Oregon Bulletin

May 1, 2012

Oregon University System, Oregon State University, Chapter 576

Rule Caption: Amending rules regarding prohibition of firearms on University property.

Adm. Order No.: OSU 1-2012(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 3-30-2012

Certified to be Effective: 3-30-12 thru 6-30-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 576-015-0020, 576-024-0000, 576-065-0000, 576-065-0010

Subject: The Oregon Court of Appeals has held that the Board of Higher Education is not authorized to regulate firearms on Board-owned property through its rulemaking authority. The University is proposing to amend its rules to remove firearm prohibitions.

Rules Coordinator: Beth Giddens—(541) 737-2449


Offenses Proscribed by the University

A Student or Student Organization found to have committed any of the following proscribed acts is subject to sanctions under these rules:

(1) Obstruction or disruption of teaching, learning, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other institutional activities, including the institution’s public service functions or other authorized activities on institutionally-owned or controlled property. Disruptive behavior may include but is not limited to the following, where it has the effect of obstructing or disrupting the University activities listed above:

(a) Repeatedly leaving and entering the classroom without authorization;

(b) Making loud or distracting noises;

(c) Arriving late or leaving early;

(d) Persisting in speaking without being recognized;

(e) Behavior that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety. The instructor has authority to manage the classroom environment, which may include requiring a Student to leave when the Student’s behavior disrupts the teaching or learning environment. If the Student refuses to leave, the instructor may call the Department of Public Safety for assistance and should submit an Incident Report Form to SCCS to initiate disciplinary proceedings.

(2) Academic or Scholarly Dishonesty:

(a) Academic or Scholarly Dishonesty is defined as an act of deception in which a Student seeks to claim credit for the work or effort of another person, or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work or research, either through the Student’s own efforts or the efforts of another.

(b) It includes:

(A) CHEATING – use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids, or an act of deceit by which a Student attempts to misrepresent mastery of academic effort or information. This includes but is not limited to unauthorized copying or collaboration on a test or assignment, using prohibited materials and texts, any misuse of an electronic device, or using any deceptive means to gain academic credit.

(B) FABRICATION – falsification or invention of any information including but not limited to falsifying research, inventing or exaggerating data, or listing incorrect or fictitious references.

(C) ASSISTING – helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty. This includes but is not limited to paying or bribing someone to acquire a test or assignment, changing someone’s grades or academic records, taking a test/doing an assignment for someone else by any means, including misuse of an electronic device. It is a violation of Oregon state law to create and offer to sell part or all of an educational assignment to another person (ORS 165.114).

(D) TAMPERING – altering or interfering with evaluation instruments or documents.

(E) PLAGIARISM – representing the words or ideas of another person or presenting someone else’s words, ideas, artistry or data as one’s own, or using one’s own previously submitted work. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to copying another person’s work (including unpublished material) without appropriate referencing, presenting someone else’s opinions and theories as one’s own, or working jointly on a project and then submitting it as one’s own.

(c) Academic Dishonesty cases are handled initially by the academic units, following the process outlined in the University’s Academic Dishonesty Report Form, and will also be referred to SCCS for action under these rules.

(3) Obstruction or disruption that interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on institutionally-owned or controlled property.

(4) Hazing, defined as any action that endangers the physical, emotional, mental health or safety of an individual, or destroys or damages personal property for the purpose of initiation, membership, admission or participation in a group or organization. Expressed or implied consent of the person subject to hazing is not a defense. Apathy and acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule. Acts that constitute hazing when they endanger the physical, emotional, mental health or safety of an individual, or destroy or damage personal property, include but are not limited to:

(a) Acts that are prohibited under any applicable law, including but not limited to ORS 163.197, under which hazing is a criminal violation;

(b) Interfering with a Student’s academic performance by denying sufficient time for class, study or other academic activities;

(c) Compelling ingestion of any substance;

(d) Compelling participation in physical activities such as calisthenics, exercise, or other games or activities requiring physical exertion;

(e) Compelling exposure to weather elements or other physically or emotionally uncomfortable situations;

(f) Compelling excessive fatigue from sleep deprivation, physical activities, or exercise;

(g) Committing any act of physical brutality against another including but not limited to paddling, striking with fists, open hands or objects, and branding;

(h) Kidnapping or transporting another with the intent of stranding him or her;

(i) Compelling conduct that can be reasonably expected to embarrass or adversely affect the dignity of another, including the performance of public stunts and activities such as scavenger hunts;

(j) Intentionally creating work or labor for another;

(k) Compelling another to commit any sexual act or engage in lewd behavior

(l) Compelling any act that results in the destruction, defacement or removal of private or public property

(5) Harassment, defined as conduct of any sort directed at another that is severe, pervasive or persistent, and is of a nature that would cause a reasonable person in the victim’s position substantial emotional distress and undermine his or her ability to work, study or participate in his or her regular life activities or participate in the activities of the University, and actually does cause the victim substantial emotional distress and undermines the victim’s ability to work, study, or participate in the victim’s regular life activities or participate in the activities of the University. Stalking behavior that meets this definition constitutes Harassment within the meaning of this rule.

(6) Sexual Harassment, as defined in the University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment.

(7) Discriminatory Harassment, as defined in the University’s Policy on Discriminatory Harassment.

(8) Possession or use of explosives, dangerous chemicals, or other dangerous instrumentalities on institutionally-owned or controlled property, in contravention of law or institutional rules.

(9) Illegal use, possession, or distribution of drugs or illegal substances on institutionally-owned or controlled property.

(10) Alcohol violations, including possession or consumption of alcohol by persons less than 21 years of age, furnishing alcohol to persons less than 21 years, or consumption of alcohol by a Student of any age in violation of the University’s rules or policies on alcoholic beverages on University owned or controlled property or at University sponsored or supervised activities.

(11) Rape, sexual assault, or unwanted sexual contact of any kind, and the threat of such contact, are prohibited, as is any physical abuse. Sexual contact shall be considered “unwanted” or without consent if no clear consent is freely given; if inflicted through force, threat of force, or coercion; or if inflicted upon a person who is unconscious or otherwise without the physical or mental capacity to consent. If sexual contact is inflicted on someone who is intoxicated or impaired in the exercise of their judgment by alcohol or drugs, it may be considered without consent.

(12) Detention or physical abuse of any person or conduct that threatens imminent bodily harm or endangers the health of any person on any institutionally-owned or controlled property.

(13) Invasion of another’s privacy, where that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, including but not limited to the use of electronic devices to make an unauthorized audio or video recording of any person while on University owned or controlled property without his or her prior knowledge, or without his or her effective consent, when such a recording is of information or of images taken from or of a person at a time and place where she or he has a reasonable expectation of privacy and where the recording is reasonably likely to cause injury or distress.

(14) Unauthorized recording of a class or of organizational or University meetings. To obtain the required authorization, the Student or Student Organization must obtain expressed permission from the faculty member, Student Organization, or University representative or official in charge of the class, meeting, or activity.

(15) Malicious damage, misuse or theft of institutional property, or the property of any other person where such property is located on institutionally-owned or controlled property or, regardless of location, is in the care, custody, or control of an institution.

(16) Refusal by any person while on institutional property to comply with an order of the President or appropriate authorized official to leave such premises because of conduct proscribed by this rule when such conduct constitutes a danger to personal safety, property, or educational or other appropriate institutional activities on such premises.

(17) Unauthorized entry to or use of institutional facilities, including buildings and grounds.

(18) Smoking in unauthorized areas in violation of OAR 576-040-0010.

(19) Falsification or misuse of University information, including but not limited to records, permits, documents, computer resources, identification cards, etc.; or the furnishing of false or misleading information to the University or its representative; or refusal to provide one’s name, class, school, and local address when requested by a University official, provided the official is identified and indicates legitimate reason for the request.

(20) Unauthorized use of University computing resources in violation of the University’s Acceptable Use of Computing Resources Policy.

(21) Inciting others to engage in any of the conduct or to perform any of the acts prohibited herein. Inciting means that advocacy of proscribed conduct which calls on the person or persons addressed for imminent action, and is coupled with a reasonable apprehension of imminent danger to the functions and purposes of the institution, including the safety of persons and the protection of its property.

(22) Violating the State Board of Higher Education’s Policy on Intercollegiate Athletics as described in Section 8 of its Internal Management Directives, specifically including the subsection thereof entitled Code of Ethics.

(23) Violation of any federal or state law or city or local ordinance or University rule or policy that applies to the Student.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 351.070
Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.070
Hist.: OSU 1-1991, f. & cert. ef. 3-6-91; OSU 8-1995, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-95; OSU 4-1996, f. & cert. ef. 6-21-96; OSU 4-1998, f. & cert. ef. 6-24-98; OSU 4-1999, f. & cert. ef. 7-17-99; OSU 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-25-02; OSU 2-2010, f. 6-30-10, cert. ef. 7-1-10; OSU 4-2011, f. & cert. ef. 6-13-11; OSU 1-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-30-12 thru 6-30-12


Prohibited Articles

(1) The following items are not allowed anywhere within Reser Stadium or within the defining fence around it, or anywhere within Gill Coliseum during periods when it is being used for an event open and advertised to the public:

(a) Glass containers of any kind;

(b) Metal cans;

(c) Weapons, and destructive devices, as provided in OAR 576-065-0000 to 576-065-0020;

(d) Fireworks, explosives or explosive devices, inflammables, and artificial noisemakers as provided in the rules of the Pacific 12 Conference, available in the OSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics;

(e) Alcohol or alcoholic beverages, except as provided in OAR 576-060-0010 to 576-060-0039;

(f) Briefcases, athletic bags, packages, duffel bags, coolers, ice chests, picnic baskets, and other similar containers capable of concealing prohibited articles, except that backpacks and other small bags may be used for carrying personal possessions;

(g) Signs on sticks or poles;

(h) Umbrellas.

(2) Exceptions to the above prohibitions are limited to:

(a) Alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverage containers belonging to Oregon State University concessionaire or catering services contracting with the University for its officially sponsored social functions, e.g. receptions, meetings, promotional activities, etc.;

(b) Weapons of law enforcement officials while on duty for the scheduled event;

(c) Megaphones used by cheerleaders;

(d) Functions held within the Valley Football Center or elsewhere in Reser Stadium, including the press box structure, which have been approved by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

(3) University employees or agents shall request, as a condition of the license to enter the facility, that persons about to enter allow them to look inside all backpacks and other bags for carrying personal possessions, purses and diaper bags.

(a) The person(s) entering the facility will be asked by University staff or agents to reveal the items in the backpack, purse or bag. Staff or agents shall inform person(s) in possession of the backpack, purse or bag of the reason for the inspection. Staff or agents shall further inform the persons entering the facility that they may decline the inspection and shall inform them of the following options available if they decline inspection:

(A) The person(s) will be denied admission to the facility, and will then be entitled to receive an immediate refund of the price of the ticket at the “Will Call” booth; or

(B) The person(s) may return the backpack, purse or bag to a vehicle and then enter the facility without such item.

(b) If the container is opened for inspection, and prohibited items are found by staff or agents, the possessor of such items shall be offered a choice of discarding the item(s), or returning them to a vehicle as provided in (3)(a)(B) of this rule;

(c) Personnel making the inspection requests are not obliged to cause persons to wait in line unduly while other inspections are proceeding. They must, however, request the inspection of the next person who appears carrying inspectable containers as soon as they have completed any given inspection;

(d) Inspections made under this rule do not include pat-down inspection of clothing being worn but do extend to carried items. Entering persons will be encouraged to keep moving through gates and doorways.

(4) If prohibited articles are openly possessed by a person inside the facility, that person shall be considered to have violated the license to enter and view the event. The license is then revoked and the person(s) shall be requested to leave immediately. A refusal or failure to leave following such a request can cause the person to be treated as a trespasser.

(5) If a refund is requested under the provisions of subsection (3)(a)(A) of this rule, a bearer coupon shall be delivered promptly by University officials. This bearer coupon may be exchanged for a full refund immediately at the “Will Call” or other appropriate ticket booth.

(6) Prohibited items which may be seen without inspection are subject to the same consequences as specified in section (3) of this rule.

(7) Signs shall be prominently displayed at entrances to the facilities listing prohibited articles, and providing notification of the request for inspection and the right to decline options.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 351.070
Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.070
Hist.: OSU 4-1993, f. & cert. ef. 6-4-93; OSU 7-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-28-01 thru 3-26-02; OSU 3-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-25-02; OSU 6-2008, f. 6-27-08, cert. ef. 7-1-08; OSU 1-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-30-12 thru 6-30-12



(1) “Weapon” means any knife having a blade that projects or swings into position by force of a spring, by centrifugal force or by gravity and is commonly known as a switchblade knife; any hunting or target bow, any crossbow; any dirk, dagger, slingshot, metal knuckles; or any similar instrument by the use of which injury could be inflicted upon the person or property of any other person.

(2) “Destructive Device” means:

(a) A projectile containing an explosive or incendiary material or any other chemical substance; or

(b) A bomb, grenade, missile, or similar device or any launching device therefor.

(3) “University Sanctioned Use” means: R.O.T.C., OSU Pistol Club, OSU Rifle Club, or other uses approved by the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 351.070
Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.070
Hist.: OSU 5-1992, f. & cert. ef. 6-5-92; OSU 4-1995, f. & cert. ef. 6-20-95; OSU 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 2-25-99; OSU 1-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-30-12 thru 6-30-12


Prohibitions and Regulations

(1) Possession, use, or threatened use of dangerous chemicals, weapons, or destructive devices, are not allowed on property owned or controlled by Oregon State University except as expressly authorized by law or authorized in this rule.

(2) Weapons or destructive devices may be used on campus owned or controlled property only in connection with a University sanctioned use. Use must be consistent with the regulations of the organization conducting the sanctioned use.

(3) This rule does not apply to University family housing units or University-owned single family dwellings.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 351.060 & 351.070
Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.060 & 351.070
Hist.: OSU 5-1992, f. & cert. ef. 6-5-92; OSU 4-1995, f. & cert. ef. 6-20-95; OSU 9-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-2-98 thru 3-31-99; OSU 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 2-25-99; OSU 3-2001, f. & cert. ef. 2-21-01; OSU 1-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-30-12 thru 6-30-12

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