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This page is for informational purposes only. If you are currently experiencing harm and need urgent assistance, please visit the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education website.

Building a trauma-informed university

OSU’s approach to gender-based violence prevention and support is highly collaborative. This page helps communicate Oregon State's collective efforts and our approach to prevention, response and support. 

The content includes information relating to sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking and other forms of gender-based violence. We recognize that these topics may be difficult to navigate and generate strong emotional responses. We encourage you to care for your safety and well-being. If you are experiencing a need for urgent support, we are here for you. Please reach out to the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education (541-737-2030) or Counseling & Psychological Services (541-737-2131).


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 A Network of Care

Oregon State is fortunate to have many subject-matter experts who provide prevention and education, investigation and compliance, advocacy and referral services.

Services include confidential survivor advocacy, primary prevention of interpersonal and gender-based violence, education and outreach provided by the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education (CAPE); medical care through Student Health Services (SHS); counseling and specialized trauma support provided by Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS); as well as many university resources provided by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA), Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE), OSU’s Student Care Team, the Office of Advocacy (within ASOSU), and the Department of Public Safety and the Corvallis campus Police Department, to name a few. Further, the OSU Assist program provides mental health crisis response.

Progress toward our shared vision also involves advanced learning and research from university academic partners, who are positioned to increase knowledge and understanding of trauma, oppression and marginalization and their impact on our community.

We believe you. We support you. We’re here to advocate alongside you.

Stakeholder Team

Co-led by Director of Gender-Based Violence Prevention Elizabeth Kennedy and Executive Director of Equal Opportunity and Access Becky Bangs, this team meets monthly and includes subject-matter experts and stakeholders who gather to plan, coordinate and advance OSU’s comprehensive approach. The following departments and offices are engaged in this team:

  • Associated Students of Oregon State University
  • Beaver Connect Mentor Program (Educational Opportunities Program) 
  • Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education (Student Health Services)
  • Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) 
  • Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center (Diversity & Cultural Engagement)
  • Office of Public Safety
  • OSU-Cascades
  • Student Care Team (Office of the Dean of Students)
  • Student Conduct & Community Standards
  • Youth Safety & Compliance 

Advisory Team

Led by Executive Director of Student Health Services Kelly Hower, this senior leadership team meets quarterly to provide oversight, high-level alignment and support 
of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts. The following departments and offices are engaged in this team.

  • Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Office of Public Safety
  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • School of Psychological Science
  • Strategic Initiatives & Assessment
  • Student Health Services
Get involved: Want to support survivors and efforts to end gender-based violence? Volunteer with one of our community partners — the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence in Corvallis or Saving Grace in Deschutes County.

Policy, Investigation and Compliance


Equal Opportunity and Access

Office of Public Safety

Student Conduct & Community Standards

**Confidential Resources: The Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education (CAPE), the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), CAPS Counseling Services and Saving Grace are confidential resources.