Student Advocacy Program

The Student Advocacy Program is a service funded by the ASUO student government and operated by Student Government Engagement and Success. 

We offer help, support, and referrals to any student or student group involved in a dispute with the University.

  • We serve students accused of behavioral issues or violations the Student Code of Conduct.
  • We work with students on petitions so they may effectively advocate on behalf of their disputes related to housing, financial aid, and accessibility needs.
  • We guide students through informal & formal resolutions for grievances with students, faculty, and University policy.

We closely partner with the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, and other administrators.

All assistance is free and confidential.*

Overview

The Student Advocacy Program (SAP) is a newly designed campus resource which provides help and support to any student or student group involved in a dispute with the university. Our program is designed to ensure that students have the information and support they need in order to fully explore their options when seeking to resolve disputes through university processes and procedures. 

When fully operational, our teammates will have experience and knowledge about all sorts of problems, including conduct violations, housing disputes, grading and enrollment issues, and financial aid problems. Funded by ASUO as part of the Incidental Fee, University of Oregon students may seek our assistance and support at no cost.

SAP strives to provide excellent service, yet we do not offer legal or representative assistance. Our advocate team works hard to help students understand university procedures and possible outcomes, but all decisions rest with the student client. Should additional clarification be sought beyond the initial consultation, advocates will be happy to respond; however, they will not be able to make decisions on behalf of the student client.

Eligibility

Student Advocacy Program services are available to enrolled University of Oregon students who have paid the Incidental Fee for the current term. During the summer, students remain eligible for SAP services provided they are registered for Incidental Fee-assessed courses during fall term or fall semester.

No student is required to use the services of the Student Advocacy Program. Students may, at all times, obtain assistance from an attorney or other person of their choice at their own expense.

Access

If you are a currently enrolled, Incidental Fee-paying student and would like to connect with us, please call or email us. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!

Consultations are available by appointment only. 
541-346-3722
studentadvocacy@uoregon.edu

*Confidentiality

The University of Oregon recognizes that students and other parties are often concerned about the privacy of their confidential information. Education records, including student conduct records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In general, we will not disclose personally identifiable information in a student’s education record to any third party unless the student provides a signed written release or as otherwise allowed by law (e.g., a lawfully issued subpoena or court order).

Advising

SAP strives to provide excellent service, yet we do not offer legal or representative assistance. Our advocate team works hard to help students understand university procedures and possible outcomes, yet all decisions rest with the student client. Should additional clarification be sought beyond the initial consultation, advocates will be happy to respond; however, they will not be able to make decisions on behalf of the student client.

In order for our advocate team to best serve you, we ask that students speak and act with truth when interacting with us, and that they comply with advocates’ requests for additional information relevant to your case. 

The Student Advocacy Program is an informational resource for students and our advocate teammates do not represent you, nor do we guarantee that our clients will achieve the results they seek. By using our services, students understand that they cannot hold us responsible for any insufficient, undesired, or negative outcomes. 

Should you have concerns about our teammates’ efforts or performance in your case, please reach out to the SGES director.