Dear Oregon State University parents and families,

As you likely know, the U.S. government implemented on Sunday night more stringent travel restrictions for individuals entering the United States from China due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Student safety and wellbeing is a priority for Oregon State University. As such, we are closely monitoring the public health situation associated with this virus. While we are not aware of any known infectious cases in Oregon – and while U.S. officials state that the coronavirus represents a low risk to the public in the U.S. – we are taking this matter seriously.

We are writing to share that OSU is engaged proactively by working closely with local health care officials, and providing students and university employees with virus updates and wellness guidance.

We encourage you to stay informed about this this public health matter by visiting the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and by visiting our Health Alert page on the OSU Student Health Services website.

We also encourage you to talk with your student about ways they can engage in good personal health practices. To assist you, answers to frequently asked questions, are available at Student Health.

OSU will continue to monitor this matter closely, and will communicate to the OSU community any next steps by the university, as well as provide valuable wellness information and updates on services that are available.


Dan Larson
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Oregon State University

February 4, 2020