OSU to require students with felony convictions, sex-offender status to self-report

FILE -- Oregon State University reviewed its admissions policies after it was revealed that its star baseball pitcher Luke Heimlich molested a girl as a teenager and was a registered sex offender. (SBG File)

Oregon State University said Thursday that a new policy will go into effect this fall that will require new and continuing students to self-report past felony convictions and whether they are registered sex offenders before enrolling in classes.

The new policy was formed after it was reported in June 2017 that the university’s star baseball pitcher Luke Heimlich was a registered sex offender and had admitted to molesting a 6-year-old girl in 2010 when he was a teenager.

At the time of the news reports, published first by the Oregonian/OregonLive, OSU President Ed Ray commissioned a task force to review the university’s policies. The task force was made up of faculty, staff, students and school leaders who worked on the issue for six and a half months.

“The result of this review is a new university policy that will become effective in fall term 2018 and affirms OSU’s almost 150-year land grant mission to welcome all educationally qualified students, including those rehabilitated from past crimes,” Ray wrote in a letter to the OSU community. “Equally important, this policy prioritizes educational support and success for all students, and the safety of everyone in our community.”

The new policy will still allow people to apply and be admitted to the school or continue classes at the school. They will only be required to self-report their past felony convictions and sex-offender status before enrolling in classes.

The university said it will then confidentially review students’ cases on a case-by-case basis. Those reviews will determine any restriction on extracurricular activities and needed support for the student.

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