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

Email archive for previous years.

 

 

Dear OSU-Cascades community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With gratitude,

Erin

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

 

Dear Students,

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

Alix Gitelman

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

 

Philip Mote

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

 

 

PROVOST FESER’S MESSAGE:

 

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

 

 

 

3 June 2020

 

Dear OSU Community,

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

    

     624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

     leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

3 June 2020

 

Dear OSU Community,

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

    

     624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

     leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oregon State students, faculty and staff,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

                                                                       

Edward J. Ray

President                                                    

 

 

Dear OSU students,

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

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

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

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

 

Sincerely,

Dan Larson

Vice Provost

Student Affairs

 

 

 

Dear OSU-Cascades students,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

 

Becky Johnson

Vice President

OSU-Cascades 

 

 

Dear OSU-Cascades students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Becky Johnson

Vice President

 

 

 


Members of the OSU community,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

                                                                       

Edward J. Ray

President                                                    

 

 

 

Dear OSU-Cascades students,

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

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

Summer term:

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

Fall term:

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Becky Johnson

Vice President

Summer term:

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

Fall term:

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

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

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

Sincerely,

 

Alix Gitelman

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

 

Rebecca Mathern

Associate Provost and University Registrar

 

Dear OSU Corvallis students,

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

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

Summer term:

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

Fall term:

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

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

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

Sincerely,

 

Alix Gitelman

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

 

Rebecca Mathern

Associate Provost and University Registra

Dear OSU students,

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

 

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

 

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


 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

Rebecca Mathern, PhD

Associate Provost and University Registrar

Oregon State University

 

Dear Students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Alix Gitelman                                                             

Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education                                

 

 

Rebecca Mathern

Associate Provost and University Registrar

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

14 May 2020

 

Dear OSU Students,

 

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

 

Thank you and stay well.

 

Dan Larson

Coronavirus Response Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

    

     624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

     leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear OSU students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

Mike

 

Michael J. Green

Vice President

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Office of the Vice President

Division of Finance and Administration

Oregon State University

640 Kerr Administration Building

Corvallis, OR 97331

Ph: 541-737-2447

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

 

11 May 2020

 

Dear OSU students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Summer Term

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

Fall Term

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

Campus Life

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

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

Public Health Measures

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Stay well and see you soon,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

    

     624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

     leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


OSU faculty, staff and students,

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Sincerely,

                                                         

Edward J. Ray

President 

 

 

 

 

We are here for you


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

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

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

 

 

hands typing on laptop

 

Find connection


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

 

Academic support services


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

 

Lease and rental agreement assistance


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

Your well-being


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

 

Keep your career development on track


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

 

Financial support resources


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

Stay active

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

 

 

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

 

 

 

4 May 2020

 

Dear OSU undergraduate and graduate students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

I hope you and your families are well.

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

    

     624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

     leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What kind of stories do we see?

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

| University Information and Technology | Oregon State University

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

https://uit.oregonstate.edu/ois

https://beav.es/infosec

OSU Students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu

  

  

 

 

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

 

Food in all UHDS dining centers is labeled for dietary preferences and allergen needs. UHDS carries many Halal and Kosher certified packaged goods as well as a variety of whole foods (fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains) at Cascadia Market in the International Living Learning Center building. For more information about all available food options, restaurants and menus, please visit the University Housing & Dining Services website.

 

Any student in Corvallis practicing a Halal or Kosher diet who needs to develop a plan that will meet dietary needs for current holidays and beyond; who has suggestions about specific foods that could be added to our convenience stores and dining halls; or who needs to discuss access to space for meal preparations, etc., should contact Tara Sanders, registered dietitian in University Housing & Dining Services by calling 541-737-3915 (office) or 541-602-9736 (cell).

  

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

 

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

OSU community members,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

More information for student voters can be found here.

 

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

 

Benton County Elections Department:

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

 

Deschutes County Elections Department:

(541) 388-6547, https://www.deschutes.org/clerk/page/elections-and-voting          

 

Lincoln County Elections Department:

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

                                                           

Edward J. Ray

President 
Oregon State University                                                        

                                                        

                                                                                                               

Associated Students of Oregon State University

 

Associated Students of Cascades Campus

                                         

OSU Faculty Senate                               

 

United Academics OSU

 

SEIU Local 083                                                            


Coalition of Graduate Employees

Members of the OSU community,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Dear OSU students,

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

Unavailable:

§  Scheduler

§  MyOSU

§  MyDegrees

Available (with limited functionality):

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

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

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

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

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

April 14, 2020

 

OSU Corvallis students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Community Input Sessions:

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dean of Students

 

OSU students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson                                                   Mike Green                                                  Steve Clark

COVID-19 Response Coordinator          Vice President                                             Vice President

Vice Provost                                                Finance and Administration                    University Relations

Student Affairs                                                                                                                    and Marketing

 

 

10 April 2020

 

Dear OSU Students,

 

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

 

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

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

 

DETAILS

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

 

 

10 April 2020

 

Dear OSU Students,  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely, 

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Mike Green

Vice President, Finance and Administration

April 10, 2020

 

Dear OSU students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

Becky Johnson

Vice President, OSU-Cascades

 

OSU faculty, staff and students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Dear OSU faculty, staff and students,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Please remain well during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

Hi Beavs, 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Best, 

Safi Ahmad, Student Fee Committee Chair 

Rachel Josephson, ASOSU President 

Kylie Boenisch, ASOSU Vice-President 

 

Dear OSU students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

Students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Be well,

 

David McMorries, UIT COVID Coordinator

Oregon State University | University Information and Technology

 

 

Hello Fellow Beavers,

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

 

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

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

 

Some activities to combat social isolation:

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

 

Unity is an important aspect of wellness during these times. 

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

Resources:

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Rachel Josephson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

ASOSU President

OSU Corvallis community members,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dan Larson

OSU Coronavirus Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

March 26, 2020

 

Dear OSU students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dan Larson

OSU Social Distancing Officer

OSU Coronavirus Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

3. Cancellation without holding a 2020 Commencement ceremony.

 

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

  

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray, President

Becky Johnson, Vice President OSU-Cascades

Ben Chavez, ASCC President

 

25 March 2020

 

Dear OSU faculty, staff and students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Dear OSU faculty, staff and students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,                                                        

Edward J. Ray
President           

 

UPDATE SUMMARY

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

 

Dear OSU Students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SURVEY ASSESSES STUDENT NEEDS

 

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

 

UNIVERSITY DEFINING CRITICAL FUNCTIONS

 

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

 

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

 

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES REMAIN ACTIVE

 

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

 

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

 

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

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

 

REMOTE TEACHING AND LEARNING GUIDANCE

 

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

 

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

 

Stay well.

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear OSU-Cascades students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

I couldn't have said it better!

 

Sincerely,

Becky

 

Rebecca L. Johnson, Vice President

Oregon State University - Cascades

1500 SW Chandler Avenue, Bend, OR 97702

Suite OBSN 208 | T 541.322.3113

 

18 March 2020

UPDATE SUMMARY:

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

 

ALL REMOTE INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY FOR SPRING 2020

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

 

Oregon State University will remain open.

 

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

 

OSU PLEDGE

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

 

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

 

NO PENALTY FOR RESIDENCE HALL CANCELLATIONS

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

 

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

 

STUDENT SERVICES

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

 

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

 

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

 

UNIVERSITY FACILITY AND BUILDING OPERATIONS

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

 

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

 

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE RELATED TO COVID-19 RESPONSE

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

YOUR EFFORTS ARE IMPORTANT AND APPRECIATED

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

 

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

 

Thank you for all you do for OSU.

 

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

 

16 March 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

In-person final examinations:

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

 

Remote Work and Delivery

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

OSU COVID-19 Response Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear OSU students, faculty and staff,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Guidance on Exposure

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Prevention Measures: SOCIAL DISTANCING

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

 

March 12 Information Session

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

 

Stay informed!

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

 

Be well!

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

OSU Coronavirus Response Coordinator

Dear OSU faculty, staff and students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

                                                           

Edward J. Ray

President                                            

 

11 March 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

Effective March 14, 2020:

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

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

Effective March 30, 2020:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

 

 

Dear Students,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

COVID-19 Response Coordinator

OSU students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

Dan Larson

OSU Coronavirus Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear OSU students,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Further travel updates will be provided as appropriate.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

OSU Coronavirus Response Coordinator

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

Dear OSU Students,

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

Dear OSU students,

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

•            Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.

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

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

 

___________________________________

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Oregon State University

Dan.Larson@oregonstate.edu

24 February 2020

Oregon State University students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Among other things, CGE is seeking:

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

Oregon State University students,

 

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

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

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

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

Please join us by engaging in this voluntary training.

Sincerely,

Dan Larson                         Rachel Josephson                   Brian Chavez

Vice Provost                       President                                 President

Student Affairs                   Associated Students               Associated Students

                                             Oregon State University         Cascades Campus

OSU Corvallis students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Paul Odenthal                                                 Charlene Alexander

Advisory Committee Co-Chair                      Advisory Committee Co-Chair

Senior Associate Vice President                    Vice President

Administration                                                Chief Diversity Officer

 

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

17 February 2020

 

Dear OSU Students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

 

 

Oregon State University students,

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

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

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

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

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

Until then, we encourage everyone to do the following:

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

Oregon State University students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dan Larson

Vice Provost

Student Affairs

Fellow students, 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

All the best, 

Kylie Boenisch 

ASOSU Vice President | Chief Elections Officer 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

 

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

 

Wishing you a safe and healthy new year,

 

Kelly Hogan, MPH | Director | Prevention & Wellness

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

kelly.hogan@oregonstate.edu

 

Dec. 13, 2019

 

Dear OSU community members,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Rani Borkar

Chair

OSU Board of Trustees

OSU faculty, staff and students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Debbie Colbert

Secretary

OSU Board of Trustees

 

 

Dec. 5, 2019

 

OSU presidential search process concludes

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dear student,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Office of Academic Programs and Assessment

 

OSU community members,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

 

 

Oregon State University colleagues,

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Thank you,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost, Student Affairs

 

Steve Clark

Vice President, University Relations and Marketing

OSU community members,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

                                                           

Edward J. Ray

President                                            

Dear OSU student,

 

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

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

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

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

 

Thank you,

Office of the Registrar

 

OSU students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dan Larson                             Rachel Josephson                    Brian Chavez

Vice Provost                           President                                 President

Student Affairs                       Associated Students               Associated Students

                                                Oregon State University         Cascades Campus

To the OSU Community:

 

Please remember to vote in the upcoming November 5th Special Election. In order to be counted, your ballot must be received by a County Elections Office or deposited in an official ballot drop site no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day: Tuesday, November 5th. 

 

If you are mailing your ballot, please note that postmarks do not count. In order to ensure that it is received in time, mail it no later than today, Thursday, October 31st. 

 

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

 

         Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Closes at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – no closing

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours, ballot box closes at 8:00 p.m.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Benton County Elections Department:

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

 

Deschutes County Elections Department:

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

 

Lincoln County Elections Department:

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

 

For all other county elections offices in Oregon:

http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/countyofficials.aspx

 

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

 

If your ballot is from another county, you may drop it off at any official county ballot box, as long as you do so no later than 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5th. The county receiving the ballot will route it to your home county for counting.

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

                                   

Edward J. Ray

President                                            

           

OSU Corvallis students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Larson

Vice Provost

Student Affairs

 

 

23 October 2019

 

Oregon State community members:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Each award is accompanied by a $500 stipend.

 

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

 

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Legacy Award

 

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

 

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

 

The Oscar Humberto Montemayor Award

 

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

 

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

 

The Phyllis S. Lee Award

 

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

 

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

 

The Frances Dancy Hooks Award

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Warm Regards,

 

The Office of Institutional Diversity

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

 

 

To the OSU Community:

 

Ballots for the November 5th Special Election were mailed to most voters this week. If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot, please contact your county elections office to check on your voting status:

 

Benton County Elections Department:

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

           

Deschutes County Elections Department:

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

           

For all other county elections offices in Oregon:

http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/countyofficials.aspx

 

You can also check the status of your ballot at “My Vote”: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/default.aspx

 

In order to be counted, your ballot must be received by a County Elections Office or deposited in an official ballot drop site no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day: Tuesday, November 5th.

 

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

 

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

 

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

             Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Closes at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – no closing

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

We hope you will take time to participate in the November 5th Special Election.

 

Sincerely,

                                                           

Edward J. Ray

President                                            

 

OSU Corvallis campus faculty, staff and students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

We will share more information as it is available.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Welcome back, Beavs!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

To access the survey, click here.

 

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

 

Sincerely,

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

 

 

Brian Chavez, ASCC President

 

October 22, 2019

 

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

 

The renewed code’s key enhancements include:

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

 

The renewed student investigation and resolution process enhancements include:

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

 

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

 

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

 

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students

Oregon State University

 

Carol Millie

Director, Student Conduct & Community Standards

Oregon State University

 

Kim D. Kirkland, Ed.D.

Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Access

Oregon State University

Dear Students,

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

David McMorries Chief Information Security Officer | Office of Information Security

University Information and Technology | Oregon State University

1500 SW Jefferson Avenue | Corvallis, OR 97331 

https://uit.oregonstate.edu/ois

https://beav.es/infosec

 

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

OSU colleagues and students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Oregon State University

Dan.Larson@oregonstate.edu

OSU community members,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu   

 

 

 

 

 

 

OSU Resources

 

Quiet Spaces:

Quiet spaces are offered on the Corvallis campus in the Student Experience Center 3rd floor (hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.) and the International Living Learning Center (ILLC) Multi-Faith Room, located on the 4th floor. The cultural resource centers have the following quiet spaces available:  Asian & Pacific Cultural Center quiet space, Lonnie B Harris Black Cultural Center quiet space, Centro Cultural César Chávez quiet space, Ettihad Cultural Center quiet space, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws Sacred Space, Pride Center reflection garden, and Hattie Redmond Women's & Gender Center quiet lounge. For OSU-Cascades, a quiet space is offered on campus in the Reflection Room, Tykeson Hall 208. For all spaces listed, no reservations are required and are open on a first-come, first serve basis. 

 

Dining and Food Options:

Any student in Corvallis practicing a Halal or Kosher diet who needs to develop a plan that will meet dietary needs for upcoming holidays and beyond; who has suggestions about specific foods that could be added to our convenience stores and dining halls; or who needs to discuss access to space for meal preparations, etc., should contact Tara Sanders, registered dietitian in University Housing & Dining Services by calling 541-737-3915 (office) or 541-602-9736 (cell).

 

Additionally, food in all UHDS dining centers is labeled for dietary preferences and allergen needs. UHDS carries many Halal and Kosher certified packaged goods as well as a variety of whole foods (fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains) at Cascadia Market in the International Living Learning Center building. For more information about all available food options, restaurants and menus, please visit the University Housing & Dining Services website.

 

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

 

 

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

Oregon State University students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost of Student Affairs

 

Jenny Haubenreiser

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Executive Director of Student Health Services

 

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

 

Notice of Availability

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

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

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

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

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

 

Corvallis

 

 

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

 

 

HMSC

 

 

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

 

 

Cascades

 

 

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

 

 

OSU at EOU

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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


 

 

 

28 September 2019

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The tentative agreement provides for:

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

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President 

 

Michael J. Green

Vice President, Finance and Administration

Oregon State University students,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

  

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost

Student Affairs

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cathy Hasenpflug                         

Chief Human Resources Officer

 

Susan Capalbo

Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

 

Dan Larson                                   

Vice Provost of Student Affairs

25 September 2019

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

We will provide additional updates over the next week.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Michael J. Green

Vice President, Finance and Administration

OSU Students,

 

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

 

What is Duo?

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

 

Why are we doing this?

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

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

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

 

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

 

Thank you,

 

Michael McDonald, IT Communications Manager

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