IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 22, 2010
Mr. Specter introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To amend title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the ground of religion in educational programs or activities.
Nondiscrimination on the ground of religion
Section 601 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d) is amended—
No person; and
by adding at the end the following:
No person in the United States shall, on the ground of religion, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, an educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Paragraph (1) shall not be construed—
to limit an educational entity covered by section 606 with a religious affiliation, mission, or purpose from applying policies for the admission of students, criteria for attaining academic degrees, regulations governing student conduct and student organizations, or policies for the employment of faculty or staff, if the corresponding policies, criteria, or regulations relate to the religious affiliation, mission, or purpose;
to require an educational entity covered by section 606 to provide accommodation for any student’s religious obligations (including dietary restrictions and school absences); or
with respect to an educational entity covered by section 606 that permits expressive organizations to exist by funding or otherwise recognizing the organizations, to require the entity to limit such organizations from exercising their freedom of expressive association by establishing criteria for their membership or leadership.