Senate Engrossed House Bill
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
Second Regular Session
HOUSE BILL 2770
Amending title 15, chapter 14, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding article 11; relating to university and community college faculty hiring, retention, and termination.
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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 11, to read:
ARTICLE 11. FACULTY EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS
15-1896. Faculty employment decisions; religious and political beliefs; definitions
A. In making employment decisions, a university or community college shall take into account a faculty member's competence and appropriate knowledge in the field of that faculty member's expertise in order to foster a learning environment that respects a plurality of methodologies and perspectives. A university or community college shall not make employment decisions on the basis of a faculty member's political or religious beliefs.
B. A university or community college shall not exclude a faculty member from tenure or search committees or hiring committees on the basis of that faculty member's political or religious beliefs.
C. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Community college" has the same meaning prescribed in section 15‑1401.
APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR APRIL 4, 2012.
FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 4, 2012.