State of Arizona
Second Regular Session
SENATE BILL 1153
amending Title 15, chapter 14, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding article 8; relating to rights of student organizations.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 15, chapter 14, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding article 8, to read:
ARTICLE 8. RIGHTS OF STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:
1. "Public postsecondary institution":
(a) Means a community college as defined in section 15-1401 and any university governed by Chapter 13 of this Title.
(b) Includes any student government body that has been authorized by a public postsecondary institution.
2. "Recognition" means any official or administrative acknowledgment of a student organization that is required before the organization is granted access, rights, benefits or privileges that a public postsecondary institution makes available to student organizations.
3. "Student organization" means a voluntary association organized for a noncurricular purpose by students attending a public postsecondary institution.
15-1882. Rights of student organizations at public postsecondary institutions
A. A public postsecondary institution shall not deny recognition, access, rights, benefits or privileges to a student organization on the basis that the organization advocates religious, political or philosophical beliefs or limits its membership or leadership to students who share the same religious, political or philosophical beliefs.
B. This article shall not be construed to require a public postsecondary institution to:
1. Recognize an organization that engages in discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, citizenship, age, veteran status or disability.
2. Recognize an organization that disseminates messages or materials that are obscene, defamatory, fraudulent or comprise fighting words.
Sec. 2. Short title
Title 15, chapter 14, article 8, Arizona Revised Statutes, as added by this act, may be cited as the "Associational Freedom in Higher Learning Act".