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OSU strengthens student transfer policy to address sexual violence

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Oregon State University is strengthening its policy on student transfers in an effort to address sexual violence and increase campus safety.

Administrators said undergraduate and graduate students seeking to transfer to OSU must disclose whether they are ineligible to re-enroll at an institution they attended in the past seven years due to student conduct reasons.

OSU already has a policy in place, but administrators said it will be strengthened and better enforced by requiring full disclosure from transfer students.

"The bottom line is, that if students seeking to transfer to OSU are ineligible at another institution because of student conduct violations, they automatically will be declined admission to Oregon State," said Steve Clark, OSU's vice president for university relations and marketing.

Police investigated a report of a sexual assault on campus in September, as well as a student who woke up to a stranger on top of her in her bed at an off-campus student housing community near the college.

An OSU soccer player accused of exposing himself to a woman near campus was charged with public indecency in October. Court documents stated David James Brown, 19, was convicted of two counts of indecent exposure in Texas in 2014.

A school spokesman said Brown did not disclose his prior convictions to coaches or administrators.

Administrators said the strengthened transfer guidelines apply to all transfer students and are not aimed exclusively at student-athletes.

The new policy will be shared with leaders of other Pac-12 universities.

All transfer students who are denied admission will have the right to appeal that decision with appeals being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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