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 Tuesday, May 11, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Changing Our Culture

Several investigations of allegations surrounding our football program are wrapping up, and it's time for us to focus on lessons learned from these experiences. We have faced intense scrutiny of our policies and practices over the past several months. It's been a painful process that has taken a tremendous toll on many of our faculty, administrators, staff, students and parents. As leaders of this university and caretakers of its students, we must be accountable for our actions and have the courage to make necessary changes in our campus culture. We must act responsibly to make things right. But we also need to take time to heal, learn from the past, and move ahead with the business of educating students.

The final report of the Independent Investigative Commission, issued last week, cited recommendations contained in the Boulder Faculty Assembly report as a basis for strengthening institutional control and accountability for the Athletic Department and the University. I want to thank the BFA for its report and I look forward to working with the faculty on addressing these substantive issues in the days ahead.

This is an opportunity for CU to reform athletic recruiting practices and to be a model for universities across the nation. This is the beginning of our work to create change and strengthen the university to make things better, to make a difference in the future here and elsewhere. For the campus, it involves a renewed call to unity and higher standards of ethical behavior.

We must look within and beyond ourselves to address problems. We must continually take a hard look at our campus culture to determine what's working and what's not, and strive to make changes to be a stronger, better university.

Most of all, we need to address more seriously the cultural issues within our campus and the Boulder community, such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, and racial profiling and discrimination.

There are many good things about the university. Wonderful and fine people work and study here. We have high standards for academic excellence and service to our communities. Our goal is to be a great research university with a commendable athletic program. We will rise to the challenge of making needed changes in our culture. We will create policies and practices that will serve as a national model. Clearly, it's going to take a collaborative effort to reach those goals.

I will work with President Hoffman, campus administrators and faculty leadership on developing sound proposals to address internal changes and standards that will serve the best interests of the university.

In addition to the BFA, I want to acknowledge the Independent Investigative Commission for its hard work, feedback and recommendations, and President Hoffman and the Board of Regents for their support. Most of all, I want to thank all of you for your continued service and loyalty to the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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