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.
- Defines student-on-student harassment consistent with the United States Supreme Court standard in Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education;
- Declares that the outdoor areas of campuses are public forums and prevents institutions from creating “free speech zones”;
- Requires institutions to inform students of free speech regulations and expectations during orientation programs;
- Mandates colleges and universities publish a report to the governor and legislature describing any barriers to or incidents of disruption of free expression occurring on campus; and
- Provides a cause of action for students and student organizations if rights provided by the bill are violated by an employee of a public college or university.