OSU's Commitment and Policy Information

Oregon State University is dedicated to promoting and fostering a safe environment for all students, staff, and faculty. As an employer and educational institution, OSU has a responsibility to take reasonable steps to eliminate all forms of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. We must also work to prevent their recurrence and to address their effects. The office charged with investigating complaints of harassment is the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access and the office's Interim Executive Director, Clay Simmons, is the university's Title IX Coordinator.

Your Responsibilities

We each have the responsibility to treat others with respect.  The most important thing you can do is to refrain from engaging in any harassing behavior and not tolerate such behavior from others. If you stay aware of your responsibility and assert your rights to a respectful work or learning environment, you will have taken an important step toward eliminating sexual harassment.  Additionally, each of us can assist the university in taking corrective action by responding appropriately when we learn of situations that may be harassment. 

Employee Responsibilities

All Oregon State University employees must consult with the University Title IX Coordinator, Clay Simmons, or his designee in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access when they are made aware or have reason to believe that a violation of the University Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment has occurred. Employee responsibilities are detailed in the Oregon State University Policy on Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence (.pdf). Exemptions from consultation with the University Title IX Coordinator or designee exist only for employees who serve in a professional role in which communication is privileged under Oregon law (e.g., medical provider, licensed professional counselor).

Please note that this responsibility is distinct from obligations related to the mandatory reporting of child abuse. ORS 419B.005 mandates that employees of Oregon higher education institutions are considered by law to be subject to mandatory reporting of child abuse.

University Policy Prohibiting All Forms of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as:

Unwelcome* sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or education-related decisions affecting such an individual; or
  • Such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive  that it has the effect, intended or unintended, of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance because it has created an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment and would have such an effect on a reasonable person of that individual’s status.

*Employee conduct directed towards a student--whether unwelcome or welcome--can constitute sexual harassment under OSU Policy 580-015-0010(2).

Student Conduct Code

A Student or Student Organization found to have committed any of the proscribed acts outlined in Oregon State University's Student Conduct Code is subject to sanctions. According to OSU Policy 576-015-0010(11), sexual assault, or sexual misconduct of any kind are prohibited. Sexual assault or misconduct may be found whenever sexual contact occurs without the recipients' consent, as defined by 576-015-0010(6). The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access responds to violations of the Student Conduct Code involving sexual harassment and/or discriminatory harassment as well as to allegations of unwanted sexual contact of any kind.