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From the ECS State Policy Database
Postsecondary Students


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

Please cite use of the database as: Education Commission of the States (ECS) State Policy Database, retrieved [date].

State Status/Date Level Summary
ORSigned into law 04/2014Postsec.Higher Education Omnibus
S.B. 1525
From analysis: Grants the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) authority to enter into and administer interstate agreements regarding provision of post-secondary distance education.

Clarifies the relationship between HECC and the Oregon Education ...

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TNTo governor 04/2014Postsec.Religion in Higher Ed
S.B. 2423
Prohibits the board of regents and the University of Tennessee's board of trustees from adopting policies that substantially burden students' free exercise of religion.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB2423.pdf....

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VASigned into law 04/2014Postsec.Students' Personal Information
S.B. 242
Prohibits public institutions of higher education from selling students' personal information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email address, to any person.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+SB242ER+pdf...

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WASigned into law 04/2014P-12
Postsec.
Study Correlation of Family Factors and Student Success
H.B. 2739
Requires the Education Data Center within the Office of Financial Management to contract with the Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington to conduct a geographic analysis, using existing data, to identify areas where the cumulative effect of family ...

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VASigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Prohibits Restrictions on Student Speech
H.B. 258
Prohibits public institutions of higher education from imposing restrictions on the time, place, and manner of student speech that occurs in the outdoor areas of the institution's campus and is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution...

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ILSigned into law 08/2013P-12
Postsec.
Privacy of Student Social Networking Account Information
H.B. 64
Creates the Privacy in the School Setting Act. Defines "school" as an institution of higher learning as defined in the Higher Education Student Assistance Act, a public elementary or secondary school or district, or a nonpublic school recognized by the state b...

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NJSigned into law 07/2013Postsec.Health Insurance for Students at Institutions of Higher Education
S.B. 2291
Eliminating the requirement that all full-time students enrolled in all higher education institutes in the state maintain health insurance coverage. Allow higher education institutes to provide optional health insurance plans for purchase by full-time student...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013Postsec.Criminal History Information and On-Campus Housing Applications
S.B. 146
Authorizes an institution of higher education to obtain criminal history record information for a student or prospective student applying to reside in on-campus housing. Permits such criminal history record information to be used only to evaluate current or pr...

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COSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Requirement
H.B. 1315
Provides that if a governing board of an institution of higher education requires a student to purchase health care insurance, the board must allow the same exemption for those participating in a health care sharing ministry as specified in the federal "Patien...

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MDSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Maryland First Scholarship for First Generation Students
H.B. 526
Creates the Maryland First Scholarship program for first–generation students (students whose parents have not earned a degree from an institution of higher education). Specifies eligibility requirements, annual maximum amount and length of time students are el...

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NMPassed 04/2013Postsec.No College Requests for Student Social Media
S.B. 422
Prohibits institutions of higher education from requesting or requiring that a student, applicant or potential applicant for admission provide a password to that person's social networking account. Makes it unlawful for an institution of higher education to de...

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IDSigned into law 03/2013Postsec.Worker's Comp Higher Ed Inclusion
H.B. 82
Amends existing law relating to worker's compensation to include any person enrolled in the public school districts or public institutions of higher education and provides that a work experience student who does not receive wages while participating in the sch...

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UTSigned into law 03/2013Postsec.Internet Postsecondary Institution Privacy Act
H.B. 100
Prohibits a postsecondary institution from (1) requesting a student or prospective student to disclose a username and password to a personal Internet account or (2) expelling or otherwise disciplining a student or prospective student for failure to disclose su...

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CAVetoed 09/2012Postsec.Students in Definition of Higher Education Employees
S.B. 259
From bill summary: Amends Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act, which governs employer-employee relations between the State of California and the employees of campuses of the University of California, the California State University and the Hasting...

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CASigned into law 09/2012Postsec.Social Media Privacy
S.B. 1349
From bill summary: Defines "social media." Prohibits public and private postsecondary educational institutions, and their employees and representatives, from requiring or requesting a student, prospective student, or student group to disclose, access, or divul...

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ILSigned into law 08/2012Postsec.Postsecondary Students and Religious Observance
S.B. 2949
Requires that any student who, because of his/her religious beliefs, is unable to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day, be excused from any such examination, study, or work requirement and be provi...

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TNSigned into law 04/2012P-12
Postsec.
Career Counseling
S.B. 2591
Requires interest inventories to be administered to high school juniors and college sophomores to assist students in career decisions.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB2591.pdf...

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MISigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Religious Beliefs of Students
H.B. 4325 - Postsecondary Provisions
From Legislative Staff Summary: Provides that it is the intent of the Legislature that each public university submit a report to the house and senate appropriations committees and others by October 15, 2011, on the universities efforts to accommodate the sinc...

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WVSigned into law 05/2011Postsec.Collection and Dissemination of Information Concerning Higher Education Institutions
S.B. 375
Authorizes the Higher Education Policy Commission to collect and disseminate information concerning higher education institutions. Requires each institution to annually provide the commission, as requested, all information the commission or council considers n...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011Postsec.
Community College
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act
H.B. 1302
Amends the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act, amends provisions concerning criminal penalties for lottery fraud and scholarship stacking.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/2011R/Acts/Act207.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011Postsec.
Community College
Obtaining Student Consent Form
H.B. 1875
Requires institutions of higher education to make a good faith effort to obtain the student consent form and collect and report the data required under the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act. Institutions may lost approved status if they fail to do so.
http://ww...

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NHSigned into law 07/2009Postsec.
Community College
Residency Requirements, Use of Scholarship Funds
H.B. 317
Clarifies residency requirements for the New Hampshire incentive grant program. Expands the number of institutions of higher education at which scholarship funds for natural and adopted children of veterans may be used.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislat...

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