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.

Civil Rights Policy Statements, Laws, and Regulations

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.

The USDA NIFA Civil Rights Operating Requirements website includes the civil rights policy statements, laws, and departmental regulations for state land-grant universities.

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. This poster provides information for filing a discrimination complaint with the USDA. To request a poster, please contact at Extension Administration at 541-737-2711.

Position Descriptions

Since Extension receives federal funds, all Extension faculty positions descriptions must contain one of the Civil Rights Statements (document updated May 2012). There is also a statement that must be included in the office manager's position description regardless if the position is classified or unclassified.


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.

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 Review

A representative from the OSU Extension Service Administration conducts 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 equal access and opportunity to Extension programs and services.

OSUES off-campus offices will have a civil rights review on a five-year rotational basis.

The documentation below must be reviewed and completed before the scheduled civil rights review.

Civil Rights Resources