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HB 261 and HB 257 Frequently Asked Questions

 

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

The Utah Legislature recently passed two bills that significantly impact higher education: HB 261 Equal Opportunity Initiatives and HB 257 Sex-Based Designations for Privacy, Anti-Bullying, and Women’s Opportunities.

Salt Lake Community College is deeply committed to our students, faculty, and staff. We strive to be a place where all are welcomed and respected. While there are many unknowns about the ultimate effect these bills will have on some student and staff support programs, be assured that SLCC will maintain an environment where all can find success and feel a sense of belonging.

In the coming months, college leadership will work to gain clarity and determine the changes necessary for legislative compliance. We will also share this information as it becomes available.

We realize that during this time, some in our college community may feel unsettled and stressed. We encourage you to make use of available SLCC resources designed to support your well-being.

Warm Regards,
Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin, President
Salt Lake Community College


For Employees:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 24-Hour Crisis Line, 1-866-750-1327
    • This is toll-free access for you or a dependent in crisis. Counselors are available by phone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For Students:


Frequently Asked Questions-HB 261

While the full impact of the legislation is not entirely known, SLCC remains committed to an inclusive campus where everyone can succeed. This commitment will be prioritized as changes are made to comply with the law.
Classroom instruction and research will not be affected by the bill.
HB 261 directly addresses higher education offices with the title of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. SLCC’s leadership is currently having conversations now about how the division of IEIT will change.
We will continue to evaluate the impact the law will have on certain SLCC divisions and programs and will keep those offices, as well as the entire college community, updated on changes.
This bill does not interfere with the requirements necessary for an institution to establish or maintain eligibility for HSI or any other federal program.
SLCC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination based on a person’s identity. The college also does not use diversity statements in the hiring process. We will continue to cast a wide net to attract the best possible candidates and minimize bias when hiring employees.
No. Eligibility for SLCC’s Native American Tuition Waiver is based on membership in a federally recognized tribe. SLCC will continue to offer this tuition waiver to eligible students.
Private scholarships will not be impacted by the legislation.
Student clubs will not be affected. However, there may be necessary adjustments to student government positions to comply with the bill. SLCCSA and Student Affairs are engaging in discussions.

Frequently Asked Questions-HB 257

HB 257 changes the state’s legal definitions of “female” and “male” to categorize Utahns by the reproductive organs they were born with. Individuals can only access a sex-designated “privacy space” in government funded facilities— including restrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms if they meet the legal definition of sex that corresponds with that space. Some transgender adults would be allowed to enter gender-specific spaces in limited circumstances if they have had both bottom surgery and amended their birth certificate.
SLCC has long provided access to unisex/single stall or gender-neutral restrooms at all our campuses and is already largely in compliance with HB 257. Students, employees and visitors can find a list of gender-neutral restrooms. The college is currently reviewing all on-campus locker-rooms and is working to ensure private changing rooms are available where needed.