Important Update: Third meningococcal case prompts OSU Corvallis student vaccination program

We are writing to inform you that an undergraduate student attending Oregon State University in Corvallis is being treated at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for what has been confirmed as meningococcal disease. The student remains hospitalized in good condition. This is the third reported case of the B strain of meningococcal disease at Oregon State over the past four months. Two other cases were reported in November 2016. As a result of these three cases, the university will follow the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recommend meningococcal B vaccinations for students who are at the highest risk. This vaccination program will be offered in cooperation with OSU Student Health Services, Benton County Health Department, the Oregon Health Authority and other health care partners. In accordance with CDC guidance, vaccination is recommended for all Oregon State undergraduate students under the age of 25. In particular, OSU students who are under the age of 25 and who live in on-campus housing or who are members of – or who visit – fraternal living groups associated with the university are urged to act on this recommendation.

  1. As part of the university response, OSU will offer vaccination clinics on Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 9, in McAlexander Field House from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m.  All fraternity and sorority members should be vaccinated.  Students and/or parents should contact insurance providers to determine coverage (be sure they let their insurance carrier know OSU is in an outbreak status).
  2. This letter provides an overview of the risks and response. 

Other meningococcal case response updates:

  • Last month more than 1,800 students attended the type B meningococcal disease vaccination clinics held on the Corvallis campus.  I am writing to let you know that follow-up vaccine clinics will take place on Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the lower-level ballroom of the Memorial Union.
  • If you received your first dose at either the March OSU clinic or at Student Health Services, it is imperative that you get your follow-up dose. To achieve the best possible protection against this disease you must receive all doses in the vaccine series and stay with the same brand for all doses of a vaccination series.
  • There are two brands of meningococcal B vaccine: Bexsero and Trumenba.  Most students who got their vaccine at Student Health Services or attended the OSU clinics in March received Bexsero. Some students started with Trumenba from another provider. Bexsero requires two doses that are given at least 30 days apart (you can get your second dose at any point after 30 days). Trumenba requires three doses over a 6-month period of time. Please call Student Health Services with any questions at 541-737-9355.
  • It is important that you please bring these items to the upcoming clinic: your student identification, medical and pharmacy insurance information (in some cases these are separate cards) and previous meningococcal B vaccine information. Students who participated in the first OSU clinics should be in the system and should have a Get the Vax wallet card.
  • You are encouraged to attend the vaccine clinic regardless of insurance status or ability to pay*. OSU continues to work with health partners to address barriers to insurance coverage and staff will be available at the clinics to assist students in navigating coverage options and maximizing benefits.
  • If you have not begun the meningococcal B vaccination series, it is not too late to start. If you are unable to attend the upcoming clinics, you can still receive the vaccines at Student Health Services or the pharmacy in Plageman Building on campus, 108 S.W. Memorial Place, or at your own healthcare provider.
  • Please be aware of the symptoms of this potentially fatal infection: high fever, stiff neck, rash, headaches, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, seek immediate care at Student Health Services, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. After hours, immediately go to a nearby urgent care medical clinic or hospital emergency room.
  • Students without health insurance may be eligible for enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan. If you have questions or are interested in applying, please call the Health Navigator at 541-766-2130.

 

 

Crowd Control

A key element in hosting a safe and enjoyable social event is ensuring your house does not get over-crowded, creating an unsafe environment for both residents & their guests. The key to ensuring this doesn’t happen is to appoint the right people to maintain the appropriate occupant load & general safety throughout the event. These individuals must be sober at all times and be dedicated to their responsibility throughout the entire event on their responsibilities prior to the start of the event.

  • All responsible staff, to include private security, should be throughly trained personnel at every other entrance/exit to control unauthorized entry and maintain unobstructed exiting.
  • People shall be directed to the main entrance for access - NO EXCEPTIONS! Control access to house.
  • Maintain ONE WAY IN.
  • Post private security.
  • Once maximum load has been reached, entrance is denied and security will switch to a one out/one in process.
  • Cell phones or two-way radios can be used to communicate between other exits and main entry to maintain the one-in/one-out process.
  • Include residents & others already in the house before you start counting entering guests
  • Entry areas should have an independent third-party security staff member. They shall be prepared to report an accurate occupant load figure to CFD, IFC, or CPD personnel when requested.
  • One responsible person should be responsible for head count & making sure proper occupant loads are being maintained and other safety precautions (as outlined in the Party Safety Guidelines) are in place and being followed at all times. Staff shall be assigned to roam the house throughout the event to ensure this.
  • Remember: It’s best to keep the occupant load within limits so DON’T MAKE EXCEPTIONS! It’s unsafe and can cost the house $500.00 have to stop the function and request a certain number of guests to leave, and have social probation.

Workshops 

The Wellness team at Student Health Services is dedicated to educating students and to providing information regarding a wide variety of health issues. Below are descriptions of the various workshop topics that are covered by Wellness. If you would like to have someone from the Wellness team come to your location (residence hall, community, class, etc.) to give a presentation, facilitate a discussion, or provide health education materials, please complete the online Program Request FormFor preparation and planning purposes, please make your request at least two weeks in advance.

Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drugs

Alcohol and Other Drugs

This program focuses on helping students identify negative and harmful consequences of high-risk alcohol use. It acknowledges that abstinence from alcohol is the safest option but not always the most acceptable choice for students. Thus, the program focuses on harm reduction as opposed to a "just say no" approach. The presenters approach this topic in a fun, interactive, positive, and intellectually stimulating manner.

Marijuana: A Blunt Discussion on the Facts

Want to make sure you understand the Oregon State and Corvallis laws on marijuana? Want to see just how many students on OSU's campus are using marijuana? Want to learn how marijuana affects your body and your studies? Then join us for this interactive presentation to get you in the know regarding marijuana.

Nutrition

Nutrition: Body Image

This program discusses body image, self-esteem and the media’s influence on how we feel about ourselves. Students will leave with a more positive feeling about themselves and their bodies, as well as learning about other campus resources related to eating disorders and body image.

Nutrition: Healthy Eating on a Budget

Want to eat healthy but always feel like money is a stretch? We will discuss ways to get more from your dollar, along with budgeting basics and helpful tips for navigating the grocery store on a budget.

Recovery

Recovery: Addressing Stigma and Making OSU a Recovery Supportive Home

This workshop will use clips from the documentary "The Anonymous People" to prompt a discussion about what it is like for someone who is in recovery from addiction to be a student on a university campus. Students will be encouraged to think about the stigma that is placed on those who face addiction or who are in recovery. Students will discuss the ways a typical campus can be a hostile environment to those facing addiction or who are in recovery, as well as explore the resources for addiction and recovery support on OSU’s campus and will be empowered to be an advocate for increasing this support.

Violence Prevention

Sexual Violence Prevention: Clothing Optional. Consent Required.

Learn about sexual consent, why you need it, and how to make it hot. This interactive session will promote an honest discussion about consent and communication within relationships through a variety of activities, exploring what it means to have enthusiastic consent.

Sexual Violence Prevention: Blurred Lines

Are you sure you know "they want it?" This interactive session will break down sexual consent – what it is, who can give it, and how to get it without coercion. Participants will also explore the perceived blurred line between bad sex versus sexual assault.

Sexual Violence Prevention: Beavers Give a Dam

This is an interactive, engaging bystander intervention program to prevent sexual violence. The program is evidence-based and customizable for various communities. Students who participate in "Beavers Give A Dam" will...

  • Recognize different types of sexual violence.
  • Explore the relationship between sexual violence and alcohol and other drugs.
  • Understand sexual consent and when it can be given/received.
  • Define the bystander effect and bystander intervention.
  • Practice bystander intervention methods.
  • Know and be able to reference campus and local resources for sexual violence survivors.

Advocacy - Violence Prevention

You’ve Got a Friend (How to Support a Survivor)

This workshop will discuss sexual violence dynamics, the body’s response to trauma, sexual violence misconceptions (rape myths), and the university response to sexual violence. We recognize that a survivor needs to experience a compassionate and non-judgmental response upon their disclosure that avoids any comments that can be interpreted as victim-blaming. This workshop will teach skills to create a caring and supportive environment for survivors.

Sexual Assault: Creating a Community of Care

This workshop/training provides trauma-informed, survivor-centered information about the psychological and social impact of violence on individuals. It identifies common response patterns of the community and how to change our responses so that we consider the impact. It is intended to help the audience understand the varying responses of survivors so that we can create a community of care.

Creating a Meaningful Relationship through Trauma-Informed Listening

This workshop will provide skills in listening and communication that are sensitive to a trauma-informed approach to survivor response. It will identify those factors that contribute to having a meaningful, helping relationship. The workshop is intended for faculty, staff, and organizational leaders.

Presentations for Fraternities and Sororities

Wondering if your chapter needs a program? For an up-to-date list of alcohol workshops presented to chapters, go to the Greek Chapters Outreach Spreadsheet

In order to schedule a workshop about alcohol use or other prevention-related topics for your chapter, please complete the online Program Request Form.

If you have questions, please email robert.reff@oregonstate.edu.

Corvallis Police Department Liaison Program

The Corvallis Police Department (CPD) assigns a police officer to each fraternity and sorority at OSU. For further information on this program, please contact the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life at 541-737-3660.