Full Text of SB3671 102nd General Assembly
SB3671 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/21/2022, by Sen. Chapin Rose
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Public Higher Education Act. Provides that the intent of
the Act is for the requirements of the Act to apply equally to the
governing board of each public institution of higher education in this
State unless the Act provides otherwise. Defines "governing board of each
public institution of higher education" and "public institution of higher
education". Prohibits a public university from punishing students for
exercising their right to free speech. Effective immediately.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Higher Education Act.
It is the intent of the General
Assembly that the requirements set forth in this Act should
apply equally to each public institution of higher education
in this State and to the governing board of each public
institution of higher education in this State, except as
otherwise provided in this Act.
As used in this Act:
"Governing board of each public institution of higher
education" means the Board of Trustees of the University of
Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois
University, the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University,
the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University, the
Board of Trustees of Governors State University, the Board of
Trustees of Illinois State University, the Board of Trustees
of Northeastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of
Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Western
Illinois University, and the board of trustees of each
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community college district in this State.
"Public institution of higher education" means the
University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, Chicago
State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State
University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois
University, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois
University, a public community college in this State, or any
other public university, college, or community college now or
hereafter established or authorized by the General Assembly.
Right of students to free speech.
governing board of each public institution of higher
education, other than the board of trustees of a community
college district, is prohibited from punishing students for
exercising their right to free speech, including, without
limitation, by withholding transcripts or refunds or altering
a student's housing status, admission status, or current or
continuing status as an enrolled student at the public
institution of higher education.
This Act takes effect upon