Christopher J. Ortiz
After all the hype and controversy, the academic bill of rights
was pulled before a vote at the Colorado General Assembly by Rep.
Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, a bill sponsor.
According to a Denver Post article, Mitchell has reached an
agreement with the presidents of Colorado colleges to continue
discussions about each college’s commitment to make sure grievance
procedures address political diversity.
Rep. Mark Larson, R-Lamar, called the bill “micromanagement at
its worst.” The editorial staff agrees with Larson and supports
Mitchell’s decision to pull the bill.
The bill, from the beginning, undermined universities’ ability
to manage their own problems. It took power away from universities
and gave it to the state government over classroom material and
what can and cannot be discussed on campus and in classrooms.
The editorial board never agreed with the bill. The Associated
Students of CSU Senate passed a bill opposing the academic bill of
We are glad that the state legislature had faith in the state
universities’ ability to handle their own problems. Now
universities will be under the microscope to see how they handle
grievances from students who feel their political views are not
welcome in classrooms or that professors are pushing their own
political agendas inappropriately in classrooms.