Members of the Oregon State University community,
Many are concerned about a change in guidance this week from the US Departments of Education and Justice to schools and universities regarding access to restrooms and facilities for transgender students. This change represents a setback for the rights of transgender people that may impact students across the country.
We are writing to assure our community that this change at the federal level will not change Oregon State University values or commitment to ensure an inclusive, safe and accessible university for transgender students and community members -- and all members of the OSU community. As such, Oregon State will continue to pursue gender-inclusive policies and practices.
Additionally, the state of Oregon continues to demonstrate its commitment to inclusive access to facilities through the state’s laws and policies.
OSU demonstrates its commitment to civil rights, inclusivity and access in this area in many ways including:
Oregon State will continue to provide updates on this and other civil rights matters on the OSU Home Page, as well as the websites of the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, the Office of the Dean of Student Life and the Office Diversity and Cultural Engagement.
The new federal guidance points out that federal law continues to protect against any discrimination or harassment based on one’s gender (including transgender) status. Regardless of federal developments, we will remain vigilant in protecting against discrimination and harassment, both of which are unacceptable and are prohibited at Oregon State University.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Office of Institutional Diversity