Under authority granted by Article 6, Sections 31 and 31a of the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma and Title 70, 1991 Oklahoma Statues, Sections 3412(a), (o), Oklahoma State University is granted full authority to distribute policies and procedures governing the conduct of its students.
By enrolling at Oklahoma State University, students accept responsibility for compliance with all University policies and contracts. Disciplinary action may also be taken for any violation of local ordinances, state or federal law, on or off campus that adversely affects the University community or the pursuit of the University's lawful educational mission, process or function. The University reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well being of the campus community. Examples of off-campus behavior which may be subject to university disciplinary action include but are not limited to: selling or otherwise providing alcohol to underage students, selling or distributing illicit drugs, sexual violence, hazing, actions which result in the serious injury or death of another person(s), or repeated alcohol or drug offenses that jeopardize the individual's or community's educational opportunities. Sanctions for these violations will generally result in suspension or expulsion from the University. Students shall have the right of due process and appeal as prescribed in this document and other relevant University policies, rules or regulations. Students may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties in addition to campus sanctions. Campus resolution may proceed before, during or after civil and/or criminal actions are concluded and is not subject to challenge based on the action or inaction of civil authorities.
Attendance at Oklahoma State University is optional and voluntary. When students enroll here, they voluntarily accept obligations of performance and behavior that are consistent with Oklahoma State University’s lawful mission, processes, and functions. In general, these obligations are considered much higher than the obligations imposed by civil and criminal law for all citizens. Students voluntarily accept their responsibilities as members of the academic community, as well as any educational sanctions imposed against them should their behavior
violate their responsibilities.
Any question of interpretation regarding the Code of Conduct shall be determined at the sole discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee for final determination.
Oklahoma State University is committed to equitable treatment in providing its services and applying its policies to all members of the University community. This commitment is based on our dedication to educational justice and the promise of each individual, as well as adherence to federal and state laws and the policies of our governing board. To reaffirm the policies and practices applicable at Oklahoma State University, all should know that OSU will not tolerate arbitrary and/or unreasonable discriminatory acts and procedures. Any member of the University community who believes s/he has been arbitrarily and/or unreasonably denied services and/or access to programs or activities through the University for which they are eligible may file an
appeal under current applicable grievance procedures. Grievance procedures for faculty, staff and students are available through the offices of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Human Resources Office, and Student Conduct Office.
The following information is excerpted from the official OSU Policy and Procedure Letter 1-0101: Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action. The complete policy and procedure is available online.
It is the policy of the Oklahoma State University:
To be a complete equal opportunity University in all phases of operations, toward the end of attaining the University's basic mission and goals. To provide equal employment and/or educational opportunity on the basis of merit and without discrimination because of age, race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veterans' status, or qualified disability. To subscribe to the fullest extent to the principle of the dignity of all persons and their labors; in support of this principle, sexual harassment is condemned in the recruitment, appointment, and advancement of employees and in the evaluation of students' academic performance. To apply equal opportunity in the recruitment, hiring, placement, training, promotion, and termination of all employees; and to all personnel actions such as compensation, education, tuition assistance, and social and recreational programs. The University shall consistently and aggressively monitor these areas to ensure that any differences which may exist are the results of bona fide qualification factors other than age, race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veterans' status, or qualified disability. To ensure that each applicant who is offered employment at the University shall have been selected on the basis of qualification, merit, and professional ability. To provide and to promote equal educational opportunity to students in all phases of the academic program and in all phases of the student life program; and shall consistently and aggressively monitor these areas to ensure that any differences which may exist are the results of bona fide factors other than age, race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veterans' status, or qualified disability.
The Equal Opportunity Officer is designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and can be reached at 405-744-9154,firstname.lastname@example.org, or 408 Whitehurst Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078.
The Oklahoma State University Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on Oklahoma State University premises, at Oklahoma State University sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the Oklahoma State University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of the degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Code of Conduct shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The Coordinator of Student Conduct Education shall decide whether the Student Code of Conduct shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis.