June 23, 2011, Introduced by Senators HUNTER and JANSEN and referred to the Committee on Education.




     A bill to protect the right of a student to assert


conscientious objection to providing certain counseling or other


services; to prohibit certain actions by institutions of higher


education; and to provide remedies.




     Sec. 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Julea


Ward freedom of conscience act".


     Sec. 3. A public or private degree or certificate granting


college, university, junior college, or community college of this


state shall not discipline or discriminate against a student in a


counseling, social work, or psychology program because the student


refuses to counsel or serve a client as to goals that conflict with


a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of the


student, if the student refers the client to a counselor who will


provide the counseling or services.


     Sec. 5. (1) A person who alleges a violation of this act may


bring a civil action for appropriate injunctive relief, or actual


damages, or both within 90 days after the occurrence of the alleged


violation of this act.


     (2) An action commenced under subsection (1) may be brought in


the circuit court for the county where the alleged violation


occurred, the county where the complainant resides, or the county


where the educational institution is located.


     (3) As used in this section, "damages" means compensation for


injury or loss caused by each violation of this act, including


reasonable attorney fees.