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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
  • Enjoy a 25 percent discount on dining center meal prices
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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,

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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