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SC S0833


Higher Education Integrity in Learning and Employment Act

Amend The South Carolina Code Of Laws By Adding Section 59-101-440 So As To Prohibit Certain Concepts In A Course Of Instruction, Curriculum, Assignment, Instructional Program, Instructional Material, Surveys Or Questionnaires, Presentations, Performances, School Policies And Protocols Or Professional Educator Development Or Training In Higher Education; And To Require The Board Of Trustees For Each College And University To Implement Policies To Ensure Compliance; By Adding Section 59-101-450 So As To Establish What Constitutes Discrimination In Certain Settings; By Adding Section 59-101-460 So As To Establish Certain Definitions And To Further Prohibit Admission And Employment Decisions By A Public Institution Of Higher Learning Conditioned Upon Supoort Or Disagreement With Any Political Ideology Or Movement; And By Adding Section 59-101-470 So As To Provide That This Article Does Not Unduly Burden A Person's State And Federal Constitutional Rights.

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It shall constitute discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex under this section to subject any student or employee to training or instruction that espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates, or compels such student or employee to believe any of the prohibited concepts in 59-101-440(A).

Section 59-101-460. (A) For purposes of this article:[...] (2) "Diversity, equity, and inclusion" or "DEI" includes: (a) any effort by a public institution of higher learning, or sanctioned by a public institution of higher learning, to:[...](ii) promote or promulgate trainings, programming, or activities at the institution designed and implemented with reference to race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation; or (iii) promote as the official position of the institution, the administration of the institution, or any administrative unit of the institution, a particular, widely contested opinion referencing unconscious or implicit bias, cultural appropriation, allyship, transgender ideology, microaggressions, group marginalization, anti-racism, systemic oppression, social justice, intersectionality, neo-pronouns, heteronormativity, disparate impact, gender theory, racial or sexual privilege, or any related formulation of these concepts; or (b) any division, office, center, or other unit of the institution or component of the institution that is responsible for creating, developing, designing, implementing, organizing, planning, or promoting policies, programming, training, practices, activities, and procedures relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Legislative Session


125th General Assembly


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2023-06-14Referred to Committee on Education
2023-06-14Introduced and read first time