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Hidden Camera Videos of Oregon State Students Found on Porn Site

Hidden Camera Videos of Oregon State Students Found on Porn Site

Oregon State University has urged vigilance after hidden camera videos of female students were found on a porn website. 

According to a Thursday report in the school’s student newspaper, the Daily Barometer, an unknown person has been uploading the videos of female students after following them around campus and secretly filming them over the course of several weeks.

The Daily Barometer reported that someone was seen Thursday walking on campus with a silver-blue mountain bike. The individual appeared to be recording women with a cellphone. Earlier in the day, two “members of the OSU community” reportedly notified campus police about the porn site videos.

How Oregon State University is taking on its porn problem

According to Steve Clark, the vice president of university relations and marketing, over 50 hidden camera videos of the students on campus were found on the unnamed porn site. None of the women in the videos are identifiable because they were filmed from behind, he said.


“We felt that it was very important to notify the university community, to be aware of this practice occurring, and to be aware of their surroundings at any individual who may appear to be recording unsolicited photos or videos,” Clark told the Daily Barometer. “Meanwhile, I would say, this remains a very safe campus, and one of the ways we are safe is by having effective law enforcement and public safety on campus, and by informing our community of issues that may prompt concern and a response.”

Clark encouraged students and staff to come forward to campus police with any relevant information.

However, he noted that taking photos and posting them on a porn site is not illegal, just “inapporpriate.”

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“Inappropriate behavior that puts members of the community at risk can be a student conduct matter, if this is a student, but we don’t know that it is,” he said. “If the individual uploading videos is identified, an investigation would be carried out to determine whether or not that person is an OSU student, and subject to consequences under the university’s Student Code of Conduct, or referral to county law enforcement.”

Oregon State University takes on porn problem

Sex on campus has in recent years become a major battle in the American culture wars. The Obama administration, along with some Democratic states, had enacted stricter rules on campus sexual harassment and assault. Many colleges began requiring students to give “affirmative consent” for sex and lowered the evidentiary threshold for proving such accusations.

However, the Trump administration last year rolled back the Obama-era guidelines, reflecting a sense among some that the rights of the accused had been unduly compromised in the war on “rape culture.” In announcing the changes last November, Education Secretary Betsy Devos claimed to have restored a proper balance.

“We can, and must, condemn sexual violence and punish those who perpetrate it, while ensuring a fair grievance process,” she said. “Those are not mutually exclusive ideas.”

Feminist activists – who decried Devos’ move as endangering vulnerable female college students – have continued to advocate educating students, and particularly men, on a “yes means yes” standard of consent. On the other hand, conservatives, along with a smattering of feminists, have advocated that women take more responsiblity for their own safety, including by embracing the traditional value of modesty.

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