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SB 175 - Prohibits Universities from Denying Benefits to Religious Student Organizations - Kansas Key Vote

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Title: Prohibits Universities from Denying Benefits to Religious Student Organizations

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits a college or university from denying benefits to a religious student organization.

Highlights:

  • Prohibits a “postsecondary educational institution” from taking any action or enforcing any policy that would deny a religious student association any benefits available to other student associations (Sec. 2).
  • Defines “postsecondary educational institution” as a public university, municipal university, community college, or technical college (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “benefit” as recognition, registration, the use of facilities and institutional channels of communication, and access to funding resources available to other student organizations (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits a postsecondary educational institution from discriminating against a religious student association based on the association’s requirement that either the leaders or members of the association meet the following criteria (Sec. 2):
    • They adhere to and comply with the association’s sincerely held religious beliefs;
    • They comply with the association’s sincere religious standards of conduct; and
    • They are committed to furthering the association’s religious missions.
  • Authorizes a student or religious student association to take legal action against a postsecondary educational institution if they are denied benefits or discriminated against by the institution (Sec. 3).

Title: Prohibits Universities from Denying Benefits to Religious Student Organizations

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