Guidelines for Next Steps
The following guidelines, issued by MSU Denver’s Name-Change Transition Team provides a general timeframe of the upcoming changes leading to July 1, 2012 as well as the transition through June 2013. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to check this website periodically for additional guidelines and clarifications.
Timeframe and University Nomenclature
The name change from Metropolitan State College of Denver to Metropolitan State University of Denver becomes effective July 1, 2012, at which time the institution may be referred to as Metropolitan State University of Denver or MSU Denver. “University of Denver” cannot stand by itself.
MSU Denver is the official shortened name and will be used for the informal logo. However, Metro State may still be used colloquially and will appear on athletics uniforms along with informal logo.
Use of materials with the name Metropolitan State College of Denver is permitted until June 30, 2013. However, it’s preferred that Metropolitan State University of Denver be used after July 1, 2012
Process for Funding Name-Change-Related Expenses
MSU Denver will not use state appropriations or student tuition monies to cover costs specifically due to the name change. Instead, we will use Indirect Cost Recovery funds that are held by Administration, Finance and Facilities and must be approved by the President.
Departments can use General Fund budgets for expenses to replenish and replace worn-out items or those scheduled for replacement, as these are not considered costs incurred by the new name. Only items that are being replaced due to wear-and-tear may be paid out of General Fund accounts.
Materials considered consumables or operational (see list below) with “Metropolitan State College of Denver” imprinted should continue to be used rather than reordering new supplies simply to change the name. However, in situations where materials have been used up and need to be replaced then MSU Denver funds may be used.
Continue to use already-printed publications with the name "Metropolitan State College of Denver" that are associated with the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.
Examples of consumables or operational supplies include:
Promotional items, give-aways
New Metro State typeface
Marketing and Communications is creating a revised set of formal and informal logos and lettering. MSU Denver will take steps to legally protect these new logos. Once logos and other identity marks are updated, they will be made available on Brand Central.
As stated, already-printed publications with the name "Metropolitan State College of Denver" associated with the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters may continue to be used. However, any reprints or new publications printed after July 1, 2012, must specify Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Please make sure to avoid mixing materials when communicating with external audiences. For example, Metropolitan State University of Denver letterhead should not be used with a Metropolitan State College of Denver envelope.
If you have any unused paper stock referencing Metropolitan State College of Denver, Metro State or MSCD then use it as scratch pads or other creative ways so we can keep waste to a minimum. Marketing and Communications will facilitate the collection of unused paper stock and create scratch pads.
A new typeface and seal have been created. The seal was approved at the Board of Trustees on June 7. All departments may order replacement items (following the guidelines above) referencing Metropolitan State University of Denver for July 1, 2012 implementation.
The Auraria Bookstore, licensed distributors and other approved retailers will be allowed to sell clothing and other items bearing the name Metropolitan State University of Denver July 1, 2012.
MSU Denver’s new domain name msudenver.edu was chosen by the Board of Trustees at their June 7 meeting. However, there will be 1-year grace period where the mscd.edu site and mscd.edu emails will be redirected to the new domain.
Many items throughout campus displaying the institution's past names will remain unchanged as these are important symbols of MSU Denver’s history.
Students graduating spring, 2012 will receive both a Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Metropolitan State University of Denver diploma. A plan is being developed to coordinate the availability of new diplomas for alumni. Please check back for more information.
Questions or Concerns
Please submit questions or concerns associated with the name-change transition here.