CA bill would protect students who expose biased profs

Peter Van Voorhis

Peter Van VoorhisCalifornia Campus Correspondent 
  • After a student was suspended for recording a professor calling Donald Trump’s election an “act of terrorism,” one California lawmaker has introduced legislation to protect student whistleblowers.
  • Republican state senator John Moorlach says the bill is intended to promote intellectual diversity by giving college students the same protections afforded to those who expose wrongdoing in business or government.

After a student was suspended for recording a professor calling Donald Trump’s election an “act of terrorism,” one California lawmaker has introduced legislation to protect student whistleblowers.

SB677, introduced by Republican state senator John Moorlach, aims to “ensure that students who witness activities in the classroom which violate state or federal law or regulation and/or a local agency policy are free to document and report the situation to the necessary authorities or to the media, including social media.”

“Universities should be places where all pursue hard and difficult issues without threats and intimidation.”   

Senator Moorlach introduced the bill after Caleb O’Neil, an Orange Coast College student, was suspended for recording Professor Olga Perez Stable-Cox calling Donald Trump’s election “an act of terrorism” during a classroom rant in which she also referred to Vice President Mike Pence as “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.”

The bill would specifically overturn parts of the California Educational Code that prevent students from using “any electronic listening or recording device in any classroom without the prior consent of the instructor.”

That provision was cited by OCC as justification for O’Neil’s suspension (which was later lifted in response to public pressure), and reminders about the policy began appearing in classrooms throughout campus shortly thereafter.

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Common Sence
Common Sence
3 years ago

May sound good, but be sure it will only be used against some Christian praying, and the state calling it hate speech.

William Hicks
William Hicks
3 years ago

What are the chances that such a common sense legislation would be possible in California under the current domination of the democrat party?