“The days of political oaths, compelled speech, and racial profiling in university hiring are behind us”
Hopefully, other states will follow the example set here and in Florida.
The College Fix reports:
Gov. Abbott signs law abolishing DEI offices at Texas colleges, universities
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed into law legislation that eliminates diversity, equity and inclusion offices at the state’s public colleges and universities.
“An institution of higher education may not establish or maintain a diversity, equity, and inclusion office or hire or assign an employee of the institution, or contract with a third party, to perform the duties of a diversity, equity, and inclusion office,” states the legislation, Senate Bill 17, which takes effect at the start of the spring semester of the 2023-24 academic year.
Exceptions spelled out include “academic course instruction,” “research or creative works by an institution of higher education’s students or faculty,” and activities by student groups.
The new law also bans “ideological oaths,” or DEI statements, for hiring and enrollment.
“The days of political oaths, compelled speech, and racial profiling in university hiring are behind us,” state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, the bill’s co-author, reportedly said after the bill’s passage. “Moving forward, Texas will prioritize the advancement of the most qualified individuals and endorse policies that promote diversity and equality for our great state.”
Any student or employee required to participate in any actions that violate the law “may bring an action against the institution for injunctive or declaratory relief.”
In response to the new law, Texas Students for DEI said the group is not surprised, but disappointed.
“You have put the quality of higher education in Texas at risk. We will continue mobilizing advocates for DEI and tenure, regardless. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us in this fight; we won’t give up,” the group stated on Twitter.
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