Monday, September 5, 2022

5 September 2022

OSU Community Members,

The country of Pakistan is currently experiencing unprecedented flooding because of heavy monsoon rains and accelerated snow melt.

By some estimates, one-third of the country, an area the size of Oregon, is flooded. Thirty-three million people have been impacted and casualties are rising. The flooding also has created significant secondary impacts including lack of access to clean water, food, shelter and medicine.

The impact of the flooding in Pakistan is felt directly at OSU given the number of OSU students, faculty, staff, exchange visitors, alumni and volunteers who call Pakistan home or have family members who live in the country and region. I ask faculty and supervisors of OSU community members with ties to Pakistan to please extend appropriate care and flexibility to employees and students affected by this tragedy.

Impacted OSU students needing assistance may contact the Office of International Services by emailing ois.student@oregonstate.edu. Additionally, the university is reaching out directly to students from Pakistan to extend offers of care and support. I encourage employees needing support to reach out to the Beyond Benefits Employee Assistance Program.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser Provost and Executive Vice President