 

Erin Abernethy, President
Coalition of Graduate Employees

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

The OSU student experience is filled with meaningful opportunities for transformative learning and personal growth. Yet, for some students, attending college also involves significant challenges, including struggles with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. As members of the OSU community, we all have a responsibility to cultivate a culture of caring for one another.

 

We can participate in such a community by observing World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10 and by learning more about mental health issues around the world and close to home.

 

In celebration of World Mental Health Day, OSU will offer a week of wellness programming Oct. 8-12. Events such as Unwind in the Plaza, will provide opportunities to engage in stress reduction activities including painting, playing with therapy dogs, taking a picture with the Dam Worth It student-athletes, and interacting with campus wellness resources. Programming includes Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training to help identify the signs and symptoms of distress and learn the skills to intervene if someone you know is considering suicide.

 

We recognize that providing mental health support is essential and a growing need within OSU. For example, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is serving 58 percent more students than it was just five years ago.

 

Driven by student feedback on mental health needs gathered last year, Oregon State is expanding year-round mental health services by:

Providing staff and faculty training to assist students who are in distress;

Building a peer support network;

Creating an interactive wellness quiz with individualized resource and education recommendations;

Increasing the awareness of mental health issues through education campaigns; and

Creating a campus-wide program to increase student resilience.

As well, CAPS recently has created a Single Session Clinic, where students with a specific problem can meet readily with a therapist to develop skills, strategies, and a personalized action plan. Students may also want to join Active Minds, the student-sponsored organization whose mission it is to help change the campus conversation around mental health. In addition, become involved in mental health projects by e-mailing bonnie.hemrick@oregonstate.edu. To learn more about OSU’s World Mental Health Week or mental health services offered throughout the university, visit the CAPS website.

 

Please join me in strengthening our culture of mental health awareness and care at Oregon State University.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Dear OSU students,

OSU implemented a new policy in February of 2018 which applies to all OSU students who have been admitted to the university and wish to enroll or are currently enrolled in classes. This new policy requires all enrolled students to self-report to the institution if they have been convicted of a felony in the past or are registered as a sex offender. The intent of this is to maintain a safe campus environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors while simultaneously supportin educational opportunities for all students, including those rehabilitated from past crimes. Reporting felony convictions will not prevent enrollment at OSU. Failure to respond to the survey, however, will prevent registration for Winter term 2019.

With this confidential process, we hope to provide students information on where they may anticipate restricted participation permissions due to our commitments to safety and legal requirements, depending on the nature of their conviction. We wish to inform students of this in advance in hopes of reducing the frustration of limited participation in the future.

As a current OSU student, you need only complete this survey once, unless newly convicted of a felony. All OSU students have an ongoing duty to disclose any new convictions immediately after receiving the final judgement of the court. Please click on this one question survey to self-report your current status to OSU. *CLICK HERE* This link will take you to the 'My Student Stuff' section of the Student tab in MyOSU. At the bottom of this section, you will see a link that says 'Take a Survey.' Click that link, which will take you to an Online Services page with surveys available to you. Click on the 'Disclosure of Felony Conviction' survey to answer one question. Remember to do so before your priority registration date to avoid registration holds.

For further information, click below to read the policy in full and President Ray's statement regarding this new policy.

OSU Policy: https://beav.es/Z44

President Ray's statement: https://beav.es/Z4J

Any questions should be directed to the Office of Student Life via deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8748.

Oregon State University colleagues,

You already may be aware that last Thursday the Employment Relations Board of the State of Oregon certified United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) as the exclusive bargaining representative of our faculty.

This new UAOSU bargaining unit represents all teaching and research faculty with rank, as well as Postdoctoral Scholars and Academic Wage Appointments with primarily teaching or research duties. UAOSU does not represent professional faculty, any teaching or research faculty who supervise other teaching or research faculty, or administrative positions at the level of department head and above.

Given that this will be UAOSU and OSU's first faculty collective bargaining agreement, we anticipate that it will take some time for bargaining to commence and be completed. We are building a website that will provide updates along the way.

The administration is committed to working productively with UAOSU, as well as our other bargaining units, the Faculty Senate, the Associated Students of OSU, other internal and external stakeholder groups, and all of our faculty, staff and students to advance our vision as one of the nation's leading land grant research universities.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

OSU community members,

Please mark your calendars for two upcoming OSU150 events.

A premiere screening of the Oregon Public Broadcasting Oregon Experience documentary “Oregon State University” takes place on Wednesday, June 6.

Additionally, OSU150 will turn its attention to the future on Oct. 23 by hosting an exciting national symposium that examines “The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.”

The documentary screening begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are free, but advance online registration is required. This event includes a panel discussion with the documentary’s producer and others after the screening.

This fall, OSU150 will close its 15-month run by looking to the future as national speakers participate in a daylong October 23 symposium and discuss the benefits, risks, ethics and uncertainties of the emerging technologies of artificial intelligence and robotics. OSU faculty experts will contribute their insights into the potential for AI and robotics to transform agriculture, health care, natural resource management, transportation, arts and entertainment as well as consider possible impacts on jobs and the economy, the law, ethics and privacy.

The symposium is free and welcomes all members of the OSU community – students, faculty and staff – and the public. The day will engage academia, industry, policy makers and others.

Jacob Ward, science and technology correspondent for CNN and Al Jazeera, will give the keynote address. Ward previously served as the editor-in-chief of Popular Science magazine and recently completed work on “Hacking Your Mind,” a four-hour series on the science and implications of bias slated to air on PBS in 2019. In the coming academic year, he will study the effects of artificial intelligence on human decision-making at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences.

So please save the date and attend this symposium. The symposium website will be updated as the details are confirmed.

Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement in OSU150. Please share this link regarding upcoming OSU150 events with others.

Steve Clark
Vice President University Relations & Marketing

OSU community members,

As a member of the OSU community, it is important that you are aware of the university’s plans and processes for emergencies. The OSU Emergency Operation Plan includes information about how the university operates during emergencies; establishes response priorities; and implements emergency processes.

Additionally, university colleges and departments are responsible for developing their own emergency action plans for their staffs and areas of responsibilities.

In the event of emergencies, OSU uses two key systems to prepare and inform the community:

  • OSU Alert system. OSU issues timely warnings via the OSU Alert system when a crime and/or serious threat to the campus community occurs, and members need to take action to protect themselves. Text/SMS messages are the fastest way to receive these alert messages.
  • OSU Emergency app for mobile devices. The app is a reference for the OSU Emergency Plan, which has emergency telephone numbers, immediate response procedures, and tasks to help prepare for various emergencies such as an earthquake and evacuation.

Please visit the OSU Emergency Preparedness website (http://emergency.oregonstate.edu) to view instructions on how to enroll in the OSU Alert system and download the Emergency App.

Additionally, please review your campus emergency plan and prepare for emergency events. College and department procedures are available within each organization. Campus plans are located at:

Thank you for your prompt attention to these important safety measures.

Suzy Tannenbaum, Chief of Public Safety
Mike Green, Vice President of Finance and Administration

Oregon State University community,

This Saturday, you have the opportunity to experience the rich and diverse traditions of our Indigenous communities. Please join the 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Powwow, a cultural celebration that will feature dancers, singers, Native craft vendors and food. This important event is presented by the Native American Student Association and the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.

42ND ANNUAL KLATOWA EENA POWWOW

Saturday, May 19
Grand Entry 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. | Event runs from 12 to 9 p.m.
McAlexander Fieldhouse
Free and open to the public

The Native American Student Association and the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws work together to educate the OSU community about this region’s tribes and to preserve and promote Indigenous culture. They play a critical role on campus by advocating for Indigenous students and creating a sense of community that strengthens their identities.

Let’s come together at this OSU celebration that honors our Indigenous communities. Contact Luhui Whitebear at 541-737-9036 or luhui.whitebear@oregonstate.edu regarding accommodations for disabilities.

Dan Larson
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Division of Student Affairs
student.affairs@oregonstate.edu

May 10, 2018

To the OSU Community:

Please remember to vote in the upcoming May 15th Primary 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 15th.

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 10th.

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

Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Closes at 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.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 15th. 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

Jon Dorbolo
President, Faculty Senate

Simon Brundage
President, Associated Students of Oregon State University

Jordyn Langeliers
President, Associated Students of Cascades Campus

Leonora Rianda
President, SEIU Local 083

Clint Mattox
President, Coalition of Graduate Employees

Dear OSU Community,

As you might already be aware, Ramadan is expected to start on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 and will likely run through Thursday, June 14, 2018. Ramadan is observed by Muslim communities as a holy month. During this month, many Muslims will increase their participation in religious observance, self-reflection, practicing good deeds, and daily fasting from dawn until dusk.

Oregon State University is committed to supporting those in our community who observe this holy month, and understand that this observance may have impacts on classes, finals week schedules, and the dietary needs of some students, faculty and staff. We request that faculty work with students for finals week as outlined in our Religious Accommodations Policy. It is incumbent on the student making the request to make the faculty member aware of the request as soon as possible prior to the need for the accommodation. Students should work directly with their faculty member on these requests or submit the form available on this website that outlines our Religious Accommodation Policy: http://eoa.oregonstate.edu/nondiscrimination-basis-religion.

Below is information about spaces throughout Oregon State’s Corvallis campus that have been identified as “Quiet Spaces,” which can be used for meditation, reflection and prayer specifically during this time. Additionally, with this e-mail, we are providing information about different dining and food options available on campus and in Corvallis. We have also included details about Ramadan focused events occurring on campus that are open to students and Corvallis community members.

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 and Access.

Most Sincerely,

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Student Life
Oregon State University
http://studentlife.oregonstate.edu/
150 Snell Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

Corvallis Campus Resources

Quiet Spaces:
Quiet spaces are offered on campus in the Student Experience Center 3rd floor (hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 8am-8pm and Friday from 8am-6pm) and the International Living Learning Center (ILLC) Multi-Faith Room, located on the 4th floor. No reservations are required. These spaces are open to the public on a first-come, first serve basis. Residence Hall lounges are available for on-campus residents and their guests engaging in Fajr morning prayer.

Dining and Food Options:
University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) will extend meal service time until 9:30pm at Southside Station at Arnold Dining Center. Halal foods will be available, as well as complimentary dates and yogurt drinks. These extended open hours and special Iftar food options will be offered Tuesday, May 15, 2018 through Thursday, June 14, 2018. All OSU community members and their families are welcome – even if not living on campus.

University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) regularly offers a number of Halal-Friendly Menu Options: You can access at this link https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/halal

Additional Halal food options are served at the following locations off campus:*

  • Al-Jebal Middle-Eastern Restaurant, 2240 SW 3rd St, Corvallis, OR 97333, (541) 207–3478
  • Crystal's Cuisine & Cafe, Cobblestone Square, 1425 NW Monroe Ave # E, Corvallis, OR 97330, (541) 752–6403
  • Devi Indian Grocery & Spices, 919 NW Circle Blvd D, Corvallis, OR 97330, (541) 738–8393
  • Evergreen Indian Restaurant, 136 SW 3rd St, Corvallis, OR 97333, (541) 754–7944
  • Le cafe D'Eljebal, 517 SW 2nd St #104, Corvallis, OR 97333, (541) 286–4171
  • New York Bagels, 1999 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330, (541) 207–3853
  • Thai Chili, Cobblestone Square, 1425 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330, (541) 738–0848

*Although OSU is not sponsoring any of the above businesses, it is our understanding that these establishments serve Halal food options. Please reply to this message if you know of others and we can add them to the list.

Ramadan Events:

  • Ramadan Panel – Monday, May 7 at 11:00am in International Living and Learning Center (ILLC) 155
  • Join the Office of International Services & the Muslim Student Association at OSU to learn about the experiences and conditions of Muslims in Corvallis and beyond.
  • Community Iftar** Dinner – Thursday, May 17 at 8:00pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom
  • Join the OSU community for an interfaith and intercultural celebration of the holy month of Ramadan. Learn about Ramadan and Islamic culture, break fast in community, and eat a delicious Iftar Meal. Tickets are available at https://tinyurl.com/OSUIftar. Students and children under 12 enter free.
  • Malcolm X Solidarity Iftar** – Friday, May 25 at 7:30pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom
  • Join the Muslim Student Association at OSU during a Ramadan Iftar dinner to learn more about the historic legacy of Malcolm X and his messages of solidarity and social justice. During the event, Executive Director of the Council of Islamic American Relations in Michigan, Dawud Walid, will discuss Islam, social justice, the legacy of Malcolm X, and the importance of Black Muslim voices in our communities. Dawud Walid is also a member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council Imams Committee and the co-author of the book, Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles and Early Pious Muslims. An Iftar dinner will be provided! Food and space is limited, so please RSVP here!

    **Iftar or Iftari is the sunset meal to end the day’s fast. Iftar is a time for family and friends to come together to break the fast and usually consists of traditional foods like dates and milk.

    Ramadan Considerations:

    • Consider how you interact with those who may be fasting during this time of religious observation. Eating in dining halls rather than in shared spaces (laboratories, office space, the Library, etc.) is a considerate and respectful gesture, especially if your food/beverage has a strong smell.
    • During some days of the Ramadan observation, the duration of the fast can be up to 19 hours.

    To request this information in an alternative format please contact: deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu

     

OSU Corvallis students,

As we enter the final weeks of the 2017-18 academic year, we want to remind you to make safety a priority as you enjoy the spring weather, celebrate the upcoming Family Weekend, Commencement and other end-of-year activities.

In addition, we want to point out the many programs and resources available at Oregon State University for students that may assist you in your everyday life or during times of challenge.

Good luck as you finish the term and enjoy the spring, the balance of the academic year and Commencement safely and responsibly.

Dan Larson
Interim Vice Provost Student Affairs,

Melissa Morgan, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Dean of Student Life

OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE
Contact: 541-737-8748; Email: deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu
The Office of Student Life is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and assists students in resolving problems and concerns; provides information about and referral to campus resources;, and promote initiatives that address students' needs and interests. More information about Student Life can be found on the office website.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY/OREGON STATE POLICE
Contact: 541-737-7000 or dial 911; Email: public.safety@oregonstate.edu
Contact
Public Safety immediately if an individual’s behavior or an incident, accident or emergency has occurred or is placing someone in immediate risk.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (SHS)
Contact: 541-737-9355; Email: studenthealth@oregonstate.edu
SHS provides leadership for student health on campus and supports student success by providing student-focused, comprehensive, primary healthcare. SHS at Plageman is open during the academic school year (except holidays) 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. SHS also has clinics in Tebeau Hall and the Dixon Recreation Center.

COUNSELING & PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES (CAPS)
Contact: 541-737-2131; Email: CAPS@oregonstate.edu
CAPS provides services to OSU students as well as outreach and education to the OSU community. Emergency counseling and consultation services are available to students 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. In addition, students can talk with an after-hours counselor when the office is closed.

SURVIVOR ADVOCACY AND RESOURCE CENTER (SARC)
Contact: 541-737-2030; Email: survivoradvocacy@oregonstate.edu
SARC is located at Student Health Services in the Plageman Building, Room 311. In addition to calling the 24-hour support line), individuals can visit SARC 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The SARC provides safe, confidential and free support services and resources for all university community members, who have experienced or been affected by sexual or other forms of violence.

OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL DIVERSITY
Contact: 541-737-1063; Email: diversity@oregonstate.edu
The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity is to design, plan, lead and implement, in collaboration with university partners, institutional change actions, initiatives and communications to advance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout all facets of the university. The work of the office advances more rapid progress toward OSU’s highest aspirations for social justice within the university community. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS
Contact: 541-737-3556; Email: equal.opportunity@oregonstate.edu
EOA is responsible for overseeing compliance with civil rights and affirmative action laws, regulations, and policies. The office provides leadership, guidance, and training in these key areas to promise and ensure equitable and inclusive environments for all OSU community members. EOA serves as the university's Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 coordinating office. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

UNIVERSITY OMBUDS OFFICE (UOO)
Contact: 541-737-4537; Email: ombuds@oregonstate.edu
Ombuds provide informal, impartial, and confidential conflict management assistance to all members of the university community. The office is open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays. This office provides a safe environment for listening to concerns, clarifying issues, exploring options for resolution, providing information and referrals, navigating university systems and mediating discussions when requested. For more information about services and confidentiality, please visit the Ombuds website.

OSU Community,

Today, you may have seen a suspicious email appear in your OSU email inbox. This message included a link that would prompt you for your OSU credentials, thus compromising your account.

  • There has been an increase in phishing activity on campus, so be alert.
  • Learn more about phishing and how to recognize fraudulent messages by visiting: http://is.oregonstate.edu/ois/osu-phishing-derby.
  • If you clicked on the link in the message, please contact your IT support team or the IS Service Desk (541-737-8787).

Below is a recent example of a phish sent to OSU users:

--- BEGIN MESSAGE ---

Dear colleague/student,

This email is to verify you requested a change of name associated with your email address of the Oregon State University electronic resource.

Your request has been submitted and will be processed in 2 days.

If you never made this request, you can cancel this request HERE (as it's the sole purpose of this notification) otherwise no action is required.

Notification was sent on 05/01/2018

Ticket ID UTF43CTML

Kind regards,
Information Services
Service Desk
Oregon State University
A402A Kerr Administration Building | Corvallis, Oregon 97331-8516
OSU150.org

--- END MESSAGE ---

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this communication, contact the IS Service Desk:
Copy and paste the link below.
https://oregonstate.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/Requests/TicketRequests/NewForm?ID=Dr9c0T7BaSI_

Thank you,

Michael McDonald, IT Communications Manager, IS Communications
Oregon State University | Information Services

The new OSU Events Calendar is now live at events.oregonstate.edu!

Information Services and University Marketing have partnered to bring a new calendar experience to OSU. The new OSU Events Calendar is modern, built for mobile devices and offers new features and functionality compared to the existing platform. This new tool will replace our old calendar which will be taken offline later this year.

The OSU Events Calendar offers lots of ways to explore and find interesting things to do. You can filter by location, event topic, search across all events, look only at events with free food and more! Check it out and see what you think at events.oregonstate.edu

Are you interested in using events.oregonstate.edu to promote your OSU events? Visit the calendar and click the ‘Submit Event’ button to get started.

Additional documentation along with frequently asked questions can be found here: https://oregonstate.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/KB/?CategoryID=8923

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the new OSU Events Calendar, contact the IS Service Desk at 541-737-8787 or is.oregonstate.edu/service-desk.

Thank you,

Derek Whiteside, Director, Web and Mobile Services

Oregon State University | Information Services

 

April 20, 2018

To the OSU Community:

The 2018 Primary Election is right around the corner. We hope that each and every one of you will participate in the democratic process and exercise your right to vote. In order to vote in the election on May 15th, you must register by Tuesday, April 24th.

If you have moved since the last election or have changed your signature, you must re-register using your current address to ensure your ballot will reach you. It is not legal for anyone, including the post office, to forward your ballot.

Voter registration cards are available from the Associated Students of Oregon State University in the Student Experience Center (SEC) Room 250 and at the Memorial Union express stop. They are also available at the Associated Students of Cascades Campus Office at OSU-Cascades, Room 107 Tykeson Hall. You may also register to vote online at the Oregon Secretary of State website: http://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 to apply for an absentee ballot.

If your physical address differs from your mailing address you will need to ensure that both addresses are included in your registration. This includes students who live in a residence hall.

You can check on the status of your registration here: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/my-vote.aspx.

Please take the time to register to vote — and once registered, please participate in the election. If you have questions or need information about voter registration:

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

Deschutes County Elections Department:
(541) 388-6547, https://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

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray, President
Oregon State University

Jon Dorbolo, President
Faculty Senate

Simon Brundage, President
Associated Students of Oregon State University Campus

Jordyn Langeliers, President
Associated Students of Cascades

Leonora Rianda, President
SEIU Local 083

Clint Mattox, President
Coalition of Graduate Employees

Hello,

This is a reminder that you are eligible, or soon will be eligible, to receive your second dose of Meningococcal B vaccine and should do so at your earliest convenience. The second dose can be received 28 days or more after your first dose. Please act quickly to avoid a hold on your account, which will prevent registration and other academic activities.

You will need to submit official documentation of your second dose of MenB vaccine to SHS by 4 p.m. Friday April 13th if you receive(d) a vaccination at an off-campus pharmacy or medical provider. Holds will be placed starting April 16 for those who do not submit documentation for their second dose. Note: if you received your second dose at SHS or the OSU pharmacy, you do not need to submit documentation.

Vaccines are available in Corvallis at most local clinics and pharmacies, or at Student Health Services and the OSU Pharmacy in the Plageman Building. See the SHS website for hours and location.

To identify the best option based on your health insurance coverage, please contact your insurance carrier.

Remember: You must stay with the same brand of vaccine (either Bexsero® or Trumenba®). If you do not remember which type you received in the past, please log in to your patient portal.

For instructions on submitting documentation for vaccines please visit: GetTheVax.oregonstate.edu.

Visit the FAQs on our website or call 541-737-7573 if you have questions.

Thank you for protecting yourself and the Oregon State community.

 

OSU Corvallis campus community members,

As a part of Oregon State’s commitment to supporting students and employees in pursuing balanced and fulfilling lives, the Family Resource Center on the Corvallis campus will host the 7th annual “Bring Your Kids to Campus” Day on Friday, April 20.

This event is a way to celebrate the importance of education and to highlight the campus as a family-friendly community where employees and students can share their workplace and studies and spend the day learning together with family members.

We realize that OSU employees live and work across the state. And while this date and the Corvallis campus may not be ideal or accessible for everyone, we feel it important to hold an event of this nature on a specific date and promote engagement by as many participants as possible. Meanwhile, we encourage all OSU offices throughout the state to consider their own opportunities for similar activities. For more ideas about such programs, e-mail FamilyResources@oregonstate.edu.

Concerning the April 20 Corvallis event, we are asking for campus-wide collaboration. We encourage departments to have discussions ahead of time with employees and students, so that campus classrooms, workspaces, common areas, etc. can be inclusive and family-friendly. Lab spaces that may pose safety concerns should be excluded from the accessible workspaces.

If your department is interested in hosting a family-friendly activity next year, please contact the Family Resource Center at FamilyResources@oregonstate.edu or by calling 541-737-4906. Any questions regarding this year’s event can be directed there as well. For a list of activities for this year visit http://familyresources.oregonstate.edu/byktcd.

We look forward to celebrating with you and your families on Friday, April 20. See you then!

Susan Capalbo, Senior Vice Provost
Faculty Affairs

Dan Larson, Interim Vice Provost
Student Affairs

Steve Clark, Vice President
University Relations and Marketing

 

April 4, 2018

Oregon State (Corvallis) students:

Administrators and staff within the Division of Finance and Administration, Capital Planning and Facilities Services continue to work closely with Pacific Power, the energy utility that serves the Corvallis community, to improve the reliability of the power grid serving our Corvallis campus.

In response to repeated electrical service interruptions in 2016 and 2017, I announced last May a commitment to develop and to implement a plan for a more robust and reliable power system for the university. Since then—and based upon an extensive collaboration with Pacific Power—many improvements have been made to improve the reliability of the power grid.

Because of these measures, including nearly $800,000 in equipment upgrades by Pacific Power, the number of service interruptions affecting the campus have dropped 40 percent.

These improvements are part of a long-term overall effort launched in October 2017 by Pacific Power and OSU to further improve safety and reliability and modernize the Corvallis campus grid in alignment with OSU’s sustainability goals.

SAFETY

Pacific Power has committed to an accelerated three-year plan to replace outdated electrical oil switches on campus. This replacement program begins in June 2018 and planned power outages on campus will be required to accomplish this work. OSU and Pacific Power will provide advance notice and back-up power resources to minimize the impact of these short-term outages. We appreciate your understanding in advance as we make these critical improvements.

RELIABILITY

OSU and Pacific Power also are reviewing electrical service data to identify where outages have frequently occurred to be able to prioritize investments. One initial investment will be to replace electrical cable providing power to Gill Coliseum, Finley Hall, Arnold Dining Center, Bloss Hall and Dixon Recreation Center. This work will begin this month. Meanwhile, this summer university and Pacific Power staff will complete planning for other mid- and long-term investments.

GRID MODERNIZATION

Pacific Power has proposed placing energy storage technology on the Corvallis campus to mitigate historic outages and foster learning regarding energy storage. This partnership will provide OSU students access to cutting-edge energy technology that align with OSU’s sustainability goals, and will advance the university’s reputation as an innovator in electrical engineering. If approved by the state energy regulators, Pacific Power will begin work on this system in 2020.

I will update the university community in Fall 2018 on these and other efforts to provide an improved, reliable, safe and sustainable electricity system for the Corvallis campus.

Before then, if you have questions, please contact Anita Azarenko (anita.azarenko@oregonstate.edu), associate vice president for university facilities, infrastructure and operations.

Sincerely,

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

The Office of Institutional Diversity invites the Oregon State University community to begin spring term with a creative affirmation of our values of diversity, inclusivity and the pursuit of success for all people. Our commitment as a community to equity and inclusion is furthered and underscored by members of our community coming together to reflect on our past, present and future pursuit of social justice.

With that goal in mind, we welcome all students, faculty, staff and friends of the university on Thursday, April 12, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room to drop-in and engage in Imagine OSU – an event organized around creative workshop stations aimed at facilitating connection, reflection and the co-creation of a shared vision for our university. Workshop stations will be hosted by partners including the Oregon Multicultural Archives, the Oregon State Queer Archives, Orange Media Network, University Housing & Dining Services and Diversity & Cultural Engagement.

Members of the OSU community who are unable to connect in person on the Corvallis campus are encouraged to join the conversation online via OID’s social media accounts. For more details, please see the attached flyer.

Questions and requests for accommodations may be directed to the Office of Institutional Diversity at diversity@oregonstate.edu or by calling 541-737-1063.

Office of Institutional Diversity (OID)
Oregon State University
B211 Kerr | Corvallis, OR 97331 | 541.737.1063
http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/diversity
@OSUdiversity | #WeAreOregonState | Beaver Nation

Oregon State colleagues,

Fortunately, at Oregon State University we have not experienced the kinds of acts of violence that have occurred at other universities and schools around the country. Yet, we need to remain vigilant in ensuring the safety of the university community through security measures, policing practices, and our collective awareness and reporting.

OSU’s Department of Public Safety leads our university wide safety and security effort. This work is in partnership with state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies throughout Oregon, including the Oregon State Police, the Corvallis police and fire departments, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Corvallis, the Bend police and fire departments, and many other agencies statewide.

As well, the university utilizes two 24/7 incident response teams made up of expert representatives from key departments including the Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, CAPS, the Office of Human Resources and others. One of the teams assesses imminent threats or emerging incidents and provides response and support as needed. The other is responsible for timely communications.

University leaders rely on the evaluation and judgement of these teams, law enforcement personnel, and other experts in making immediate and substantive university decisions regarding safety and security. In the attached, we provide a summary of recent actions and major initiatives underway. Additionally, we rely on information and advice from the faculty, staff and students our community.

To that end, we are planning to hold meetings in Corvallis and Bend in April and May to engage in a community-wide discussion of the university’s security, to consider ways to improve our infrastructure and protocols, and to address any concerns our community members have about the level of safety at OSU. Shortly we will also launch a web page that will serve as a readily available security information resource. We will provide details of meeting dates, times and locations at the start of the spring term.

As is the case in all matters at OSU, our safety and security practices and procedures are subject to continual review and improvement.

We encourage you to contribute your ideas and recommendations. Your engagement will help us provide for the safety of all members of the Oregon State University community.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

Mike Green
Vice President Finance & Administration

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Live on campus next year and take advantage of some great benefits for current students:

  • All current OSU students get a $300 per term discount off their room rate
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  • You can apply together or separately. We can accommodate groups of up to six students who wish to live together. No roommates for next year yet? We can assign you or help you match with other Oregon State students; we also have single rooms available.
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957 SW Jefferson Avenue
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
541-737-4771

Oregon State University students,

Over the next two months, I invite you to assist Oregon State University in selecting new names for three buildings on the Corvallis campus: Benton Hall, Benton Annex and Avery Lodge. I invite you to participate in the process to select these new names.

The names of buildings and places are very important. They help celebrate and acknowledge the university’s past and describe OSU priorities, such as student success, faculty excellence and research innovation. Names recognize the positive contributions of people and communities associated with Oregon State. Building and place names portray OSU’s values and mission, including efforts to foster inclusivity, equity and success for all.

Following an extensive community-based process and a decision in November by President Ed Ray to change the names of these three buildings, we are reaching out to the OSU community and stakeholders for naming suggestions.

A community meeting on new names will be held Monday, April 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. The university’s building name website includes a comment tool to submit naming recommendations online. As well, three committees, made up of faculty, staff and students, have been formed to help evaluate the proposed names and prepare a list of top choices to be considered.

These suggestions will be considered in mid-April by the university Architectural Naming Committee, which is responsible for making recommendations to President Ray regarding OSU building and place names. President Ray, who is charged by the OSU Board of Trustees to make such decisions, will announce the new names in late April.

In considering new names for these buildings, President Ray has said that he seeks:

  • A name for Benton Hall that appropriately recognizes the many contributions of Benton County community residents in the 1860s and 70s that supported the founding of this university. This community support for higher education has continued for many years and remains strong today.
  • A name for Benton Annex that appropriately recognizes the building as home to the Women’s Center, a valued student resource center.

In considering a new name for Avery Lodge, please think about names that portray a sense of the geography or place that OSU’s Corvallis campus has in the Willamette Valley; the university’s 150-year history as Oregon’s land grant and statewide university; or the building’s purpose. For example, Avery Lodge is home to the Family Resource Center, a childcare center, the Human Services Resource Center and University Housing and Dining Services administrative offices.

In addition to recommending new names to President Ray for these three buildings, the Architectural Naming Committee and university colleagues, including students, faculty and staff, will take next steps to:

  • Develop and share with the OSU community, information about the history of these three buildings, as well as Arnold Dining Center and Gill Coliseum, whose building names also were reviewed last fall;
  • Lead the university in gathering and documenting the history of all OSU buildings and their namesakes; and
  • Create website information, mobile app information and permanent history displays for all university buildings.

Please participate in this important effort to name these three buildings.

Sincerely,

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

Oregon State community,

You may be aware that last week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a lower court ruling preventing termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary protection from deportation for undocumented immigrants brought to this country as minors.

We understand that this decision means that for the time being, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must continue to accept and process DACA renewal applications from those who previously had DACA.

While this decision provides some relief for DACA recipients, we anticipate that it is not a long-term solution. That responsibility lies with Congress.

Please be aware of important efforts already taking place at OSU to support the DACA and undocumented student community. In addition to continuing work by the DACA and Undocumented Student Support Task Force, a new student group – Here To Stay – has formed to advocate on behalf of undocumented students at OSU. We encourage you to learn more about these efforts. Those wishing to learn more about resources available at OSU may visit the DREAMer and Undocumented Student Resource page.

DACA students, and undocumented students, are valued and essential members of our university community and our nation. Please learn as much as you can about this important issue and help support efforts for all students to succeed at this university and beyond.

Sincerely,

Dan Larson
Interim Vice Provost
Student Affairs

Charlene Alexander
Vice President
Office of Institutional Diversity

Oregon State University community members,

We are mindful of the very unsettling impact caused Tuesday by social media posts threatening violence against Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus community.

These senseless threats occurred at a time in America when we are all on edge and saddened following the recent attack at a Florida high school. Meanwhile, we all know too well that this latest violence in Florida followed numerous other shootings in America and many recent reported threats of violence directed at Oregon schools.

University officials were made aware of the social media posts threatening the Corvallis campus at 12:02 p.m. on Tuesday.

University staff and others responsible for incident response at OSU immediately assessed these social media posts. The group, which includes law enforcement partners from the Oregon State Police, quickly determined that the level of threat was not such that required a closure or evacuation of campus. In response, OSP acted immediately to locate and arrest the suspect, and lodge him in jail.

Upon learning of the threats, the university moved to inform the community that we were aware of the social media posts; that law enforcement was actively investigating this matter; and to encourage anyone who saw anything unusual – or knew something regarding these social media posts – to report them to OSU’s Department of Public Safety line by calling 541-737-7000. As well, campus safety patrols by OSU’s Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police and the Corvallis Police Department were expanded.

The university messages were approved by public safety leaders and were sent at 12:52 p.m. via social media and followed by an e-mail to approximately 32,000 student, faculty and staff. We also engaged in immediate communications with broadcast television and radio networks, newspaper and web journalists to share information, our assessment and safety procedures regarding this matter.

We thank community members for their response to these communications.

In review of Tuesday’s events, we understand that it was an anonymous tip to the Oregon State Police statewide tip line – www.safeoregon.com – that contributed to the arrest of the person believed to have made these threatening social media posts. We also are aware that threatening social media posts had been active since the early hours of Tuesday morning. Yet, we were not informed of them until 12:02 p.m. As a community, we all must recognize that such a delay is problematic. We encourage all members of the OSU community – and the public – to immediately say something if you see something. If you do, please call 541-737-7000 or 911.

At OSU, safety is and will remain our No. 1 priority. With that in mind, we will:

  • Expand our capacity to find threats on social media;
  • Continue to monitor and assess threats;
  • Maintain enhanced DPS and OSP patrols;
  • Communicate to OSU community members and the public;
  • Expand communications to families of students during such matters;
  • Monitor the status of the individual accused of making these threats, who remains in jail;
  • Continue our trainings throughout the university related to active shooters and other safety matters;
  • Continue to improve campus safety physical features and procedures; and
  • Remain sensitive to questions about safety practices, including decisions on when to close campus or how we inform our community.

Doing so, we will remain vigilant in providing for the safety of the Oregon State University community to the best of our ability.

In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us and we will respond.

Sincerely,

Mike Green
Vice President
Finance and Administration
Mike.green@oregonstate.eduSteve Clark, Vice President
University Relations and Marketing
steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

To the OSU Community:

We are writing to acknowledge MyDegrees system performance issues today. We have received reports of slowness and other intermittent errors from users and have been able to confirm the problem with our technical team. Information Services is currently working with the software vendor on this issue; the service will be unavailable for up to 30 minutes starting at 3:00 while we attempt to resolve the problem. We will provide another update by 5:00 pm if the issue persists.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact the IS Service Desk at 541-737-8787 or via the help form on the IS website.

Thanks for your patience,

Derek Whiteside

Derek Whiteside, Director, IS Communications
Oregon State University | Information Services | 541-737-0729

Dear student,

Our records indicate that you have taken action towards complying with the OSU Meningococcal B vaccine requirement but did not meet the university’s Feb. 15 deadline for compliance. We understand that you’re actively working toward compliance and are currently in a waiting period for your next dose.

 

As soon as you are eligible for your next dose, please take action immediately to receive that dose. You can get this vaccination at Student Health Services in the Plageman Building or visit a local pharmacy or urgent care clinic as soon as you are eligible.

 

As long as you are actively working toward compliance OSU will work with you to avoid any holds on your student account. Please continue to take the necessary steps during winter term to avoid any holds during spring term.

If you receive your vaccination at an off-campus location, submit your documentation as soon as possible to Student Health Services (SHS). You can:

  • Submit Forms Online
  • Fax records to: 541-306-6670
  • Mail records to: OSU Immunization Office, 201 Plageman Building, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331
  • Drop them in SHS drop boxes in the Plageman Building

Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and the OSU community healthy. For details regarding this vaccination requirement, please visit the website: getthevax.oregonstate.edu

Sincerely,

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

 

Dear student,

Our records indicate that you have completed all doses required to be compliant with Oregon State University’s Meningococcal B vaccination requirement. There is nothing more for you to do at this time. If you received the Trumenba vaccine, you will still need the third and final dose six months after your first dose.

For more information regarding MenB vaccinations, you can go online to getthevax.oregonstate.edu

Thank you for completing this vaccination requirement and for doing your part to keep yourself and the OSU community healthy.

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

 

Dear student,

Our records indicate that you have not taken any action to be in compliance with the OSU Meningococcal B vaccination requirement. The MenB vaccination, or an approved exemption, is required of all current OSU students age 25 and under.

Tomorrow, a hold will be placed on your account, which will prevent you from registering for spring term and making other changes to your registration. In addition, as this is a university policy, there may be subsequent action taken by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

To begin to be in compliance with this policy, you can do one of three things:

1) Submit your documentation. If you have received the vaccine but not have submitted documentation, please submit your documentation immediately. You can:

  • Submit Forms Online
  • Fax records to: 541-306-6670
  • Mail records to: OSU Immunization Office, 201 Plageman Building, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331
  • Drop them in SHS drop boxes in the Plageman Building

2) Receive the vaccine. You can visit Student Health Services in the Plageman Building or a local pharmacy or urgent care clinic to be vaccinated and begin the compliance process. Please remember that if you are vaccinated off-campus, you’ll need to also complete step #1 above.

3) Receive an approved exemption. For more information on medical and non-medical exemptions as well as an academic deferral, please visit: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/menb-vaccination-exemptions.

  • Please note: Non-medical MenB vaccine exemption consultations with SHS clinicians will be available on a walk-in basis only on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Plageman Building. No appointments will be accepted for non-medical exemptions at SHS, so this is the only remaining on-campus opportunity for this option.

If you have already taken action by completing one of the three options above and believe you are receiving this email in error, please contact Student Health Services at 541-737-7570 immediately.

For details regarding this vaccination requirement, please visit the website: GetTheVax.oregonstate.edu.

Sincerely,

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

OSU students, faculty and staff,

I invite you to join OSU150 -- Oregon State University’s 150th anniversary celebration – by participating in events and activities that are occurring right now.

OSU150 is all about celebrating and sharing Oregon State’s many transformative accomplishments and exploring how this 21st century land grant university will transform the future of Oregon, the nation and the world.

Here is an immediate way to dive into the anniversary: participate in the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival that runs through Feb. 24 throughout much of the state.

For example, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, come to the LaSells Stewart Center at 5 p.m. and hear world-renowned OSU scientist Jane Lubchenco present a talk: “Hope for People and the Ocean.” Stay for special presentations by research students and a free sneak preview screening of the documentary “Saving Atlantis.” The film was produced by OSU Productions to document the work of OSU researchers, scientists from across the globe and students to bring attention to the dramatic decline of global coral reef ecosystems and the impact on human populations that depend on them. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. To reserve a free ticket, visit the event website.

The OSU150 website is the best way to learn about the many ways to become involved in the anniversary. From the website, you will be able to access an events calendar, learn about a special OSU150 app and explore a long legacy of accomplishments by members of Beaver Nation. For example, you will not want to miss visiting “A Legacy of Transformation” – a near 3,000 square-foot exhibit of the university’s impact being held in Portland at the Oregon Historical Society.

Please join me Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center for Jane Lubchenco’s talk and stay to be informed and inspired by viewing “Saving Atlantis.”

See you Tuesday,

Steve Clark
Vice President University Relations and Marketing

February 16, 2018

OSU community members,

President Ray and I are pleased to announce that renowned animator, production designer and OSU alumnus Harley Jessup will be our 2018 commencement speaker and honorary doctorate recipient. Jessup’s work at the intersection of graphic art, design and digital technology has entertained and inspired millions.

This year’s graduates grew up with many of Jessup’s characters through his work on Academy and Emmy award-winning films.

Jessup began his career in animation at Korty Films on various projects, including segments for “Sesame Street.” He then joined Lucasfilm as an art director on several live action films before moving to Industrial Light and Magic in 1986, eventually becoming the creative director for its art department. He received an Academy Award in 1988 for visual effects in the film, “Innerspace,” and was nominated for another Academy Award in visual effects for his work on “Hook.” He received an Emmy Award for special visual effects in 1985 for “The Ewok Adventure.” Some of his other film credits include “The Hunt for Red October,” “Ghostbusters II” and “James and the Giant Peach.”

With Pixar Animation Studios since 1996, Jessup contributed to “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story 2,” and was instrumental in developing the production designs for “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Ratatouille.” Most recently, he was production designer for “Coco,” which has been nominated for an Academy Award this year in the category of best Animated Feature Film. Jessup is also author and illustrator of three children’s books.

As you know, Oregon State plans to develop an arts and education center on our Corvallis campus that will feature – among other things – programming in digital arts and communications. With his bachelors of fine arts degree in graphic design from OSU in 1976, and stellar career in film and digital animation, Jessup serves as testimony to Oregon State’s past and future contributions to the arts, design and technology.

Our commencement ceremony coincides with the university’s 15-month celebration of OSU150 – Oregon State’s 150th anniversary. Jessup’s return to OSU clearly represents the legacy of transformation that OSU and its graduates have contributed to Oregon, the nation and the world.

We are honored that Harley Jessup will give our commencement address on Saturday, June 16, during Oregon State’s 2018 graduation ceremony.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

To the Oregon State University community,

As I promised in June 2017, I charged a university task force to review OSU’s admissions and attendance policies for students with criminal histories.

This task force was made up of representatives from our faculty, staff, student body and administrative leadership. Members met over six and half months and reviewed the university’s policies and practices related to the evaluation of admission applications and the attendance of undergraduate and graduate students with prior criminal histories. They also compared OSU’s policies and practices with peer institutions.

The result of this review is a new university policy that will become effective in fall term 2018 and affirms OSU’s almost 150-year land grant mission to welcome all educationally qualified students, including those rehabilitated from past crimes. Equally important, this policy prioritizes educational support and success for all students, and the safety of everyone in our community.

This policy is not about this university’s public image. It is about serving OSU’s educational mission, supporting student success and prioritizing community safety. This policy and all of my decisions always will be in alignment with Oregon State’s mission, values and commitments.

With that in mind, beginning with fall 2018, OSU will require all newly admitted and continuing students to self-disclose any prior felony convictions and registered sex offender status before enrolling for classes. The purpose of this self-disclosure policy is not to prevent students with these histories from enrolling, but rather to support the safety of the OSU community, and to support these students’ success as they progress through their OSU education onto graduation.

In prior communications, I have shared my longstanding support for guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education to allow individuals to be admitted to college without revealing a prior criminal record. I continue to support these guidelines and so will OSU. We recognize that asking for criminal history information during the admissions process would disparately affect minorities and would have a chilling effect on educational attainment for many prospective students. Accordingly, OSU will not be asking for these self-disclosures on the application for admission.

Going forward, Provost Ed Feser will appoint a university committee to conduct a confidential case-by-case review of each of the self-disclosing students’ situation. This committee will be comprised of representatives from our faculty, as well as the departments of public safety, admissions, student affairs, housing and dining services, athletics, student conduct and community standards, and equal opportunity and access. This committee will make recommendations to the dean of Student Life, who will determine any extracurricular engagement and participation limitations or requirements needed for safety involving a self-disclosed student. In addition, I expect the dean of Student Life to provide support to self-disclosed students in their engagement activities while at OSU. Meanwhile, the director of Public Safety periodically will meet individually with each self-disclosed student. Where there is not a sufficient safety risk posed by the student participating in an activity, OSU will support the student’s participation and success.

This new policy is an additional step in Oregon State University’s commitment to student success and safety. Over the past decade or more, we have taken many strides in this regard – whether it be OSU’s student success initiative; refreshed policies on student conduct; our first-year live-on campus requirement; policies and programs associated with sexual abuse, harassment and survivor advocacy; and many others.

For example, OSU already requires students to self-disclose certain felony histories to live in an OSU residence hall. As well, full criminal history checks with law enforcement agencies are required for employment or volunteering in sensitive university programs, such as working with minors. We receive reports from Oregon State Police regarding registered sex offenders attending the university, and we preclude those students from living in the residence halls or working with minors. Meanwhile, some university programs do not accept students with certain felony histories. These include some student counseling programs in the College of Education and programs in the College of Pharmacy.

The university’s new policy enables students to apply; be admitted and continue as students at OSU; and only then self-disclose a felony history or registered sex offender status prior to enrolling. In doing so, we want our students to have the knowledge of OSU’s strongly held belief in the power of education, and the benefits that are provided all students by their engagement and participation in experiential learning opportunities. Moreover, to understand that Oregon State promotes the opportunity for individuals, even those who are rehabilitated, to develop their talents and contribute as members of society.

As in the past, access to learning, support for student success and the safety of the community will always be an essential part of Oregon State University’s mission and our paramount concern.

In serving these commitments, we will continue to review our policies to ensure that they are aligned with the best interests of our mission, values and the university community.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Dear Student,

DO NOT DELAY! Take advantage this week of available locations like Good Samaritan on campus, Plageman Building (room 118) and local pharmacies or urgent care clinics administering the vaccine.

OSU Clinic information:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13 through Thursday, Feb. 15
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, no appointment necessary
  • Check-in: SEC Plaza outside the Memorial Union

 

If you receive your vaccination at an off-campus location, submit your documentation as soon as possible to Student Health Services (SHS). There are several ways to complete this process:

  • Submit Forms Online
  • Fax records to: 541-306-6670
  • Mail records to: OSU Immunization Office, 201 Plageman Building, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331
  • Drop them in SHS drop boxes in the Plageman Building

 

You must complete your vaccination series by Feb. 15 to avoid an academic hold being placed on your student account. An academic hold will result in you not being able to register for spring term classes. Medical and non-medical exemptions to this policy are available and require medical consultation. Academic deferrals require immunization upon return to the OSU Corvallis campus.

For more information regarding the university’s vaccination requirement and exemptions, please call the Office of Student Life, 541-737-6362 (MENB) or go online to getthevax.oregonstate.edu

Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and the OSU community healthy.

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dear student,

Our records indicate that it has been 28 days or more since your last dose of the Meningococcal B vaccine. You are now eligible to receive your next dose to become compliant with OSU’s vaccination requirement.

DO NOT DELAY! Take advantage this week of available locations like Good Samaritan on campus, Plageman Building (room 118) and local pharmacies or urgent care clinics administering the vaccine. Avoid the lines before next week’s final OSU clinics.

OSU Clinic information:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13 through Thursday, Feb. 15
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, no appointment necessary
  • Check-in: SEC Plaza outside the Memorial Union

If you receive your vaccination at an off-campus location, submit your documentation as soon as possible to Student Health Services (SHS). There are several ways to complete this process:

  • Submit Forms Online
  • Fax records to: 541-306-6670
  • Mail records to: OSU Immunization Office, 201 Plageman Building, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331
  • Drop them in SHS drop boxes in the Plageman Building

You must complete your vaccination series by Feb. 15 to avoid an academic hold being placed on your student account. An academic hold will result in you not being able to register for spring term classes. Medical and non-medical exemptions to this policy are available and require medical consultation. Academic deferrals require immunization upon return to the OSU Corvallis campus.

For more information regarding the university’s vaccination requirement and exemptions, please call the Office of Student Life, 541-737-6362 (MENB) or go online to getthevax.oregonstate.edu

Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and the OSU community healthy.

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dear student,

This is a notification that the final exam schedule has been posted to your individual courses in the schedule of classes. Please check your schedule carefully to be sure you have the correct day and time for your final exams. There are some changes to the schedule. The changes affect courses that are held Monday’s after 5pm and on Tuesday/Thursday. The day and time of your final exam day may be different. The catalog currently reflects the correct schedule for final exams and is located here: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=371#Section4008

Thank you,

The Scheduling Team in the Office of the Registrar

 

Dear student,

Our records indicate that it has been 28 days or more since your last dose of the Meningococcal B vaccine. You are now eligible to receive your next dose to become compliant with OSU’s vaccination requirement. Act now by visiting the immunization office at Plageman Building (room 118), or going to a local pharmacy or urgent care center.

DO NOT DELAY! All OSU Corvallis students age 25 and under must be fully vaccinated for MenB by Feb. 15, 2018. You must act now to ensure you have met this requirement.

If you receive your vaccination at an off-campus location, submit your documentation as soon as possible to Student Health Services (SHS). There are several ways to complete this process:

  • Submit Forms Online
  • Fax records to: 541-306-6670
  • Mail records to: OSU Immunization Office, 201 Plageman Building, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331
  • Drop them in SHS drop boxes in the Plageman Building

You must complete your vaccination series by Feb. 15 to avoid an academic hold being placed on your student account. An academic hold will result in you not being able to register for spring term classes. Medical and non-medical exemptions to this policy are available and require medical consultation. Academic deferrals require immunization upon return to the OSU Corvallis campus.

For more information regarding the university’s vaccination requirement and exemptions, please call the Office of Student Life, 541-737-6362 (MENB) or go online to getthevax.oregonstate.edu

Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and the OSU community healthy.

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dear members of the Oregon State University community,

Today was a wonderful occasion for Oregon State University as nearly 800 members of Beaver Nation gathered at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for my annual State of the University Address. Here is a link to that address.

In my address, I shared many outstanding achievements from the past year by OSU faculty, staff and students, and I introduced several new initiatives to be undertaken by our university.

I also called upon Oregonians and higher education institutions nationally to educate far more students from less wealthy families. I shared that since 1970, the likelihood of graduation from college nationally for students from families in the highest income bracket increased from 44 percent to 85 percent. Yet over the same time, the likelihood of graduation increased from 6 percent to only 9 percent for students from families in the lowest income bracket.

This is a shameful result. We have literally doubled the educational attainment gap, and higher education institutions are complicit in worsening income inequality across America. Oregon should care about this achievement gap. In my speech, I called upon Oregonians to help address this crisis of inequity. As members of the OSU community, I ask you to join me in addressing this matter.

Within our university, such efforts are underway through:

  • Our Student Success Initiative;
  • Fund-raising efforts by the OSU Foundation to support student success;
  • Our plans to grow our OSU-Cascades campus in Bend; and
  • Our plans to expand OSU’s academic offerings in Portland.

Nevertheless, we must do more, and I said in my speech that Oregon State would double down on its efforts to support all students’ success and improve student retention and graduation rates.

I also shared our plans for OSU150 – Oregon State’s 150th anniversary that continues through next fall. Most immediately, as part of OSU150, we will open on Feb. 10, a seven-month exhibit, “Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation,” at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. During February, we will host a Sea Grant Festival throughout western Oregon. This includes a premiere sneak preview on Feb. 15 at OMSI in Portland of “Saving Atlantis,” an OSU-produced documentary that tells the story of how OSU researchers are working to save the world’s coral reefs. Subsequent preview screenings will be held in Corvallis and Newport.

I also shared OSU’s plans for serving the Portland region with expanded educational, research, and outreach and engagement services. In addition, I called upon the 2018 Oregon Legislature to approve $39.5 million in state bonding to help construct the second academic building at OSU-Cascades. We must have this funding to make good on Oregon’s commitment to provide the state’s fastest growing region with a four-year university.

As we look forward to Oregon State University’s next 150 years, let us take a well-deserved moment to be proud of the transformational impact that OSU provides each day throughout Oregon, the nation and the world.

Thank you for all that you do.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Oregon State University community members,

I understand that for many within the Oregon State community, this has been a very unsettled and upsetting week as media and website portrayals of discriminatory statements and hateful views have been widely shared.

Let me be clear: these discriminatory viewpoints are wrong. They do not represent this university. They do not represent the OSU community. They should not deter us from serving our mission as a university nor advancing our community values that support diversity, inclusivity and the success of all people.

At times such as these, Oregon State University will always do certain things.

We will follow federal, state and university law and policies regarding confidentiality of student and employee information, as well as any disciplinary processes regarding students and employees. The university will support its student media and their responsibilities to report. We will support OSU’s student government self-governance processes. We will advance our mission in a state and nation where many views exist and where state and federal laws and university policy provide for freedom of expression. We will provide support to impacted students and employees through Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Human Resources’ Employee Assistance Program. We will follow our university practice to investigate concerns that violate OSU’s anti-discrimination policy.

In all cases, Oregon State will seek to provide for the highest level of public safety for all concerned. The university’s sworn law enforcement agency, the Oregon State Police (OSP), advises and collaborates in real time with university leaders and our Department of Public Safety to provide for public safety involving our students, faculty, staff and the greater university community. This safety effort is advanced by the work that OSP and its statewide law enforcement partners engage in constantly to review public safety matters throughout Oregon.

In times of any challenge, it is best to reflect on – and recommit to – our values as people and as a university. Please join me in doing so by working to ensure a safe, inclusive and diverse community that is committed to everyone’s success.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

ASOSU Statement on White Nationalist Rhetoric in the ASOSU Congress

1/22/2018

The Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) strongly condemns white nationalism and supremacism. Racism, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry have no place in our organization and are a scourge upon our common humanity. The ASOSU Constitution explicitly states that “the ASOSU shall not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, color, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any of its policies, procedures, or practices.” We regard this clause as fundamental to our mission—which is to unify our campus community and amplify the voices of our constituents.

The presence of white nationalist rhetoric in the ASOSU Congress is inconsistent with our mission as an organization. It is inexcusable, and we must do more than just verbally condemn bigotry; we must proactively support and raise up members of our community and act against the spread of hateful ideologies. We also call upon the ASOSU Congress to take disciplinary action against members who do not uphold the standards and values of the ASOSU.

In times such as these, it is important to remember that diversity is our strength, and not our weakness. The ASOSU is committed to a vision of diversity and social justice, and stands in solidarity with all marginalized and underserved communities. Let us resist and reject bigotry in any form on our campus.

Sincerely,

Simon Brundage
ASOSU President

Radhika Shah
ASOSU Vice President

Members of the Oregon State University community,

Oregon State University does not support the discriminatory views held by an individual as reported in today’s edition of the Barometer.

These views are contrary to the values of the university and the OSU community, and we believe are not shared by members of our community. The university’s mission and core values support a diverse and inclusive community, success and excellence for all, collaboration – even in the face of adversity and challenge – and dialogue.

We all must recognize that our university – like America – is a community with many viewpoints. In expressing our views, we are guided by OSU’s principles regarding freedom of expression. These principles include a responsibility to treat each other with dignity and respect and apply to all of us.

At the highest level, the university supports our student media for considering fully its reporting responsibilities, and holding to its journalistic ethics and rights to publish this article. As well, we support student government in reviewing and following its self-governance processes.

The university supports Oregon State’s core values of social justice and inclusivity and student needs through the work of many offices, including Institutional Diversity, Student Life, Human Resources, Diversity and Cultural Engagement and many others. At times such as these, it is also important to reaffirm our practices for reporting bias.

Please join us in ensuring that Oregon State University is an inclusive, safe community that supports equal opportunity and social justice for all.

Sincerely,

Charlene Alexander
Vice President and
Chief Diversity Officer

Dan Larson
Interim Vice Provost
Student Affairs

To the OSU Community:

Please remember to vote in the upcoming January 23rd special 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, January 23rd.

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, January 18th.

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, January 23rd. 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

Jon Dorbolo, President
Faculty Senate

Simon Brundage, President
Associated Students of Oregon State University

Jordyn Langeliers, President
Associated Students of Cascades Campus

Members of the Oregon State community,

Today represents a milestone moment for our university.

A remarkably generous donor has made a $50 million commitment to the College of Veterinary Medicine – the largest gift that Oregon State has ever received. While the amount is historic, the impact that this philanthropy will have on generations of veterinarians, OSU research and the people and animals whose lives our veterinary graduates so profoundly touch is far reaching.

In recognition of this incredible generosity, I am pleased to announce that the college will now be called the Gary R. Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. This represents the first named college at OSU and only the second named veterinary school in the country.

A Portland native, Dr. Carlson is a 1974 alumnus of Oregon State. After studying science at OSU, he went on to medical school and then established a dermatology practice in Southern California. Dr. Carlson’s love of animals motivated this philanthropy.

Most immediately, his gift will allow us to double the size of our small animal hospital, which will house devices for advanced oncology care and other treatment technologies. In addition, Dr. Carlson’s gift will touch generations of veterinarians through an endowment to attract and retain top-tier faculty and support other strategic priorities in the college. Here is a link to a news release regarding this gift.

We owe Dr. Carlson a tremendous debt of gratitude along with our promise that the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine will be a place of great pride and transformative discovery, learning and service to others.

I congratulate Dean Susan Tornquist for building this partnership between Dr. Carlson and the college, and Jeff Comfort, vice president for principal gifts and gift planning at the OSU Foundation, for ensuring the donor’s vision will be realized through this gift.

Please join me in celebrating this wonderful news.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Dear Student,In order to be on the track for compliance with the Meningococcal B vaccine requirement, you must receive the first dose of the vaccine or upload your documentation by 5 PM on Thursday January 18.

For details about how to be vaccinated and for other information regarding this requirement and exemptions, please go to: GetTheVax.oregonstate.edu

If you did not get a vaccine at our clinic and have submitted documentation recently, your data is likely still being updated. Approved submission options are:

  • online forms upload
  • fax: 541-306-6670
  • mail: OSU Immunization Office, 201 Plageman Building, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331
  • SHS drop boxes in the Plageman Building

 

DO NOT submit documentation if you received your vaccination at:

  • Student Health Services
  • OSU Pharmacy
  • OSU MenB vaccination clinic at the Memorial Union, Jan. 9 through 13.

Medical and non-medical exemptions to this policy require medical consultation. Academic deferrals require immunization upon return to the OSU Corvallis campus.

For more information regarding the university’s new vaccination requirement and exemptions, please call the Office of Student Life, 541-737-6362 (MENB) or visit: getthevax.oregonstate.edu/exemptions

For more information regarding meningococcal B vaccinations or medical information, call OSU Student Health Services, 541-737-7570.

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

OSU undergraduates,

One last reminder to help OSU get recognized in the annual Princeton Review rankings! Your input is valuable. Survey closes Feb. 1.

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Oregon State Corvallis students,

A reminder: You must act immediately to ensure you are vaccinated against Meningococcal B disease if you have not done so already.

All OSU Corvallis students age 25 and under must be vaccinated against Meningococcal B.

Mass vaccination clinics on campus continue through Saturday in partnership with Fred Meyer Pharmacy. In addition, Samaritan Health Services will offer clinics daily through Wednesday, Jan. 17. See details below:

• OSU Campus Clinic:

  • Through Saturday, Jan. 13
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, no appointment necessary
  • Check-in: SEC Plaza outside the Memorial Union

• Samaritan Urgent Care, 5234 S.W. Philomath Boulevard, Corvallis

  • Saturday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 14
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Check-in at Samaritan Family Medicine desk inside the urgent care location.

• Samaritan Athletic Medicine, 845 S.W. 30th St., west end of the Reser Stadium parking lot

  • Monday, Jan. 15, through Wednesday, Jan. 17
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Check-in at the top of the stairs.

Do not delay. The vaccination requires multiple doses, which must be completed by Feb. 15. Doses must be given 28 days apart. This means that you must start the process now if you have not already done so. You will not be able to register for spring term classes or receive your final grades for winter term without receiving the requisite doses.

For details regarding this vaccination requirement, including frequently asked questions, or FAQs, and information regarding insurance coverage and exemptions for vaccinations, please visit website: GetTheVax.oregonstate.edu.

For more information regarding the university’s new vaccination requirement and exemptions, please call the Office of Student Life, 541-737-6362 (MENB). For more information regarding the meningococcal B vaccination, dosing or medical information, call OSU Student Health Services, 541-737-7570.

Thank you for becoming vaccinated against Meningococcal B disease.

Sincerely,

Dan Larson
Interim Vice Provost
Student Affairs

Members of the Oregon State University community,

Next week throughout Oregon State University, we will celebrate and reflect on the many contributions to social justice and equality for all people made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please join me at these celebrations, which begin Monday on OSU’s Corvallis campus with the annual keynote speech and peace march, and at OSU-Cascades with a MLK Day of Service and a keynote speech. Here are links to the Corvallis and Bend events.

Our engagement within these events will provide a clear and powerful message throughout the university community, and as well to future students and the public regarding Oregon State’s commitment to inclusivity.

These events and your engagement will speak loudly to OSU’s mission and values as a land grant university to welcome and support the success of all students, faculty and staff. Moreover, they will serve as testimony to our commitment to not only talk, but also to act, in the pursuit of social justice, diversity, inclusivity and educational success for all, including immigrants to our nation. We should remain steadfast in this commitment despite the divisive rhetoric we are witnessing nearly every day in the U.S. and around the world.

Discriminatory, hateful and even vulgar speech by national and world leaders should not define America or any of us. When it occurs, we remember, as Dr. King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

In that spirit, please join me with hundreds of others throughout Oregon State University next week by celebrating the legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and advancing OSU’s mission, values and commitments.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Dear members of the Oregon State University community,

I am writing to confirm my decision that Oregon State University will locate the university’s new Marine Studies Building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport.

This announcement follows more than a year’s work and scientific evaluation by an oversight committee that I created in October 2016 to monitor the design, engineering and eventual construction of this new building and related student housing in Newport.

When I announced my initial decision on Aug. 4, 2016 to locate the Marine Studies Building at HMSC – and to locate student housing on higher ground in Newport – I pledged that before construction commences, the university would ensure that:

  • The buildings will be designed, engineered and constructed to survive a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.
  • The Marine Studies Building will be constructed to survive an associated tsunami resulting from a catastrophic natural event, such as a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.
  • The Marine Studies Building will be repairable following an L-level tsunami.
  • The Marine Studies Building will serve as a safe and accessible vertical evacuation site in the event of an XXL tsunami.
  • The HMSC campus will be served by a preferred horizontal evacuation site.
  • All work associated with building construction and operation would be carried out transparently and with full information to stakeholders.
  • And that the project will be built on time and on budget.

My decision to proceed with construction of the Marine Studies Building is based upon the work of the oversight committee, which has concluded that these design, engineering, construction and safety commitments can be made.

The oversight committee conducted four meetings, in addition to a public forum on the Corvallis campus in May 2017. An independent, technical peer review panel made of internationally acclaimed engineers advised the committee. Oversight participants included liaisons from the Associated Student Body of Oregon State University, the colleges of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and HMSC. Scott Ashford, dean of Oregon State’s College of Engineering, chaired the committee, which reported to Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser. Here is a link to the oversight committee’s work.

Moving forward, I recognize that there is more work to do.

Oregon State will engage with the city of Newport, Lincoln County and community partners to further plan and expand natural disaster preparations, including for horizontal evacuation systems to nearby Safe Haven Hill. We will work to reschedule the construction of the Marine Studies Building, which has been somewhat delayed by this important oversight process. We will manage the construction budget along with additional fundraising for this project and meet the goals of the Marine Studies Initiative, even at a time when inflation is driving construction costs locally and nationally ever higher. In addition, we will conduct oversight review of planning for the construction of student housing.

I thank the oversight committee and its liaisons, the technical peer review committee and the many stakeholders on all sides of this issue for their contributions to this evaluation.

I am confident that while some aspects of the Marine Studies Building planning have been controversial in the past, the results of this oversight, analysis and significant public engagement will result in a safer and more resilient building and overall HMSC campus.

By constructing the Marine Studies Building at HMSC with a vertical evacuation component, Oregon State University will provide for greater safety for the Yaquina Bay community and all of those who visit, work and study at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. At the same time, the building will serve as an Oregon, national and global model for safety and resilience within coastal communities.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Dear Student,

There are still over 7000 students who do not have any MenB vaccines! As you know, all OSU Corvallis students age 25 and under must be vaccinated for MenB by Feb. 15, 2018. You must act now to ensure you have met this requirement. DO NOT DELAY!

For details about how to be vaccinated and for other information regarding this requirement and exemptions, please go to: getthevax.oregonstate.edu

If you did not get a vaccine at our clinic and have submitted documentation recently, your data is likely still being updated. Approved submission options are:

-online form
-fax
-mail
-SHS drop box

DO NOT submit documentation if you received your vaccination at:

- Student Health Services
- OSU Pharmacy
- OSU MenB vaccination clinic at the Memorial Union, Jan. 9 through 13.

 

 

You must receive your first vaccination by January 15 to avoid an academic hold being placed on your student account. This means that you will not be able to register for spring term classes or get your winter term grades. Medical and non-medical exemptions to this policy require medical consultation. Academic deferrals require immunization upon return to the OSU Corvallis campus.

For more information regarding the university’s new vaccination requirement and exemptions, please call the Office of Student Life, 541-737-6362 (MENB) or visit: getthevax.oregonstate.edu/exemptions

For more information regarding meningococcal B vaccinations or medical information, call OSU Student Health Services, 541-737-7570.

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dear Student,

You are receiving this email because as of 9 AM this morning we have no record on file of your first immunization or an approved exemption for the meningococcal B vaccine. As you likely know, all OSU Corvallis students age 25 and under must be vaccinated for MenB by Feb. 15, 2018. You must act now to ensure you have met this requirement.

If you have submitted documentation recently, your data may still be in the process of being updated. Approved submission options are:

-online form

-fax

-mail

-SHS drop box

For details about how to be vaccinated and for other information regarding this requirement and exemptions, please go to: getthevax.oregonstate.edu

The following vaccination locations do NOT require documentation to be submitted to meet the requirement:

- Student Health Services

- OSU Pharmacy

- OSU MenB vaccination clinic at the Memorial Union, Jan. 9 through 13.

You must receive your first vaccination by January 15 to avoid an academic hold being placed on your student account. This means that you will not be able to register for spring term classes or get your winter term grades. Medical and non-medical exemptions to this policy require medical consultation. Academic deferrals require immunization upon return to the OSU Corvallis campus.

For more information regarding the university’s new vaccination requirement and exemptions, please call the Office of Student Life, 541-737-6362 (MENB) or visit: getthevax.oregonstate.edu/exemptions

For more information regarding meningococcal B vaccinations or medical information, call OSU Student Health Services, 541-737-7570.

Melissa Morgan
Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Oregon State Corvallis students,

Please act immediately and be vaccinated against meningococcal B disease at mass vaccination clinics to be held on the OSU Corvallis campus next week.

All OSU Corvallis students age 25 and under must be vaccinated against meningococcal B.

Next week’s vaccination clinics will be held on campus in partnership with Fred Meyer Pharmacy.

Clinic Information:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 9, through Saturday, Jan. 13
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
  • Check-in: SEC Plaza outside the Memorial Union

Do not delay. The vaccination requires multiple doses, which must be completed by Feb. 15. Doses must be given a month apart. This means that you must start the process as soon as possible if you have not already done so. You will not be able to register for spring term classes or receive your final grades for winter term without receiving the requisite doses.

There are two meningococcal B vaccines. For details regarding this vaccination requirement, please visit the Student Health Services website: GetTheVax.oregonstate.edu. Information regarding exemptions for this vaccination requirement will be available on the website on Monday, Jan. 8.

This new requirement results from a sixth OSU undergraduate student since November 2016 being diagnosed with this disease.

Meningococcal disease is uncommon, but it is a serious disease. In 10 to 15 percent of all cases, death may result as was the case with a University of Oregon student in 2015. In 20 percent of cases, hearing loss, mental impairment and limb loss can result.

In addition to campus clinics, you may contact your primary care physician, a local pharmacy or urgent care medical center and schedule a vaccination appointment.

Students are responsible for contacting their health insurance carrier to determine if your plan covers vaccines given by Fred Meyer pharmacists. When speaking with an insurance representative, mention that the OSU Corvallis campus has been designated an “outbreak” status by federal, state and county public health officials. Please bring all of your health insurance cards, including any prescription coverage cards, to the clinic.

If you do not have insurance, you are encouraged to attend the vaccine clinic. Staff members will be available to provide options, including the Oregon Health Plan. It is important that all students be vaccinated, regardless of insurance coverage.

Recently enacted legislation requires Oregon’s private insurers to cover the cost of vaccines deemed necessary during an outbreak. You can find a summary of this policy under the Updates section of the Oregon Health Authority’s Meningococcal Information for College Communities web page. If you have challenges with obtaining coverage through your insurer, connect with patient advocates at 1-888-877-4894 or email cp.ins@oregon.gov. Regardless of your insurance status, it is essential that you immediately take the time to be vaccinated if you have not already done so.

During this outbreak, health officials encourage everyone to monitor their own health and note the following symptoms specific to this disease: high fever, a rash, headache, stiff neck, exhaustion, nausea or vomiting. If these symptoms develop, seek prompt medical evaluation and be sure to mention your attendance at OSU and that there is a disease outbreak on campus.

  • For more information regarding the university’s new vaccination requirement and exemptions, please call the Office of Student Life, 541-737-6362 (MENB).
  • For more information regarding the meningococcal B vaccination, dosing or medical information, call OSU Student Health Services, 541-737-7570.

Thank you for being vaccinated against meningococcal B disease.

Sincerely,

Dan Larson
Interim Vice Provost
Student Affairs