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Text of A bill to prohibit postsecondary educational institutions from requiring the purchase of goods and services from on-campus businesses, intentionally withholding ...

...businesses, intentionally withholding course information from off-campus businesses, or preventing students from ob

This bill was introduced on September 17, 1998, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 17, 1998 (Introduced).

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S 2490 IS

105th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2490

To prohibit postsecondary educational institutions from requiring the purchase of goods and services from on-campus businesses, intentionally withholding course information from off-campus businesses, or preventing students from obtaining course information or materials from off-campus businesses.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 17, 1998

Mr. FAIRCLOTH introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Labor and Human Resources


A BILL

To prohibit postsecondary educational institutions from requiring the purchase of goods and services from on-campus businesses, intentionally withholding course information from off-campus businesses, or preventing students from obtaining course information or materials from off-campus businesses.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. PROHIBITION.

    (a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Education shall ensure that each Federal department or agency, and each State or private entity that receives Federal education funds, does not provide any financial aid to a postsecondary educational institution, or to a student attending a postsecondary educational institution, if the institution directly or indirectly--

      (1) requires the purchase of goods and services from an on-campus business;

      (2) permits more favorable treatment of, or more favorable promotional opportunities for, an on-campus business than for an off-campus business;

      (3) withholds, or unreasonably delays the provision of, any accurate or complete course-related information, including textbook requirements, from or to an off-campus business; or

      (4) impedes a student’s access to course-related information or course materials at an off-campus business.

    (b) DEFINITIONS-

      (1) FINANCIAL AID- The term ‘financial aid’ means any form of postsecondary financial assistance, including graduate financial assistance, that--

        (A) is provided or supported by a Federal department or agency, or a State or private entity;

        (B) benefits a student, a parent of the student, or a legal guardian of the student;

        (C) aids in the affordability of postsecondary education or improves access to postsecondary education; and

        (D) may include a grant, a loan, a scholarship, a work study program, a tax credit, deduction, waiver, or benefit program, a bond program, a financial incentive, or a funding device.

      (2) GOODS AND SERVICES- The term ‘goods and services’ means any form of goods or services, including textbooks, books, course packs, or student or faculty materials and supplies, generally physically inventoried and retailed in a campus-area marketplace and offered for sale, rent, lease, consumption, or use in the campus-area marketplace.

      (3) OFF-CAMPUS BUSINESS- The term ‘off-campus business’ means a private store, enterprise, or a business-like establishment that is--

        (A) not located on the campus of a postsecondary educational institution, but is physically located within the campus-area marketplace; and

        (B) makes available any goods and services to students, including prospective students, of a postsecondary educational institution located within the campus-area marketplace.

      (4) ON-CAMPUS BUSINESS- The term ‘on-campus business’ means a store, enterprise, or a business-like establishment, that--

        (A) is physically located in or on any property leased or owned by a postsecondary educational institution or by a State government unit associated with the institution, whether the store, enterprise or establishment is operated, leased or owned by the institution, another institution, a State government unit, or another entity; and

        (B) makes available any goods and services to students, including prospective students.