Help build a safer and healthier community

Sept. 9, 2020

Dear OSU students,

We are finalizing our plans for delivering an engaging university experience for fall term. Even while this fall will be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will benefit from exceptional instruction and world-class faculty. You also will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research while interacting with fellow students no matter where you choose to live and learn. We will meet you where you are to achieve your academic goals.

Like you, I continue to watch as universities across the nation come back together for the new academic year. We have seen examples of virus outbreaks associated with activities that we all know do not represent university communities at their best and have serious health consequences for students. I also have been inspired by other universities’ students, faculty, staff and local communities who have come together to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19. And when cases did occur, I have been impressed by universities rapidly responding with testing and containment efforts. I know that the OSU community will rise to the challenge. And, make no mistake, this fall, we will need to be at our best to keep all Beavers healthy. 

I am writing as a fellow Beaver. I ask you to join me in taking every possible precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 wherever you choose to live and learn this fall -- in Corvallis, Bend, Newport or at home.

  • Beavers are protectors. It is critical that you follow OSU’s Face Covering and Physical Distancingpolicies, and when you gather socially, you do so in groups of ten or fewer and in a manner that respects our surrounding community. These policies are designed to contribute to your wellness and safety, support the safety of our surrounding communities, and support your success in shared learning, living, and working environments.
  • Beaver are builders. Throughout spring and summer, our students have been outspoken in expressing their care for the health and safety of those around them, especially their peers and family members who may be at higher risk for more serious disease. If this continues through the coming academic year, together we will build a safer and healthier community.

While I anticipate that all Beavers will rise to this unprecedented call for community care and personal responsibility, please be aware that behavior that places yourself or others in harm’s way will be taken very seriously. Should the university receive a report that a student or student organization has placed fellow students or the surrounding community at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19, disciplinary sanctions, including up to suspension or expulsion, may result.

I am inspired every day by the actions and values of members of Beaver Nation. As students, faculty and staff, we are all leaders, role models, supporters, and responsible citizens. Together, we will rise to the challenge and responsibly confront the realities of this uninvited pandemic with thoughtful behavior, compassion and community care. 

Together, we help build a safer and healthier community.

Thank you and Go Beavs,

F. King Alexander
OSU President