Academic Freedom Statement: The Faculty Senate of Metropolitan State College of Denver strongly reaffirms its commitment to academic freedom. Such freedom is as fundamental to the principles of liberty and democracy on which this country is founded as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) writes that “teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and the publication of the results…” We strongly affirm our commitment to due process to assure the integrity of academic freedom. Academic freedom is germane to intellectual growth because it enables the critical expression and exploration of all ideas, no matter how unpalatable some may be. Rigorous academic debate requires the discussion of both poplar and unpopular perspective, enabling the refinement of ideas and strengthening of our understandings of how the world operates. It is not the popular ideas which require the protection of academic freedom; rather, it is the unpopular ideas that are in need of safeguarding. Education requires the open exchange of ideas that stimulate discussion and debate. Education in its best form encourages the application of critical thinking to those opinions. It is through critical thinking that we learn and become informed decision makers; indeed, this is one of the most important products of our institutions of higher learning. Through open intellectual discourse and debate, ideas are created, some are discarded, and others are refined into a solid body of knowledge.