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Nine buildings to have scheduled shutdown of power

3:20 pm - December 30, 2010

Power to nine buildings in the heart of the Oregon State University main campus will be turned off on Friday, Dec. 31, to allow crews to replace cables that provide electricity to those facilities.

The work, which is unrelated to last month's electrical fire, has been arranged for a day that the university will be officially closed, and thus will have negligible impact on faculty and staff. With classes not in session due to the winter holiday break, students are not expected to be inconvenienced, either.

Buildings that will be affected by the scheduled shut down are as follows:

  • Pharmacy Building
  • Education Hall
  • Snell Hall
  • McAlexander Fieldhouse
  • Gladys Valley Gymnastic Center
  • Kerr Administration Building
  • Wilson Hall
  • Callahan Hall
  • McNary Dining Center

All of the affected buildings will be shut down early Friday morning. After about one hour, OSU Facilities Service will bring up the following buildings back online: Pharmacy, Education, Snell, McAlexander and Gladys Valley.

Crews will need an additional eight to 10 hours to complete work on the electrical system serving the four remaining buildings. When work is completed, the entire system will be shut down for one hour, then all buildings will be energized once again.

Facilities Services cautions that the specified down time represents estimated durations, and depending on what crews encounter on Friday, may take more or less time. Though faculty, staff and students are discouraged from attempting to use any of the buildings on Friday, voicemail, e-mail and network services for those facilities will remain available throughout the outage. Operations are expected to return to normal on Monday, Jan. 3, when the university officially reopens.

Update: Fire recovery progress

7:20 am - December 02, 2010

All buildings on campus now have network access. Overnight, Milam and the Black Cultural Center, the last two buildings without access, were brought online.

Crews continue to work to restore phone access, and repairs continue on the communications infrastructure to bring the campus entirely back to full service for data and voice. There are still a number of buildings operating at a reduced capacity, including Kelly, Bexell, BCC, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition, Plageman, Weniger and Milam.

Update: Fire recovery progress

7:48 am - December 01, 2010

Facilities Services and Information Services crews worked overnight to continue to bring repaired systems back online and restore services to Oregon State University's Corvallis campus following a campus electrical fire last week.

As of this morning, Plageman Student Health Center, Gilbert Hall and Gilbert Addition had data services restored. Weniger is partially restored with a wireless link but the fifth floor is still without service.

Milam and the Black Cultural Center are still without network connectivity.

There was a brief and unrelated power outage on campus last night that lasted about two hours. Backup systems worked as designed and there were no service disruptions reported. Normal utility power has been restored.

Update: Fire recovery progress

5:38 pm - November 29, 2010

Facilities Services and Information Services crews continue to bring repaired systems back online and restore services to Oregon State University's Corvallis campus, and as expected, with so many students and employees returning to campus today, have uncovered additional issues that are now being addressed. Those systems and services were lost in a campus electrical fire last Wednesday.

Data services established for Plageman and Weniger halls are not functioning adequately, and crews are exploring alternative connections for those facilities. Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Gilbert, Gilbert Addition and Milam remain without data service. Computer resources for employees working in these buildings may be found at alert.oregonstate.edu. Data services will begin to be returned to those buildings starting Wednesday, and employees in each building will be notified as the facility comes back online.

The list of buildings without phone service has not changed, and likely will not for the remainder of the fall term. Those buildings are: Bexell, Black Cultural Center, The GEM, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition, Gleeson, Kearney, Kelley Engineering, Milam, Owen, Plageman Student Health Center and Weniger. (Rogers was on yesterday’s list, but actually has phone service.)

Emergency elevator phone service is operational in all buildings served by elevators, with the exception of Owen Hall.

Finally the system that allows Facilities Services to remotely regulate building temperatures from the campus Energy Center was compromised in last week’s fire, resulting in cold conditions in some buildings. Crews are addressing these issues, case by case, and in some buildings, further repairs may be necessary. Updates to those situations will be added to alert.oregonstate.edu as the week progresses.

Electronic Classrooms:

10:00 am - November 29, 2010

Media Services will have personnel on hand to assist with classroom technologies in buildings that do not have network access. Customers may also call the Help Line at 541-737-3806. Instructors are advised to bring classroom materials on portable media, such as USB thumb drives, if they will be teaching in buildings affected by the network outage. Please note: Help phones in classrooms affected by the phone outage will be inoperable, so instructors are also encouraged to bring a mobile phone, if possible.

OSU classes, work to resume as normal today (Monday, Nov. 29)

7:24 am - November 29, 2010

UPDATE: Weniger Hall is experiencing issues with data service this morning, related to last Wednesday's fire. Information Services is addressing the problem, and hopes to have it resolved quickly today. Data service, meanwhile, has been restored to Gilmore.

Thanks to repair work described as "phenomenal" over the past four days as OSU struggled to recover from a Wednesday morning electrical fire , the university will re-open for classes and normal operations tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 29, with electrical power functioning at all campus facilities and only six buildings remaining without computer data service.

Only the following buildings remain without data connections: Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition, Gilmore and Milam.

As previous recovery updates have noted, some buildings continue to have no phone service - a condition that may persist through the end of the fall term, as repair work may not be able to be completed until then. The affected buildings are: Bexell, Black Cultural Center, The GEM, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition, Gleeson, Kearney, Kelley Engineering, Milam, Owen, Plageman Student Health Center, Rogers and Weniger.

Of those buildings, fire alarm systems and elevator emergency phones are not functional in Kearney and Owen. Faculty, staff and students in those buildings who suspect a fire is in process should use mobile phones to call 911. In instances where elevators do not have operational emergency phones, they will be labeled. Individuals with disability issues who require elevator access are encouraged to call Public Safety at (541) 737-3010 for assistance.

For faculty and staff in buildings without data access who require connectivity to the university network or Internet, the Valley Library has set aside a small number of laptops available for checkout that may be used in areas of campus where wireless connection is possible. Interested faculty and staff should contact the Computer Helpdesk located in the Information Commons on the main floor of the Valley Library.

The Milne Computing Center is also fully operational, and its computer labs are open to students and employees. Faculty teaching in buildings without data access are also encouraged to visit http://alert.oregonstate.edu for additional information and assistance to be posted this evening.

With crews continuing repair work this evening, any changes to the above information will be posted at http://alert.oregonstate.edu as they become available. Finally, faculty, staff or students who experience an on-campus emergency are encouraged to call OSU Public Safety at (541) 737-7000 or 911.

For Employees in Buildings Without Data Service

6:20 pm - November 28, 2010

For faculty and staff in buildings without data access who require connectivity to the university network or Internet, the Valley Library has set aside a small number of laptops available for checkout that may be used in areas of campus where wireless connection is possible. Interested faculty and staff should contact the Computer Helpdesk located in the Information Commons on the main floor of the Valley Library. Beginning Monday, some computers at the Help Desk will be set up to accommodate file transfers. Those interested in using them for that purpose should bring a USB thumb drive for downloading files.

The Milne Computing Center is also fully operational, and its computer labs are open to students and employees. Faculty teaching in buildings without data access are also encouraged to visit http://alert.oregonstate.edu for additional information and assistance to be posted this evening.

Individuals working in buildings without network access on Monday may access files stored on CN-Home and CN-Share via the internet from home. If you need critical files for activities on Monday, instructions for access are located at the following addresses:

PC Users:
http://oregonstate.edu/is/tss/cn/techtips/Accessing_Network_Drives_MyCN

and Mac Users:
http://oregonstate.edu/is/tss/cn/techtips/MyCN_for_Mac

Recovery from Wednesday's fire makes major progress

6:19 pm - November 27, 2010

Facilities Services and Information Services crews continue to make rapid progress in making necessary repairs allowing OSU to recover fully from Wednesday's electrical fire that caused the university to close earlier than expected for the week.

Electrical service was restored to the remaining 14 buildings without power on Friday evening — a major development, as it allows classes scheduled for those facilities, several of them major classroom buildings, to go forward on Monday.

Data service was re-established at six more buildings Friday evening and Saturday, leaving 8 buildings remaining without service: Milam, Weniger, Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Gilmore, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition and Plageman. Information Services officials are optimistic that service will be restored at some of those buildings by Monday; however, it is likely that a few will still be lacking network connectivity. Staff continues to work to restore service to affected buildings, and a current list of buildings with service issues will be included in tomorrow's update.

Phone service will continue to be an issue over the remainder of the quarter for 17 buildings: The GEM, Benton, Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Dearborn, Education, Gilbert, Gilbert Addition, Gilmore, Gleeson, Kearney, Kelly, Kidder, Milam, Owen, Plageman and Weniger.

Officials say the complexity of the repairs involved and parts required mean that phone systems for these buildings will not be able to be replaced until the end of December. Until then, individuals working in these buildings are able to forward calls from their office land lines to mobile phones or other landlines. Telecommunications Services will be contacting the departments affected on Monday with instructions on how to do this.

Information on remaining power, phone and data issues from Wednesday's fire

10:00 am - November 27, 2010

Clean-up and repair continues from Wednesday's early-morning electrical fire in steam tunnels beneath the Oregon State University Corvallis campus, with 26 buildings continuing to experience no electrical power, no data service or no phone service or some combination of those three. However, crews from OSU Facilities Services and Information and Services and Pacific Power & Light have completed initial clean up and assessment and are beginning to restore services, with most of the buildings expected to become functional for class meetings and work by Monday.

The fire that caused problems widespread enough that the university closed at noon on Wednesday included an electrical "arc flash occurrence," a super-hot burst that melted piping and insulation in the steam tunnels. Asbestos abatement had to be completed, air in the tunnels had to be cleaned and piping and insulation repaired before restoration of services to affected buildings could get underway, and crews accomplished that by working at breakneck speed throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

As of Friday at 5 p.m., the following buildings remained without at least one of the services above (power, data or phone):

Ballard, Batcheller, Benton, Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Dearborn, Education, Gilbert, Gilbert Addition, Gilkey, Gilmore, Gleeson, Graf, Hovland, Kearney, Kelly, Kidder, Merryfield, Milam, Milne, Owen, Plageman, Rodgers, Shepard, Waldo and Weniger.

Power is expected to be restored to most, if not all, of those buildings by Monday. Data service is likely to remain offline for seven or eight building by Monday, with restoration taking place by the end of next week. Telephone service in 16 buildings will take longer to restore as it requires laying new copper cables, and the immediate priority is to restore power and data services to all affected buildings.

Provisions are being made for faculty in affected buildings to access computers in parts of the Valley Library specially set aside for this purpose. The Valley Library will be open 24 hours a day beginning Sunday. For those in buildings where phone service will be unavailable, the university is encouraging use of cell phones over the remainder of the semester, and is able to forward phone calls to individual OSU landlines to a cell or land number for each affected individual. Facilities Services is working to provide radio transmitters for elevators in buildings without phone service.

The OSU Alert web page (http://www.alert.oregonstate.edu) will be updated by 6 p.m. on Saturday night and 6 p.m. on Sunday night with updated information regarding restoration of services to each of the buildings noted above, and an additional campus-wide e-mail will be distributed with the same information on both days. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to check e-mail and the website both days to learn about specific conditions they may expect to counter on campus on Monday, particularly if they work or attend class in any of the affected buildings. Further direction will be provided, as well, on using the university's call forwarding system.

Campus Closure

10:50 am - November 24, 2010

The University's Corvallis campus is closing for the remainder of the day, effective at noon. Damage, smoke issues and other complications resulting from an electrical fire this morning in the university's steam tunnels has caused widespread problems with electrical service, heating, smoke and network connectivity in a long and growing number of buildings. For the safety of our students, employees and campus visitors, please know that you may leave for the remainder of the day, though essential personnel are expected to remain on the job.

Residence halls and campus dining facilities have thus far not been affected, and service to our resident students will continue unaffected.

Facilities and Information Services crews are addressing a complex situation resulting from the fire. Please stay in touch with alert.oregonstate.edu, the OSU home page and 541-737-8000, as well as http://www.flashalert.net/, for updates as they become available.

Weather Conditions

4:15 pm - November 23, 2010

With conditions projected to improve this evening, OSU expects to continue normal operations tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 24. We appreciate the patience and caution of those who confronted difficult conditions in traveling to campus today.

With occasional snow flurries still falling and road conditions remaining difficult in some areas, those traveling to and from campus tomorrow are encouraged to allow extra time for the commute and exercise appropriation caution. Drivers in particular may find information at the Oregon Dept. of Transportation's Trip Check site valuable in learning about conditions of specific routes before leaving for campus or leaving campus for home.

As always, information regarding any closure of campus or delay in opening will be posted at alert.oregonstate.edu, on the university home page and recorded at 541-737-8000 by 6 a.m. on the day in question.

Weather Conditions

6:23 am - November 23, 2010

Snow on the floor of the Willamette Valley has made road conditions difficult in some areas. Faculty, staff and students travelling to campus are encouraged to exercise caution. While OSU will maintain normal business hours today, individuals facing especially difficult road conditions are encouraged to use their best judgment in determining whether to travel to campus. Expect further communications today as additional weather information becomes available.

Power Outage

9:00 pm - May 19, 2010

Repair crews have successfully addressed the power outage issues and restored electrical service to all parts of the OSU campus and surrounding areas.

Power Outage

8:38 pm - May 19, 2010

A power outage that struck the main campus and surrounding areas of Corvallis just before 5 p.m. is in the process of being addressed. OSU Facilities Services officials say utilities repair crews have identified the source of the outage and are in the process of restoring power to affected parts of campus as that becomes possible, with power already having been restored in some facilities. Please check this page for additional updates throughout the evening as they become available.

OSU Cascades Campus opening late, cancelling classes

5:30 am - January 07, 2010

For Thursday, January 7 - Due to icy conditions, COCC Bend and Redmond Campusus will open at 10 a.m. and all classes scheduled to begin prior to 10 a.m. for COCC and OSU-Cascades have been cancelled.

For updates as more information becomes available, individuals may call the campuses’ emergency phone line at (541) 383-7777 or go to cocc.edu/emergency.

OSU Cascades Campus closing early, cancelling classes

3:20 pm - January 06, 2010

“Extremely icy and hazardous” road and driving conditions have forced officials with OSU Cascades Campus and Central Oregon Community College to cancel classes scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. or later today and to close both campuses at 5 p.m.

The campuses are co-located in Bend. Only the COCC Campus Center is expected to remain open after 5 p.m.

The campuses sent out a cancellation and closure notice via their emergency alert notification systems mid afternoon. For updates as more information becomes available, individuals may call the campuses’ emergency phone line at (541) 383-7777 or go to cocc.edu/emergency.

Winter weather advisory begins today at 2 p.m.

10:00 am - December 11, 2009

A winter weather advisory predicting the possibility of freezing rain, sleet and snow goes into effect for Western Oregon at 2 p.m. and continues through 4 p.m. Saturday, Oregon State University officials say.

Students, faculty and staff traveling to and from campus are warned that road conditions may be hazardous during this period. Those with long commutes or commutes that require travel through higher elevations where conditions may be significantly worse are encouraged to provide for extra time on the road and the potential of icy conditions. Individuals whose work or class schedules permit may want to consider early departures to avoid the potentially deteriorating conditions.

Additional updates will be provided on this site as the day progresses.

Swine flu now present at OSU, Benton Co.; take precautions to stay well.

11:00 am - July 10, 2009

Benton County and Oregon State University this week confirmed their first cases of pandemic H1N1 influenza, commonly known as swine flu. While only a few cases have manifested and this strain of influenza is not as severe as public health officials originally thought earlier this year, it’s important that students, faculty and staff take precautions to lessen its spread and protect themselves and our community.

Public health officials recommend that you:

  • Wash your hands frequently to decrease your risk of becoming ill.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, body aches, fatigue and headache are among the most common).
  • Seek medical attention if your symptoms are severe. OSU students may visit Student Health Services (reach SHS through http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/ or 541-737-WELL [9355]).
  • Stay prepared for influenza by having at least a five-day supply of food and medicines at home, so you don’t have to go out if you become ill

Questions? Contact Student Health Services through the Web site or phone number listed above.

Swine Flu

8:00 am - May 01, 2009

There are now hundreds of confirmed cases of H1N1flu, often described as “swine flu,” in the United States and other countries around the world. Several probable cases have been identified in Oregon. OSU Student Health Services reports no suspected cases on campus, but SHS officials are monitoring the situation in conjunction with Oregon University System colleagues and officials with the Benton County Health Department. Events scheduled for campus this weekend are going forward as scheduled, unless otherwise indicated for reasons other than the flu outbreak.

Please check this Alert page several times throughout the day for updates.

The Centers for Disease Control is the best source of information about the current national and international status of the swine flu situation. That site is at: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/. Among the CDC's advice:

  • Avoid non-essential travel to Mexico, where cases have been more severe;
  • Regular hand-washing and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing can help prevent the spread of the flu;
  • If you are sick, the CDC recommends staying at home from work or school to limit contact with others.

Swine Flu

5:00 pm - April 29, 2009

Oregon State University is working on a variety of fronts to prepare for potential cases of swine flu, which is receiving global attention. There have been 91 confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A (H1N1), or swine flu, in the United States as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, though none in Oregon.

However, the university continues to closely monitor the situation and will post regular online updates on the OSU Alert Page at: www.alert.oregonstate.edu. For those without immediate online access, we will post recorded messages at: 541-737-8000. Please check these sites regularly as we may be posted updates more than once a day.

OSU Facilities Services and Student Health Services are working with appropriate local and state agencies to monitor potential risk to campus. The World Health Organization today raised its pandemic alert level to Phase 5 based on its confirmed human-to-human transmission and growing number of cases globally. Because of that status, the university has activated its Emergency Operations Center for the purposes of coordinating and disseminating information to campus.

The university has an established Pandemic Response Plan as well as an Emergency Communications Plan, and is preparing for a variety of scenarios. Thus far, the cases in the United States have been less serious than those abroad. The Centers for Disease Control is the best source of information about the current national and international status of the situation. That site is at: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

Among the CDC's advice:

  • Avoid non-essential travel to Mexico, where cases have been more severe;
  • Regular hand-washing and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing can help prevent the spread of the flu;
  • If you are sick, the CDC recommends staying at home from work or school to limit contact with others.

Barricaded Subject

12:18 pm - March 31, 2009

The barricaded subject at 25th & Harrison is in custody. Law enforcement advises this area is secure and of no further concern.

Barricaded Subject

10:33 am - March 31, 2009

Be advised there is a situation in the area of 25th & Harrison-Corvallis involving a barricaded subject. Corvallis Police, Oregon State Police and the OSP SWAT team are at the scene. The subject is contained inside his residence at this time. For your personal safety, please avoid this area until further notice. Updates will occur as the situation changes.

Road Conditions

5:15 am - December 19, 2008

Oregon State University will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 19.

Road conditions may continue to be hazardous in isolated locations in and around campus and on roads leading to Corvallis. Drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes, and faculty and staff are encouraged to take into account conditions on their individual routes.

You are encouraged to bookmark and visit http://alert.oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-8000 for updates as they become available. You may also visit http://www.flashnews.net/valley.html to view such information for OSU and other universities, colleges and schools in the Willamette Valley.

Road Conditions

2:00 pm - December 18, 2008

Oregon State University will open at its regularly scheduled time on Friday, Dec. 19.
 
Road conditions may continue to be hazardous in isolated locations in and around campus and on roads leading to Corvallis. Drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes, and faculty and staff are encouraged to take into account conditions on their individual routes.

You are encouraged to bookmark and visit http://alert.oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-8000 for updates as they become available. You may also subscribe to FlashNews.net to receive e-mailed updates on OSU open/close status or visit http://www.flashnews.net/valley.html to view such information for OSU and other universities, colleges and schools in the Willamette Valley.

Road Conditions

1:00 pm - December 16, 2008

Because of continued freezing temperatures, the likelihood of additional snow tomorrow morning and the ongoing threat of black ice, Oregon State University will open at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 17. Employees scheduled to work on Wednesday should report at 10 a.m. Campus offices will not open until 10 a.m. Those employees recognized as "essential personnel" should report for work as directed by their supervisors.

Road conditions continue to be hazardous in and around campus and on many major roads leading to Corvallis. Drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes, and faculty and staff are encouraged to use their best judgment in making decisions on whether to come to campus, taking into account their individual routes.

You are encouraged to bookmark and visit http://alert.oregonstate.eduor call 541-737-8000 for updates as they become available. You may also subscribe to FlashNews.net to receive e-mailed updates on OSU open/close status or visit http://www.flashnews.net/valley.html to view such information for OSU and other universities, colleges and schools in the Willamette Valley.

Delayed Opening

7:00 am - December 16, 2008

Because of continued freezing temperatures and the threat of black ice, Oregon State University will open at 10 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, Dec. 16. Employees who are scheduled to work on Tuesday should report at 10 a.m. Campus offices will not open until 10 a.m. Those employees recognized as “essential personnel” should report for work as directed by their supervisors.

Road conditions are hazardous. Drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes to and from campus, and faculty and staff are encouraged to use their best judgment in making decisions on whether to come to campus, taking into account their individual routes.

This message will be updated later today and this evening with information on Wednesday operations. You are encouraged to bookmark and visit http://alert.oregonstate.edu throughout the day or call 541-737-8000 for updates as they become available. You may also subscribe to FlashNews.net to receive e-mailed updates on OSU open/close status or visit http://www.flashnews.net/valley.html to view such information for OSU and other universities, colleges and schools in the Willamette Valley.

Delayed Opening

4:15 pm - December 15, 2008

Because of continued freezing temperatures and the threat of black ice tomorrow morning, Oregon State University will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Employees who are scheduled to work on Tuesday should report at 10 a.m. Campus offices will not open until 10 a.m.

Overnight lows are expected in the teens, and road conditions will be hazardous. Drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes to and from campus, and faculty and staff are encouraged to use their best judgment in making decisions on whether to come to campus, taking into account their individual routes.

This message will be updated by 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Road Conditions

2:00 pm - December 15, 2008

Oregon State University remains on YELLOW status, signifying that campus is on alert, in recognition of difficult weather and road conditions. The university is open and operating as usual.

While chances of precipitation are subsiding, the cold weather is not. An overnight low of 14 degrees is expected, and though tomorrow is expected to be mostly sunny, a high of only 27 degrees is forecast. Any snow melt from today is likely to turn to ice on roads, and conditions in and around campus may become even more hazardous. Drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes to and from campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use their best judgment in making decisions to drive to campus, taking into account conditions on their individual routes to OSU.

This message will be updated this evening. Please bookmark this page for future reference, and use it as your resource for emergency, school delay or campus closure information. Such information may also be found on the university’s Emergency Status Information Hotline at 541-737-8000.
 

Road Conditions

4:15 pm - December 15, 2008

Because of continued freezing temperatures and the threat of black ice tomorrow morning, Oregon State University will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Employees who are scheduled to work on Tuesday should report at 10 a.m. Campus offices will not open until 10 a.m.

Overnight lows are expected in the teens, and road conditions will be hazardous. Drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes to and from campus, and faculty and staff are encouraged to use their best judgment in making decisions on whether to come to campus, taking into account their individual routes.

This message will be updated by 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Road Conditions

2:00 pm - December 15, 2008

Oregon State University remains on YELLOW status, signifying that campus is on alert, in recognition of difficult weather and road conditions. The university is open and operating as usual.

While chances of precipitation are subsiding, the cold weather is not. An overnight low of 14 degrees is expected, and though tomorrow is expected to be mostly sunny, a high of only 27 degrees is forecast. Any snow melt from today is likely to turn to ice on roads, and conditions in and around campus may become even more hazardous. Drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes to and from campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use their best judgment in making decisions to drive to campus, taking into account conditions on their individual routes to OSU.

This message will be updated this evening. Please bookmark this page for future reference, and use it as your resource for emergency, school delay or campus closure information. Such information may also be found on the university’s Emergency Status Information Hotline at 541-737-8000.

Road Conditions

6:00 am - December 15, 2008

Update – 6 a.m.: Oregon State University remains on YELLOW status, signifying that campus is on alert, in recognition of difficult weather and road conditions this morning. The university is open and operating as usual, though Facilities Services and related areas are taking additional steps to address campus conditions.

Substantial snowfall overnight has made driving conditions hazardous in many areas of the Willamette Valley. Roads in and around campus may be icy. Drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes to and from campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use their best judgment in making decisions to drive to campus, taking into account conditions on their individual routes to OSU.

This message will be updated at noon. Please bookmark this page for future reference, and use it as your resource for emergency, school delay or campus closure information. Such information may also be found on the university’s Emergency Status Information Hotline at 541-737-8000.

Road Conditions

8:00 am - December 14, 2008

Oregon State University remains on YELLOW status, signifying that campus is on alert, in this case in anticipation of possibly difficult weather and road conditions Sunday night through Monday.

Weather forecasts call for possible snow showers overnight and a low of 17 degrees. The chance of snow remains 60 percent. Road conditions in and around campus tomorrow may be icy, in which case drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes to and from campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use their best judgment in making decisions to drive to campus, taking into account conditions on their individual routes to OSU.

This message will be updated tomorrow morning by 6 a.m. Please bookmark this page for future reference, and use it as your resource for emergency, school delay or campus closure information. Such information may also be found on the university's Emergency Status Information Hotline at 541-737-8000.

Road Conditions

12:00 pm - December 14, 2008

Oregon State University is on YELLOW status, signifying that campus is on alert, in this case in anticipation of possibly difficult weather and road conditions Sunday night through Monday.

Weather forecasts call for possible snow showers late today and this evening, and an overnight low of 17 degrees. The chance of snow is 60 percent. Road conditions in and around campus tomorrow may be icy, in which case drivers are urged to allow for extra time for commutes to and from campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use their best judgment in making decisions to drive to campus, taking into account conditions on their individual routes to OSU.

This message will be updated later today. Please bookmark this page for future reference, and use it as your resource for emergency, school delay or campus closure information. Such information may also be found on the university's Emergency Status Information Hotline at 541-737-8000.

Power Outage Update

8:00 am - September 02, 2008

Facilities Services Director Vincent Martorello advised Dispatch that the Emergency Operations is still established and located at the Satellite Operations Center just outside of Weniger Hall and will be until power is restored.

Weniger Hall would be closed today and possibly into Wednesday.

There will be restricted access granted to staff members.

You may call Matt Rogers at 541-230-4621 to coordinate information and requests concerning Weniger Hall.

Power Outage Update

8:00 am - September 02, 2008

Facilities Services Director Vincent Martorello advised dispatch that the repairs are taking longer than first anticipated and Weniger Hall would be closed until tomorrow and potentially into Wednesday. There will be restricted access granted to staff members. They will need to contact Public Safety Dispatch at 541-737-3010 to make arrangements for access.

Plageman Student Health Center has had power restored and again is open for students and staff.

Power Outage

8:00 am - September 01, 2008

Electrical power was lost shortly after 9 PM on Sunday, August 31, 2008 to Weniger Hall and the Plageman Building which houses the Student Health Services on the Oregon State University Campus.

Both buildings are locked and closed. It is expected that power will be down for 12 hours until 9 AM on Monday, September 1, 2008.

Arrangements are being made to provide emergency power to key laboratories and animal facilities.

Anyone who requires additional information can call the Department of Public Safety - Oregon State Police Emergency Information Status Line 541-737-8000.

Power Outage

8:00 am - August 07, 2008

Power Restored to Weniger Hall, Plageman Student Health Center.
A power outage affecting Weniger Hall and Plageman Student Health Center was resolved Wednesday evening, and both buildings are now operational.

The outage occurred early Wednesday afternoon, and both buildings were subsequently cleared of occupants when power couldn't be restored. Normal operations are scheduled to resume on Thursday.

Power Outage

8:00 am - June 03, 2008

An automobile accident at 35th and Western caused a power outage to more than half of campus. OSU Facilities Services worked with Pacific Power to reroute power to campus and services were restored after an outage of about half an hour. Facilities Services crews are conducting a check of the affected buildings to make sure mechanical systems are back online.

Power Outage

8:00 am - January 29, 2008

An electrical malfunction has caused a power outage to the following campus buildings this morning: Snell, Kerr, Pharmacy, Education, Gymnastics, Women's Center, McAlexander, McNary. The Pharmacy Building is being cleared immediately. The other buildings remain open and accessible. Facilities Services crews are working to repair the damage and project that service may be restored within the hour.

Icy Driving Conditions - OSU Open

8:00 am - January 28, 2008

Snow and icy road conditions are forecast for Monday morning and throughout the rest of the coming week. In light of these conditions, Oregon State University remains on Yellow alert -- fully open, but operating under heightened caution.

Faculty, staff and students who commute to and from OSU during these challenging weather conditions are encouraged to exercise their best personal judgment when deciding whether to travel.

Icy Driving Conditions

8:00 am - January 25, 2008

OSU Facilities Services and Oregon State Police urge caution for all driving to campus this morning in Corvallis, as road conditions are icy throughout the area. Please allow for extra time for your commute, drive slowly, and be aware that road ice is not always visible to motorists. The university is open and operating under normal conditions.

Norovirus Issues at OSU

8:00 am - January 11, 2008

Many in the OSU community have noted media coverage this week of an outbreak of gastrointestinal disease among some student populations. Benton County health officials investigating the outbreak suspect that the cause may be an infection from the family of noroviruses. Such viruses can cause sudden-onset and acute gastroenteritis in humans, with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramping, low-grade fever, chills, headache and muscle aches lasting 1-2 days. They are also highly contagious and easily spread. If you develop these symptoms, please remain at home for 72 hours after symptoms resolve or contact your medical provider.

The good news is norovirus infection can be prevented through diligent washing of hands, careful food preparation and other easy steps. If you have questions about norovirus or would like to know of actions you can take to stay healthy, please visit the Centers for Disease Control's Q&A page on noroviruses.

OSU-Cascades Campus is fully open and operational

8:00 am - January 09, 2008

After being closed on Tuesday due to heavy snow, OSU-Cascades has fully reopened this morning. Classes and regularly scheduled activities have all resumed. OSU is on GREEN ALERT status, signifying that the university has resumed normal operations on all campuses. Please revisit the OSU Alert Web page at alert.oregonstate.edu for weather-related updates as they become available, or call the OSU Emergency Status Information Hotline at 541-737-8000.

Classes Cancelled at Cascades Campus

8:00 am - January 08, 2008

OSU Cascades has cancelled classes for the remainder of today (Tuesday, Jan. 8) due to heavy snowfall in the Central Oregon region. Campus officials are working with Central Oregon Community College leaders to determine whether classes will resume tomorrow as scheduled. The campus remains open to employees, but students are encouraged to avoid traveling to campus for the remainder of the day.

Hatfield Marine Science Center Closed

8:00 am - December 03, 2007

OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport is closed today, Monday, December 3, because of a power outage and continued high winds. The center will open for regular hours on Tuesday unless continued power outages at the Center or additional weather-related problems occur.

OSU students, employees and visitors are urged to use caution when traveling today. Continuing high winds, strong rain, and potential flooding are forecast for much of the state.

The National Weather Service has issued the following forecast.

SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CORVALLIS...ALBANY...EUGENE...SPRINGFIELD
937 AM PDT MON DEC 3 2007

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PDT THIS EVENING...
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...

.TODAY...WINDY. SOUTH WIND 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.
RAIN...HEAVY AT TIMES. HIGHS NEAR 60.
.TONIGHT...RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
LOWS 45 TO 50. SOUTH WIND 20 TO 25 MPH THROUGH THE EVENING WITH
GUSTS TO 45 MPH. WIND EASING TO 15 TO 20 MPH BY MIDNIGHT.

Forecasts for other areas are available online at the Oregon Climate Service at OSU.

The National Weather Service reports that a high wind watch is in effect from late Saturday night through Monday evening for the North and Central Oregon coast, as well as South Washington. The affected areas include Newport, Lincoln City, Astoria, Tillamook, Florence, Cannon Beach, Long Beach and others.

Winds of 25 mph to 40 mph are beginning Friday, November 30, with gusts to 60 mph. By Sunday, winds of 45 mph to 60 mph and gusts of 80 mph to 100 mph are possible. The most intense period of wind is expected to be Monday afternoon. Winds are projected to ease Monday evening as the cold front responsible for this weather moves onshore.

In the Willamette Valley, including Corvallis, winds on Sunday and Monday are projected to reach 20 mph to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Light snow is also a possibility, beginning Saturday.

Please be aware of this advisory, plan accordingly. Facilities Services is making the proper accommodations to respond to such an event and to respond to any related power outages, downed trees or other related situations. If you experience any power outages due to the high winds, please contact your building manager, who will forward that information to Facilities Services. If you have difficulty making contact with your assigned building manager and need immediate assistance, please contact Facilities Services at 737-2969.

Please continue to monitor the latest forecasts and check the OSU Campus Alert page for further updates as they become available.

(In keeping with the university's new plan for communicating around emergencies, this message is coded "YELLOW ALERT," signifying that OSU is in a cautionary phase anticipating a potential emergency event. Should the weather have significant effects on our facilities or operations, the status would change to "RED ALERT." Upon resolution of the event, our status would revert to a normal or "GREEN ALERT.")

Tactical Drills

8:00 am - April 26, 2007

Tactical drills at OSU: not today, scheduled for May 3.

A story in today's Daily Barometer carried the wrong date for tactical drills on the OSU campus involving Oregon State Police, the OSP SWAT team, OSU Public Safety, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Police Department and Philomath Police Department.

The drills are NOT scheduled for today, but rather for next Thursday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon on Jefferson Avenue between 30th and 26th streets.

More information about the drills will be distributed later this week and early next week.

Attempted Abduction

8:00 am - January 11, 2008

This Security Alert is distributed as a means of informing the Oregon State University community of recent incidents of public interest. The events described below continue to be of concern with regard to personal safety and/or the protection of property.

Please read the following information carefully. This will help you to make an informed decision about your response to these incidents.


Attempted Abduction

Tue, Sep 30 2004 5:30pm
The Oregon State Police have announced that an arrest has been made today of an individual charged with the assault that occurred in the area of 26th and Western on the OSU campus yesterday. Information will soon be posted on the Oregon State Police website.

Sept. 29, 2004
On Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at about 6:30AM, a 21 year old college student at Oregon State University reported that a suspect attempted to grab her as she was walking in the area of 26th and Western on the OSU campus. The victim said that a man came up from behind, grabbed her, she pulled away and ran away from the suspect to a nearby area. As she ran, she noticed the suspect run in an opposite direction. The victim immediately notified police of the incident.

The woman was not injured. The victim is a third year OSU student who lives off-campus.

Officers from the Oregon State Police and the Corvallis Police Department immediately responded to the area and began a search. State Police investigators are being assisted by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab as well as detectives from Corvallis Police Department and Benton County Sheriff's Office. The suspect has not been located.

Suspect Description:

  • Young white male adult, early mid-twenties
  • Approximately 5'6" tall
  • Medium build
  • Wearing a black possibly nylon material zippered hooded jacket and black pants

The OSP requests vigilance in keeping housing units secure and encouraging students to travel in pairs whenever possible as added personal security measures.

Any questions or information should be directed to the Oregon State Police Tip Line 737-3010.


Never Take Chances With Your Health & Safety!

  • Avoid the use of headphones when walking on campus.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Whenever possible, carry a cellular phone when walking in remote areas.
  • If you see something suspicious, call the police.
  • Take precautions day and night. Do not walk or jog alone.
  • "Blue Light Phones" can be found at many locations on the campus.
  • Remember that the most important part of the campus safety equation is your watchfulness and good judgment!