SB 1170
Creates provisions relating to free speech policies in higher education and establishes the College Student Free Speech and Association Act
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Last Action:
1/25/2024 - Second Read and Referred S Select Committee on Empowering Missouri Parents and Children Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2024

Current Bill Summary

SB 1170 - This act establishes the "College Student Free Speech and Association Act".

The act prohibits public and private institutions of higher education that receive state funds from excluding any student from participation in any education program, activity, or division of the institution based on such student's participation in a "protected association", defined in the act as activity involving the exercise of the freedom of speech as provided in the United States Constitution.

Beginning in 2025, every institution of higher education that receives state funds shall annually submit a statement to the Commissioner of Higher Education certifying that such institution's policies comply with its obligations pursuant to the provisions of the act. Private institutions that receive state funds shall submit an additional statement disclosing whether they guarantee students the same freedom of speech rights guaranteed to students at public institutions. By August 28, 2025, the Commissioner shall review these statements and shall publish certain information relating to the statements on the website of the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.

The provisions of this act shall not be construed to prohibit the imposition of official sanctions on students who substantially disrupt classes or to prohibit an institution of higher education from taking action to prevent violations of state law relating to alcohol abuse, sexual harassment, hazing, or the safety of student residences.



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