ORS 350.375¹
Cultural competency requirements at public universities and community colleges

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Board” means:

(A) For a public university listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities), the governing board of the university; or

(B) For a community college, the board of education of a community college district.

(b) “Community college district” has the meaning given that term in ORS 341.005 (Definitions for chapter).

(c) “Cultural competency” means an understanding of how institutions and individuals can respond respectfully and effectively to people from all cultures, economic statuses, language backgrounds, races, ethnic backgrounds, disabilities, religions, genders, gender identifications, sexual orientations, veteran statuses and other characteristics in a manner that recognizes, affirms and values the worth, and preserves the dignity, of individuals, families and communities.

(d) “Governing board” has the meaning given that term in ORS 352.029 (Definitions for ORS 352.025 to 352.146 and 352.388 to 352.415).

(e) “Public institution of higher education” has the meaning given that term in ORS 350.350 (“Public institution of higher education” defined for ORS 350.355 and 350.360).

(2) Each public institution of higher education shall establish a process for recommending, and providing oversight for the implementation of, cultural competency standards for the public institution of higher education and the institution’s employees. The process established under this subsection must:

(a) Include a broad range of institutional perspectives;

(b) Give equal weight to the perspectives of administrators, faculty members, staff and students;

(c) Require that the institution provide continuing training and development opportunities that foster the ability of the institution’s faculty, staff and administration to meet cultural competency standards;

(d) Propose institution-wide goals that seek to improve the cultural inclusion climate for students, faculty, staff and administration from diverse backgrounds;

(e) Require preparation of a biennial report that is presented to the appropriate board regarding the institution’s progress toward achieving the goals set forth in this subsection;

(f) Recommend mechanisms for assessing how well the institution meets cultural competency standards; and

(g) Ensure that the institution clearly communicates to new faculty, staff and administrators the institution’s commitment to including meeting cultural competency standards in professional development. [2017 c.397 §1]

Note: Section 2, chapter 397, Oregon Laws 2017, provides:

Sec. 2. (1) As used in this section:

(a) “Cultural competency” has the meaning given that term in section 1 of this 2017 Act [350.375 (Cultural competency requirements at public universities and community colleges)]; and

(b) “Public institution of higher education” has the meaning given that term in section 1 of this 2017 Act.

(2) Each public institution of higher education shall:

(a) Not later than December 31, 2019, establish a committee or other entity, or establish a process, that complies with the requirements set forth in section 1 (2)(a) and (b) of this 2017 Act and that will enable the public institution of higher education to recommend, and provide oversight for the implementation of, cultural competency standards for the public institution of higher education and the institution’s employees; and

(b) Not later than December 31, 2020, be in compliance with all of the requirements set forth in section 1 of this 2017 Act. [2017 c.397 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 350—Statewide Coordination of Higher Education, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors350.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.
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