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OSU PRESIDENT BURNS HARGIS RESPONDS TO INAPPROPRIATE SOCIAL POSTS

HOW TO HAVE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON OTHERS AND THE #OKSTATE COMMUNITY:

  • Be smart. Think before you post. Answer these questions: Is it helpful? Is it kind? Is it legal? If your answer to any of these is “no” or you aren’t sure, don’t post the content.
  • Have fun. Digital media and apps are designed to encourage engagement and interaction. Use it to build others up, instead of tearing them down. Be a part of the conversation. There is value in diversity and sharing different ideas and perspectives.
  • Advocate for a good cause. Do you love #okstate, your student organization, a car, an animal or your hometown? Post with passion. Use the apps and sites you are comfortable with to advocate and share information about the things you love most.
  • Nothing you post online or within an app is truly anonymous. There are current court cases of students being prosecuted for threats that were posted through anonymous apps. Additionally, student athletes have lost scholarships over content posted online.
  • Share knowledge. One of the greatest benefits of the internet is the ability to actively engage in conversations for our own edification.
  • When using anonymous apps or posting content online, keep your safety and the safety of others in mind. Remember that predators have access to these apps. There are documented cases of violence and sexual assault related to encounters that began with one post. Use caution when meeting people whom you have connected with on anonymous apps. Have a buddy system and a way for others to know who you are meeting, where you are meeting and encourage them to come with you. Do your research before inviting someone to come to your residence or going to theirs.
  • Positivity goes a long way. Be the positive influence within conversations. Tell others when their comments or views are hurtful. Advocate for appropriate speech and actions online.
  • If you see something inappropriate within an app or online, use the reporting feature to alert site admins or developers to remove the post. The more it is flagged, the sooner it will be removed.

 


 
OSU takes preventive measures for Ebola

As the nation aggressively addresses the threat of Ebola, it is important to note that the widespread transmission of the disease and subsequent chances of a large scale outbreak still remain low in Oklahoma.

OSU health officials have taken preventive measures to plan for the unlikely event of an Ebola exposure on campus. This plan involves policies and procedures passed down from the CDC and the State Health Department, campus pandemic protocol, and coordination with Stillwater Medical Center.

With input from the OSU international student office, OSU University Health Services physicians are performing CDC-recommended health risk screenings and tracking any OSU-affiliated travelers from affected countries. This is an additional local screening on top of the screening travelers will have already received at an international airport.

In addition, the CDC has issued a “Level 3” travel warning which discourages any unnecessary travel to the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. OSU advises employees and students not to travel to those countries as long as the CDC warning is in place.

For answers to basic questions about Ebola, see below. For the latest developments and general facts on the Ebola virus, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola .

FACTS ABOUT EBOLA (From CDC)

1. What is Ebola?

Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common.

2. How is Ebola transmitted?

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

3. Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

4. Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?

No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.

5. Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?

No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

Ebola Transmission Reference (pdf)

Quick Reference for Suspected Ebola Case (pdf)

 

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Emergency: Call 911
Non-emergency: 405-744-6523