South Carolina “Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act” (H 3099)
This law was last updated on Jan 13, 2019
H 3099 would allow college and university student groups to limit membership based on religious belief.
The bill would prohibit a public institution of higher learning from denying a religious, political, or ideological student organization a benefit or privilege available to another student organization, or otherwise discriminate against such an organization, based on the expression of the organization, including a requirement that the leaders or members of the organization:
- affirm and adhere to the organization’s sincerely held beliefs;
- comply with the organization’s standards of conduct; or
- further the organization’s self-defined mission or purpose.
The bill would require public institutions to develop and make available materials explaining the policy for campus staff and students.
Colleges and universities would be required to submit a yearly report detailing the course of action implemented to comply with the policy.
This bill would allow for the discrimination against LGBTQ students looking to join student groups.
Similar to S 87.
12/18/18 – Prefiled.
1/8/19 – Introduced, referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.