Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy

Oregon State University is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive campus free of all violence, harassment, and discrimination.  The university embraces and respects differences in sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation among all individuals. All individuals who are participating in university programs and activities have the right to do so fully, free from sexual discrimination, misconduct, and retaliation.  The university prohibits sexual misconduct of any kind, including sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking.  Such misconduct violates university policy and may also violate state or federal law.  When such misconduct occurs, the university will take steps to stop, prevent recurrence, and remedy the impacts of such behavior. Full Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy

Investigation and Resolution Process (For Students)

This process applies to students who are accused of violations of University Policy 05-001 Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination (“Policy”). Oregon State University (“university”), for the purposes of this process, considers a student to be: an admitted person demonstrating acceptance of admission through participation in orientation programs or early start programs; a person who is enrolled or dually enrolled; a person enrolled online; a person between academic terms; a graduate awaiting a degree; a person on an approved educational leave; a person currently serving a suspension, including administrative suspension; a person who is not currently enrolled but can register without re-applying; a person who withdraws while a disciplinary matter, including an investigation, is pending; and, a person who is eligible to receive any of the rights and privileges afforded a person who is enrolled. Full Investigation and Resolution Process for Students

Investigation and Resolution Process (For Employees)

This process applies to employees who are accused of violations of University Policy 05-001 Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination (“Policy”). Oregon State University (“university”), for the purposes of this process, considers employees to be “all persons employed by the university, including, but not limited to, unclassified faculty (both academic and professional), unclassified academic wage, classified, temporary, student-employees, and graduate employees. Full Investigation and Resolution Process for Employees

Employee Responsibilities to Report Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination

Most Oregon State University employees, excluding undergraduate student employees except those who have been notified they have a responsibility to report sexual misconduct, are considered "Responsible Employees" and must consult with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access when they are made aware or have reason to believe that a violation of the Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination policy has occurred. Responsible Employee guidance is detailed in the Oregon State University Policy on Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence (.pdf). However, the university makes several confidential offices available to those who have been affected by sexual misconduct or discrimination.  The following offices do not report sexual assaults or other sexual misconduct or discrimination claims to other university offices, but can refer students and employees to resources and services both on campus and within the community: Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center (SARC), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Health Services (SHS), and the University Ombuds

Key Definitions

Sex Discrimination: No person shall be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of any university program or activity because of sexual discrimination, including discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Sexual Misconduct: Sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual activity, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and stalking are considered sexual misconduct and are prohibited.