Senate Education Committee: Vote NO on SB1241
This bill by Sen. Mae Beavers would take away Vanderbilt University's police force if it doesn't abandon its all-comers student clubs non-discrimination policy. As introduced, this bill prohibits operation and maintenance of a campus police force by an institution of higher education that otherwise has statutory authority to operate a campus police force, if the institution requires a student organization to allow any student enrolled at the institution to participate in the organization regardless of the student's beliefs or status. - Amends TCA Title 49.
Please, vote NO on Senate Bill 1241, which would cause a private educational institution that does much good in Tennessee to lose its police force. Our state government should not link a university's non-discrimination policies to its ability to keep its employees, students, patients, and visitors safe. Playing political games with safety issues is not acceptable.
Legislators can debate Vanderbilt officials over the issues they have with the non-discrimination policy in the court of public opinion, but legislation that hampers the university and medical center's ability to protect people crosses the line.
Thank you for your service to Tennessee and your consideration of my views.