Public Service Ethics Mission

OSU’s MPP program is designed to engage students and faculty in the formal and informal governance processes of the state and the world, finding ways to integrate the knowledge and experiences of a wide range of perspectives in the decisions about how we will live our lives in the complex 21stcentury. MPP program graduates bring a capacity to learn from and lead both citizens and policy makers in shaping the world we live in. 

Required Public Policy Graduate Student Ethics Training

All Public Policy graduate students must complete the following training by the end of their first quarter of enrollment, or in the case of GTA/GRA appointment, by the end of the second week of appointment.

Research Ethics: Federal and university policies required that all research conducted by faculty, staff, and students using human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the institutional Review Board (IRB) before initiating any portion of the project. In addition, the IRB now requires that all researchers using human subjects complete an on-line ethics course. Students should work with their major professors to submit their research project to the IRB for approval.

Also review: On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research published by the National Academies Press.


FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (Public Law 93-380), as amended; 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 99; Oregon Revised Statutes 351.065, and Oregon Administrative Rules 580-Division 13 and 576-Division 20. This training is required for all Student Information System (SIS) Banner and Data Warehouse users. This training, sponsored by the Registrar's Office at OSU, explains the parameters of the permissible use and release of student records. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. The Assistant Director of the Public Policy Graduate Program will arrange your training time. At the completion of the training, print and sign the certificate, and send it to:

Chris Crabtree,
Kerr Administration Building, Room 102
Oregon State University
(541) 737-4048. This training will be arranged through the Assistant Graduate Program Director.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: This training is designed to help you recognize, prevent and respond to issues of sexual harassment, and uses video clips to help you understand the different situations you and your friends might encounter.

Diversity: Watch Dr. Scott E. Page's "Leveraging Diversity" on YouTube. Dr. Scott E. Page's lecture at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business on February 4, 2010, recorded and posted by the Darden MBA program (83 minutes).

Scott is the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan where he directs the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. He is also an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. Scott is the author of The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies, and recently completed a video course called Understanding Complexity for The Teaching Company. Recorded February 4, 2010. (YouTube Summary)