Missouri Bill Regarding Religious Beliefs of College Student Associations (SB 248)
This law was last updated on Jan 19, 2017
SB 248 would prohibit public colleges and universities from taking any action or enforcing any policy that denies a religious student association any benefit available to any other student association.
The bill would also prohibit public colleges and universities from discriminating against a religious student association with respect to such benefit, based on that association’s requirement that its leaders or members do the following:
- adhere to the association’s sincerely held religious beliefs;
- comply with the association’s sincere religious observance requirements;
- comply with the association’s sincere religious standards of conduct;
- or be committed to furthering the association’s religious missions, as described in the act.
Colleges and universities would be prohibited from substantially burdening a student’s exercise of religion unless the institution can demonstrate that application of the burden to the student is in furtherance of a compelling interest of the institution, and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling interest.
Any student or religious student association that has been aggrieved as a result of a violation of this law may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding against the institution and obtain appropriate relief.
Companion bill to HB 104.