No postsecondary educational institution may ... deny a religious student association any benefit available to any other student association ... based on such association's requirement that [its] leaders or members ...: (a) Adhere to the association's sincerely held religious beliefs; (b) comply with the association's sincerely held religious beliefs; (c) comply with the association's sincere religious standards of conduct; or (d) be committed to furthering the association's religious missions....The bill gives a cause of action to any student group injured by a violation of this provision. AP reports on the bill and some of the incidents leading up to it. It is expected that Gov. Sam Brownback will sign the bill into law.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Kansas Passes Law Allowing Student Religious Groups To Limit Membership To Adherents
The Kansas legislature yesterday gave final passage to SB 175 (full text) that is designed to allow student religious groups at colleges and universities to restrict their leaders or their membership to those who share or comply with the organizations beliefs. The bill provides in part: