Welcome to Ethical Foundations for Public Service!

Ethical Foundations for Public Service

Part 2: Practical Applications at OSU

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

Be aware of OSU and state policy, interpretations and resources to guide in ethical decision making.

Understand the breadth of applications that uphold ethical values at OSU.


This module is Part 2 of a 3-Part online series. It offers an overview of practical applications and interpretations which address common issues that supervisors and managers face on campus. Resources provided include policy and procedure manuals, OSU computing resources, Business Services and more.

While the information given in this section doesn't address every situation, it brings an awareness of the range of policies and practices that serve to uphold the ethical values of OSU. Realization of the these applications will help you to carry out your responsibilities in line with the principles of public service.


Common Resources

You are encouraged to bookmark the website links below that are of interest to you.

OSU Policies and Procedures Academic personnel guidelines, curricular issues, administrative policies and procedures and more.
Brand Identity Guidelines OSU brand identity guidelines administered by OSU University Relations and Marketing.
Records Retention

University Records Retention Schedule

General schedule applicable to administrative and electronic records of the Oregon University System published by OSU Libraries-University Archives.

Acceptable Use of University Computing Resources

OSU guidelines and policy for the use of computing resources and facilities.
Security and Safety
Safety Addresses general safety, workplace and lab safety administered by OSU Environmental Health and Safety.
Information Security Documents key elements of OSU’s Information Security Program, including Policies and Procedures required by Oregon law, Oregon University System Rules, and Information Security best practices.
Confidentiality/Access of Public Records and Information Outlines what records can be disclosed without consent of the employee and student, and where to refer inquiries of such.
Key and Building Security Policies and procedures that maintain building and office security, and allow access to authorized personnel after hours
Political Activities
Restrictions on Political Campaigning for Public Employees (ORS 260.432) Provides guidance for solicitation of public employees; activities of public employees during working hours, published by the Secretary of State, Elections Division.



You have completed Part 2 of Ethical Foundations for Public Service. To proceed:

  1. Click here to open and print the .pdf reference handbook for Part 2 (3 pp).
  2. Click here to open and print the fillable Cerficate of Completion for the entire series. (NOTE: Part 3 is a handbook only module. We are anticipating you will be completing this portion.)
  3. Close the browser window to exit and download the document, Part 3: Case Studies and Scenarios.