Oregon Bulletin

October 1, 2012

Oregon University System, Chapter 580

Rule Caption: Compliance with COA ruling on the use of concealed weapons on OUS property

Adm. Order No.: OUS 13-2012

Filed with Sec. of State: 8-30-2012

Certified to be Effective: 8-30-12

Notice Publication Date: 8-1-2012

Rules Amended: 580-022-0045

Subject: On September 28, 2011, the Oregon Court of Appeals invalidated the Board’s above-stated rule on firearms, holding that it was preempted by the Oregon Legislature as a “regulation”. While the Court of Appeals observed that this Board possessed broad authority to control its property, it held that an administrative rule—which carries the ‘force of law’—attempted to “regulate” firearms in a way that the Legislature intended to preempt.

 This action revises the language of the administrative rule in question to comply with the Oregon Court of Appeals decision by removing reference to firearms. See correlating Board policy at http://ous.edu/sites/default/files/state_board/polipro/OUS-Policy-on-Firearms.pdf

Rules Coordinator: Marcia M. Stuart—(541) 346-5749


Proscribed Conduct

Procedures to impose applicable sanctions may be instituted against any person engaging in any of the following proscribed conduct:

(1) Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other institutional activities, including the institution’s public service functions or other authorized activities on institutionally owned or controlled property;

(2) Obstruction or disruption interfering with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on institutionally owned or controlled property;

(3) Possession or use of explosives, dangerous chemicals, or other dangerous weapons or instrumentalities on institutionally owned or controlled property, unless authorized by law, Board, or institutional rules or policies;

(4) Detention or physical abuse of any person or conduct intended to threaten imminent bodily harm or endanger the health of any person on any institutionally owned or controlled property;

(5) Malicious damage, misuse or theft of institutional property, or the property of any other person where such property is located on institutionally owned or controlled property, or, regardless of location, is in the care, custody or control of an institution;

(6) Refusal by any person while on institutional property to comply with an order of the president or appropriate authorized official to leave such premises because of conduct proscribed by this rule when such conduct constitutes a danger to personal safety, property, educational, or other appropriate institutional activities on such premises;

(7) Unauthorized entry to or use of institutional facilities, including buildings and grounds;

(8) Illegal use, possession, or distribution of drugs on institutionally owned or controlled property;

(9) Inciting others to engage in any of the conduct or to perform any of the acts prohibited herein. Inciting means that advocacy of proscribed conduct that calls on the person or persons addressed for imminent action, and is coupled with a reasonable apprehension of imminent danger to the functions and purposes of the institution, including the safety of persons, and the protection of its property;

(10) Violating the Board’s Policy for Intercollegiate Athletics as described in Section 8 of the Internal Management Directives, specifically including the subsection thereof entitled Code of Ethics.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 351.070
Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.070
Hist.: HEB 3-1978, f. & ef. 6-5-78; HEB 3-1983, f. & ef. 3-17-83; HEB 1-1991, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-91; HEB 1-1993, f. & cert. ef. 2-5-93; HEB 5-1996, f. & cert. ef. 12-18-96; OUS 3-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-16-12 thru 8-31-12; OUS 13-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-30-12


Rule Caption: Amendment is housekeeping to define what constitutes a “major traffic offense.”

Adm. Order No.: OUS 14-2012

Filed with Sec. of State: 8-30-2012

Certified to be Effective: 8-30-12

Notice Publication Date: 8-1-2012

Rules Amended: 580-040-0030

Subject: Oregon Administrative Rule 580-040-0030 governs vehicle safety, including standards by which vehicles may be used for officially-sanctioned activities of the Board and OUS and its institutions. The administrative rule contains a reference to an Oregon Revised Statute that has been repealed. This proposed amendment is a housekeeping amendment in order to define what constitutes a “major traffic offense” for purposes of the rule without a cross-reference to a repealed statute.

Rules Coordinator: Marcia M. Stuart—(541) 346-5749


Vehicle Safety Rule

(1) The Board of Higher Education, concerned about travel safety, adopts these rules to require institution action to promote safe travel.

(2) For purposes of this rule:

(a) “Vehicle” means cars, vans, trucks, and buses;

(b) “State-Owned Vehicle” means a vehicle owned by or registered in the name of the State of Oregon, the Board, or any institution;

(c) “Hired Vehicle” means a vehicle that is leased, hired, or rented by the state, the Board, or any institution. This definition excludes borrowed vehicles;

(d) “Borrowed Vehicle” means a vehicle that is not a “state-owned vehicle” or a “hired vehicle” but that is used on state business. “Borrowed Vehicle” includes vehicles owned by employees, students and others participating in institution activities and used on state business;

(e) “State Business” means any activity for which all or part of the expenses may be reimbursed by any unit, department, or program of the Department of Higher Education.

(f) “Officially Sanctioned Program” means any program undertaken to further the instructional, research, or service missions of the institution or designed to promote the cultural and physical development of students. Such programs include but are not limited to:

(A) Academic department programs;

(B) Cocurricular programs;

(C) Intramural, recreational sports, club sports and intercollegiate athletic programs;

(D) Any student programs or activities identified by the institution president or designee. Examples of such activities include, but are not limited to, student government, student housing activities and activities sponsored by student organizations that are consistent with the institution’s mission.

(g) “Major traffic offense” includes reckless driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants, failing to perform the duties of a driver, criminal driving while suspended or revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer,

(3) No motor vehicle owned, leased or controlled by the state shall be used to transport students to an event or activity not directly related to an officially sanctioned program. Institutions shall develop policies and procedures to implement this rule, including a means to identify officially sanctioned programs.

(4) The Board of Higher Education delegates to the institution presidents the authority and responsibility to establish specific rules governing travel safety, subject to the following general guidelines:

(a) Institution rules shall provide procedures for certifying that persons who operate state-owned or hired vehicles on state business possess a valid driver’s license and have not been convicted of a major traffic offense as defined by this rule within three years of the proposed operation;

(b) Institution rules shall require that vehicles (not including buses) used on state business have operable seat belts for all occupants. Institution rules shall also indicate the circumstances under which additional safety equipment such as a flashlight, ice scraper, first aid kit, emergency instructions, tire chains, etc., will be required;

(c) Institution rules shall indicate the circumstances under which relief drivers and the filing of itineraries will be required;

(d) Institution rules shall apply to state-owned vehicles and to hired vehicles. Institution rules also may apply to borrowed vehicles at the discretion of the institution, giving consideration to enforceability, the nature of the travel and other relevant factors.

(5) Each institution shall file a report with the Office of Finance and Administration by August 31 of each year commenting on the adequacy of the travel safety rules and summarizing the vehicle accidents and injuries that have occurred during travel on state business in the preceding 12 months.

(6) Institution travel safety rules and amendments thereto will be effective only upon approval of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration or a designee.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 283.210 & 351.277
Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.070
Hist.: HEB 3-1978, f. & ef. 6-5-78; HEB 9-1984, f. & ef. 8-21-84; HEB 6-1986, f. & ef. 1-23-86; HEB 13-1986, f. & ef. 9-20-86; HEB 10-1990, f. & cert. ef. 7-26-90; HEB 1-1993, f. & cert. ef. 2-5-93; HEB 5-1994, f. & cert. ef. 4-28-94; HEB 5-1996, f. & cert. ef. 12-18-96; OUS 4-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-16-12 thru 8-31-12; OUS 14-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-30-12

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