House Resolution 609 · 20 April 2005

House Resolution 609

College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005 (Introduced in House)

SEC. 103. STUDENT SPEECH AND ASSOCIATION RIGHTS.

Section 112 (20 U.S.C. 1011a) is amended--

(1) by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

(a) Protection of Rights- It is the sense of Congress that--

(1) no student attending an institution of higher education on a full- or part-time basis should, on the basis of participation in protected speech or protected association, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or official sanction under any education program, activity, or division of the institution directly or indirectly receiving financial assistance under this Act, whether or not such program, activity, or division is sponsored or officially sanctioned by the institution; and

(2) an institution of higher education should ensure that a student attending such institution on a full- or part-time basis is--

`(A) evaluated solely on the basis of their reasoned answers and knowledge of the subjects and disciplines they study and without regard to their political, ideological, or religious beliefs;

(B) assured that the selection of speakers and allocation of funds for speakers, programs, and other student activities will utilize methods that promote intellectual pluralism and include diverse viewpoints;

(C) presented diverse approaches and dissenting sources and viewpoints within the instructional setting; and

(D) not excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination or official sanction on the basis of their political or ideological beliefs under any education program, activity, or division of the institution directly or indirectly receiving financial assistance under this Act, whether or not such program, activity, or division is sponsored or officially sanctioned by the institution.'; and

(2) in subsection (b)(1), by inserting after `higher education' the following: `, provided that the imposition of such sanction is done objectively, fairly, and without regard to the student's political, ideological, or religious beliefs'.