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Bullying and Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence

Bullying and Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence


New as of February 2012, the University Ombuds office serves the entire OSU community in conflict management. The development of the University Ombuds office originated from a recommendation made by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and President Ray’s former experiences at institutions with a university ombudsperson. The University Ombuds Office promotes a civil and inclusive campus community by providing informal, impartial, and confidential conflict management services to all members of the OSU community. It is the objective of the Ombuds to foster a culture of healthy, safe and open dialogue, and facilitate cooperative conflict resolution.Sue Theiss & Breanne Taylor

Although the Ombuds office serves all individuals from the OSU community, women have responded especially positively to its implementation. According to Sue Theiss, Oregon State University Ombuds, “women are faced with unique issues…getting through promotion, mentoring support, and comments about dress code.” Additionally, Sue noted that other women can also be good bystanders. With bystander trainings, “we can help women speak up when they see things happening.”

Sue Theiss, Ombuds &
Breanne  Taylor, Assistant Ombuds

Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence

Under Title IX, any form of harassment based on sex is considered to be unlawful.2 The definition of harassment includes a continuum of behaviors from unwelcome conduct based on gender stereotypes, sexual orientation and gender identity to sexual violence. This important legislation provides all students with protection against sex-based harassment from teachers, school staff, other students, and school visitors. Over the past 40 years, there have been significant efforts to curb sexual harassment; however, research indicates that such harassment persists at universities throughout the country. Unfortunately, sexual harassment often goes unreported, leaving survivors to deal with the effects on their own.

Oregon State University takes a multifaceted approach to addressing sex-based harassment and violence. We engage in vigorous educational efforts to encourage students, staff, and faculty to recognize harassment and respond appropriately if they learn it has occurred. We also focus on collectively creating a university environment tCarrie Giese, Roni Sue, Shannon Quihuizhat is free from bias, bullying, harassment, and violence. There are multiple offices at Oregon State University that work together diligently to address sexual harassment and sexual violence and to ensure that any survivor receives the benefit of a collaborative, integrated response. As the Title IX Coordinator, the Office of Equity and Inclusion works closely with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Sexual Assault Support Services Coordinator, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Coordinator, and various other partners as needed to provide a variety of support and reporting resources to survivors.  These offices meet on a regular basis to ensure that each and every person who experiences sexual harassment receives a caring and coordinated response.

Carrie Giese, Roni Sue,
Shannon Quihuiz

Bullying and Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence (.pdf)


2National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE). Title IX at 40: Working to Ensure Gender Equity in Education. Washington, DC: NCWGE,2012.

Contact Info

Equity and Inclusion 327/330 Snell Hall Corvallis, Oregon 97331 phone: 541-737-3556
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