All-students email: Reported comments contrary to OSU’s values

Reported comments contrary to OSU’s values.

Members of the Oregon State University community,

Oregon State University does not support the discriminatory views held by an individual as reported in today’s edition of the Barometer.

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These views are contrary to the values of the university and the OSU community, and we believe are not shared by members of our community. The university’s mission and core values support a diverse and inclusive community, success and excellence for all, collaboration – even in the face of adversity and challenge – and dialogue.

We all must recognize that our university – like America – is a community with many viewpoints. In expressing our views, we are guided by OSU’s principles regarding freedom of expression. These principles include a responsibility to treat each other with dignity and respect and apply to all of us.

At the highest level, the university supports our student media for considering fully its reporting responsibilities, and holding to its journalistic ethics and rights to publish this article. As well, we support student government in reviewing and following its self-governance processes.

The university supports Oregon State’s core values of social justice and inclusivity and student needs through the work of many offices, including Institutional Diversity, Student Life, Human Resources, Diversity and Cultural Engagement and many others. At times such as these, it is also important to reaffirm our practices for reporting bias.

Please join us in ensuring that Oregon State University is an inclusive, safe community that supports equal opportunity and social justice for all.

Sincerely,

Charlene Alexander

Vice President and

Chief Diversity Officer

Dan Larson

Interim Vice Provost

Student Affairs