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. 

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.

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.