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SC H4290


DEI in higher education

Amend The South Carolina Code Of Laws By Adding Section 59-101-60 So As To Provide Necessary Definitions, To Provide Each Public Institution Of Higher Learning Annually Shall Report The Total Number Of Administrative And Nonteaching Positions That Support Or Are Associated With Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Initiatives At The Institution; To Prohibit These Institutions From Granting Preference To Applicants For Admission, Employment, Or Promotion On The Basis Of Race, Sex, Color, Ethnicity, Or National Origin, Subject To An Exception; To Prohibit These Institutions From Making Diversity Training Mandatory; To Prohibit These Institutions From Requiring Or Soliciting Diversity Statements As Part Of Their Admissions Or Employment Application Processes, Among Other Things; And To Clarify That These Provisions Do Not Prohibit Certain Programs Required To Comply With Specific Federal Requirements.

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A public institution of higher learning may not make diversity training mandatory. [...] "Diversity, equity, and inclusion training" or "DEI training" means training, seminar, discussion group, workshop, or other instructional program [...] interrelated concepts purporting to: (i) describe or expose structures, systems, or relations of power, privilege, or subordination on the basis of race, sex, color, gender, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation; (ii) describe methods to identify, dismantle, or oppose such structures, systems, or relations; or (iii) justify differential treatment or special benefits conferred on the basis of race, sex, color, gender, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation; or (b) concepts of unconscious or implicit bias, cultural appropriation, allyship, transgenderism, [...] neo-pronouns, inclusive language, heteronormativity, disparate impact, gender identity, gender theory, racial or sexual privilege, or related formulations of these concepts.

Legislative Session


125th General Assembly


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2024-02-1500:00HearingBlatt Room 110House E.P.W. Higher Education Subcommittee


2023-06-07Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Vaughan, Willis
2023-05-16Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Landing, Bustos, Harris, Guffey, Lawson, Oremus, Chumley, Beach, White, Thayer, Chapman, Burns, Haddon, O'Neal, Ligon, Cromer, S.Jones, Trantham, McCabe
2023-04-06Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works
2023-04-06Introduced and read first time