Oregon State University

OSU Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Religion


It is the policy of the Oregon University System and Oregon State University that no one shall be subject to discrimination based on age, disability, national origin, race, color, veteran status, marital status, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

With regards to religion, this policy prohibits the University, and its employees while at work or representing OSU, from taking action that promotes religion or promotes one particular religion over another. The University may not create an atmosphere which in anyway suggests it favors one religion over another, or religion over non-religion. As a public university, it is equally important not to inhibit voluntary religious expression. The University's obligation is to balance these two elements -- to refrain from promoting and at the same time to refrain from inhibiting. This policy is premised on respect for each individual's right to make personal choices regarding the nature, if any, of his or her religious beliefs and practices.

This policy does not preclude a faculty member or employee from being an advisor to a recognized student organization which may have a religious affiliation.



Any student or employee who feels he or she is being treated inappropriately based on religion is encouraged to contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion, 327/330 Snell Hall, (541-737-3556).


Religious Accommodations for Student

The development of the Religious Accommodation Policy was a collaborative effort of the Office of General Counsel, the Office of the Dean of Student Life, the Office of Equity and Inclusion and OSU Religious Advisors.  This group was convened to address faculty and students’ questions related to providing accommodations on the basis of students’ sincerely held religious beliefs.  This policy is intended to provide more complete guidance for faculty who receive requests for religious accommodations from their students.
Oregon State University is required to provide reasonable accommodations for employee and student sincerely held religious beliefs.  It is incumbent on the student making the request to make the faculty member aware of the request as soon as possible prior to the need for the accommodation.  If a faculty member receives a request to grant an absence for Religious or Holy days, or receives a request for any other type of religious accommodation, there is no need for the faculty member to contact OEI unless the faculty member wishes to deny the request.  The faculty member is required to contact OEI prior to the denial of a request for religious accommodation. The link to the full policy can be found here: Religious Accommodation of Students Policy.

Contact Info

Equity and Inclusion 327/330 Snell Hall Corvallis, Oregon 97331 phone: 541-737-3556
fax: 541-737-8232
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