Policy & Standards

The University Policy and Standards Manual (UPSM) provides the university's governing framework. The University Policies and University Standards found within the UPSM express the goals, values, and culture of the university. Collectively, they provide the authority and guidance to university units, employees, students, agents, contractors, licensees, and volunteers that is required to achieve the university’s mission, and outline the relevant responsibilities to the university community.

The University Policy and Standards Program in the Office of Faculty Affairs develops, maintains, and archives university policies and standards, which are published in the searchable University Policy & Standards Manual. You can search alphabetically or by number, or use the search boxes for key words.

Policy Questions

Each policy has a contacts section identifying specific points of contact. More broadly, policies have "owners" by way of Responsible Executives and Responsible Offices, allowing you to direct questions to the units and individuals responsible for specific policies. If unclear, feel free to contact the University Policy and Standards Office at [email protected].

Request Policy Development Assistance

If you would like to propose a new policy or the repeal or revision of an existing policy, please contact the University Policy and Standards Office at [email protected]. For additional information and guidance, please review the tools in the Resources section of this website.

What's New

Draft University Standards are listed here for three weeks before submission to the president for signature and adoption. Currently, there are no drafts available for public comment.


Recent Updates

Date Number Action Notes
9/24/23 07-315 Firearms Revised Incorporates changes allowed under SB 554 (2021). Updated exceptions to the 2014 policy to align with current practice and existing state law.
7/10/23 04‐042 COVID‐19 Safety and
Retired For more information, resources, and university protocols related to COVID, please refer to OSU’s Beaver Healthy website.
6/30/23 07-030 Animals on Campus Revised Adds new language allowing animals that support law enforcement functions to Section 5.3.1(c).
6/30/23 08-105 Electronic Communication with Students New Establishes the purposes for which the university may send electronic communication to students and describes the ways in which these
communications are managed. This policy has been enacted on an interim basis and will be going through the review/vetting process for feedback from the university community.


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