The student messages below were approved by the OSU Registrar to be sent to Student Communications listserves in the 2020-2021 school year.

You can find an archive of 2019-2020 messages here.

Dear OSU Community Members,


I write to update you on the process underway to inform my selection of an interim university vice president and chief diversity officer. As I shared in my July 7 message, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Charlene Alexander has announced her plans to return to Ball State University to help guide that university as its chief strategy officer. Her last day with OSU will be Sept 17.


Oregon State University continues to engage in work to end systemic racism and support the long-term success of all students, faculty and staff of color. My intention is to appoint an interim vice president and chief diversity officer by Sept 17 to help maintain the momentum occurring around this important work. In the fall, I will launch a national search for a permanent vice president and chief diversity officer, which will include opportunities for engagement and input by students, faculty and staff.


Over the past several weeks, I have been gathering input from faculty, staff, students and stakeholders. I write to invite you and all members of the OSU community to join me for an open discussion so I can hear your thoughts on the scope of the interim position of vice president and chief diversity officer, the qualifications needed in the interim leader, and other suggestions, guidance or concerns you wish to share.


Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

2:00 to 2:45 p.m.

Zoom link


Input also can be provided via this online survey through Aug 20.




Becky Johnson

Interim President



Oregon State University

Office of the President


600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

Custom text: 07/22/2021 : Seeking input on interim vice president and chief diversity officer

Fellow students,


The Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) is your recognized student government and is hiring for the 2021-22 academic year! We welcome and strongly encourage eligible students from all backgrounds and perspectives to apply.


These paid positions allow students to gain professional skills and experiences while working to make OSU a better and more inclusive institution. There are positions available in the ASOSU Executive Branch, ASOSU Congress, and ASOSU SafeRide program.


The ASOSU President and Vice President are hiring executive staff for the following positions. Applications are due Monday, August 2, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. More information is available here.



In addition, ASOSU also has the following openings available. Deadlines vary; please see the links below.




Questions? Please feel free to contact us at [email protected].


All the best,


Dhru Patel, ASOSU President

Dylan Perfect, ASOSU Vice President


Associated Students of Oregon State University

Student Body President & Vice President, 2021-22

250 Student Experience Center, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

Custom text: 07/19/2021 : A message from your Corvallis campus student government: Apply for a Position in OSU’s Student Leadership!

Dear OSU Undergraduate and Graduate Students,


I am writing to share important news that the university has received additional federal assistance funding for students through the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which authorized funds for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III. These funds may be used for any component of your cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as tuition, food, housing, and health care, including mental health care or childcare. OSU will prioritize providing federal assistance to students with exceptional need.


To learn more about this program and apply for federal assistance, please visit OSU’s Emergency Funding webpage and apply using the emergency funding request. Note that there are very few eligibility requirements associated with ARP assistance.


We also share good news that eligibility for ARP funding has been broadened. In this round of emergency aid, all degree and certificate seeking OSU students, including Ecampus students, Cascades students, international students, DACA students and undocumented students are eligible to receive funding.


Please know that during this time of uncertainty, we are here for you, remain committed to your well-being, and are doing all we can to assist you. As we recover from the pandemic, contributing to your continued wellness and progress toward attainment of your educational goals are our top priorities.


I hope you and your friends and families are well.




Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President


Custom text: 07/12/2021 : American Rescue Plan emergency aid for students

From the Office of the President



Dear OSU Community Members,


I am writing to share that Dr. Charlene Alexander, Oregon State University vice president and chief diversity officer, has announced her plans to return to Ball State University for the exciting opportunity to help guide that institution as its chief strategy officer.


Charlene joined OSU in the summer of 2017 after serving as a Ball State professor for 16 years and as Ball State’s associate provost for diversity and interim associate vice president for community engagement for four years.


While at OSU, Charlene has contributed remarkably to the university by leading the creation and development of the Office of Institutional Diversity. Students, faculty and staff of color and all members of the university community have benefitted from Charlene’s contributions, leadership, care and compassion.


Collaborating with OSU campuses, colleges, divisions and departments, she has helped to advance the recruitment and retention of students from historically underrepresented communities; recruit and retain diverse faculty; foster an inclusive, safe and welcoming university community; and work with community leaders to promote equity, diversity and inclusion statewide. Charlene also co-chaired a public safety advisory committee made up of faculty, staff and students and worked with the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association to advance philanthropic support for DEI efforts, student success programs and alumni engagement initiatives among underrepresented community members.


As she told me of her decision to return to Ball State, I was heartened to hear Charlene also share that she was “very pleased to see the many ways OSU’s leadership and community members have embraced DEI efforts.” She also offered that she is “confident the university is on a path to build on the work already underway.”


I share here a few examples of that progress and momentum occurring within OSU that have taken place over the past four years:


  • Oregon State has been recognized for three consecutive years as a national recipient of a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Last year, only 91 universities nationally were granted this award.
  • Colleagues from the President and Provost’s Leadership Council on Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice are working with the President’s Office to advance more than 40 DEI initiatives within the university-wide effort called “Moving Forward Together.”
  • The university’s Strategic Plan 4.0 and OSU’s first comprehensive diversity strategic plan launched in 2018 make diversity and inclusion an essential foundation of the university’s land grant mission and provide for strategies and tactics already underway.
  • Along with the Office of Institutional Diversity, deans, academic leaders and faculty have created the Leading Change for Diversity Equity and Inclusion program to advance inclusion within colleges, schools and departments.
  • The Black Student Access & Success Initiative is providing university-wide student services and programs to contribute to the success of Black and African American students. In response, application rates among Black and African American students have increased and the number of students attending OSU has increased by 6.4% since 2017.

These and other university programs committed to diversity and inclusion will continue as we affirm that we have more work to do.


In the weeks ahead, I will gather nominations and input from faculty, staff, students and stakeholders, as well as self-nominations to inform my selection of an interim vice president and chief diversity officer. If you would like to nominate someone for the interim vice president role, please email [email protected]. My intention is to appoint an interim vice president by Sept. 17 and launch a national search for a permanent vice president and chief diversity officer in the months ahead.


Please join me in thanking Charlene for her many contributions while at OSU and in wishing her well at Ball State University. I am pleased that she will remain part of the OSU community and our efforts until Sept 17.




Becky Johnson

Interim President



Oregon State University

Office of the President

600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

Custom text: 07/07/2021 : Charlene Alexander to leave OSU for new Ball State University opportunity

Oregon State Students,


We acknowledge the impact felt within our community as a result of a statement sent to OSU students on May 28, 2021, by the former ASOSU Executive Branch before leaving office on June 1, 2021. We are writing to you today as the current leaders of the recognized student government to affirm our commitment to supporting all OSU students.


It is often said, but bears repeating, that diversity is our strength, as it enables us to better understand the world around us from perspectives beyond our own. We want Palestinian and Jewish students to know that we support you, and are here to provide resources and hear your concerns.


As part of that effort, ASOSU is committed to inviting campus partners, including the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), the Office of Diversity and Cultural Engagement (DCE), the Ettihad Cultural Center (ECC), Oregon State Hillel, the Faculty Senate, and others, to discuss and create space to allow constructive dialogue in this area. This will be a priority for our ASOSU administration in the upcoming year and we look forward to sharing updates with the community.


We also want to affirm that ASOSU is committed to condemning violence, harassment, or discrimination that targets individuals or groups of people based on their social identity.


If you’d like to engage further with ASOSU regarding this topic or other areas of advocacy for you as a student, please reach out to us at [email protected].


Oregon State University Resources:


Equal Opportunity and Access

Bias Incident Response

Human Services Resource Center

Counseling and Psychological Services

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Education Consult

Diversity and Cultural Engagement

Wellness Coaching





Dhru Patel                                           Dylan Perfect
ASOSU President                               ASOSU Vice President


Custom text: 07/01/2021 : Statement from ASOSU

VP Header


OSU-Cascades Faculty, Staff and Students,

I’m thrilled to share the wonderful news that the Oregon Legislature has approved $13.8 million in state bonding for a Student Success Center at OSU-Cascades. This is especially wonderful after a multi-year effort to secure funding for this vitally important center.

A news release on this state support will be distributed shortly. 

We are grateful for the leadership on behalf of students and this center that Interim OSU President Becky Johnson provided during her time as vice president of OSU-Cascades. Becky worked closely with the Governor’s Office and state legislators, including Sen. Tim Knopp, who supported the project through multiple sessions; Rep. Jason Kropf who made the project a priority in his district, and Representatives Vikki Breese-Iverson, Lynn Findley and Jack Zika.

Becky also convened a team of community supporters who demonstrated to lawmakers the critical need for space and student success services at our growing university campus. These authentic community voices were essential and made the connection between our graduates and the needs of area employers. I especially would like to acknowledge Bend Chamber CEO Katy Brooks; Janie Teater; former chair of the OSU-Cascades Advocacy and Advisory Board Oran Teater; former Advocacy and Advisory Board member and generous supporter Amy Tykeson; and board members Lisa Hale and Scott Allan, all whose work advocating for OSU-Cascades through Now4 OSU-Cascades has been invaluable. 

I’m especially proud of OSU-Cascades students. Not only did students advocate on behalf of the center with legislators, but they are contributing a $5 million match for the center through student fees.

I look forward to our working together as we plan for the Student Success Center and on many other efforts underway at OSU-Cascades, including an in-person on-campus experience this fall. In so many ways, we are continuing to build momentum in how we serve students, the region and the world. 

Thank you for all of the ways that you support OSU-Cascades.  



Andrew Ketsdever
Interim Vice President





Custom text: 06/28/2021 : [OSU-Cascades]: Oregon Legislature funds OSU-Cascades Student Success Center

Dear OSU Community Members,


Gov. Kate Brown announced today that she will lift all COVID-19 health and safety restrictions by June 30, 2021. This announcement is in keeping with the state’s goal of 70% of adult Oregonians having received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose. The Governor’s decision includes lifting Executive Order 20-28, which has provided guidance for Oregon higher education, as well as other OHA guidelines that informed various university policies and operation during the pandemic. Some state requirements, such as those from Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), are expected to remain in effect for some workplaces, such as health care settings and transportation.


Thank you to everyone for your contributions in helping Oregon reach a public health status in which the restrictions can be lessened. This news marks a long-awaited turn in the fight against COVID-19. While the virus may continue to be a risk to some members of our community, primarily those who are unvaccinated, we support the lifting of community-wide restrictions and the transition to relying primarily on the precautions we can personally take to protect our families, friends, community members and ourselves. 


As of June 30, 2021, OSU’s Face Covering Policy and Physical Distancing Policy are terminated and will be replaced with a general COVID-19 Safety and Success Policy. This general policy provides guidance on COVID-19 risk reduction requirements and recommendations, including the use of face coverings for those who are unvaccinated. The policy also includes provisions regarding positive COVID-19 case notification, isolation and quarantine procedures, and expectations for ongoing participation in contact tracing. This new COVID-19 Safety and Success policy will apply to all OSU settings and activities, including education, research, OSU Extension and outreach. Additionally, please recall that OSU sponsored travel is no longer restricted and research resumption plans are no longer required. Further, the lifting of building capacity and physical distancing requirements means that building and space utilization can return to full occupancy. 


OSU will continue to promote health and safety by:

  1. Continuing to apply remaining federal, state and local health authority guidelines and recommendations (e.g., requirements for youth-serving programs). 
  2. Promoting and enforcing OSU’s vaccination program.
  3. Tracking the incidence of COVID-19 in university locations in Corvallis, Bend and Newport, and working with university community members to help reduce the spread of the virus.
  4. Respecting individual decisions to wear face coverings as a personal choice for COVID-19 risk reduction and other reasons.
  5. Providing ongoing public health updates and guidance as we implement OSU’s Pathway to Fall plan.

What you can do to support your personal health and safety:

  1. Continue to engage in COVID-19-related personal hygiene practices, including performing daily health checks and staying home when you are not feeling well.
  2. If unvaccinated, wear a face covering to protect yourself and others, particularly in indoor and higher-density locations.
  3. Respect others’ decision on whether they choose to wear a face covering.
  4. Update your vaccination if boosters are determined necessary.
  5. Rely on and stay informed by trusted and science-based information sources.

This has been a long journey, and we have learned much about the importance of coming together as a community to contribute to wellness and safety, and the need to remain resilient and flexible to change.


The lifting of most public health restrictions is a welcome milestone in our Pathway to Fall planning. The Governor’s announcement does not accelerate or otherwise change university approach or timelines for return to on-site operations. We understand that not having these restrictions may feel awkward at first. OSU is moving forward based on the improved public health conditions made possible by the more than 2.3 million Oregonians who have become vaccinated, as well as by remaining in alignment with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Higher Education.


Looking ahead, we will proceed with cautious optimism, while being ready to respond should COVID-19 conditions require a return to additional public health measures. 


I wish you good health.




Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

OSU’s Coronavirus Response Coordinator



Oregon State University

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President


624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331



Custom text: 06/25/2021 : OSU lifts COVID-19 restrictions - effective June 30

Dear OSU Employees and Students,


I am sure you are aware of the record-breaking heat wave forecasted this weekend for the Willamette Valley. Temperatures could go as high as 110+ degrees, which will tax our ability to cool Corvallis campus buildings.


To further complicate matters, university building HVAC systems have been adjusted to bring in full outside air per COVID-19 requirements, meaning cooled air is not recirculated in building cooling systems, as it normally would be.


These conditions will place a huge load to our systems both mechanically and in terms of electrical consumption. At the same time, the record-breaking heat is regional in nature and the local power supply system will be heavily taxed by other users, which could lead to power outages or brown outs.


OSU Facilities Services crews are already busy working to address various cooling issues across the Corvallis campus. Crews will work this weekend to monitor, adjust and make repairs to our most critical systems with a focus on those campus operations most vulnerable to the heat - primarily protecting research, animal health and data centers. In order to maintain this focus. as well as protect our power supply, we need to temporarily reduce other cooling loads and electrical consumption.


In response, we plan to curtail air conditioning throughout the upcoming weekend in buildings we believe to be largely unoccupied through this period. These systems will not be completely shut down. However, their set points for cooling will be raised to an uncomfortable level for prolonged occupancy. The buildings affected are:


  • Kerr Administration Building (Cooling for the data center and 911 call center will remain in effect)
  • Valley Library
  • Austin Hall
  • The LInC Classroom Building
  • Kidder Hall
  • Rodgers Hall
  • Beth Ray Center for Academic Support
  • Owens Hall (Large chiller only. The smaller chiller will run for the research lab on the 4Th floor)


We will restore cooling in these buildings late on Sunday or early Monday morning. The impact to occupants is expected to be limited to a slight delay in restoring temperatures to normal on Monday morning. If there are operations or events in these buildings that this adjusted cooling plan will affect, please contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.


Meanwhile, we ask that employees turn off all power-consuming devices not deemed essential before leaving for the weekend.  


We are sorry for any inconvenience this weather-related response may cause and thank you for your understanding and assistance.





Paul J. Odenthal, PE, CEM

Senior Associate Vice President for Administration

Oregon State University

B204 Kerr Administration Building

Corvallis, Oregon 97331

Office 541-737-7367

Mobile 503-949-6209


Custom text: 06/25/2021 : Excessive heat to impact Corvallis campus building cooling, electrical consumption

Dear OSU Community Members,


Please join me tomorrow in recognizing and celebrating Juneteenth, which has traditionally been called Freedom Day by many African Americans. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, the city of Galveston, Texas finally told African American slaves they were free.


Commemorating this day in our history is important as we collectively work to end anti-Black racism and racism in all forms.


Today, President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday, and Governor Brown recently signed the holiday into Oregon state law. This year, we will observe tomorrow, June 18th, as the university’s Juneteenth holiday.


As the late Coretta Scott King said, “Struggle is a never-ending process.  Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”


Please take time tomorrow to think and learn about the legacy of slavery and racism within our society and what each of us can do to build a university and community truly free of racial hierarchy and inequity.




Becky Johnson

Interim President



Oregon State University

Office of the President


600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331



Custom text: 06/17/2021 : Celebrate and reflect on the importance of Juneteenth

Dear OSU students,


OSU Safety and Success policies continue to adhere to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, as we work together to achieve Governor Brown’s goal of 70% of Oregonians 18 and older having received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The following message is about an allowable exception to the current face covering policy. The exception only applies to employees, including student employees.


Exceptions to the face covering policy.

We have identified a number of university employment settings where we are able to allow for an exception to OSU’s face covering policy in alignment with OHA’s Interim Guidance for fully vaccinated employees. This exception is available to OSU employees, including student employees, while working in allowable environments.


What does this mean for student employees?

Fully vaccinated OSU employees who provide proof of being fully vaccinated will be allowed to refrain from wearing a face covering while working in their assigned work environment – where allowable. Employees, including student employees, will be required to use their face covering – regardless of vaccination status - when others not assigned to the work environment enter the work environment. For example, if you work in a space and a guest (or employee from another department) enters your workspace to do business, you must wear a face covering. Additionally, if you work in a space where there are regular guests (employees, students, customers) you will continue to be required to wear face coverings and be physically distant in shared indoor spaces. Examples of these include the library, Memorial Union, Dining Centers and Dixon Recreation Center. 


This exception does not extend to individuals who are accessing or utilizing university space, as OSU is unable to effectively administer a similar verification process that meets OHA’s requirements, beyond those who hold employment status. 


When will the face covering policy change?

We expect the face covering policy will be modified or terminated when the Governor terminates the statewide mask requirement. You can help us get there by increasing our vaccination numbers. If you have not already, make sure to visit the Student Health Services website to upload verification of your compliance with OSU’s vaccine program. Thank you for your continued adherence to OHA’s and OSU’s public health measures and supporting the Governor’s vaccination goals.




Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

OSU Coronavirus Response Coordinator



Custom text: 06/15/2021 : Exception to OSU Face Covering Policy for Fully Vaccinated Student Employees

Dear OSU Community members,


Cyber fraudsters and criminals are targeting OSU students with increasing sophistication. No longer is it a scammer representing themselves as royalty or a successful person from a distant country reaching out to seek your help in move a fortune (and willing to give you a payment for your troubles!).  We are seeing spoofed e-mails from individuals fraudulently representing themselves to be OSU faculty providing students with job opportunities. We are seeing e-mails and phone calls to students claiming that people are delinquent in payments to OSU.  We are seeing students being targeted by “immigration officials” that demand payment to avoid legal action.


Cyber criminals are interested in causing people to feel they are in a time crunch and that immediate action must be taken to solve a problem, and most times, it also includes an ask for money. 


Please note that OSU will only use official university e-mail to notify a student of a problem with their student account, and will never ask for credit card or banking information to be provided.  OSU faculty will never ask a student to perform a task such as buying gift cards or for banking information in the course of offering a job. 


It pays to look at e-mail addresses carefully; we often see addresses like: [email protected] that at first glance appear to be an OSU e-mail when they are not.


Any communication that seems suspicious should be validated.  If you need assistance in determining whether an e-mail, phone call, text or direct message is valid or is fraudulent, please contact the university’s Office of Information Security at [email protected]


Have a safe and enjoyable summer!




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

Oregon State University | University Information and Technology | 541-737-9561


Custom text: 06/14/2021 : Cyber Scams Targeting OSU Students

Dear Students -


After a year of mostly remote learning, we are so excited at the prospect of seeing you in-person beginning fall!


We want to remind you that to contribute to your wellness and the OSU community’s public health, we are implementing a vaccine requirement for fall term. Students who learn, work or engage with others in-person during classes or university activities will need to be compliant with this vaccine requirement prior to the start of fall term.


President Biden just put forth a challenge to have at least 70% of adult Americans having received at least one shot, and to get 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4. OSU is proud to join this challenge and know that Beaver Nation is committed to helping fight this pandemic. If you have already been vaccinated, upload your vaccination card by July 4, and OSU will enter you into a drawing to win one of ten $50 gift cards to the OSU Beaver Store!


If you have not yet received your vaccination, there are vaccination clinics at Reser Stadium June 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Thursday, June 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drop-in for first dose vaccinations or appointments for either first or second doses are available. As well, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website for information about other clinics and vaccine providers in your area.


You can upload your vaccination documentation on the Student Health Services website now, and information will be available by mid-July as to how to submit an exemption request, if needed.


If you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, you can email Student Health Services or talk personally with a SHS nurse. This free consultation is available noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 541-737-7211, option 7.


Have a great summer and see you soon!


Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs


Oregon State University

Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs




Custom text: 06/03/2021 : Beaver Nation- take your shot to win!

Dear OSU-Cascades students, 

With finals just around the corner, it’s time to focus on YOU. By paying attention to some of your basic needs now, you’ll be ready to bring your best self to final exams and end-of-term projects.

Focus on nutrition, stay hydrated and get good sleep

It takes a little planning to be your best. Think of the foundational tier of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs—are you eating well, drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep? By focusing on ways to improve your nutrition and ensure deep sleep, you’re investing in yourself.

Be ready for some stress

Exams are your opportunity to demonstrate to yourself and to your professor what you have learned.  But exams are stressful, too, even when you are ready for them.  Our Student Wellness team has tips and resources to help, and here are some practical ways team members suggest caring for yourself:

  • Write down your goals. Why are you here? Why are you studying? Is it going to be okay if you don’t end up with that A? Bringing what you’re doing into perspective can help with motivation and stress.
  • Moderate caffeine use. Caffeine can increase cortisol, a stress hormone, in your body and increase overall anxiety.
  • Take a walk outside as a study break.     
  • Put away your screens for periods – computers, phones and other devices. With so much of our lives online, experts say our brains need breaks.
  • Focus on a creative outlet when you have a few minutes. Doing what you love refreshes you.      

If I or a member of my team can be of assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected].   




Jane Reynolds


PS Planning to get a COVID-19 vaccination to meet OSU’s planned requirement? On-campus clinics are open June 7-8 at OSU-Cascades and COCC for second doses for students and employees, and community members. First-dose walk-ins welcome, but check your calendar -- second doses will be given after spring term ends. Learn more at or call the Deschutes County Health Services Hotline at 541-699-5109.

Custom text: 06/03/2021 : [OSU-Cascades]: Spring Term 2021: Get Ready for Finals

Dear OSU Student,

As a student at OSU, we would like you to evaluate your courses this term by completing the confidential electronic Student Evaluation of Teaching (eSET). Your responses will provide instructors with feedback they can use to improve their teaching.
This term the eSET evaluation period is open from May 26 until 11:59 PM on Sun, June 6, 2021 (PST).

  • To access eSET please use this link:
  • You also can access eSET through MyOregonState, under the Resources section at Electronic Evaluation of Teaching.
  • Please note that eSET works best with Firefox or Chrome and with pop-up windows enabled.

During the eSET evaluation period, there is a hold on grades/transcripts. It will be released when you complete all of your surveys and click the Release Hold button.  All eSET-related holds will be released on June 7, even if you have not completed evaluations. Please note: This is NOT a hold on your Registration. 

If you need additional information, please see the eSET Student FAQs. See the eSET Calendar for important dates.

Thank you for helping to improve teaching at Oregon State University!

The Office of Academic Programs and Assessment
APA Website


Custom text: 06/01/2021 : Students’ Electronic Evaluation of Teaching is Open

Dear students,


Congratulations on nearly completing spring term! We want to remind you of key academic information and resources.


If you have specific academic concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to complete the Student Concerns Form. As you note your specific concerns, the dynamic form will provide you with relevant academic resources. Upon completion, you may receive direct outreach from campus resource professionals.


Corvallis and Ecampus Student Concerns Form

OSU-Cascades Student Concerns Form


The Change of Grading Basis (S/U) deadline and Withdraw from a Course deadline for Spring 2021 have changed. The new deadlines are:


Change the Grading Basis of a Course: June 1 at 5:00 p.m. PT.


Withdraw from a Course: June 4 at 11:55 p.m. PT.


Visit this page to learn more about how to change the grading basis of a course.


View this video to learn more about the difference between dropping a course, withdrawing from a course, and withdrawing from the term.


OSU recently announced its plans to implement a COVID-19 vaccination requirement beginning fall term 2021 for those students who live or learn on-campus or participate in university activities in which they engage in person with other individuals outside their household. This requirement will also apply to any OSU students engaged in in-person advising, club activities, ambassador interactions and other in-person OSU activities.  University leaders are finalizing details of the program, including how students will confirm they have been fully vaccinated or request an exemption. Pursuant to state and federal law, allowable exemptions may be based on a variety of medical, religious or non-medical reasons.


OSU’s Corvallis campus and OSU-Cascades plan to offer primarily in-person courses in fall term. This is subject to change based on health guidance from the State of Oregon. As of May 15, you are able to search for fall term courses by instructional modality in the Schedule of Classes. Please keep in mind that the modalities may change for multiple reasons, including health guidance from the State of Oregon.





This link provides you information on how to check your registration day and time and provides information on priority registration.


For more information on student resources and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the following websites:


Corvallis and Ecampus students:  COVID-19 Safety & Success for Students

OSU-Cascades students: Your Safety, Your Success


For prompt assistance or answers to specific COVID-19 questions, call the OSU COVID-19 hotline: 547-737-7211.


Have a great rest of the term!


The Office of the Registrar



Oregon State University

Office of the Registrar

Custom text: 05/28/2021 : Week 9: Wrapping up spring term

To our Oregon State Community,


We condemn the violence and attacks against the Palestinian people by the Israeli armed forces. Following the Humans Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem, we must call this systemic discrimination and the violence what it is, an Apartheid. This is colonialism, this is ethnic cleansing, this is state-sanctioned violence, this is Zionism. We stand for liberation and justice for the people of Palestine.


Gaza is one of the world’s biggest open-air prisons with more than 50 years of occupation and 10 years of blockade and has made life unbearable for the 1.9 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. We must acknowledge the long history of oppression of the Palestinian people. During the Nakba or the “catastrophe” in 1948, two-thirds of the Palestinian population was violently uprooted for the creation of the State of Israel. Over 500 villages and towns were destroyed in an attempt to erase Palestinian history and culture. Today, over 7 million Palestinian refugees across the world and are denied access to their indigenous homeland.


The United States is complicit in Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. In total, the U.S. provides 3.8 billion dollars per year in military funding to Israel. 735 million dollars went to bombs dropped on Gaza, bombs made by U.S. manufacturing companies Boeing and General Dynamics. United States taxpayer dollars are paying for the bombs dropped on Gaza, backing a criminal assault on Palestinians with nowhere to flee or safety. Israel uses this aid to maintain an oppressive occupation over Palestinians which entails home demolitions, torture of children, land theft, the killing of demonstrators, and the bombing of civilians. United States taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund human rights violations, especially the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.


The time is now and always to stand with and for Palestine, Palestinians, and Palestinian students. To continue to support Palestinians, donate to organizations like the IMEU- the Institute for Middle East Understanding which provides journalistic facts, analysis, experts, and digital resources about Palestine and Palestinians. MAP- Medical Aid for Palestinians works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation as refugees. They provide immediate medical aid to those in need. Human Concern- a nonprofit providing medical assistance, food packs, home repair, and temporary shelter in Gaza and Palestine. Contact your state representatives and tell them your contempt for Israel’s apartheid crimes and demand the U.S to stop funding the Israeli Military illegal and inhuman colonization of Palestine. To our Palestinian community, we see you, we support you, and we are here for you.


Free Palestine


Sources: @theimeu



According to the IMEU, the language that they suggest we use:

Clashes → Colonialism

Conflict → Apartheid

Both sides-state →  sanctioned violence



Ebado Abdi                                                            Leah Rietema

ASOSU Director of Diversity Initiatives                            ASOSU Chief of Staff

   [email protected]                 [email protected]


            Isabel Nuñez Perez                                                        Metzin Rodriguez

  2020-2021 ASOSU President                                2020-2021 ASOSU Vice President

 [email protected]                                  [email protected]                                             


Custom text: 05/28/2021 : A message from your student government: ASOSU says Free Palestine!

Dear OSU-Cascades students, 


A sure sign that spring term is nearing its conclusion, Memorial Day is around the corner. I hope you join me in taking time to remember those who lost their lives while serving our country. I also hope you find some well-deserved time to relax and enjoy.


The holiday weekend is a time to be mindful of your personal safety and wellness, especially if you plan to travel or be around others. Here are some timely tips from our Public Safety Office:


Prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus

  • The COVID-19 virus is still within our community, even as the economy reopens. You play a role in keeping yourself and others safe.
  • Follow all recommended health practices including washing hands frequently, avoiding touching your face and wearing a face covering where required.
  • Continue to practice social distancing.
  • Get vaccinated. Are you having trouble finding a vaccination location near you?
    • Text your zip code to 438829. You’ll receive a text with vaccination clinics closest to you.


Don’t drink and drive

  • Plan ahead by designating a driver who will not drink.
  • Take a cab, Uber or Lyft.
  • Provide non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers.
  • Learn more about alcohol and drug prevention.


Prevent crime

  • Use the buddy system, especially in unfamiliar areas. Maintain awareness of your surroundings and look out for each other.
  • Always lock your vehicle and keep valuables out of sight.
  • Don’t drink to excess. If a friend is inebriated, be their guardian until they are home safe.


Understand sexual assault prevention  


Whatever your plans, stay safe and healthy. Come back energized for the final push to end the term.


The Enrollment Services and Student Success teams and I are always here to help you with academic advising, financial aid, student counseling and disability access services. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time at [email protected].  


Best wishes for the holiday weekend. 




Jane Reynolds  


PS TRACE COVID-19 required weekly testing for students in the residence hall, and optional testing for student workers, is cancelled on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. Testing will resume 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 1. Watch for your email invitation.



Custom text: 05/27/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] Spring Term 2021: It's Memorial Day weekend!

Office of the Dean of Students



Dear Students,


OSU launched the Community Wellness, Education and Safety Network on the Corvallis campus last fall to explore the creation of new programs to support crisis prevention, mental health and public safety services and response. Since then, the network has created a campus mobile crisis response team, called OSU Assist, as an additional resource. We are inviting the OSU community to attend a webinar presentation and learn more about OSU Assist. Following the presentation, we will hold a question and answer session. Webinar panelists will include Kevin Dougherty, dean of students; Ian Kellems, director of Counseling & Psychological Services, and members of the Crisis Response Team Advisory Group.


The webinars will be offered on three dates. To register for a session, please use the unique link to the dates offered below.


June 2, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Register at;

June 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Register at;

June 4, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Register at





Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students



Oregon State University

Office of the Dean of Students


206 Student Experience Center, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331




Custom text: 05/26/2021 : Learn more about OSU Assist

Dear OSU Community Members,


It was a year ago tomorrow, May 25, that the life of George Floyd was tragically and cruelly taken by a Minneapolis police officer since convicted of murder and manslaughter.


On the anniversary of Mr. Floyd’s death, I ask that you join me and reflect on the many other Black people, including Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright and Ronald Greene, who have died in encounters with police, and the fear Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) experience daily. We must realize that racism continues and commit to OSU continuing its efforts to provide equity for all.


A time of reflection will be prompted at 7:25 p.m. PT as the Corvallis campus bell tower tolls 10 times, signaling the moments that Mr. Floyd’s life was taken from him a year ago.


I realize that we have much to do as an institution, as a community and as individuals to advance equity and inclusion, social justice, safety and success for all and to become an anti-racist institution. But I’m encouraged that we have taken many actions over the past year.


There is important work occurring within our academic colleges and the division of Student Affairs to provide a transformative education that is accessible to all learners; work underway by the Office of Institutional Diversity in collaboration with OSU colleges and units to advance inclusion; efforts within OSU Athletics and among Black student-athletes on the Dam Change initiative; work in partnership with the OSU Foundation to support students and diversity; and OSU’s celebration of Juneteenth 2021 Friday, June 18 as a university holiday, recognizing the end of slavery in the United States.


We still have much to do. I am looking forward to receiving recommendations from the Task Force on Race and Antiracism, and I will meet soon with the President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice to discuss ongoing work and progress, as well as the recently created President’s Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff Affairs.


As OSU’s interim president, I am committed to continuing this work, and taking additional steps to advance Strategic Plan 4.0 and the university’s Diversity Strategic Plan.


We must and can do so much together. Please take time Tuesday to reflect on the passing of Mr. Floyd and how you can contribute to lasting and transformative change.




Becky Johnson

Interim President



Oregon State University

Office of the President


600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331



Custom text: 05/24/2021 : Acknowledge anniversary of George Floyd’s death with reflection, action

Dear OSU Community Members,


We are very pleased to share that Oregon State University will host a celebratory processional for our 2020 and 2021 Corvallis graduates on Friday, June 11, the day before the formal virtual 2021 Commencement ceremony.


This opportunity to celebrate in person is now possible because Benton County moved to low COVID-19 risk. Many graduates asked to be able to celebrate this major life accomplishment in person as well. This plan supports those requests.

We continue to monitor Deschutes County’s risk status and will keep the OSU-Cascades community informed of any changes in graduation plans.


The Corvallis event will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and will include an informal processional, departing from the Memorial Union or Valley Library quads to arrive at Reser Stadium. DJs in each quad will play music, and Benny Beaver will be part of the processional as well. After arriving at the stadium, graduates will be seated for very brief remarks involving both of us and the college deans. Face masks will be required.


To contribute to public wellness, this event will be for graduates only. Because family and friends will be unable to attend, graduates will be given an opportunity to take their photo at booths set up in Reser Stadium. Additionally, a photo station will be set up in the MU during the week of June 7 Monday through Thursday for graduates to take selfies.


Eligible graduates from 2020 and 2021 will receive an email this week with a link to RSVP to this celebratory processional.


OSU faculty and staff, who also will be required to wear masks, are invited to participate as processional and stadium marshals for the June 11 event. If interested, please contact JoAnne Bunnage.


Thanks to each of you for your flexibility, resilience and enthusiasm as we prepare to celebrate with our 2020 and 2021 graduates.


Warm regards,


Becky Johnson                         

Interim President


Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President




Oregon State University

Office of the President


600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331



Custom text: 05/24/2021 : Reduced county risk level allows June 11 in-person graduation celebration event