After considerable debate, members of the House Education Committee passed HB 735, “Student Organizations/Rights & Recognition,” (previously titled “Protect Religious Student Groups”) on a roll call vote, 30-20. The bill is a companion to Sen. Dan Soucek’s SB 719, passed by the Senate last week.
The bill would provide that religious or political student organizations on UNC and community college campuses have the right to determine the organization’s core functions (such as selecting leaders and members and defining doctrines) and resolve disputes within the organization, in accordance with their own core beliefs and values.
A campus would be prohibited from discriminating against any student organization or group that it has granted recognition to if the organization or group exercises its rights of determining its core functions and dispute resolution.
Rep. Henry Michaux raised the possibility of discriminatory outcomes as a result of the legislation, asking the bill’s sponsor what would happen if a student organization discriminates against a group of people even though the university has an anti-discrimination policy. Would this bill force the university to fund the student group anyway? Read More…