Regents president says bill pushes them toward being ‘politically correct’

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – Governor Kristi Noem signed HB1087, a bill to increase intellectual diversity on college campuses.

The bill directs the Board of Regents to ensure that each state-run institution of higher education is maintaining a commitment to the principles of free expression and encouraging the discussion of topics in an environment that is intellectually and ideologically diverse.

Regents President Kevin Schieffer says it pushes them toward being “politically correct.”

Schiffer says the idea comes from the political fringes.

Schieffer says there has to be some common sense in promoting free speech.

Under the bill, the Regents are also required to submit reports to the governor and legislature on the topic.