This strong network of care reimagines how we approach safety and security at Oregon State, creating greater alignment and collaboration among university and community partners in the coordination of crisis prevention, mental health, public safety and other support services in Corvallis. OSU Assist partners include Student Health Services (including the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education), Counseling & Psychological Services, the OSU Police and Department of Public Safety, University Housing & Dining Services, Student Care, academic partners and community agencies.
OSU Assist also continues to engage with other partners outside of the university who are improving how they provide mobile crisis response services. These include external partners in the local communities that surround the OSU campuses as well as national and international groups and organizations focused on providing effective crisis response, often as an alternative to law enforcement. These partnerships offer benchmarking and resources for the OSU Assist program.
The integration of this new form of crisis response within the Oregon State community will occur in stages. Read below for a timeline of the anticipated launch of OSU Assist; the project is evolving and content is subject to change. You may email non-emergency comments or questions regarding this process to [email protected].
October 2020 | Formation of the OSU Assist Advisory Group — ongoing advisory group meetings launch in November 2020.
March and April 2021 | OSU Assist Advisory Group creates position description for new program coordinator in consultation with the Office of General Counsel and Insurance and Risk Management.
April 2021 | Vice Provost for Student Affairs Dan Larson reports on OSU Assist to the OSU Board of Trustees.
May through August 2021 | Recruited new program coordinator. Search concluded without successful hire.
June 2021 | OSU Assist Advisory Group holds webinars to update the OSU community on the progress of OSU Assist.
July through August 2021 | Distribute and collect community and stakeholder survey.
December 2021 | Reopen new program coordinator position search. Anticipated start date in April.
January through March 2021 | Complete position descriptions for additional members of the OSU Assist team. Continue engagement with OSU community through listening posts, focus groups and other forms of input.
March 2022 through August 2022 | Recruit, hire and on board OSU Assist Assist response team.
September 2022 | OSU Assist team begins receiving calls and responding to incidents.
Lead: Aubrie Piper, Assistant Dean of Students & Director, Student Care Services