Every student at Oral Roberts University is important to the university and its mission of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and bringing wholeness to a hurting world. As a result of our Christian mission, it is required, as a condition of continued enrollment that each student sign and abide by our Honor Code and the policies of ORU. Among other things, those who sign and pledge are agreeing to abstain from alcohol and all illegal drugs while on as well as off campus and in property owned and/ or controlled by the university and during university activities.

In addition to the principles set forth above, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require an institution of higher education to adopt and implement a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees in order to remain eligible for federal financial assistance of any kind. This policy is adopted pursuant to and in accordance with the provision of the Act.
Local, state and federal laws provide for a variety of legal sanctions for the unlawful possession and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions include, but are not limited to, incarceration and monetary fines. Federal law provides penalties for distributing or dispensing, or possessing with the intent to distribute or dispense a controlled substance, as well as penalties for simple possession of a controlled substance. The type and quantity of the drug, whether the convicted person has any prior convictions and whether death or previous injury resulted from use of the drug in question all affect the sentence.

Conviction under Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall make a student ineligible to receive any grant, loan or work assistance beginning with the date of conviction and ending as follows: (1) conviction for possession of a controlled substance: first offense, 1 year; second offense, 2 years; third offense, indefinite; (2) sale of a controlled substance: first offense, 2 years; second offense, indefinite. Students may regain eligibility earlier than specified by satisfactorily completing a rehabilitation program or other requirement as specified in the regulations.

State Law provides similar penalties with regard to the simple possession, distribution or possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Simple possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor and carries a punishment of up to one year in the county jail. A second or subsequent conviction for simple possession of marijuana carries 2-10 years in the state penitentiary. Possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute is a felony and carries a punishment of two years to life in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $20,000 for the first conviction. A second or subsequent conviction carries a punishment of four years to life in prison and a fine of up to $40,000. Depending upon the quantity involved, a convicted individual could be sentenced under the Oklahoma “Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Act” which provides for much harsher penalties.

In addition, the Prevention of Youth Access to Alcohol law, which applies to minors consuming/in possession of alcohol or 3.2 beer, provides for the following penalties:
  • 1st violation: fines up to $300 and/or community service not to exceed 30 hours, and mandatory revocation of driver’s license for 6 months;
  • 2nd violation: fines up to $600 and/or community service not to exceed 60 hours, and mandatory revocation of driver’s license for 1 year;
  • 3rd violation: fines up to $900 and/or community service not to exceed 90 hours, and mandatory revocation of driver’s license for 2 years;
  • All minors who violate this law are subject to drug and alcohol assessment;
  • Minors who have not yet received a driver’s license will not be allowed to obtain a license for the same amount of time as the license would have been revoked.

There are also City of Tulsa laws similar to those described above. If drugs are involved the city will, most likely, defer to the state or federal authorities because their penalties are more severe. If alcohol is involved, you may be convicted of violating both local and state law and punished according to both laws.

Courts do not excuse individuals convicted of these offenses from a prison sentence to go to college or work. A conviction for such an offense is a serious blemish on your record which could prevent you from entering many careers or obtaining certain jobs.

Further information regarding these local, state and federal laws may be found in the ORU Department of Public Safety & Security and the ORU Student Development Office where copies are available to students and employees. Students and employees are encouraged to review this information. The above-referenced examples of penalties and sanctions are based on the relevant laws at the time of adoption of this policy statement. Such laws are, of course, subject to revision or amendment by way of the legislative process.
Health risks associated with drug use are numerous. Some of these include disruption of normal heart rhythm, small lesions of the heart, high blood pressure, leaks of blood vessels in the brain, destruction of brain cells, infertility, impotency, immune system impairment, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and death. There are a number of less obvious risks associated with alcohol and other drug abuse that employees might not realize, including poor job performance, poor social interactions, unwanted and inappropriate sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/ AIDS, and jeopardizing career prospects.

Alcohol and other drug use represent serious threats to health and quality of life. Alcohol and other drug use increase the risk of accidents, birth defects, HIV/AIDS and other disease. Combining drugs may lead to unpredictable effects, and many prescription and nonprescription drugs are potentially addictive and dangerous. Major categories of drugs and probable effects are below.

Alcohol is a depressant drug that impairs judgment and coordination and in many persons causes a greater likelihood of aggressive and/or violent behavior. Even short-term use may cause respiratory depression and, when consumed by pregnant women, may cause irreversible physical and mental abnormalities in newborns (fetal alcohol syndrome) or even death. Long-term use may lead to irreversible physical and mental impairment, including liver disease, heart disease, cancer, ulcers, gastritis, delirium tremens and pancreatitis. Alcohol interacts negatively with more than 150 medications. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is particularly dangerous and is a major cause of traffic-related deaths.

Cocaine/Crack are powerful central nervous system stimulants that constrict blood vessels, dilate pupils, increase blood pressure and elevate heart rate. Cocaine use may induce restlessness, irritability, anxiety, paranoia, seizures, cardiac arrest, respiratory failure and death. Cocaine is extremely addictive, both psychologically and physically. Great risk exists whether cocaine is ingested by inhalation (snorting), injection or smoking. Compulsive cocaine use may develop even more rapidly if the substance is smoked and smoking crack cocaine can produce particularly aggressive paranoid behavior in users.

Date Rape Drugs (Rohypnol, rophies, roofies, ruffies, GHB, Ketamine, etc.) may incapacitate a person, particularly when used with alcohol. Rohypnol and GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) are characterized as “date rape” drugs because they incapacitate victims, thereby increasing vulnerability to sexual assault and other crime. Sedation, relaxation and amnesia are associated with Rohypnol use. Rohypnol may be psychologically and physically addictive and can cause death if mixed with alcohol or other depressants. GHB usage may result in coma and seizures and, when combined with methamphetamine, appears to cause an increased risk of seizure. Combining use with other drugs such as alcohol can result in nausea and difficulty in breathing. GHB may also produce withdrawal effects, including insomnia, anxiety, tremors and sweating. Ketamine may induce feelings of near-death experiences.

Ecstasy (X, Adam, MDMA, XTC, etc.) has amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic properties. Its chemical structure is similar to other synthetic drugs known to cause brain damage. Ecstasy use may cause psychological difficulties, including confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, severe anxiety, paranoia and even psychotic episodes. Similar difficulties may occur weeks after taking MDMA. Physical symptoms such as increases in heart rate and blood pressure may result from use of such substances. Other physical symptoms include muscle tension, blurred vision, nausea, rapid eyes movement and involuntary teeth clenching.

Hallucinogens (acid, PCP, LSD, psilocybin [mushrooms]) are the most potent mood-changing chemicals and may produce unpredictable effects that may impair coordination, perception and cognition. Some LSD users experience flashbacks, often without warning, without the user having taken the drug again. Violence, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, convulsions, coma, cardiac arrest and respiratory failure may result from hallucinogen use.

Marijuana (pot, grass, hash, cannabis sativa, etc.) impairs memory, attention, coordination and learning. Long-term effects of smoking marijuana include problems with memory, learning, distorted perception, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, loss of coordination, increased heart rate, anxiety and panic attacks. Persons who smoke marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems as tobacco smokers, including daily cough and phlegm, chronic bronchitis and more frequent chest colds. Because users of marijuana deeply inhale and hold marijuana smoke in their lungs, they incur a higher risk of getting lung cancer.

Narcotics (heroin, opium, morphine, codeine, pain medication [Demerol, Percodan, Lortab, etc.) may produce temporary euphoria followed by depression, drowsiness, cognitive impairment and vomiting. Narcotic use may cause convulsions, coma and death. Tolerance and dependence tend to develop rapidly. Using contaminated syringes to inject drugs may result in contracting HIV and other infectious diseases such as hepatitis.

Nicotine (tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, nicotine chewing gum and patches) is highly addictive and, according to the Surgeon General, a major cause of stroke and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Over time, higher levels of nicotine must be consumed in order to achieve the same effect. Nicotine consumption results in central nervous system sedation and, after initial activation, may cause drowsiness and depression. If women smoke cigarettes and also take oral contraceptives, they are more prone to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases than other smokers. Pregnant women who smoke cigarettes run an increased risk of having stillborn or premature infants or infants with low birth weight.

Sedative-hypnotics (depressants, Quaaludes, Valium, Xanax, etc.) depress central nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory functions. Sedative-hypnotic use may lower blood pressure, slow reactions and distort reality. Convulsions, coma and death are outcomes associated with sedative-hypnotic use. Consuming sedative-hypnotics with alcohol or 3.2 beer is especially dangerous.

Steroids (anabolic-androgenic) may permanently damage liver, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. Possible side effects include liver tumors, cancer, jaundice, fluid retention and hypertension. In men, steroids may cause shrinking of testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, breast development and increased risk for prostate cancer. In women, steroid use may cause growth of facial hair, male-pattern baldness, menstrual changes, enlarged clitoris and deepened voice.

Stimulants (amphetamine, methamphetamine, speed, crystal and crank) are powerful central nervous system stimulants that may increase agitation, physical activity and anxiety. Stimulants may decrease appetite, dilate pupils and cause sleeplessness. Dizziness, higher blood pressure, paranoia, mood disturbance, hallucination, dependence, convulsions and death due to stroke or heart failure may also result from use.

Reference: National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health nida.nih.gov

Additional information about health risks associated with alcohol and other drug use may be available from the following sources.
ORU is committed to providing a safe environment for its students. This HIV/AIDS policy is designed to address the concerns and needs of students and to preserve the rights of the members of the university community. The information set forth in this policy is based upon the most recent information concerning HIV infection and AIDS, which indicates that there is no known risk of transmission of HIV through ordinary study relationships or educational activities. This policy is consistent with and shall be administered in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and standards; however, the policy needs to be sufficiently flexible and allow for case-by-case analysis without surrendering its consistency of purpose.

AIDS is a serious progressive illness caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in which the immune system is disabled. Infection with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) may make a person highly vulnerable to serious and life-threatening conditions. Presently, there is no known cure for AIDS. Transmission of the virus is highly associated with sexual intercourse with an infected person, IV injection using an infected needle, transfusions of infected blood and transference to children through pregnancy or breast feeding.
All faculty, staff and students of ORU have a responsibility to report inappropriate conduct occurring at ORU. No one who in submits a complaint in good faith or who, in good faith, cooperates in the investigation of a complaint shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse consequences because of these protected activities. Any individual who retaliates against another individual who has submitted a complaint or has cooperated in the investigation of a complaint is subject to disciplinary action up to or including termination or expulsion from the University.
ORU provides its students, faculty and staff confidential sources of help when confronted with alcohol or drug-abuse issues. These services or referrals may include assessment, intervention and education. Contact information for these services is below:



National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hope Line
1-800-622-2255, 24 hours a day
National Institute on Drug Abuse National Institutes of Health
1-800-729-6686 1-800-437-4889 (TDY)
Reach-Out Hotline
Alcohol, drug, domestic violence, sexual assault, rape crisis intervention and mental health referral.


Alcoholics Anonymous (918) 627-2224
Brookhaven Hospital (918) 438-4257
Celebrate Recovery celebraterecovery.org
Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital (918) 481-4000
Mental Health Association of Tulsa (918) 585-1213
Saint John Medical Center (918) 744-2066
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records beginning the first day of class. These rights are as follows:

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is defined as a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or support staff position (including law enforcement unit and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, degree or enrollment verification service (National Clearinghouse) or collection agent) and person serving on the Board of Trustees or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  • ORU designates the following categories of student information as public or Directory Information. Such information may be disclosed by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion.
    • Category I: Name, address, telephone number, dates of attendance, classification.
    • Category II: Previous institution(s) attended, major field of study, awards, honors (including Dean’s List), degree(s) conferred (including dates).
    • Category III: Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, physical factors (height, weight) of athletes, date, place of birth.
    • Category IV: Grade reports to parents or guardians of undergraduate students who are of dependent status. Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of any category of information under FERPA. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in the Registrar’s office prior to the second week of each semester.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605
  • Undergraduate students declare Dependent or Independent status as part of the Registration process each semester or term. Dependent or Independent status is based on whether or not the student was claimed as a dependent on the parents’ most recent IRS Tax Form. ORU reserves the right to amend Dependent/Independent information that is deemed inaccurate.
  • Parents may obtain nondirectory information (grades, GPA, etc.) only at the discretion of the institution and after it has been determined that their child is legally their dependent. Parents also obtain nondirectory information by submitting a signed consent from their child.
As set forth in local, state and federal laws and the rules and regulations of the University ORU prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees in buildings, facilities, grounds or other property owned and/or controlled by the university or as part of university activities.
No person will be denied admission to any educational program or activity based on AIDS or HIV infection. ORU will make reasonable accommodations for students with HIV infection or AIDS as set forth in applicable laws, which may include reasonable modifications or adjustments to the academic environment. Situations may arise when a person’s medical condition may affect public health and safety, making modified or limited access to certain facilities, activities or services necessary. Such determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis, after careful consideration of the particular facts. ORU reserves the right to take actions that are, in its judgment, necessary or appropriate to protect persons from exposure to infection if the university becomes aware of activity that poses a significant risk of exposure.

  1. Admissions Consideration of any form of HIV infection shall not be a part of the initial admission decision for those applying to attend ORU.
  2. Residential Housing Decisions about housing for students with HIV/AIDS infection are made on a case-by-case basis. The best currently available medical information does not indicate any risk to those sharing residence with infected individuals. In some circumstances, however, there may be reasonable concern for the health of students with immune deficiencies (of any origin) in a close living situation, for which ORU may require or recommend assigned private rooms in order to protect the health of the student.
  3. Access to Facilities ORU ensures access for students with HIV/AIDS-related conditions to classrooms, libraries, studying areas, chapel, recreational facilities and other common areas.
  4. Athletic Programs Students with AIDS-related conditions may be capable of vigorous athletic activity; in some circumstances, however, competition may not be medically advisable for the health of the student athlete. Individual assessment is generally required. The Athletic Department has procedures for handling injuries to student athletes and for dealing with spilled blood or body fluids.
  5. Confidentiality of Information ORU requires that confidential information concerning any aspect of HIV infection is handled with due care. Individuals in the university to whom information is disclosed concerning the existence and/or identity of students who have an HIV infection is restricted to those who have a legitimate need to know the information for purposes of their job responsibilities. Generally, specific or detailed information concerning complaints or diagnosis is not provided to faculty, administrators, students or parents, without the expressed written consent of the patient. ORU medical personnel will carefully weigh the importance of including any specific information about the existence of known HIV infection in the ordinary medical record except when circumstances of medical necessity mandate it. The duty of ORU, its medical personnel, faculty and staff to protect the confidentiality of information is superseded by the necessity to protect others in circumstances that threaten the health, safety and welfare of third parties.

    If an individual with HIV or any contagious condition places another person at risk or pursues activity that puts another individual in danger, then the privilege of confidentiality is superseded by the requirements of public health and safety. If an individual chooses to self-identify his or her condition, the university will respond to that individual as it would for any other serious illness. The university is committed to providing educational, counseling and referral resources to individuals with the HIV infection or AIDS-related condition.
A. Policy Statement
Oral Roberts University supports the involvement of its administrators, faculty, staff and students in their right, as individuals, to participate in the political process. However, under the Internal Revenue Code, as a section 501(c)(3) organization, ORU is absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Violation of this restriction can result in revocation of tax exempt status and imposition of excise tax penalties on the institution as well as on organization managers who approved the undertaking of impermissible political activities.

A “candidate for public office” is an individual who offers himself as a contestant for an elective public office, whether such office is national, state or local. Section 501(c)(3) defines participation in a political campaign as including the publishing or distribution of statements. IRS regulations further provide that publication or distribution of written or printed statements or the making of oral statements on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate constitute intervention in a political campaign.

B. Prohibited Political Activities
ORU, including its students, faculty and staff in their capacity of acting on behalf of the University, shall not engage the following activities:
  1. Endorsing, expressly or impliedly, a candidate for public office.
  2. Making or providing payments to support candidates or political campaigns.
  3. Commenting on specific actions, statements or positions taken by candidates, including incumbents, in the course of their campaigns. ORU may take positions on public policy issues provided that the University avoids any issue advocacy that functions as political campaign intervention.
  4. Participating in or coordinating fund-raising of a candidate for public office, political party, Political Action Committee or the like.
  5. Reimbursing college or University officials for campaign contributions
  6. Providing mailing lists, use of office space, telephones, photocopying or other institutional facilities or support to a candidate, campaign, political party, PAC or the like free of charge.
  7. Using institutional letterhead, trademarks, or logo in support of a candidate, political party, PAC or the like.
C. Scope of Permissible Political Activities
The following are general categories of activities that may arise and the policies and procedures that govern participation. This list is not all inclusive and participants contemplating these activities should coordinate through ORU’s Office of University Relations and Development.
  1. Candidate Debates and Forums
    As a tax-exempt organization, ORU may sponsor political forums or debates provided they are sufficiently non-partisan in nature and are conducted for the purpose of educating voters. The debates should ensure a fair and neutral forum and provide equal time to all qualified candidates. ORU organizations may sponsor political forums or debates in accordance with the following guidelines:
    • The debate forum should generally include all legally qualified candidates for the contested office. While political forums or debates need not include every group, party or individual seeking election, the selection criteria for participation must be non-partisan.
    • The debate topics should cover a broad range of issues, including those issues of importance to the University.
    • The questions presented to the candidates should be composed by an independent, non-partisan group. This group could include members of the University, the media, community leaders and interested citizens. Participants should be allotted equal time in which to present their views and ideas.
    • A moderator should be selected by the ORU sponsoring organization and his or her role should be limited to ensuring that the debate ground rules are followed. The moderator should refrain from commenting on the candidates’ statements in a way that demonstrates approval or disapproval of their ideas.
    • The debate should begin and end with a clear statement to the effect that the views presented are those of the candidates and not of the University.
  2. Student Newspaper
    ORU’s student newspaper may accept paid political advertising by candidates as long as several guidelines are followed. The acceptance of the advertising must be made on the same basis as other non-political advertising and the advertisements should be preceded by a statement that they are paid advertising and not reflective of ORU’s views. Advertisements should be solicited in a fair manner according to established guidelines and equal time should be given to all candidates who wish to use any broadcast medium for paid political advertising.

    ORU’s student newspaper should not publish editorials that oppose or endorse specific legislation and/or candidates for political office as there are other media outlets available, not associated with ORU, for any student desiring to express their individual views on these issues.
  3. Candidate Appearance
    An appearance of a candidate for public office on the ORU campus must be for an educational or informational talk to the ORU community and must be sponsored by a recognized ORU organization. All such organizations must secure approval at least two weeks in advance, through the Department of University Relations and Development. Such appearances shall be limited to speeches, question-and-answer sessions or similar communications in an academic setting and are not to be conducted as campaign rallies or events. Media coverage may not be directly controlled by the candidate or party or any other organization not affiliated with the University.

    ORU should make it clear that the institution does not support or oppose the candidate in all promotional materials related to the event, and state this disclaimer again when introducing the candidate at a public forum. ORU should also ensure that there is absolutely no political fundraising at the event. If a candidate is invited to speak at an ORU event in his or her capacity as a political candidate, all candidates must be provided an equal opportunity to participate. ORU may not indicate any support for or opposition to any of the candidates.
  4. Student Organizations
    ORU recognized student organizations may use available University space for speeches by political candidates, subject to approval by the Office of University Relations and Development (subordinate to educational use of the facility or facilities), provided that such organizations pay the normal costs, if any, for such use (including any increased security costs necessitated by the invitation). Ticket sales may not be sold nor may admission be charged. Any such usage will require that all announcements and advertisements of the appearance clearly indicate:
    • That ORU does not support or oppose candidates for public office;
    • That the opinions expressed are not those of ORU; and
    • The identity of the sponsoring organization.

    These announcements shall be made at the beginning and end of the appearance.
  5. Non-ORU Organizations
    Organizations without affiliation to ORU are generally not eligible to use University space to host partisan political activities.
  6. Voter Registration on Campus
    ORU may provide a forum for on-campus voter registration, either under its own auspices or under the sponsorship of other organizations. Allowing or conducting voter registration on campus must be conducted in a non-partisan and fair manner. ORU will follow the Federal Election Commission’s guidance as well as applicable state law on conducting any nonpartisan voter registration campaigns, including requiring that either all candidates or no candidates be named, that all or no party affiliations be given, and all persons interested in registering be permitted to do so regardless of their party preference.
  7. Course Credit for Participation in Political Campaigns
    ORU may offer course credit to students who participate in political campaigns, either as interns or as part of an approved curriculum in a class provided that the selection of the campaign is wholly within the discretion of the student. ORU shall not retain or exercise any control over the student’s selection of a campaign or the manner in which the student participates in the campaign. In addition, the course offering credit for campaign participation must be an elective and not a mandatory part of any curriculum. Finally, the course curriculum should delineate how participation in the campaign relates to the educational goals of that particular course or department curriculum.
  8. Issue Advocacy vs. Political Campaign Intervention
    ORU may take positions on public policy issues provided that the University avoids any issue advocacy that functions as political campaign intervention. No statements, direct or indirect, shall be issued to vote for or against a specific candidate. Issue advocacy must be approved through the Office of University Relations and Development and the Office of the President.
  9. Web Sites
    ORU may not utilize its web site as a form of communicating favoritism or opposition towards a candidate for public office. The same rules apply as to printed materials, oral statements, or broadcasts. In addition, ORU’s web site should not contain links to other web sites that promote or oppose candidates. Similarly, using message boards and forums affiliated with ORU’s website to support particular candidates is prohibited if the statements of the provider of the information can be reasonably attributed to the institution. A disclaimer that states that the opinions are neither those of ORU nor sanctioned by the institution is to be placed in any public discussion areas where the information could reasonably be attributed to the University.
  10. Political Signs
    The University generally allows political signs in personal offices and dorm rooms as long as they are in good taste and are not offensive. Signs may not be placed in common areas, on the outside of buildings, including facing out from office or classroom windows, on the grounds or in any other manner that could be attributed to ORU.
D. Attribution of Individual Activities to Section 501(c)(3) Organizations
Participation by a member of ORU community – a faculty member, a student organization, or a senior University official – should not be attributed to ORU. ORU employees cannot make partisan comments in official organization publications or at official functions of the organization. Where such participation is undertaken solely in an individual capacity, without making any use of the resources of ORU, the following guidelines apply:
  1. Employees who desire to participate in campaign activities during normal working hours must take vacation time or leave without pay to do so.
  2. Employees are prohibited from speaking or acting in the name of ORU. If ORU is identified, it must be communicated that the opinions that are expressed are not the opinions of the University. Employees cannot use ORU’s letterhead, logo or any other reference in connection with campaign activities. Employees should not use the organization’s support services or supplies (administrative, duplicating, messenger, etc.) in connection with campaign activities.
  3. Any employee who participates in a political campaign must notify the campaign in writing (with a copy to ORU) that such participation is in his or her individual capacity. ORU should retain its copy of the letter in its files. The employee should seek, to the extent possible, to minimize any references to his or her position with ORU by the campaign.
  4. Employees may not make partisan comments in official organization publications or at official functions of ORU.
  5. Public statements, oral or written, by institutional officials (such as the president and deans) in support of a candidate, political party, PAC or the like, where there is risk that the statements would be perceived as support or endorsement by the institution should be avoided.
The foregoing is not exhaustive. Considerable judgment in the application of these principles is likely to be required. When activities that are separately identified in this memorandum are combined, the interaction between the activities should be analyzed as the combination of activities may affect whether the institution is engaged in political campaign intervention. Additional information regarding Political Activities can be obtained from and questions should be directed to Ossie Mills, Vice President of Communications and Marketing.
As protection for members of the university community, departments must follow safety guidelines promulgated by the United States Public Health Service and Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the handling of blood, blood products or other bodily fluids.
Oral Roberts University (ORU) is committed to providing an environment in which its students are treated with courtesy, respect and dignity. Harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, genetic information, or any other protected status under federal, state or local law applicable to the university is a violation of this policy. ORU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities. In addition, sexual harassment and gender based discrimination are prohibited by Title IX. Sexual or other prohibited harassment may involve unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct or communications by a faculty member, administrator, staff, contractor or fellow student. Sexual violence is also form of sex harassment prohibited by ORU and Title IX. Inquiries regarding Title IX can be referred to ORU’s Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension, termination of employment, and expulsion from school. It is also a violation of ORU policy to engage in any conduct or communication in retaliation or reprisal against anyone who has reported harassment, assisted in a harassment complaint or cooperated in a harassment investigation. Nothing in this policy alters the provisions of the Honor Code.

This policy is applicable to all students, administrators, faculty, staff and contractors of ORU. These individuals are responsible for immediately reporting any knowledge or information concerning harassment to the appropriate ORU official identified below. This policy shall be published on the ORU website; included in student, faculty and staff handbooks; and published in such other forms/ manners as may be deemed appropriate.

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or other verbal, physical or visual conduct of a sexual nature including sexual violence. Sexual violence, as that term is used in this policy, refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. Gender-based harassment includes acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping.

Harassment occurs when any one of the following conditions is present:
  1. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s educational opportunity whether those programs take place in university facilities, on a bus, at a class or training program or a school-sponsored trip.
  2. Acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol or when an individual may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability.
  3. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for determining academic performance, evaluation, grades, advancement or continuation as a student.
  4. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic, educational or living environment.

Harassment and/or sexual violence against their will or where a person is incapable of giving consent may be found in a single episode, as well as in persistent behavior. Prohibited conduct includes deliberate, repeated, unsolicited verbal comments; sexual jokes or ridicule; physical gestures or actions of a sexual or physical nature; and solicitations for sexual favors.

An amorous relationship between any faculty or administrator and any student for whom he or she has a professional responsibility is inappropriate. In a relationship between any faculty or administrator and a student for whom there is no current professional responsibility, there should be sensitivity to the constant possibility that he or she may unexpectedly be placed in a position of responsibility for the student’s instruction or evaluation.

Complaint Procedures
In the event a student is subject to harassment, sexual violence or has knowledge or information concerning its occurrence, it is his/her responsibility to report the matter to the appropriate dean. Undergraduate students should report to the Dean of Men or Dean of Women. Graduate students should report to the dean of their graduate school. It is the respective dean’s responsibility to immediately inform the Director of Human Resources of any such complaints. In the event a report to the applicable dean is not practical, the student is requested to report the matter directly to the Director of Human Resources. Should the complaint allege harassment of a student by a staff or faculty member, the Dean receiving the complaint should immediately contact the Director of Human Resources. All reports of sexual harassment and violence should be reported to the Director o Human Resources, who serves as ORU’s Title IX Coordinator.

Director of Human Resources
7777 South Lewis, Personnel Building
Tulsa, OK 74171
(918) 495-7874

Initially, the reporting party will be requested to complete a Complaint Form, identifying the parties involved, the conduct complained of, and other pertinent information. After receipt of the Complaint Form, the matter will be referred to the Director of Human Resources who serves as the Title IX Coordinator for a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation. The reporting party and other individuals who have knowledge or information concerning the subject of the complaint are expected to cooperate in the investigation. While ORU will endeavor to maintain the sensitive nature of any complaint, absolute confidentiality is not and cannot be guaranteed. Both parties involved in the investigation of a complaint will be afforded to present information, evidence and identify witnesses to be interviewed by ORU.

In the event the outcome of the investigation indicates conduct or communications in violation of this policy, ORU will institute remedial action to address the conduct and communication that are designed to prevent re-occurrence. To the extent appropriate, ORU will advise the parties of any remedial or disciplinary measures to be taken as a result of its investigation into the complaint. Any student adversely affected by these measures may, under certain circumstances, institute a formal grievance procedure.

The standard for determining whether conduct in violation of this policy occurred shall not be greater than the preponderance of the evidence standard – i.e. more likely than not that sexual harassment occurred, however, ORU may take disciplinary action based upon a lesser standard depending upon the facts and circumstances of the complaint.

Student, Faculty or Staff aggrieved by the outcome of the investigation, may appeal the decision through ORU’s grievance procedure applicable to students, faculty and staff.

The investigative process generally takes sixty (60) days, however, the facts and circumstances of a particular complaint may vary the timetable. Upon completion of the investigation, the parties involved will receive notice of the outcome of the complaint. The parties have thirty (30) days following receipt of the notice to file any appeal.

Human Sexuality
As an institution birthed out of the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition and healing evangelism, ORU affirms the biblical mandate for holy living. ORU desires to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ in helping persons who are struggling with various life issues, including issues related to their sexuality. Toward that end, the ORU Board of Trustees has articulated its sincerely-held religious beliefs on Human Sexuality which form the basis of the policies set forth below.

Sexual Identity and Gender
ORU’s position on transgenderism, gender identity, and gender expression is grounded in our long-standing institutional religious identity as a Spirit-empowered university. This identity, in turn, is grounded in our Mission and the teachings of the Bible as understood in the Holiness-Pentecostal theological tradition. We follow Christ’s example to love all persons and understand such love in the context of God’s revealed truth. We affirm that God’s original and ongoing intent and action is the creation of humanity manifest as two distinct sexes, male and female. With this foundational understanding of creation, fall, and redemption, we do not accept the resolution of any psychological tension between one’s biological sex and one’s experience of gender by the adoption of a psychological identity that is inconsistent with one’s birth sex. Similarly, we do not accept changing one’s given biological birth sex via medical intervention in favor of the identity of the opposite sex or of an indeterminate identity.

ORU Policies
ORU makes institutional decisions in light of our Mission, our sincerely-held religious beliefs, and the policies drawn from these theological foundations which are set forth below:
  1. As a Spirit-empowered university, ORU’s calling is to be a respectful and loving community toward those whose views on sexual identity are at variance with these beliefs. We view growth in godliness to be directed toward alignment or reconciliation with biological birth sex as God’s creational intent. Conduct or appearances that are grounded in the fundamental rejection of biological birth sex, or other expressions or actions that are discordant with birth sex are in violation of our Honor Code, and ORU will deal with such matters within the appropriate pastoral and conduct processes.
  2. ORU regards sex at birth as the identification of the given biological sex of each member of our community. We do not accept attempted alterations by medical intervention of one’s sex at birth. ORU views the actions or intentions of those seeking or maintaining fundamental changes of any kind from one's sex at birth as a rejection of the biblical and theological understandings to which the institution is committed, and hence as grounds for removal from consideration for employment, denial for admission as a student, and as grounds for termination of employment or enrollment as a current student.
  3. As a largely residential student community that values modesty and holiness, and that seeks to foster the holistic development of our students, we will make housing and other related decisions of practical life in light of the sex at birth of all individuals who are members of this community. Thus we will not, for example, make housing decisions in accordance with the psychological identity choices of the student, but rather in light of their sex at birth.
  4. All students, regardless of age, residency, or status, are required to abstain from cohabitation with the opposite sex, premarital or extramarital sexual behavior which includes physical expressions of romantic/sexual intimacy.
  5. The ORU Board of Trustees is the final and ultimate authority for articulating these beliefs and the biblical principles that undergird these policies. ORU Administration is responsible for making institutional decisions in light of these sincerely-held religious beliefs, including behavioral expectations, housing, student admission and retention, employee hiring and retention, and other matters.
Any student or employee of ORU who has violated this prohibition shall be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, suspension, expulsion, termination of employment, referral for prosecution and/or completion, at the individual’s expense, of an appropriate rehabilitation program. Any disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with applicable policies of ORU. At such time individuals return to the University, subject to the conditions as stated in the previous paragraph, ORU reserves the right to conduct random drug tests.
Any employee or student found to have violated ORU’s policy on AIDS, including discriminating against or harassing an individual afflicted with AIDS, as determined by the appropriate decision-making individual or body, will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible suspension, termination or expulsion. Any employee or student with HIV infection or AIDS who believes that he or she is being discriminated against or harassed, knows or suspects the occurrence of AIDS discrimination or harassment or desires counseling, is strongly urged and encouraged to immediately contact ORU’s Director of Counseling or the Vice President for Student Life.

This policy will be changed as necessary to reflect additional and updated information.