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Academic Freedom

and Student Right to Know & Campus Security Act

Sept. 14, 2018: CU Regents revise policies on longstanding commitment to free speech and clarify the difference between academic freedom and freedom of expression​.

Academic freedom, diverse viewpoints and non-discrimination:

Academic freedom and diverse viewpoints are highly valued at the University of Colorado Denver.  The Laws of the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado specify that:

(1)  “The University of Colorado was created and is maintained to afford men and women a liberal education in the several branches of literature, arts, sciences, and the professions.  These aims can be achieved only in that atmosphere of free inquiry and discussion, which has become a tradition of universities and is called “academic freedom. . . .  Within the bounds of this definition, academic freedom requires that members of the faculty must have complete freedom to study, to learn, to do research, and to communicate the results of these pursuits to others.  The students likewise must have freedom of study and discussion.  The fullest exposure to conflicting opinions is the best insurance against error. . . .  All members of the academic community have a responsibility to protect the university as a forum for the free expression of ideas.”  Laws of the Regents 5.D.

(2)  “By enrolling as a student in the university, a person shall assume obligations of performance and behavior established by the university relevant to its lawful missions, processes, and functions.  As members of the academic community, students have responsibility, equivalent to that of the faculty, for study, learning, academic integrity, and protecting the university as a forum for the free expression of ideas.”  Laws of the Regents 7B.

(3)  “All students shall have the same fundamental rights to equal respect, due process, and judgment of them based solely on factors demonstrably related to performance and expectations as students.  All students share equally the obligations to perform their duties and exercise judgments of others in accordance with the basic standards of fairness, equity, and inquiry that should always guide education.”  Laws of the Regents 10.

Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act

In compliance with the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (Clery Act) of 1990 and the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 and 1998, we have collected and published information related to campus crime.  Please click here to review the latest report.

Members of the university community are encouraged to report any incident of threatening or harmful behavior to the administrator closest to the situation and/or the Auraria Campus Police 303-724-4444.  Other resources include the Ombuds Office at 303-556-4493 and the Office of Human Resources at 303-315-2700.

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