State Republicans tout bill against viewpoint bias in class · 21 February 2005

Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. A group of Republican state lawmakers is pushing a bill of rights for college students.

They say the bill is needed to protect students from political or religious "indoctrination" by faculty members.

Bills filed in the state House and Senate are similar to legislation proposed in at least 20 states.

They are backed by Students for Academic Freedom, a Washington, D.C.-based student network founded by conservative activist David Horowitz.

Representative Stacey Campfield of Knoxville says most campuses are very liberal, and when someone with an opposing point of view speaks up it ends up costing them their grade.

The bill says students should have the right to expect that their academic freedom will not be infringed upon by instructors who create a hostile environment toward their political or religious beliefs.