Texas A&M System’s guidance on the state’s DEI ban shows compliance might be a hard needle to thread

To continue to receive state funding, Texas universities must comply with the ban’s requirements. This includes annual reporting to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to prove compliance with SB 17 before schools can spend state funds.

To ensure compliance with the law, the Texas A&M University System said disciplinary action may be taken against employees or contractors who violate the law. Individuals can report violations to the system’s Ethic Points reporting system.

Student organizations — including those involved in DEI initiatives — are exempt from the law and universities may still provide funds, support and facilities to them.

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