Oregon State University fosters an inclusive environment where everyone is provided an equal opportunity to succeed, learn, explore and engage in dialogue.
Freedom of expression is essential to the university’s commitment to ensure inclusive educational opportunities.
At Oregon State, differences and dissenting viewpoints are not only tolerated but encouraged as part of the educational process. As a community, we recognize that from time to time, freedom of expression is a right that may raise strong emotional responses when put into practice.
The following principles provide the foundation for expression at OSU.
The University may reasonably regulate the time, place, and manner of expression (PDF) to ensure that it does not disrupt the university’s activities.1
In addition to our position on Freedom of Expression, OSU commits to the following purpose, priorities and philosophy of campus response to protest (PDF).
For more information about specific principles, consult the summary of OSU policies and the reference guide to support campus protest (PDF).
1 Free speech law is highly context-specific and complex. OSU employees with legal questions about how free speech applies to particular scenarios should contact the OSU Office of General Counsel (541-737-2472). OSU students with questions should contact the Office of the Dean of Student Life.