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Civil Rights Information
Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES) is committed to equal access and opportunity for all individuals, and to ensuring all reasonable effort is made to deliver and to provide access to Extension programs and services for all Oregon individuals.
All OSUES faculty and staff are required to complete an online civil rights training to ensure that OSUES remains in compliance with state and federal civil rights laws. This course provides training to ensure programs offered are as inclusive as possible and that OSUES continues to work toward our civil rights goals.
- Online Employee Training
Blackboard Academic Suite serves as OSU's online employee training system.
Log in to Blackboard using your ONID username and password. Select the link to the Extension Civil Rights Training. If you are not able to access this training, please contact Extension Administration at 541-737-2711.
Civil Rights Poster
Per USDA civil rights policy, a copy of the "And Justice for All" poster should be on display in all Extension offices. To request a poster, please contact Extension Administration at 541-737-2711.
Civil Rights Review
OSUES Regional Administrators currently conduct the Civil Rights reviews. The purpose of the civil rights review is to ensure that all reasonable effort is being made to deliver and provide access to Extension programs and services.
OSUES off-campus offices will have a civil rights review on a five-year rotational basis. You may view the schedule (PDF - revised April 2012). The documentation below must be reviewed and completed before the scheduled civil rights review.
- County Civil Rights Review - Step by Step Process (updated 08/12)
- Civil Rights County Plan and Review (updated 02/09)
- OSUES Assurance of Nondiscrimination Form
- Civil Rights Review Guide: Extension Programs
- Civil Rights Review Forms
- Form #1 - Racial-Ethnic Composition (updated 08/12)
- Form #2 - Racial-Ethnic Minority Groups, Organizations, etc.(updated 08/12)
- Form #3 - Advisory Groups and Racial Ethnic Composition(updated 08/12)
- Form #4 - Number of Participants (not contacts) in Programs, Projects and Activities Racial Ethnic Composition (updated 08/12)
- Form #5 - Mailing Lists Racial-Ethnic Composition (updated 08/12)
Civil Rights Filing Requirements: Laws, Authorities & Regulations
Acts, Laws & Policies
- Age Discrimination Act of 1975
- Civil Rights Act of 1964 with subparts A, B, and C
- Discrimination Complaint Procedures (OSU)
- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
- Secretary's Memo #1662
- Sexual Harassment Training and Information (OSU)
- Sexual Orientation - Governor's Order EO-87-20
- Summary of Civil Rights Laws, Acts & Amendments
- Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 (print version)
Equal Employment Opportunity
- Title 7 - Part 18, Fed. Reg. Vol. 33 #169, 1968 (sections 18.1-18.9)
- Title 9 - Equal Opportunity (USDA)
Americans with Disabilities Act
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), part of the executive branch of the Federal Government. Congress created NIFA through the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. NIFA replaced the former Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), which had been in existence since 1994.
- NIFA Civil Rights Operating Requirements
Includes the civil rights policy statements, laws, and departmental regulations for state land-grant universities.
- Civil Rights Statements for Position Descriptions (updated May 2012)
Since Extension receives federal funds, all Extension faculty positions descriptions must contain one of the civil rights statements. There is also a statement that must be included in the office manager's position description whether the position is classified or unclassified.
Collecting Information Related to Gender, Race & Ethnicity
Occasionally, people ask us about the information related to gender, race, and ethnicity that we collect on forms. Some people wonder if it is required that they disclose such information. Others ask how it will be used.
To assist us in answering these questions, the OSU Office of Equity and Inclusion has developed the following statement that includes answers to these questions. You may use this statement to answer questions on this subject or put it directly into forms.
"Oregon State University is committed to diversity and to ensuring equal opportunity for those wishing to benefit from our programs and services. We invite you to voluntarily disclose your gender, race, and ethnicity to help us monitor the effectiveness of our civil rights and affirmative action efforts. Neither the information provided, nor the decision not to provide it, will be used to determine eligibility for Extension programs and services or the benefits available though participation."
Civil Rights Resources
- Quick Facts on Oregon State and County Demographics from the US Census Bureau
- 2013 Parity Calculator Tool
- Non-discrimination statements in English and Spanish
- Honoring Diversity
- Federal Register: Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding the Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Persons With Limited English Proficiency
- Keys to Effective Extension Programs with Latino Audiences
- Recruiting Latino Youth to Attend Overnight Camp
- Where to Advertise to Attract Underrepresented Professionals
- The Winning 4-H Plan (article discusses integrating disabled youth into 4-H programs)
- Engaging Minority and Culturally Diverse Audiences
- How Important are Minorities to Tree Programs?