Wednesday, January 27, 2021

OSU Community Members,

I write to emphasize our shared personal responsibility to assure that Oregon State University operates in an ethical and honest manner, fosters a culture of inclusion, and contributes to a community free of sexual misconduct and harassment.

Beginning this week, we launch a single webpage to prominently promote the many university efforts and ongoing available services dedicated to integrity, sexual misconduct reporting and support, Title IX compliance, equal opportunity, safety and other important commitments. A link to this new web page appears in a prominent location along the right side of the university’s homepage and is entitled “Hotline and Sexual Misconduct Reporting and Services.” This new webpage includes overviews of available university programs and services and provides links and contact information for these programs.

Oregon State University’s commitment to integrity, ethics and fostering a university community free of misconduct starts with the OSU Board of Trustees and the Office of the President. The University Code of Ethics was adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2014. According to the code, employees are expected to report any violation of law or university policy that they become aware of. Examples of violations include harassment, sexual misconduct, illegal or fraudulent activity, conflicts of interest and other unethical conduct. University employees are considered public officials and must comply with the provisions contained in Chapter 244 of the Oregon Revised Statutes. (See A Guide for Public Officials.) Additional information is covered in the Ethics module included as part of the required employee critical training series.

Employees are expected to be honest in all university work. Employees are encouraged to discuss any concerns they may have regarding the ethical conduct of the university or its employees with their supervisor or manager. 

Employees who do not feel comfortable discussing concerns with their supervisor, as well as students and members of the public, may make a report of any ethical concerns confidentially through the OSU Accountability and Integrity Hotline. The university contracts with EthicsPoint, an independent, third-party vendor, to provide a confidential and anonymous telephone and web system for reporting concerns. All actionable reports made through this hotline will be reviewed by the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance, an independent unit, and will be investigated by the appropriate office. Meanwhile, all concerns or reports of sexual misconduct must be made directly to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

Anyone who provides a good faith report of misconduct is protected from retaliation under OSU policy and state law.

Anonymous reports can be made to:

OSU Accountability and Integrity Hotline via phone or website.
Phone:     855-388-4971
Website:  Hotline reporting

You also may report suspected violations of university policy and federal and state laws to the following offices:

Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Phone: 541-737-3556

Office of Human Resources
Phone: 541-737-0546

Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance
Phone: 541-737-0505

Office of Research Integrity
Phone: 541-737-2878 

Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 541-737-8257

Support resources are also available. I encourage those who seek confidential assistance to contact OSU’s Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center, a confidential resource available to all students and employees; Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and medical professionals in Student Health Services for students; and the University Ombuds Office for students and employees. Counseling and other resources at OSU-Cascades are available by calling 541-322-3162 and can be found on the OSU-Cascades website.

Join me in committing to advance OSU’s culture of ethical behavior and a university community free of sexual misconduct and harassment.



F. King Alexander