Univ. of Colorado adds political affiliation to its nondiscrimination policy

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert PoliticsSeptember 19, 2013

The University of Colorado Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution that adds political affiliation to the school’s non-discrimination policy.

“Sometimes we hear the Board of Regents is partisan or divided,” University of Colorado Board Chairman Michael Carrigan, a Democrat from Denver, told The Daily Camera. “This is a good example of how we break that mold. We work together and ask the tough questions and come together in consensus.”

The school also passed resolutions Tuesday adding gender expression and gender identity to the policy. The vote was 8-0, as one board member was not present due to the recent floods in the state.

Earlier this year, Regents Sue Sharkey and Jim Geddes led a pair of political diversity initiatives to discuss the perceived liberal bias within the school system, particularly at the university’s Boulder campus. Geddes told The Washington Times back in February that the university could improve its national reputation if its diversity on campus increased.

“If we don’t do that, that’s a dead department. It’s dead,” he said. “Nobody’s going to challenge anyone else, nobody’s going to debate, because they all think the same.”

In June, the Board of Regents approved a resolution establishing a climate study to help the university determine if political diversity is respected on campus. The study, which will be conducted by nonpartisan groups, will also focus on other forms of diversity, including race, gender and sexual orientation bias on campus.

“Those who don’t have a liberal viewpoint don’t share their viewpoints — they’re in hiding because their views are made fun of by their peers,” Geddes told The Daily Caller then, reading an anonymous statement by a conservative professor on campus. “They’re called stupid.”

The university hired American Enterprise Institute’s Steven Hayward as a visiting professor of conservative thought and policy in March, a position that was funded by $1 million in private donations. The school also spent $108,000 to stop an annual 4/20 marijuana gathering on-campus, although recreational marijuana use is legal in Colorado.

The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska also voted this week to require recognized student organizations on campus to include political affiliation in their non-discrimination clauses.



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