HB 1207 Higher education; right of students to assert objection to requirement of academic degree program.
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Summary as introduced:
Right of students to assert conscientious objection to any requirement of an academic degree program in an institution of higher education; liability.  Provides that no public or private institution of higher learning may penalize or deny academic credit to a student because he refuses to perform academic coursework because it would force him to violate a sincerely held religious belief. The bill also provides that the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia shall not recognize any accrediting agency that takes any adverse action against an institution of higher learning that exempts students from academic coursework for such reason. The Attorney General or any student, prospective student, or former student aggrieved under the bill may bring a civil action against the institution of higher learning, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, or the relevant accrediting agency for damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, and any other relief authorized by law and may be entitled to reasonable attorney fees.

Full text:
01/19/12  House: Presented and ordered printed 12103965D  pdf

01/19/12  House: Presented and ordered printed 12103965D
01/19/12  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/24/12  House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education and Arts
02/07/12  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2013 by voice vote
02/08/12  House: Continued to 2013 in Education by voice vote