U Colorado requires approval on statements addressing ‘sensitive’ topics, like First Amendment

Jessica Custodio:

The University of Colorado announced to its communications staff through a memo that, in order to prevent biased language, any speech surrounding what it deems as delicate language must be approved by the office of the president first.

Such topics include COVID-19, race, and the First Amendment.
“…clear effort to regulate speech on some of the most important issues we face today.”

The memo was reportedly sent to top administrators in communication positions throughout the University of Colorado system, according to The Denver Post. The office of President Mark Kenned would have the final say on all communications on “sensitive topics.”

“I do not have the inclination, ability or authority to influence dean or faculty communication. CU is a large, complex organization and does not have a single communication strategy or structure. I asked the communication vice-chancellors to share the desire for measured communication on sensitive topics with those on campus they engage with, but campus communication is their purview, not mine,” McConnellogue told the Denver Post.