Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 654Ratification Number: 57Act Number: 27Primary Sponsor: Committee (04)Type of Legislation: GBSubject: English, instructors to be proficient inDate Bill Passed both Bodies: Mar 28, 1991Computer Document Number: CYY/18130.SDGovernor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: Apr 22, 1991Introduced Date: Feb 13, 1991Date of Last Amendment: Mar 21, 1991Last History Body: ------Last History Date: Apr 22, 1991Last History Type: Act No. 27Scope of Legislation: StatewideSponsor Committee: EducationSponsor Committee Number: 04Type of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 654 ------ Apr 22, 1991 Act No. 27 654 ------ Apr 22, 1991 Signed by Governor 654 ------ Apr 18, 1991 Ratified R 57 654 House Mar 28, 1991 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification 654 Senate Mar 21, 1991 House amendments amended, returned to House 654 House Mar 19, 1991 Read third time, returned with amendment 654 House Mar 07, 1991 Amended, read second time 654 House Mar 06, 1991 Debate adjourned until Thursday, March 7 654 House Mar 05, 1991 Introduced, read first time, placed on Calendar without reference 654 Senate Feb 28, 1991 Amended, read third time, sent to House 654 Senate Feb 26, 1991 Made Special Order 654 Senate Feb 19, 1991 Read second time, ordered to third reading with notice of general amendments 654 Senate Feb 14, 1991 Made Special Order 654 Senate Feb 13, 1991 Placed on Calendar without reference 654 Senate Feb 13, 1991 Introduced, read first timeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A27, R57, S654)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-103-160 SO AS TO ENACT THE ENGLISH FLUENCY IN HIGHER LEARNING ACT INCLUDING PROVISIONS TO REQUIRE EACH PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING TO ESTABLISH POLICIES TO ENSURE THAT INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY WHOSE SECOND LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH POSSESS ADEQUATE PROFICIENCY IN BOTH THE WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ENGLISH LANGUAGE, AND TO REQUIRE CERTAIN REPORTS TO BE FILED BY EACH INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING IN CONNECTION WITH THIS REQUIREMENT.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
English Fluency in Higher Learning Act
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-103-160. (A) This section may be cited as the English Fluency in Higher Learning Act.
(B) The following words and phrases when used in this section have the meanings given to them unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
`Instructional faculty' means every member of a public institution of higher learning whose first language is not English, other than visiting faculty but including graduate teaching assistants, who teaches one or more undergraduate credit courses at a campus of that institution within this State except:
(1) courses that are designed to be taught predominately in a foreign language;
(2) student participatory and activity courses such as clinics, studios, and seminars;
(3) special arrangement courses such as individualized instruction and independent study courses; and
(4) continuing education courses.
(C) Each public institution of higher learning shall establish policies to:
(1) ensure that the instructional faculty whose second language is English possess adequate proficiency in both the written and spoken English language. Student and faculty input is required in establishing these policies.
(2) provide students with a grievance procedure regarding an instructor who is not able to write or speak the English language.
(D) (1) Each institution of higher learning must submit its policy or amendments to the Commission on Higher Education within six months from the effective date of this section. Any amendments to the policy must be promptly forwarded to the commission. The commission shall notify the chairmen of the Senate and House Education Committees of those institutions not submitting plans and any amendment to the commission.
(2) Each institution of higher learning must report annually to the Commission on Higher Education and the chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Education Committees grievances filed by students under the requirement of subsection (C)(2) and the disposition of those grievances."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 22nd day of April, 1991.