20 Strategies seek to improve livability

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A collaboration between the Corvallis Police Department and Oregon State University has resulted in 20 strategies to further improve community livability, reduce incidents of high-volume drinking and lessen the impacts of parties.

Calls about noise, alcohol violations and other disturbances have gone down 45 percent since Oregon State and the city of Corvallis began working together on neighborhood issues in 2012, according to Police Chief Jon Sassaman.

At an April meeting of the Corvallis Community Relations Advisory Group (CRAG) — which includes 16 university and community representatives — Jon Sassaman, Susie Brubaker-Cole, OSU vice provost for student affairs, and Steve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing, unveiled the strategies and objectives, including:

  • Improving community livability around high-incident weekends.
  • Reducing sexual violence incidents related to excessive alcohol and/or drug use.
  • Minimizing illegal and binge drinking.
  • Improving student and community safety.
  • Preventing student risks associated with
    binge drinking.
  • Helping students become better neighbors through responsible behavior.

Sassaman and Oregon State leaders say many of the proposed strategies are underway now and others will be implemented by fall 2016. The strategies can be found at corvallisoregon.gov.

The proposal calls for two Oregon State Police troopers to patrol neighborhoods near campus beginning in July, and for the Corvallis Police Department to hire three additional livability officers in 2017. The city of Corvallis and Oregon State have budgeted $2.45 million to fund the additional police. Roen Hogg, Ward 2 city councilor and co-chair of the CRAG, told the Corvallis Gazette-Times he is very happy about these efforts.

“I think it will make a real difference in the safety
of students and the livability in the neighborhoods,” he says.

Greek Community Cleanups

The Oregon State Interfraternity Council’s Breakfast Club campaign, which began in April, brings between 50 and 100 fraternity and sorority members together monthly to remove litter from Corvallis neighborhoods. Extra attention will be given to high-volume party weekends such as Dam Jam, Halloween and the week students move out after spring-term finals.

“We want to promote a culture of service through the entire community because that’s what we stand for,” Alec Peterson, president of the Interfraternity Council, told the Gazette-Times.

Beavers Give A Dam

Oregon State Student Health Services leads this evidence-based initiative that teaches bystanders how to step in and prevent sexual violence. Participants learn to:

  • Recognize different types of sexual violence.
  • Explore the relationship between sexual violence and alcohol and other drugs.
  • Understand sexual consent and when it can be given/received.
  • Practice bystander intervention methods.
  • Know and be able to reference campus and local resources for sexual violence survivors.

Future developments include training students as facilitators and customizing content for campus groups such as fraternities and sororities, student athletes, resident assistants and new student orientation leaders.

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