SD Board of Regents reply to complaints about liberal ideology

PIERRE, S.D.(KJJQ)- South Dakota Governior Kristi Noem says the Board of Regents must revitalize the state’s universities and work to provide an education “without indoctrinating them with harmful, divisive ideologies.”

She set up a hotline for lodging complaints about the universities. Noem recently said callers are reporting incidents of “liberal ideology” at two universities and called on the regents to investigate and take action.

South Dakota legislative leaders met with the Board of Regents last week during their meeting at Dakota State University in Madison.

House Majority Leader Will Mortenson of Pierre made note of the board’s unique role.

Mortenson asked the regents if political activism was seeping into university classrooms in the state.

Regents President Tim Rave says it’s really not an issue. He says universities need to be laboratories for discussion.

Student Regent Brock Brown, who attends SDSU, says all voices are heard.

Rave says they have policies in place to deal with any potential issues.