Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Requiring Public Higher Ed to Survey About Student and Faculty Beliefs

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday signed legislation mandating public higher ed institutions survey students and faculty about their beliefs to promote intellectual diversity, The Hill reported.

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“It used to be thought that a university campus was a place where you’d be exposed to a lot of different ideas,” DeSantis said. “Unfortunately, now the norm is, these are more intellectually repressive environments.”

HB 233 – goes into effect July 1 – and calls for annual surveys on campuses to assess viewpoint diversity and intellectual freedom, determine “the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented” and whether people “feel free to express beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom.”

DeSantis suggested budget cuts could come if schools are found to be “indoctrinating” students.