Burgum signs campus free speech bill

The North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck. Photo illustration by Troy Becker
The North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck. Photo illustration by Troy Becker

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation directing higher education institutions to adopt a free speech policy Monday, April 15.

Senate Bill 2320, championed by Grand Forks Republican Sen. Ray Holmberg, requires the State Board of Higher Education and each campus to adopt a policy that protects students' rights to free speech, assembly and expression and allows students and faculty to invite guest speakers regardless of their viewpoint. The policy is also required to include academic freedom protections.

The bill allows institutions to establish "reasonable and constitutional time, place, and manner restrictions on free speech, assembly, and expression."

Higher education institutions have until Aug. 27 to adopt free speech policies outlined by the bill.

The president of the North Dakota Student Association previously expressed support for the legislation.