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-Cascades students,

It makes a big difference when you connect with classmates and faculty, and engage in student life activities. Studies show that when you stay engaged like this, you’re more likely to stay on track, succeed academically and complete your college degree. Plus, connections you make -- even virtually – may one day help you land an internship or a job. Even better, connections make us healthier and happier, particularly during challenging times. Here are ways you can stay connected and engaged at OSU-Cascades this term:

  • Your Faculty – 90% of recent OSU-Cascades graduates said their relationships with their professors helped them succeed personally and academically. Get to know your faculty better, you’ll benefit now, and in the long run.
  • Recreation – Cascades Adventures will offer discounted Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid and avalanche trainings, as well as winter recreation skills clinics, discounted Hoodoo ski lift tickets and small group trip presentations and trip planning workshops presented by student leaders. Activities incorporate physical distancing or are presented virtually in keeping with OSU and Deschutes County risk level guidanceLearn more and sign up.  
  • Students Clubs – With 22 student organizations including four competitive sports clubs, you’ll find opportunities to explore your interests through educational, cultural and social lenses. If you can’t find a club focused on your interest, you can start your own.
  • CampusGroups – Use your ONID email to access the Office of Student Life’s new app where you’ll find features like peer-to-peer chat, event registration, news updates and more. Learn more and download the app.
  • Student Employment – Co-workers and supervisors can become lifelong connections. On and off-campus job opportunities are regularly updated on the Career Development Center’s Who’s Currently Hiring web page.
  • TRACE OSU - Stay connected by helping us build a healthier campus community. Whether you are taking classes in-person or remotely, enroll in TRACE OSU campus prevalence testing for COVID-19. You’ll learn about your own and your fellow Bend Beavs’ wellness. Testing is random, confidential and takes less than five minutes.

My colleagues on the Enrollment Services and Student Success teams and I are here to help you stay connected every week this term so that you can be successful.  Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or ask for help at [email protected].


Stay healthy,



Jane Reynolds | she, her, hers | Executive Director of Student Success

Oregon State University – Cascades | 541-322-3132


Custom text: 01/14/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] Winter Term 2021: Ways to Stay Connected, Engaged

Dear OSU-Cascades students,


Some of you may be aware of House Bill 2888 that has been introduced by a Willamette Valley state legislator and proposes that OSU-Cascades becomes an independent university, not affiliated with Oregon State University.


I want you to know that this proposed legislation does not reflect the intentions of OSU and OSU-Cascades for the Bend campus. OSU-Cascades’ affiliation with a top tier research institution brings many benefits to our faculty, staff and students, as well as to Central Oregon. We believe our current campus model is an innovative example of providing Central Oregonians access to higher education, without duplicating the administrative functions of a stand-alone university.


We are working with OSU’s Government Relations Office to follow the progress of this legislation. But know that my priority for this legislative session is to secure funding for the campus Student Success Center and to support necessary funding for all of Oregon’s public universities, including the OSU-Cascades campus. 


I would ask that each of you keep your focus on your studies and not get distracted by this proposal.



Becky Johnson



Custom text: 01/14/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] Recently introduced legislation

Dear OSU Community members,

With the arrival of 2021, cyber criminals have been ramping up their scams and attacks.  Please be aware that the following types of scams have been seen targeting the OSU community:


  1. Politically themed messages that encourage someone to click on a link.  Examples claim that certain political figures have been arrested or that an election result has been overturned.
  2. Students being targeted for work opportunities by OSU faculty.  Scammers may impersonate an OSU faculty member seeking to entice students to buy gift cards as part of an offer of employment.
  3. COVID themed messages. Cyber criminals will use COVID-19 messaging to entice people to click on links or provide sensitive information.
  4. Threats sent by e-mail regarding student bills. Examples are threats to be removed from classes if immediate payment isn’t sent. If you receive an e-mail or text like this, please contact the OSU Business Office at [email protected] to confirm the validity of the message.


Please be cautious of any communication asking for personal information, passwords, or that includes unusual or suspicious activity, such as asking for gift cards to be purchased.


If you have any concern about an e-mail, text or phone call that appears to be a scam, please send the communication of concern to [email protected]. If you fall victim to a cyber criminal, please report the crime to the OSU Department of Public Safety (541-737-3010) or to your local law enforcement agency.





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

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


Custom text: 01/12/2021 : Current Cyber Criminal Activity

Members of the OSU Community,


Like you, I watched with horror the outrageous and violent attack yesterday on our nation’s capitol building. This attack assailed not only our elected leaders but the Constitutional values and processes that guide our country each day and the peaceful transition of governmental power prescribed by law.


I condemn such violence, hatred and actions against what America stands for.


I am thankful that democracy and the U.S. Constitution stood resolute against this attempted coup and that a joint session of Congress overnight was able to complete counting the electoral votes and certifying the election of our next president and vice president.


Yesterday’s attack should have never happened. Our current president could have kept such an offense from occurring, but instead chose to incite violence by sharing continued lies, misinformation and fomenting hatefulness. In turn, we witnessed not only an insurrection, but what appeared to be underprepared U.S. Capitol law enforcement seemingly responding yesterday with inexplicable leniency to violent rioters attacking the capitol in contrast to an aggressive police response during recent largely peaceful Black Lives Matters protests in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. last summer. Was this an example of leniency involving radical white anarchists? We do not know yet. I do know what took place yesterday needs to be thoroughly investigated and those rioters intent on destroying our democracy should face justice. 


We are better as a country and as Americans than what we transpired yesterday. We must never again see such an assault on our nation and its long-held values of freedom, equality and democracy for all.


Looking ahead, I ask that each of us take note of the leadership oratory that U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah offered last night within the U.S. Senate: “The best way we can show respect for the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth.”


Each of us within Oregon State University has a role and responsibility in communicating and advancing the truth.


We must do so in our roles as educators, students and staff through our teaching, learning, engagement and research. And by engaging in peaceful and civil discussion and discourse, mutual respect, advocacy, and even disagreement within our campuses and in the communities where the university operates and serves. As the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated, “the real safeguard of democracy is education.”


I ask that we each act within the principles of democracy and together build agreement and work to advance truth and our shared values.


Let us not forget but learn from and never repeat what occurred yesterday. Together, I believe, we will advance the promise of democracy and equality for our great nation.




F. King Alexander


Custom text: 01/07/2021 : Overcome hatred and attacks on our democracy with truth and shared values

Office of the Registrar


Dear students,


Just as we did in Fall 2020, we will send a few emails during the term reminding you of important resources, deadlines, and relevant information to support your success at OSU.


Health and safety reminders:

The OSU face covering and physical distancing policies remain in place for everyone’s health and safety. Please be sure to abide by these policies when on OSU campuses or in OSU buildings.


TRACE testing:

Help OSU contribute to a safer campus community by enrolling in the TRACE OSU testing study. It is free to participate and you receive your results within a few days of submitting your test samples. Testing occurs on the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses, as well as at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.


Support and success:

OSU maintains student support sites that list a variety of resources for students at Corvallis, Ecampus and OSU-Cascades campuses. Please consult these sites for resources to assist you with technology, health needs and academic success support, among other resources.


Study spaces for Winter 2021:

With some buildings restricted during Winter 2021, please consult the following for updates on study spaces and building access:


          Corvallis campus: Open buildings, reserve a study space

          OSU-Cascades campus


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


We wish you well this term,


The Office of the Registrar

Custom text: 01/05/2021 : Welcome to Winter 2021

Dear OSU-Cascades students,


Happy New Year! As you start winter term, be sure to explore the many resources and tips the OSU-Cascades’ Student Success team and OSU offer that can help you succeed:


  • Classes on campus
    • We need each of you to contribute to building a safer and healthier university community by wearing a face covering in accordance with university policy, and observing physical distancing requirements, including honoring capacity and seating restrictions in classrooms.
    • Student ID cards are required for building access. To get your student ID, bring your OSU ID number and a picture identification to the Mail and ID Center on the first floor of the residence hall. Building hours and access are available at
  • Now is the time to order textbooks, course materials

If you have not already, don’t delay ordering books and materials you need for your classes. Ask your instructor if you have specific questions. Options for ordering include:

  • Laptop/Equipment loans

The OSU-Cascades Library has equipment like headphones and laptops available for loan. Find available equipment through 1Search or contact the OSU-Cascades librarian.

  • Need technical assistance?

For technical help, go to the Information Services website, where you’ll find orientations about your accounts at OSU, including ONID. The IS team also provides phone help for most any technical issue.


Sign up for TRACE-OSU today

Finally, whether you are learning remotely or in-person, support your own health and that of your classmates and community by enrolling in TRACE-OSU. The TRACE research team will test members of our campus community every other week this term. Results will help us track and respond to changes in prevalence of the COVID-virus. Testing is voluntary, quick and takes place in TYKH 205.


My colleagues on the Enrollment Services and Student Success teams and I are here to help you progress every week this term so you stay on track academically and personally -- and earn your degree.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or for assistance at [email protected].


Stay healthy,




Jane Reynolds | she, her, hers | Executive Director of Student Success

Oregon State University – Cascades | 541-322-3132

Custom text: 01/04/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] Winter 2021: Are you ready for winter term?

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President


January 3, 2020


Dear OSU Community Members,


Welcome to winter term. I hope each of you had a restful, healthy and peaceful holiday season. I write to provide brief reminders and updates related to the university’s public health measures.

Winter Term Testing: Beginning Monday, Jan. 4 and through Thursday, Jan. 8, COVID-19 testing is available to all faculty, staff and students who are enrolled in TRACE OSU, and all students living in residence hall (enrolled or not). All students living in the residence halls will be required to be tested within three days of the start of winter term. Time and location of testing are as follows, and more information on testing can be found here:

  • Corvallis campus: Testing provided in the Memorial Union Ballroom and at the Reser Stadium ticket booths, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport: Testing provided in HMSC Student Housing apartments Li 1 and Winton 12, Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • OSU-Cascades in Bend: Testing provided in 205 Tykeson Hall, Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and Thursday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Return from Travel: For those who traveled to other states or countries over the holidays, you are strongly encouraged to follow the Oregon Health Authority’s Statewide Guidance (Recommendations) for Travel, which include a recommendation to quarantine for 14 days after returning from out-of-state travel.


University Operations:  We plan to have the following buildings open on the Corvallis campus during winter term: those with classrooms and teaching laboratories used for in-person instruction and applied learning, University Housing and Dining Services residence halls and dining centers, the Memorial Union, Dixon Recreation Center and Valley Library, as well as other buildings that provide childcare, Student Health Services, food services, emergency assistance and study spaces (such as the LInC). Please check the Corvallis campus open/closed buildings list regularly, as all on-campus operations are subject to change. We plan for all OSU-Cascades campus buildings to remain open during winter term. Given the updated State of Oregon COVID-19 framework, some OSU operations may be reduced and facilities closed during periods of both “high” and “extreme” county risk levels. Research activities are planned to continue following approved resumption plans.


In closing, OSU’s ongoing planning continues to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Given recent approval and initial distribution of vaccines for the virus that causes COVID-19, we remain optimistic that along with continued commitment to public health measures such as wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distance, and washing hands, we will be able to begin to come back together in-person as a community later in 2021. For information about the state of Oregon’s vaccine distribution plans and updates, please visit the State of Oregon’s Coronavirus website. In the weeks ahead, we will continue to provide information on vaccine distribution to the OSU community as it becomes available and relevant to university operations.


Thank you, and welcome back!


Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

OSU Coronavirus Response Coordinator



Oregon State University

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President


624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331



Custom text: 01/03/2021 : Winter term reminders and updates

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 distributed 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.




Amy McLaughlin, MS, MA


Director of Information Services / Student Health Services

Oregon State University

323 Plageman / Corvallis, OR  97331 / Phone: 541-737-7502 / Fax: 541-737-4530

[email protected]


Custom text: 12/31/2020 : Annual Notification


2020 Annual Security & Fire Safety Reports; 2019 Update

Notice of Availability

The 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports include important safety information, a wide range of current security policies, fire safety practices, helpful university and local resources, crime prevention programs, and crime and fire statistics for 2019, 2018, and 2017.

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

Paper copies of these reports will be provided upon request and can also be obtained at the following locations:

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

A copy of the 2020 annual report for any campus can also be requested by emailing [email protected]‌ These reports are available without charge. Please click on the links below to immediately access digital copies.

The Clery Act also requires universities to redistribute annual security reports when crime statistics are revised. The 2018 crime statistics disclosed in the 2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports for the Corvallis and Cascades campuses have been updated and these reports are being redistributed to ensure the campus community has the most up-to-date numbers. A note explaining the changes can be viewed on page 14 of the 2019 Corvallis report and page 16 of the 2019 Cascades report.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Steve Clark, University Relations and Marketing at 541-737-3808 or [email protected].

Custom text: 12/11/2020 : Notice of Availability-2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports; Updated 2019 Reports

OSU-Cascades students,


This year has required you to bring even greater perseverance to your daily academic and personal lives. I hear regularly how you are rising to the challenge of the pandemic and to the needs of our campus and greater community.


That’s why I’m incredibly proud to tell you that OSU-Cascades students have been recognized by the Bend Chamber of Commerce as a SAGE Story of Resilience in Central Oregon.


All of you – especially including those in the Office of Student Life and the Associated Students of Cascades Campus, and our student employees – have worked tirelessly to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with resilience and innovation.  You were nominated by the campus administration for:


  • Developing a digital platform where you can share information and find social, academic, recreational and professional opportunities. The new CampusGroups platform promotes student engagement during the pandemic. Your student leaders already see that it will be a valuable virtual hub to support in-person gathering long after the pandemic, too.


  • Onboarding incoming students during a summer-long engagement effort that culminated in Welcome Week. A team of 23 students developed a campaign of mailings, emails, texts, creative activity packets, discussion formats, faculty panels, social get-togethers and more to help retain and serve our largest-ever cohort of new students.


  • Contributing to a healthier student community and Bend community. You have become champions for health and safety protocols, and for your fellow students during the pandemic.  You have worked on TRACE OSU and TRACE Community COVID-19 projects, produced and contributed to videos supporting campus health, created and distributed health kits that included face coverings and hand sanitizer, provided groceries or grocery gift cards to students in need through the Food Pantry, and supported child care allowances for student parents.


This winter, the Bend Chamber will air a series of videos featuring all of Central Oregon’s stories of resilience. Your story will be shared on Jan. 7. I hope that you can sign up to watch it.


As we wrap up fall term, I hope this award lets you know how appreciated you are for what you bring to the classroom, our campus, your fellow students and the community during a very challenging time.



Becky Johnson

Vice President



Custom text: 12/11/2020 : OSU-Cascades students recognized for their resilience

Dear OSU Students, 


On December 15th, UIT will implement Duo authentication to access Canvas from the web and Canvas mobile app. This change will be consistent with the login experience for most other OSU IT services, and will improve security for the OSU community.  


When: 15 December 2020, 8 a.m.


What do I need to do? Be prepared to use Duo to access Canvas when using a web browser or mobile app. 


Services affected: Canvas:    


Please see Frequently Asked Questions about DUO (copy/paste in your browser): 



 If you have any additional questions, please contact the OSU Service Desk at 541-737-8787. 



Custom text: 12/04/2020 : Duo required for OSU Canvas on December 15

Dear Student,
 The confidential electronic Student Evaluation of Teaching (eSET) is open now through midnight on Sunday, Dec. 6th (PST). Your crucial participation provides feedback to your instructors so they can improve their teaching.    

Evaluations for your classes can be accessed at the link above. You also can access eSET through MyOregonState, under the Resources section, at Electronic Student Evaluation of Teaching.

During the eSET evaluation period, there is a hold on grades/transcripts. Please note: This is NOT a hold on your Registration. The hold will be released when you complete all of your evaluations and click the “Release Hold” button.  All eSET-related holds will be released on December 7, even if you have not completed your evaluations.
If you need additional information, please see the eSET Student FAQs, or 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: 12/03/2020 : Electronic Student Evaluation of Teaching deadline approaching

Office of the Registrar

Nov. 30, 2020


As a reminder, MyDegrees – OSU’s web-based advising service – is being updated with a new appearance and ability to work on smartphones and tablets. The MyDegrees upgrade will display a clean but familiar look while being responsive to different devices. In order to upgrade MyDegrees, the system will be shut down beginning Dec. 5 for at least one week and possibly extending through Dec. 20.


If you anticipate needing information from MyDegrees while the service will be offline, print an advance copy of your audit and take note of the important information you may need. Meanwhile, contact your academic advisor if you have questions about your schedule or classes that you need for your major requirements.


We look forward to delivering this device-responsive upgrade for OSU students.


Additionally, the S/U and withdraw from a course deadlines have been extended to Dec. 1, 2020. The S/U deadline is at noon PST and the withdraw from a course deadline is 11:55pm PST.


We wish you best of luck with the rest of the term!



The Office of the Registrar


Oregon State University

Office of the Registrar

Custom text: 11/30/2020 : Important reminders - MyDegrees upgrade and S/U withdraw deadlines

Dear OSU Community,

I write to express my appreciation of you and gratitude for your many contributions to Oregon State University, a community that each day advances the lives and futures of others throughout our state, nation and world.

I also share my thanks for you warmly welcoming Shenette and me to Oregon and Beaver Nation.

It has never been more important as it is now for us to be a community of care – a community committed to welcoming and assisting others. And a community resolved to continued personal and public health measures that protect not only ourselves, but those we care for and love as well as those we engage with or pass by in everyday activities.

Across America, public health experts and elected leaders have asked us to remain at home. And if we do celebrate this Thanksgiving with others, to do so with no more than six people from no more than two families. I support such measures and ask you to join me in observing such limitations this year. We must do so for a far better future.

As we approach winter and the 10th month of having to dramatically adjust our lives to this pandemic, it is more important than ever to take the prescribed health measures to heart for the safety of ourselves and everyone around us. While we may not gather with some of our closest family and friends, our greatest sharing of gratitude this Thanksgiving can be expressed by connecting virtually, remaining physically distant and finding new ways of demonstrating heartfelt thanks in voice and action. And by taking a moment to make a difference for others around us who may be in need.

We know that many OSU students are not traveling this week to visit family or friends. In response, several Corvallis restaurants, OSU colleges and university departments are collaborating to provide private donations to enable these students to enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal. So far, more than $5,000 has been raised, which means that more than 450 students can safely be served a holiday meal to go.

This GoFundMe effort collaborates with the It’s On Us Corvallis program that community members launched last spring to help support local restaurants that are being greatly challenged during the pandemic.

At OSU-Cascades, students may request online a customized box from the campus food pantry thanks to the efforts of the Associated Students of Cascades Campus.

As you reflect upon being grateful, I also encourage everyone to take time over Thanksgiving and during the winter holidays to enjoy some well-deserved days off from work, teaching, research, service to others and study. Rest and relax, please. I assure you, we will persist as a university community. And together, we will enjoy a healthier, safer and more successful 2021.

I wish you all peace, good health and a sense of security and warmth this Thanksgiving.

With gratitude,

F. King Alexander

Custom text: 11/23/2020 : Wishes for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving

OSU Corvallis students,


Invest in your health before Thanksgiving: Get COVID-19 tested today.


TRACE OSU Corvallis campus testing continues today until 5 p.m. in Johnson Plaza. Johnson Plaza is located on the north side of campus, between Johnson Hall and Kelly Engineering Center and east of 26th Street.


Please take advantage of this opportunity to be tested, particularly if you plan to travel to another location for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

OSU COVID-19 Response Coordinator


Custom text: 11/20/2020 : Invest in your health before Thanksgiving: Get COVID-19 tested today.

Greetings Oregon State community members—


I am pleased to announce that Angela Davis—American political activist, philosopher, academic and author—will be the keynote speaker at the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 18, 2021. Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator has always emphasized the importance of building communities to support the struggle for economic, racial and gender justice.


The 2021 Celebration will be an online-only event, and the Celebration and Keynote on January 18 will be via Zoom. Registration for the free event is now open.

In addition to the keynote, the Celebration will include presentation of the Legacy Awards. Nominations for the 2021 Legacy Awards are now open; please submit nominations by Friday, December 11, 2020. 


We encourage departments and organizations across the university to host events that reflect, celebrate and educate on the legacy of Dr. King. Events can be submitted to the Office of Institutional Diversity by Friday, December 11, 2020.


On behalf of myself, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and our sponsoring partners—Oregon State University, the OSU Foundation and the OSU Alumni Association—I look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, and joining Angela Davis in conversation and reflection.


Best regards,

Charlene Alexander


Charlene Alexander, Ph.D. 

Oregon State University

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

510 Kerr Administration Building

Corvallis Oregon 97331

Phone: 541-737-5936

[email protected]


Custom text: 11/20/2020 : Angela Davis to be Keynote Speaker at 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Jan. 18, 2021

Dear Student,


The Oregon State University Division of Student Affairs, in collaboration with researchers from the OSU Policy Analysis Lab and College of Public Health and Human Sciences, seeks current OSU students to participate in a research study about student food security (i.e. access to sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food). You are receiving this email because you are a registered OSU student. 


The purpose of this study is to examine which groups of students are more or less food secure, especially now during the current COVID lockdown. Whether or not you consider yourself to be experiencing food insecurity, we would benefit from your participation.


Participation in this study involves:

  • A brief survey that should take 5 minutes or less.
  • The opportunity to enter your email into a drawing for a $100 gift card


For more information about this study, please contact the principal investigators, Mark Edwards or Jenny Jackson, by phone at 541-737-5379 or 541-737-4853 or by email at [email protected] or [email protected]

To participate in the survey please click on this link, or copy and paste it into your browser.

Survey Link:

You may also wish to learn more about food security resources available to OSU students here:
     OSU Food Security Resources

Thank you,


Dr. Edwards and Dr. Jackson

Principal Investigators

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

Custom text: 11/18/2020 : OSU Student Food Security Survey and $100 Gift Card Drawing

Dear OSU Community Members,


I write to remind you that each of us have a personal and shared responsibility to contribute to an Oregon State University community free of sexual misconduct and harassment.


Within OSU, almost all employees are considered “responsible employees” and must immediately report any allegation of sexual misconduct or discrimination to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) when they become aware of an incident – or if they have reason to believe an incident has occurred.


This is not a request, it is your responsibility and mine, and aligns with federal and state law, and is fully driven by Oregon State University’s values.


As your president – and as a parent of three daughters – I am committed to policies and efforts that prohibit and seek to end sexual misconduct, violence, harassment and discrimination. I assure you that if you bring reports of sexual misconduct or harassment to the university’s attention by contacting EOA, the report will be taken seriously and looked into regardless of whether the accused is an OSU faculty member, administrative leader, staff member, student, student-athlete, stakeholder or any other member of our university community. Responsible employees should not attempt to investigate an alleged incident themselves. Instead, they are to simply refer all information to EOA.


I also write to share that I am presently engaged in personal communications with federal leaders and members of President-elect Biden’s transition team to help address needs in higher education, including rolling back changes in U.S. Department of Education Title IX regulations that went into effect in August and create problematic barriers for reporting. In doing so, I support and advance fair, full and impartial investigations, due process and support for those involved in reports of sexual misconduct.


Oregon State University has a long history of addressing sexual misconduct and providing support resources and going forward, this university will advance such efforts.

Earlier this year, OSU expanded efforts regarding how the university investigates and responds to reports of sexual misconduct and discrimination involving employees by establishing a new investigation and resolution process. This process enhances the university’s commitment and efforts to foster an equitable and inclusive campus environment free of sexual violence, harassment and discrimination while addressing complaints that allege violation of OSU’s Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination policy. For more information about OSU’s policies, support services and how to report complaints, please do not hesitate to contact the OSU Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, by calling 541-737-3556, or by writing [email protected]. In the case of an emergency or if immediate help is ever needed, please call 911.

Meanwhile, I also encourage all those who would like to first speak to someone confidentially to seek assistance and resources from OSU’s Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center – a confidential resource available to all students and employees. Other confidential university resources include Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), medical professionals in Student Health Services and the university Ombuds Office. Counseling and other resources at OSU-Cascades are available by calling (541) 322-3162 and can be found on the OSU-Cascades website.


Join me in committing to advance OSU’s culture and commitment to contribute to a university community free of sexual misconduct and harassment. Your commitment and efforts are essential to this effort and are very much appreciated.




F. King Alexander


Custom text: 11/18/2020 : Contribute to a community free of sexual misconduct, harassment

Dear Students,


TRACE OSU Corvallis campus testing for students on Thursday, Nov. 19 and Friday, Nov. 20 will only take place in Johnson Plaza.


Be sure to be tested before Thanksgiving travel.


COVID-19 testing will occur from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.


Johnson Plaza is located on the north side of campus, between Johnson Hall and Kelly Engineering Center and east of 26th Street.


More information can be found at:


Thank you,


Your OSU-Corvallis TRACE team



Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

November 17, 2020


Dear OSU students,


As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we ask you to please observe the following:

Comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s Two-Week Statewide Freeze order. Following the Governor’s Nov. 13 announcement of new public health requirements, the Oregonian newspaper reported that Oregon State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce the Governor’s orders that include restricting gatherings to six people from no more than two households. You are expected to follow all other requirements set forth in the Governor’s freeze order and to follow OSU’s Physical Distancing Policy, both to keep yourself and your loved ones well, and to avoid student conduct action.

Get tested. All students who live in the Corvallis, Bend and Newport areas are invited to be tested through TRACE OSU through Thursday, Nov. 19. To ensure you get tested, please don’t delay until the end of the day on Thursday! Testing is an added precaution that will help you make good decisions on how to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Remember, a negative test result does not confirm you do not have the virus and are not infectious, so continue to observe personal and public health measures and monitor your own wellness. 

If you become infected or are exposed to a person who is confirmed to be infected, you must isolate or quarantine before traveling. Visit the Oregon Health Authority’s website for information on isolation and quarantine.

If you have not already received a flu shot, please do so. OSU Corvallis students can obtain a flu shot at Student Health Services. Call 541-737-9355 to schedule an appointment. Students at OSU-Cascades can seek a flu shot through their own provider or by contacting [email protected] for more information.


Plan carefully and limit your holiday travel. To limit exposing yourself and others to the virus that causes COVID-19, please limit your travel between communities. Also, be aware that the states of Oregon, California and Washington have issued travel advisories, recommending 14-day quarantines when engaging in interstate and international travel and asking residents to remain local and not travel across borders. Additionally, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is encouraging college students, where possible and practical, to remain in the communities where they are currently living. If you have tested negative for COVID-19 and plan to travel home or visit another location during the Thanksgiving holiday, we ask that you consider remaining there for the remainder of the term and through winter break, if possible. On-campus housing and dining services in both Corvallis and Bend will remain available for students who choose to live on campus.


Remember OSU in Corvallis is operating as fully remote for the remainder of fall term. Face-to-face teaching on the Corvallis campus will end on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Week 10 classes and fall term final exams and activities will be delivered remotely. You are not required to return to OSU’s Corvallis campus after the Thanksgiving break for the remainder of fall term.


Students at OSU-Cascades will continue to have the option to take classes remotely throughout fall term. Students should check their courses in Canvas for any updates regarding delivery modality.


Sign up for the Oregon Exposure Notification Pilot. Please help OSU deploy new technology to alert OSU community members when they have been exposed to someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19. If you receive an exposure notification, you will have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 test through TRACE-OSU. The system is built with privacy as a primary consideration and does not collect personal or location information. Details about the technology, the pilot and how to participate are available at Be COVID smart. Your phone can play a part.


Visit the following resources for helpful information on traveling, holiday celebrations and small gatherings.


Oregon State University: COVID-19 Winter Break Travel Guide

Oregon Health Authority:  College Students: Heading Home for the Holidays?

Oregon Health Authority: Make Safety part of your Holiday Celebrations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings





Dan Larson

Coronavirus Response Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs


Oregon State University

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

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