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2009-2010 College Catalog 
2009-2010 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

The Office of Student Life offers students a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance classroom experiences and encourage campus involvement. These co-curricular programs include educational, cultural, recreational and social interaction as well as unique opportunities for leadership development. To learn more about these services, visit our offices located in the Tivoli Student Union, Room 311 or call 303-556-3559. The Web site is www.mscd.edu/~studlife.

In addition, the Office of Student Life also administers the following programs:

Student Affairs Board (SAB) - The Student Affairs Board enables students to have continuous representation in the use and allocation of their student affairs fees. The SAB is comprised of student government representatives, faculty senate representatives and administrative representatives.

Student Problem Action Network (SPAN) - The SPAN Program is a network of volunteer advisors who help students resolve problems they may be experiencing with faculty, staff or other students in the Metro State classroom or workplace. Advisors are there to: help sort out the facts in a given situation, identify specific issues and concerns, recognize the perspective of others involved in a situation, articulate options for resolution, formulate strategies for resolving the situation, help navigate campus systems and advise the student on how to implement the chosen strategy.

Outstanding Student and Who’s Who Awards - The Office of Student Life partners with academic departments and hosts the annual college-wide Outstanding Student Awards and the selection of nominees for Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.

Judicial Affairs


The responsibility of the Office of Judicial Affairs is to administer the discipline system for Metro State. Metro State’s Standards of Conduct clearly state the College’s expectations for student behavior. For additional information, refer to the Student Handbook or visit the Tivoli, Room 311. Information is also available on our Web site at: www.mscd.edu/~judicial.

Student Activities


Tivoli Student Union (TV) 305, (303) 556-2595, studentactivities.mscd.edu

The Office of Student Activities enriches students’ college experiences by helping them “Get Involved & Learn More” about campus life through dynamic activities such as events, co-curricular opportunities, student organizations, leadership education and volunteer opportunities throughout Metro Denver.

Programs, events and co-curricular opportunities help to stimulate, educate, challenge and entertain the student body. Through co-sponsorships with other universities, student organizations and academic departments, Student Activities facilitates bringing prominent national and local figures and stimulating experiences to the students. Specific programs include the following:

Distinguished Lecture Series

This series hosts locally, regionally and internationally recognized speakers who inspire students to think critically about current issues and events.

Student Organization Services

Metro Student Organizations provide a variety of programs that are stimulating and invigorating — enhancing students’ co-curricular and extracurricular experiences. Student Organization Services can assist in helping students find the right organization or in creating a new one. We have more than 100 registered student organizations at Metro State.


Join other students in exploring leadership through workshops, seminars, speakers and conferences. These programs are designed to give you tools to create change in your community. Over 300 students participate in one of our leadership programs each year.

Community Based Learning

Community-based learning is a campus-wide program offering ongoing and one-time volunteer opportunities. Students can match up with local agencies looking for volunteers through the Student Activities office. Look for monthly service events designed to make immediate impact on a community while connecting Metro students to one another. Make an impact on your community today!


Student Government Assembly


Metropolitan State College Student Government Assembly is an elected body that exists to represent and act in the interests of the students. Student Government Assembly (SGA) works to create opportunities for student involvement and success through its programs, and works to sustain and improve them each year. The SGA includes three additional elected representatives: the Board of Trustees Student Representative and the two representatives to the Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board (SACAB). Together the assembly works to ensure that students’ voices are heard and represented in all levels of the College’s administration. The SGA offices are located in the Tivoli 307, phone number 303-556-3312. Our Web site is www.mscd.edu/~sga.

Student Media


The Office of Student Media, located in Tivoli 313, produces a variety of student-operated media designed to keep the campus informed and entertained. The office’s diverse staff of students produces a weekly newspaper, The Metropolitan; a weekly video newscast, The Met Report; a Web-based radio station, Met Radio; an annual literary and arts magazine, Metrosphere; and the annual Student Handbook.

The Metropolitan offers students the opportunity to explore such fields as reporting, photography, Web page design, graphic arts, marketing and advertising through work experience. The Metropolitan and its Web site, The Met Online (www.mscd.edu/~themet), are produced entirely by Metro State students and are published weekly during the fall and spring and monthly during the summer.

The Emmy Award-winning Met Report can be seen weekly on Comcast Channel 54 or on the Internet at metreport.mscd.edu. The newscast keeps students informed on campus happenings and Denver news.

Met Radio offers diverse, student-produced programming through its Webcast at metradio.mscd.edu or at FM 88.3 in the Tivoli.

Metrosphere, Metro State’s annual literary and arts magazine, is published each spring and features poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art and photography. Submissions for the student-produced magazine are accepted during the fall semester. Copies are distributed free to students and are available in Tivoli 313. Metrosphere can be found online at www.mscd.edu/~msphere.

The Student Handbook is a complete guide to navigating Metro State. Published each year, the handbook offers information on everything from e-mail accounts to financial aid, as well as a section on academic and campus policies. It also is online at: handbook.mscd.edu.

Students interested in working for the Office of Student Media should visit Tivoli 313 and fill out an application, or call 303-556-2507.

Campus Recreation


The Campus Recreation at Auraria program is among the most affordable ways that students have found to enjoy themselves, and it is among the best recreation programs offered in Colorado. The program is composed of the Drop-In Program (informal recreation), Intramurals, Outdoor Adventure, Personal Training, and the Physically Challenged Program. Student membership is free with a current, validated student ID.

The Drop-in Program provides group and individual activities for students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests. Facilities include three basketball courts, 6 tennis courts, volleyball courts, a 25-yard indoor pool, two handball/racquetball courts, one squash court, a fitness center, a dance studio, and a climbing wall. In addition, Campus Recreation offers a myriad of group fitness classes in step, hi-hop, muscle sculpting, cardio salsa, indoor cycling, abs & back, water fitness and more. The Drop-in Program also offers a new instructional component, Get Fit Clinics, which consists of a variety of noncredit instructional workshops, clinics and seminars. Check the Drop-in Program schedule in Room 108 of the Physical Education Building or call 303-556-3210 for a listing of available times.

The Intramural Program consists of individual and team activities open to all students, faculty and staff members. The emphasis of the program is on participation, sportsmanship and social interaction. Whenever possible, competitive and recreational divisions are offered to ensure participation for all ability levels. Activities include flag football, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, dodge ball and racquetball leagues, as well as tennis tournaments.

Outdoor Adventure provides the opportunity to experience the beauty and challenge of nature through organized trips. The program provides outdoor recreational experiences emphasizing skill acquisition, social interaction, environmental awareness, and safety. Some of the many adventures offered are biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, family-fun outings, hiking, ice climbing, kayaking/ rafting, naturalist outings, rock climbing, indoor climbing, and sailing. The program also provides rental equipment, including camping and hiking gear, canoes, and cross-country skis. The office is located in the basement of the Events Center.

The Physically Challenged Program offers a variety of sporting, recreational, and fitness opportunities for students with physical or learning limitations. The adaptive programs/services encompass one-on-one or group sessions that assist in using the recreation equipment and facilities. Information on planned group activities or individual help sessions is available in the Events Center, Room 108, 303-556-3210.

Intercollegiate Athletics


The Intercollegiate Athletics program plays an integral role in campus life at The Metropolitan State College of Denver. Metro State offers 12 intercollegiate sports programs: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.

The teams, nicknamed the Roadrunners, compete at the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Roadrunners are members of the 14-member Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), which was founded in 1909 and features modest-sized schools with limited athletic budgets.

Scholarships are available for each of the 12 intercollegiate sports. They are distributed by individual coaches on the basis of merit, athletic ability and team needs. Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis. The Intercollegiate Athletics Office is located in the Administration Building, Suite 560RR, 303-556-8300.

Student Travel


The Student Travel Program is pleased to offer funding opportunities up to $2,000 to qualified student groups and up to $650 for qualified individual students to help facilitate their attendance at educational conferences nationwide. (Individual students may only be considered when they have been invited to give poster presentations, conference workshops or papers, or they have some other significant role in the conference.) Expenses for transportation, conference registration, and lodging may be considered for funding from Student Travel. Students must formally apply for this funding at least two months prior to the event, along with their faculty or administrative advisor who has agreed to attend the conference with them. Detailed information about student eligibility, procedures for applying, the proposal due dates, other qualifying criteria and the online application are available on our Web site at www.mscd.edu/~travel. More information is also available in Tivoli 305, or call 303-556-5026 or 303-556-2595.