Policies of Colorado State University

University Policy

University Seal
Policy Title: Freedom of Expression and Inquiry Category: Administration
Owner: Provost/Executive Vice President Policy ID#: 5-1001-001
Faculty Council Executive Committee
Web: http://facultycouncil.colostate.edu/
Phone: (970) 491-5693
Original Effective Date: 1/1/2007
Last Revision: 7/15/2016


Colorado State University is committed to valuing and respecting diversity, including respect for diverse viewpoints, for all members of the campus community.


The faculty of Colorado State University considers freedom of discussion, inquiry, and expression to be in keeping with the history and traditions of our country and to be a cornerstone of education in a democracy. Colorado State University is committed to valuing and respecting diversity, including respect for diverse viewpoints. If any members of our campus community (students, faculty, or staff) feel that they have been treated unfairly because of their views, they should contact Student Resolution Center. The policy of Colorado State University is to encourage members of the University community to engage in discussion, to exchange ideas and opinions, and to speak, write, and publish freely in accordance with the guarantees and limitations of our state and national constitutions.

Faculty and students have not only a right, but also a responsibility, to examine critically the insights, understandings, values, issues, and concerns which have evolved in the various areas of human activity. Consequently, it is the policy that University-registered student organizations may extend invitations for guest lecturers, exhibitors, performers, and exhibitions of works of art with no restrictions of form or content other than those imposed by law. It is understood that inviting a speaker, performer, or exhibit does not imply concurrence of the University or of the sponsoring organization with the opinions, beliefs, or values expressed.

In exercising their rights, members of the University community should understand that the public may judge the institution by their actions. Hence, they should at all times strive to be honest and accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, and show appropriate respect for the opinions of others.


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