Welcome to Oregon State University - we’re glad you’re here!

On this page you’ll learn more about these Orientation Essentials:

*additional information will be presented during the monthly New Employee Orientation session. New employees are encouraged to attend a live session. View upcoming sessions and register here!

Terms of Your Employment

University Human Resources - Employee and Labor Relations

The links below provide a general overview to the terms of your employment. Additional information will be presented during the monthly New Employee Orientation session. To attend an upcoming session, register here.

Your Benefits

University Human Resources - Employee Benefits & Wellness

The links below provide a general overview to your benefits. Additional information will be presented during the monthly New Employee Orientation session. To attend an upcoming session, register here.

Accessibility & Accommodations

Equal Opportunity & Access

  • You have the right to seek accommodations. Equal opportunity means OSU prohibits discrimination and provides reasonable accommodations in all areas of employment. An accommodation is any change to a job or work environment that removes barriers to performing duties.
  • What is a disability?
    • A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity or a major bodily function.
    • A history of disability (e.g. cancer in remission or an episodic condition).
  • Engaging the accommodation process
    • Each accommodation is decided case by case. We work with the employee and their supervisor to find a reasonable accommodation. This may include requesting supporting medical documentation. This stays in the office of Equal Opportunity & Access (EOA) and is confidential.
  • While all accommodation requests are decided on a case-by-case basis, some examples include:
    • An individual with low-vision having difficulty with their computer screen could request a screen magnifier or other kinds of software or hardware.
    • An individual with Post Traumatic Stress could request to avoid spaces or situations that would be triggers.
    • Someone having surgery that requires more recovery time than FMLA provides could request ADA protected leave.
  • If you would like to engage the ADA Interactive Process, please fill out this online form and our office will contact you to schedule a meeting with an Accommodations Associate. You can also read more about what we are doing across campus to make OSU more accessible at https://accessibility.oregonstate.edu/

Safety Rights, Responsibilities, Injury Reporting and Insurance Claims

Environmental Health and Safety

Insurance & Risk Management Services

Emergency Management Office

The result of having an emergency plan is the protection of lives and property while improving the response process. Emergency planning is a cycle of planning, training, exercising, and revising the plan. OSU uses written emergency plans as a central tool for Colleges, Departments, and work units to address concerns, outline procedures and manage operational components. To assist with your planning efforts, contact the OSU Emergency Management Office.

Critical Training

All academic and professional faculty, classified staff, graduate assistants, student employees and volunteers acting on behalf of OSU are responsible to contribute to OSU vision, mission and values, and to conduct themselves ethically, with the highest integrity, and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies. The OSU Critical Training Program prepares people to fulfill these commitments through training on topics of import. Given the importance of the topics covered, this training is mandatory for the groups listed above.

Current required training topics include Ethics, Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse, Information Security, Equal Opportunity & Access (which includes Title IX, Sexual Harassment, and Prohibited Discrimination and Protections afforded under the Americans with Disabilities Act), and Protected Leave (graduate assistants and student employees do not have to take the Protected Leaves training).

You will have 60 days to complete the training, from the date you receive your first notification. Below is a link to the training portal (please log in with your OSU credentials):

Community Conduct and Standards

Inclusive Excellence

We recognize that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand, enhancing our teaching, scholarship, and service as well as our ability to welcome, respect, and interact with other people.

Building an organizational culture founded on the values of inclusion, mutual respect, good physical and mental health, collaboration, and humility, so that people from every background are welcomed and thrive, our community is diverse, and our leadership advances both excellence and innovation.

Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination

Oregon State University is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive campus free of all violence, harassment, and discrimination. The University embraces and respects differences in sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation among all individuals. All individuals who are participating in University programs and activities have the right to do so fully, free from sexual discrimination, misconduct, and retaliation. The University prohibits sexual misconduct of any kind, including sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking. Such misconduct violates University policy and may also violate state or federal law.  When such misconduct occurs, the University will take steps to stop, prevent recurrence, and remedy the impacts of such behavior.

Most Oregon State University employees have an obligation to report incidents of sexual misconduct or discrimination. This policy describes the duties and the actions required of “responsible employees” in reporting such incidents, as well as the confidentiality the University will provide to those reporting such incidents.

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

By state law, all OSU employees are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. The Office of Youth Safety & Compliance offers resources and guidance to support compliance with this law and other policies related to child protection at OSU. Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse is a Critical Training module that all OSU employees must take. Access your Critical Training here.

Drug-Free Workplace

Alcohol and drug abuse is not conducive to the pursuit of a career or an education. OSU is committed to maintaining a workplace and educational environment free from the abuse of alcohol and the unlawful manufacture, use, dispensing, possession, or distribution of controlled substances. All employees of the University are expected to abide by the University's policy regarding a drug-free workplace.

University Policies Regarding Cannabis

While Oregon law as of July 1, 2015, may allow certain marijuana-related activities, such as limited medical marijuana use and other recreational use and possession, using and possessing marijuana in any form remains a crime under federal law.

Oregon State University policy prohibits students, employees and members of the general public from possessing, using or distributing marijuana in any form on any of the University’s campuses or facilities and during any University activities.

For more information about OSU’s Drug-Free workplace policies, visit the Drug-Free Workplace and Campus Philosophy webpage.

Oregon State University is 100% Tobacco-Free!

On October 2, 2019, Oregon State University became 100% tobacco-free, prohibiting smoking and all forms of tobacco use on all university-owned or controlled property. This policy reflects OSU’s commitment to promoting healthy learning and work environments for all students, academic appointees, staff and visitors. For more information, visit the Tobacco-Free OSU website.