Why We Talk About Risk

Risk management and the safety of our community members is a top priority at Oregon State. We offer rules and guidelines for our students to have a safe, enjoyable college experience, as well as safely interact with other students on and off campus. With risk managers in every chapter and on our governing councils, we have educational roundtables each term informing chapters and their representatives of any new updates. As community leaders we know our peers are sons, daughters, siblings, and friends to others which is why take risk management very near to our hearts. 


The philosophy of these policies is to reduce risks involved with social activities within social fraternities/sororities and define regulations set forth by the fraternity/sorority governing councils. The policies should be used to plan an event along with individual Chapter and inter/national policies and procedures, be in compliance with Oregon State University’s (OSU) Code of Student Conduct, and follow any Federal, State, and Local laws. If there is ever a conflict between policies, the more restrictive policy should be followed.

Reporting Process

It is best to set a date for an event as far in advance as possible to allow for ample time for planning and organizing the event details. Chapters/organizations are responsible for reporting their Social Events, of any kind, to their respective council. Event Reporting Forms for social events are due by 11:59 pm on the Tuesday prior to the organization’s event via a form provided by the respective governing council. The link(s) for these Reporting Forms can be found on the individual council websites.

Event Definition:

Any activity or event sponsored or endorsed by the organization, including those that occur on or off property owned or controlled by the chapter.

Late Reports:

Events reported after the deadline will be evaluated by the officer responsible for reviewing report submissions. Chapters are eligible to receive one written warning per term for late reported events, before the Judicial Process would begin as outlined in the respective council bylaws.


Failure to Report:

Failure to report the event will result in all involved parties being automatically referred to the respective council’s Judicial Process.

Perfect Party: Party Planner Guide

Planning a party?  Click here for a slideshow on how to Plan the Perfect Party  These slides were shared at a program hosted at Risk Management 101 in January 2018.


BYOB: Bring Your Own Beverage

Please see the following guidelines from the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) for Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB): Hosting Safe Social Events. Here's an example of BYOB Punch Cards.

Corvallis Police Department Liaison Program

The Corvallis Police Department (CPD) assigns a police officer to each fraternity and sorority to serve as a resource for the chapter. For further information on this program, please contact CPD Sergeant Michael Hinckley at [email protected] or the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life.

Liaison Officer Chapter Assignments - Listed under Resources


The Prevention and Wellness team at Student Health Services is dedicated to educating students and providing information regarding a wide variety of health issues. Below are descriptions of the various workshop topics that are covered by Prevention and Wellness. If you would like to have someone from the Wellness team come to your location (residence hall, community, class, etc.) to give a presentation, facilitate a discussion, or provide health education materials, please complete the online Program Request FormFor preparation and planning purposes, please make your request at least two weeks in advance.

Alcohol, Cannabis and Other Drugs

Alcohol and Other Drugs

This program focuses on helping students identify negative and harmful consequences of high-risk alcohol use. It acknowledges that abstinence from alcohol is the safest option but not always the most acceptable choice for students. Thus, the program focuses on harm reduction as opposed to a "just say no" approach. The presenters approach this topic in a fun, interactive, positive, and intellectually stimulating manner.

Cannabis: A Blunt Discussion on the Facts

Want to make sure you understand the Oregon State and Corvallis laws on marijuana? Want to see just how many students on OSU's campus are using marijuana? Want to learn how marijuana affects your body and your studies? Then join us for this interactive presentation to get you in the know regarding marijuana.



Addressing Stigma and Making OSU a Recovery Supportive Home

This workshop will use clips from the documentary "The Anonymous People" to prompt a discussion about what it is like for someone who is in recovery from addiction to be a student on a university campus. Students will be encouraged to think about the stigma that is placed on those who face addiction or who are in recovery. Students will discuss the ways a typical campus can be a hostile environment to those facing addiction or who are in recovery, as well as explore the resources for addiction and recovery support on OSU’s campus and will be empowered to be an advocate for increasing this support.

Sexual Violence Prevention

Beavs Believe

The goal of this training is to create empathy and support for survivors, decrease victim blame on campus and learn to cultivate a safe and caring community at Oregon State. By the end of the workshop, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe what sexual violence is
  • Evaluate the ways in which rape myths and victim blaming contribute to sexual violence
  • Employ useful skills to support a survivor

Beavers Give a Dam-Active Bystander Training

The goal of this workshop is to create a community of empowered bystanders who promote safety for everyone. During the workshop you'll learn to:

  • Identify barriers, safety considerations, and motivations for intervening.
  • Recognize incidents of harm related to sexual violence.
  • Apply strategies for intervening and advocacy.
  • Learn how to refer and engage with resources.


Sexual Health

The Birds and the Beavs Workshop

This interactive workshop brings everyone up to speed on consent and safer sex. Through inclusive activities and discussion, participants will explore what safer sex is and what it means for them, and explore the types of barriers and contraception available to them. Participants will learn to dispel common myths about sex and sexuality and feel more prepared to protect themselves and their partners. STI testing and other campus resources will be shared.

Communication & Consent 

More information about this workshop coming soon.