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CU Students Fight Party Image

Creed outlines social honor code

George Merritt
Denver Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -

Boulder - A group of University of Colorado students fed up with the school's party image will help leave a permanent and positive mark on campus.

At a ceremony Monday, founding members of the group Colorado Creed and school officials announced that plaques with a new school "creed" will be placed on campus.

A kind of social honor code, the creed says in part that students should "Act with honor, integrity and accountability in my interactions with students, faculty, staff and neighbors. Respect the rights of others and accept their differences. Contribute to the greater good of this community."

The brass plaques will go up at key locations on campus, such as Norlin Library, the University Memorial Center and residence halls.

Colorado Creed was formed in reaction to a 2003 Princeton Review ranking that placed CU among the top 10 party schools.

Creed member Chris Deardorff said the plaques are the first step in an effort to change CU's culture.

"We want people to know about this and incorporate it into campus life," he said.

In addition to plaques, CU will install sidewalk stones embossed with seven guiding principles - Act, Honor, Have Integrity, Respect, Accept, Contribute and Be Accountable.

"These are important values," said vice chancellor for student affairs Ron Stump, who attended the ceremony with chancellor Phil DiStefano. "There is a real interest on campus in bringing about change."

Stump said that the freshman and sophomore classes in particular have strong leaders who are concerned about the school's image.

Freshman Jason Griffith, a founding member of Colorado Creed, said the plaques will serve more as a source of pride than instruction.

"You know, we've had our bumps that we have gone over in the past year," he said, "but even through that, everything else on campus is still excellent. That is what we hope the creed is a reminder of - everything that is good about being a student here."

Griffith said he took pride in the permanence of the plaques and sidewalk stones.

"We'll be able to come back and see this stone in 20 years," he said. "That is what we said when we started this. ... Let's make this so it is something that lasts."

Staff writer George Merritt can be reached at 303-247-9948 or gmerritt@denverpost.com.