We Advocate

The Office of Advocacy has worked with thousands of students in a wide array of conflicts. Since 2000, the Office of Advocacy has served to empower and support students within the university. In addition to helping with conflicts, researching and providing general assistance to students, we work to support and further the best interests of students throughout the university. We encourage all students to contact our office with any questions or disputes that involve the University.



  1. To promote effective conflict resolution skills of OSU students while at the University and to help develop strengths to ensure that students are well-equipped to face life's challenges
  2. To provide a service that enables students successfully to voice their concerns to the appropriate party and to resolve their conflicts
  3. To support and help develop the OSU community so that all students feel welcome and are given the opportunity to succeed



The Office of Advocacy strives to provide students with the best possible service to ensure they receive the greatest return on their investment in the university. We seek to make our services known to all students in order to maximize their representation at OSU.


Contact Us

Office of Advocacy
SEC 325

Hours of Operation

9:30 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday



Who does the Office of Advocacy serve?

The Office of Advocacy serves all fee-paying, currently enrolled students of OSU. This also includes students at Cascades campus and E-campus.

How much does it cost?

Our services are offered to students at no charge. The ASOSU Office of Advocacy is funded by student incidental fees and is a service offered by ASOSU.

Are services confidential?

The Office of Advocacy works to not willingly disclose any information obtained in confidence, but there are limitations to the practice of confidentiality. Confidentiality cannot be promised in matters relating to threats to public safety, child abuse, if there is imminent risk of serious harm, or if compelled by a court of law.


Common Advocacy Areas

The following fact patterns are not taken directly from past or present clients. They represent a synthesis of many scenarios presented since the inception of the office. We do not offer answers in the FAQs because individual factors in each student’s issue will determine the best course of action.


Academic/ASOSU Advising

Scenario 1: I am a student at OSU and I would like to interview a professional who can advise me in the process of applying for Law school.

Scenario 2: I have been working on campus for a year now, and I recently got fired from my job without any notice. I feel that this is unfair and I would like to talk to someone about my situation.


Grade Appeal

Scenario 1:  I am on track to graduate from OSU and I have received a D- in one of my Math classes. I feel like I deserved a better grade and would like to appeal my D- but I don’t know where to begin.


Academic Dishonesty

Scenario 1: I was falsely accused of cheating from another student’s final exam in Anatomy and Physiology 331. I don’t want this to affect my grade, so how can I appeal this accusation?

Scenario 2: I am being accused of cheating during my Biology exam. The TA states that she saw me looking over at my friend’s exam, but there’s no proof. Can I still try to appeal this accusation?



Scenario 1: I am a student living in a Residence Hall and last weekend I received an MIP for drinking in my dorm. What are the consequences? Will I lose my financial aid?

Scenario 2: I am currently living in a Residence Hall and a couple of days ago my roommate was smoking weed. Oregon State Police smelled the marijuana and I got in trouble, even though I was not smoking. What’s the next step? I feel like I shouldn’t get in trouble for something I didn’t do.

Scenario 3: I am a freshman living in the residence halls and I don’t like the roommate I was assigned. I just want to break my contract with UHDS and to move out as soon as possible.



Scenario 1: I am an OSU student, currently paying out of state tuition. I have been attending OSU for a few years now and I applied for Oregon residency. I was denied residency so I would like to appeal for in-state tuition. Can you help?

Scenario 2: Someone on campus told me that I qualify for residency and that I should apply to get in-state tuition at OSU. Is this true? I need help beginning this process.


Oregon State Police/ Public Safety

Scenario 1: I am currently a full time student at OSU. I need help and guidance because I recently received a citation for theft at the OSU Bookstore. I am unsure of what can happen to me and how this will affect my academics.


Financial Aid

Scenario 1: I am a student at OSU and I am trying to register for classes but I can’t because I have not paid the amount owed on my account. I am worried because my time is running out to register for the classes I want and I don’t know what to do. Can the Office of Advocacy help me?

Scenario 2: I need help with a dispute with financial aid. The University has revoked my scholarship and I want to appeal. What steps should I take?


Student Conduct 

Scenario 1: I have a citation for student misconduct and I would like to appeal because I do not want it on my record. What are my options and is this possible?

Scenario 2: I have a student conduct hearing for academic dishonesty. I need help preparing for this hearing. Can the Office of Advocacy help me prepare?


Tuition, Fees, Business

Scenario 1: Last winter I received a failing grade for a required course for my major. I re-took it this year again and then the professor contacted me telling me that there had been a mistake, and that in fact I had received a passing grade for that course. I just spent my money on a course I didn’t have to take because of a grade book error. I would like to receive a refund for the class I had to retake. Can you help me with this?


Faculty Misconduct

Scenario 1: I feel like my student rights have been violated by one of my professors and I would like some help. It is affecting my academic progress in that class. I need guidance. Am I contacting the correct office?

Scenario 2: At the beginning of the term, I pre-arranged a make-up midterm with my professor because I was going to be absent for a surgery. When I came back to speak with the professor about my make-up exam, he refused to give me the exam. Our arrangement had no value to him and now I am faced with a failing grade because the professor was being unfair. What can I do to help my case?



Scenario 1: I am an INTO student and I have questions and concerns about my contract. I’m not a fluent English speaker and would like to bring someone with me to help translate/interpret. Can the Office of Advocacy help me?

Scenario 2:  The INTO program at OSU has placed me into a lower level course, but I feel that I should be in a higher course than assigned. Can I appeal this?