Welcome to the official website for the ASOSU Office of Advocacy.

The Office of Advocacy provides advice and guidance to students who have a dispute within the university. In addition, the office serves as policy advisor and researcher to the ASOSU President and Vice-President. Furthermore, we seek to function as a problem solver for all 28,000+ students who are enrolled at OSU.

Please check here frequently for updated information and further resources to help you or other students overcome any obstacles that may hinder your academic success or fulfillment of collegiate goals.


Areas of Assistance

The Office of Advocacy assists students with academic and personal issues that involve a misunderstanding with the university or any of its administrative units. We handle disputes within a broad spectrum of issues.  If you have questions or concerns regarding an entity on campus, or an off-campus facility with close ties to OSU such as The Gem apartment complex, the ASOSU Office of Advocacy can help you to resolve the issue.

logoOur office is funded by student incidental fees. The Office of Advocacy strives to assist all currently enrolled individuals. However, the Office of Advocacy is unable to participate in disputes between students. Since all students pay incidental fees, we cannot help either student when their interests are in conflict. 


**The Office of Advocacy does not handle immigration, taxes, copyright, patent, small business or real estate issues.**

The following are some of the areas with which the Office of Advocacy assists:

If you are unsure whether your issue falls within the scope of the Office of Advocacy, please contact one of our student interns at 541-737-9200 for clarification.

About Us

The Office of Advocacy has worked with hundreds of students in a wide array of conflicts. Since 2000, the Office of Advocacy has served to empower and support students within the university. In addition to helping with conflicts, researching and providing general assistance to students, we work to support and further the best interest of students throughout the university. We encourage all students to contact our office with any questions or disputes that involve the university.

Frequently Asked Questions



Below are example scenarios for types of issues the Office of Advocacy handles. The matters below describe some, but not all, of the areas in which the Office of Advocacy may assist students. If you have questions regarding your issue, please do not hesitate to contact us at 541-737-9200 or send us an email at asosu.advocacy@oregonstate.edu.

The Office of Advocacy maintains strict client confidentiality. The following fact patterns are not taken directly from past or present clients. They represent a synthesis of many scenarios presented since the inception of the office. We do not offer answers in the FAQs because individual factors in each student’s issue will determine the best course of action.


Academic/ASOSU Advising

Scenario/Situation 1: I am a student at OSU and I would like to interview a professional who can advise me in the process of applying for Law school.

Scenario/Situation 2: I have been working on campus for a year now, and I recently got fired from my job without any notice. I feel that this is unfair and I would like to talk to someone about my situation.

Grade Appeal

Scenario/Situation 1:  I am on track to graduate from OSU and I have received a D- in one of my Math classes. I feel like I deserved a better grade and would like to appeal my D- but I don’t know where to begin.

Academic Dishonesty

Scenario/Situation 1: I was falsely accused of cheating from another student’s final exam in Anatomy and Physiology 331. I don’t want this to affect my grade, so how can I appeal this accusation?

Scenario/Situation 2: I am being accused of cheating during my Biology exam. The TA states that she saw me looking over at my friend’s exam, but there’s no proof. Can I still try to appeal this accusation?


Scenario/Situation 1: I am a student living in a Residence Hall and last weekend I received an MIP for drinking in my dorm. What are the consequences? Will I lose my financial aid?

Scenario/Situation 2: I am currently living in a Residence Hall and a couple of days ago my roommate was smoking weed. Oregon State Police smelled the marijuana and I got in trouble, even though I was not smoking. What’s the next step? I feel like I shouldn’t get in trouble for something I didn’t do.

Scenario/Situation 3: I am a freshman living in the residence halls and I don’t like the roommate I was assigned. I just want to break my contract with UHDS and to move out as soon as possible.


Scenario/Situation 1: I am an OSU student, currently paying out of state tuition. I have been attending OSU for a few years now and I applied for Oregon residency. I was denied residency so I would like to appeal for in-state tuition. Can you help?

Scenario/Situation 2: Someone on campus told me that I qualify for residency and that I should apply to get in-state tuition at OSU. Is this true? I need help beginning this process.

Oregon State Police/ Public Safety

Scenario/Situation 1: I am currently a full time student at OSU. I need help and guidance because I recently received a citation for theft at the OSU Bookstore. I am unsure of what can happen to me and how this will affect my academics.

Financial Aid

Scenario/Situation 1: I am a student at OSU and I am trying to register for classes but I can’t because I have not paid the amount owed on my account. I am worried because my time is running out to register for the classes I want and I don’t know what to do. Can the Office of Advocacy help me?

Scenario/Situation 2: I need help with a dispute with financial aid. The University has revoked my scholarship and I want to appeal. What steps should I take?

Student Conduct 

Scenario/Situation 1: I have a citation for student misconduct and I would like to appeal because I do not want it on my record. What are my options and is this possible?

Scenario/Situation 2: I have a student conduct hearing for academic dishonesty. I need help preparing for this hearing. Can the Office of Advocacy help me prepare?

Tuition, Fees, Business

Scenario/Situation 1: Last winter I received a failing grade for a required course for my major. I re-took it this year again and then the professor contacted me telling me that there had been a mistake, and that in fact I had received a passing grade for that course. I just spent my money on a course I didn’t have to take because of a grade book error. I would like to receive a refund for the class I had to retake. Can you help me with this?

Faculty Misconduct

Scenario/Situation 1: I feel like my student rights have been violated by one of my professors and I would like some help. It is affecting my academic progress in that class. I need guidance. Am I contacting the correct office?

Scenario/Situation 2: At the beginning of the term, I pre-arranged a make-up midterm with my professor because I was going to be absent for a surgery. When I came back to speak with the professor about my make-up exam, he refused to give me the exam. Our arrangement had no value to him and now I am faced with a failing grade because the professor was being unfair. What can I do to help my case?


Scenario/Situation 1: I am an INTO student and I have questions and concerns about my contract. I’m not a fluent English speaker and would like to bring someone with me to help translate/interpret. Can the Office of Advocacy help me?

Scenario/Situation 2:  The INTO program at OSU has placed me into a lower level course, but I feel that I should be in a higher course than assigned. Can I appeal this?