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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate 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 Conflict Resolution Services - Conflicts occur every day, especially on college campuses.  While often uncomfortable, conflicts offer opportunities to grow and improve when dealt with in a proper manner.  Student Conflict Resolution Services can help with that process. Metro State and Student Conflict Resolution Services are committed to providing a safe and personal resource to help students peacefully work together to resolve college-related conflicts. 

Student Conflict Resolution Services is:

  • A process that helps students peacefully resolve college-related disputes
  • A resource for students who want to improve their communication skills
  • A positive discussion facilitated by a neutral third party
  • An informal forum for students who would prefer to handle their disputes privately

Student Conflict Resolution Services is not:

  • A replacement for the College’s Judicial system
  • Designed to assign blame or innocence in a dispute
  • Personal counseling
  • A replacement for legal advice

Contact the Office of Student Life for further information at 303-556-3559.

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 Student Code of Conduct clearly states 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 website 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 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, entertained and engaged. 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 website, Met Online (metnews.org), are produced entirely by Metro State students and published weekly during the fall and spring, and monthly during the summer.

The Emmy Award-winning Met Report (metreport.org) can be seen weekly on Comcast Channel 54 or online at metreport.org. The newscast keeps students informed on campus happenings and Denver-area news.

Met Radio (kmetradio.org) offers diverse, student-produced programming through its webcast at kmetradio.org or at FM 88.3 in the Tivoli.

Metrosphere (metrosphere.org), Metro State’s annual literary and arts magazine, is published each spring and features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, 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 metrosphere.org.

The Student Handbook is a complete guide to navigating Metro State. Published each year, the handbook offers information on everything from email accounts to financial aid, as well as a section on academic and campus policies. The handbook is also available 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 for more information.

Campus Recreation


Campus Recreation at Auraria (CRA) is a comprehensive fitness, recreational and leisure service provided to the students, staff, faculty and alumni of the Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado at Denver, and Community College of Denver. This tri-institutionally funded service receives its programmatic dollars from the student affairs fees of all three institutions. CRA operates out of the PE Event Center, a shared facility that supports Metro State’s Human Performance & Sport Department and Metro State Athletics.

The Informal Recreation program includes physical activities that may include swimming, racquetball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and using the fitness center.

Intramural activities are designed for people who have an interest in playing in an organized league or tournament, e.g., basketball leagues and racquetball tournaments. Club Sports are highly organized team sports that meet regularly for practice and compete against other colleges and universities.

The Outdoor Adventure Center at Auraria offers instructional learning opportunities specific to Technical Adventure Skills. TAS activities are hard skills development and instructional experiences including kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking and more. The Adventure Leadership Program (ALP) provides student and staff groups with activities including low ropes elements, initiatives, and problem-solving and teambuilding activities. Service Learning Programs (SEL) activities support student and institutional learning outcomes and benefit the community and wilderness by providing outdoor-focused service and experiential learning opportunities. Included in the Outdoor Adventure program is the rental shop, which provides outdoor rental gear to students, faculty, and staff at affordable prices.

CRA’s Fitness programs consist of the Physically Challenged program, Personal Training Services, and Aerobics. The Physically Challenged program has two components: personal training for individuals with disabilities and special event programming. Personal trainers, who are student employees of CRA, are assigned to monitor fitness exercise programs that are designed to meet the needs of the participant. Personal Training Services provides participants with a variety of affordable training programs that can be individually tailored for the client. In addition, CRA offers a variety of aerobic / group fitness activities.

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.