The Rapid City Journal this morning has a full report of the bill's passage:
PIERRE -- The South Dakota House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure that sponsors say is intended to promote a balance of ideas on college campuses.
HB1222, passed by a vote of 42-26, asks the Board of Regents to report annually on what the state’s six universities are doing to promote “intellectual diversity,” defined as “a learning environment that exposes students to a variety of political, ideological and other perspectives.”
Rep. Tom Hills, R-Spearfish, a retired Black Hills State University professor and dean, said the bill would “micromanage” tasks that should be left up to administrators.
But Rep. Thomas Brunner, R-Nisland, disagreed. He said the criteria are merely suggestions and that an annual report is not a hardship.
“If the Board of Regents spent as much time doing a report as it has fighting this bill, we would be OK,” he said.
The Argus Leader still has yet to run a story on this bill.
In a related story, the American Daily is covering the discrimination of students at the University of Iowa in an op-ed entitled "University of Iowa Accused of Discrimination Against Students." Excerpt:
University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine students and family members are speaking out against the school's faculty and administration officials, charging a pattern of intimidation and personal attacks against conservative and religious students who attend school there. Those making the charges contend that an aggressive and hostile environment has been created that restricts the free flow of ideas and is inappropriate for an institution that purports to be dedicated to diversity.
According to sources, Professors at the University regularly and openly deride students who do not share their political or social beliefs. In a number of instances, professors' openly ridiculed religion in general and Christian based faiths in particular. Students also cite the appearance of anti - (President) Bush cartoons and slogans being flashed on the projector screen before class, frequent and regular anti - (Bush) administration comments during class and even tests containing ideologically oriented questions on them with right and wrong answers. Because of this, students claim that they are afraid to express their views openly in class out of fear that they will face further humiliation and potentially other forms of retribution.
Students also point out that these incidents regularly occurred in medical, not political or social science classes.