Campus Free Speech Statutes

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Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2021, West Virginia enacted SB 657. SB 657 Summary SB 657 prohibits overbroad anti-harassment policies and policies that quarantine speech to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones.” Key Provisions Prohibits public institutions from quarantining speech with “free speech zones”; Defines student-on-student harassment in a way that is consistent with the definition provided by the Supreme... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2019, North Dakota enacted SB 2320. In 2021, North Dakota enacted HB 1503, which amended the earlier bill and added new protections. SB 2320 Summary SB 2320 instructed the state board of education and public institutions of higher education to create and adopt policies protecting the free expression of students, the campus community’s invited... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

Montana has passed two bills regarding campus free speech. In 2021, Montana enacted HB 218 and HB 349. HB 218 Summary HB 218 eliminates misleadingly labeled “free speech zones.” Key Provisions Prohibits public institutions of higher education from quarantining student expression into “free speech zones”; and Creates a cause of action allowing a “person or... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2020, Ohio enacted SB 40, now Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3345.0211 through § 3345.0214. SB 40 summary SB 40 prohibits free speech zones and mandates that harassment policies do not restrict constitutionally-protected expression at public institutions of higher education. Key provisions Prohibits public institutions of higher education from quarantining student expression into “free... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2017, Colorado enacted SB17-062, now Colo. Rev. Stat. § 23-5-144. SB17-062 Summary SB17-062 eliminates policies that quarantine speech to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones,” defends the right to freely express views on freely chosen subjects throughout campus, and provides a judicial remedy for violations of expressive rights. Key Provisions Prohibits public institutions from quarantining... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2018, Florida enacted SB 4, now Fla. Stat. § 1004.097 SB 4 Summary SB 4 eliminates policies that quarantine speech to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones” and provides a judicial remedy for violations of expressive rights. Key Provisions Prohibits public institutions from quarantining speech with “free speech zones”; and Creates a cause of action... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2018, Georgia enacted SB 339, Ga. Code Ann. § 20-3-48,  § 20-3-48.1,  § 20-3-48.2. SB 339 Summary SB 339 prohibits institutions from quarantining student speech to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones” and ensures that student organizations may invite speakers to their campuses. Key Provisions Prohibits institutions from restricting student speech to “free speech zones”;... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2018, Iowa enacted SF 274, now Iowa Code Ann. § 261H.  SF 274 Summary SF 274 requires institutions to adopt policies similar to the University of Chicago’s Free Speech Policy Statement, prohibits the use of “free speech zones,” and provides protections for student organizations. Key Provisions Requires state Board of Regents and the board... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2017, Kentucky enacted SB 17, now Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.183. In 2019, Kentucky enacted HB 254, now Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 164.348, which amended the earlier bill and added new protections. SB 17 Summary SB 17 provides protections for religious and political student organizations and prohibits public institutions of higher education... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2018, Louisiana enacted SB 364, now La. Stat. Ann. § 17:3399.31 through § 17:3399.37. SB 364 Summary SB 364 is a bill that prohibits public colleges and universities from quarantining student expression to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones” and provides protections for belief-based student organizations. Key Provisions Prohibits public institutions of higher education from... Read more Read more



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