Metropolitan State University of Denver

Location: Denver, Colorado
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Metropolitan State University of Denver has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Violence

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 17, 2018

    The University prohibits harassment against anyone, including any employee or student, based on the individual’s race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, age, veteran or marital status, or sexual orientation, or based on those aspects in an individual’s relatives, friends or associates. Harassment means threats, intimidation or hostile acts. Harassment also includes threats of violence against any individual or property of any individual. It is not the intent of this policy to inhibit the peaceful, free expression of ideas, which is an essential mission of the University. -Harassing an employee or student will lead to disciplinary action.  In the case of employees, such discipline may include termination.  In the case of students, such discipline may include expulsion.

    The University prohibits any person, including employees, invitees, and students, from making unwelcome sexual advances, or requests for sexual favors, or any other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of: (1) unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment; …

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Conduct – Rules and Regulations

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 17, 2018

    Verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion or any unwelcome conduct by an individual(s) that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it alters the conditions of education or employment and creates an environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 17, 2018

    Sexual Harassment is gender‐based verbal or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with or deprives someone of educational access, benefits or opportunities. Please see the University’s complete Sexual Harassment policy.

    Hostile environment sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct, generally, although not necessarily, of a sexual nature, that insults, demeans, ridicules or evinces hostility toward a person because of his or her gender, and that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it alters the conditions of education and creates an environment that a reasonable person would find hostile, intimidating, or offensive.

    The following subparagraphs describe some, but not all, kinds of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment if they are sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of employment or education and create an environment that a reasonable person would find hostile, intimidating, or offensive:

    • Direct propositions of a sexual nature;
    • Conduct that is offensive or humiliating in nature that includes, but is not limited to:
      • Sexually explicit comments, statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes; comments, statements, questions, jokes anecdotes, or innuendoes with sexual connotations;
      • Display of sexually explicit materials in the workplace or classroom or their use in the classroom without a defensible academic purpose;
      • Unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s body;
      • Remarks about sexual activity or speculation about sexual experiences;
      • “Wolf whistling,” obscene sounds, or obscene gestures;
      • Nonsexual physical or verbal conduct that insults, demeans, ridicules or otherwise evinces hostility toward a person because of gender. Examples include, but are not limited to, hazing, pranks, horseplay, and ridicule.

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  • University Policy Library: Freedom of Speech

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 17, 2018

    Students shall have the right to assemble, to select speakers and guests, and to discuss issues of their choice. An invitation to a speaker shall not imply endorsement of the speaker’s views by either the student organization or the University.

    Information about student views, beliefs, and political associations shall not be used to the detriment of students and their institutional standing.

    The right of peaceful protest is granted within the University community. The University retains the right to assure the safety of individuals, the protection of property, and the continuity of the educational process.

    The student press shall be free of censorship and shall provide editorial freedom. The editors and managers shall not be arbitrarily suspended because of student, faculty, administration, alumni, or community disapproval of editorial policy or content.

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  • Fighting Words 101

    March 14, 2005

    Colorado legislator Bob Hagedorn admits that when he proposed Senate Bill 85 in December, he was thinking of himself. In the wake of last fall’s polarizing race for the White House, Hagedorn, a Democrat who is also a political-science professor at Metropolitan State College in Denver, grew more and more worried about saying the wrong thing as his students debated contentious issues like George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind initiative and the teaching of creationism in schools. Earlier in the year, students had filed bias complaints against a colleague who had criticized Republicans. “I’m thinking ‘My God, we don’t […]

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  • On the Ground at Metropolitan State College

    September 19, 2008

    In the fall, I spend a lot of time traveling and speaking at different colleges across the country about student and faculty rights. Yesterday, I just happened to be speaking at Metropolitan State College of Denver when the imbroglio involving a professor’s writing assignment hit national news. In fact, I was actually on a break between a lecture on staff and faculty rights and my speech to the student body when my inbox was suddenly abuzz with reports of an English professor’s assignment in which he asked his students to write essays critical of what he termed the “fairy tale” […]

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  • Controversy on Palin Assignment at Metro State: FIRE’s Lukianoff is On the Scene

    September 18, 2008

    The well-known Drudge Report is linking to a story that appears to be gaining steam in the blogosphere—a report that an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver assigned his class to write an essay critical of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The report (with video), from CBS 4 in Denver, suggests that instructor Andrew Hallam also invited his class to ridicule Republican students in the classroom. (The assignment about Governor Palin has since been changed to allow students to write about any of the candidates.) Students and faculty members are in luck, though—in a happy coincidence, FIRE […]

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  • Greg Speaking at Metropolitan State College Today

    September 18, 2008

    FIRE President Greg Lukianoff will be speaking today at Metropolitan State College of Denver. In honor of Constitution Day, Greg’s speech is entitled “The First Amendment and What Students Need to Know.” The free public lecture begins at 11:30 AM (MDT). Greg also addressed the faculty of Metropolitan State College of Denver this morning. In his speech, he helped faculty understand freedom of speech and how to deal with disruptive students in the classroom.

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