Campus Free Speech Statutes

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Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2015, Missouri enacted SB 93, now Mo. Rev. Stat. § 173.1550.  SB 93 Summary SB 93 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... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2017, North Carolina enacted HB 527, now N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. §§ 116-300 through  116-304. HB 527 Summary HB 527 requires public institutions of higher education in The University of North Carolina System (“covered public institutions of higher education”) to adopt a policy on free expression similar to the University of Chicago Free Speech... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2019, Oklahoma enacted SB 361, now Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 2120. SB 361 Summary SB 361 is a campus free speech bill that prohibits institutions from quarantining student speech to misleadingly labeled“free speech zones,” and adopts the United States Supreme Court definition of harassment. Key Provisions Defines student-on-student harassment consistent with the... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2019, South Dakota enacted HB 1087, now S.D. Codified Laws § 13-53-49, § 13-53-50, § 13-53-51, § 13-53-52, § 13-53-53. HB 1087 Summary HB 1087 eliminates policies that quarantine speech to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones,” defends the right to freely express views on freely chosen subjects throughout campus, defends the integrity and equal... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2017, Tennessee enacted SB 723, now Tenn. Code. Ann. §§ 49-7-2401 through  49-7-2408. SB 723 Summary SB 723, the Campus Free Speech Protection Act, is comprehensive legislation that extended free speech protections to students and faculty at public institutions of higher education. The statute prohibits a wide range of forms of censorship including misleadingly... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2019, Texas enacted SB 18, now Tex. Educ. Code § 51.9315. SB 18 Summary SB 18 prohibits public institutions of higher education from quarantining expressive activities in the open outdoor areas of campus to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones,”; prohibits institutions from assessing fees on events, unless those fees are set using only content-neutral... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

Utah has passed two bills concerning campus free speech. In 2017, Utah enacted H.B. 54, now Utah Code Ann. § 53B-27-2. In 2021, Utah enacted H.B. 159. H.B. 54 Summary H.B. 54 eliminates policies that quarantine speech to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones.” Key Provisions Prohibits public institutions from quarantining speech with “free speech zones”;... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

Virginia has passed two bills regarding campus free speech. In 2014, Virginia enacted HB 258, now Va. Code Ann. § 23.1-401. In 2018, Virginia enacted HB 344, now Va. Code Ann. § 23.1-401.1. HB 258 Summary HB 258 eliminates policies that quarantine speech to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones.” Key Provision Prohibits public institutions from... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 1992, California enacted SB 1115, later amended in 2006 by AB 2581, now Cal. Educ. Code § 94367 and § 66301. SB 1115 Summary SB 1115, commonly referred to as the “Leonard Law” in honor of its legislative sponsor Sen. William R. Leonard, extended free speech protections to students enrolled in non-religious, private institutions... Read more Read more


Campus Free Speech Statutes

In 2019, Arkansas enacted SB 156, now Ark. Code Ann. § 6-60-1001 through § 6-60-1010. SB 156 Summary SB 156 prohibits “state-supported institutions of higher education” from quarantining student speech to misleadingly labeled “free speech zones,” and from discriminating against belief based student organizations. The bill also defines harassment in accordance with U.S. Supreme Court... Read more Read more



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