[proposed internet and residence hall legislation]




Recent legislation has been proposed that would prohibit coed dorm floors, opposite-sex dorm visitors, and any campus Internet usage 'not directly related to a specific educational purpose' at any university under the jursidiction of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Rep. Jean McGrath has sponsored two bills, HB2025 and HB2594, which pertain to a variety of campus Internet usage and residence hall isssues, and are now gaining growing media exposure.

Last semester, McGrath condemned the UA for sponsoring women's studies classes, saying they should be renamed as "lesbian studies." McGrath also criticized co-ed residence halls, saying they are linked to pregnancy, welfare dependence, and a high dropout ratio.

The proposed legislation, despite being criticized by students, privacy advocates, the Arizona Board of Regents, and campus system administrators as unwarranted, draconian, and impossible to enforce, has nonetheless been passed by the Public Institutions and Universities Committee, which McGrath chairs.

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Related links

  • 9/24/99 - State lawmaker tells regents co-ed dorms are immoral
  • 9/27/99 - Board of Regents, university officials take issue with legislator's speech
  • 1/18/00 - Proposed bills would monitor university Web use, catalogs
  • 1/19/00 - Internet filters on university computers would be difficult
  • 1/20/00 - Women's Studies says proposed bill unnecessary
  • 1/21/00 - Legislation would ban opposite-sex dorm room visitors
  • 1/24/00 - Regents denounce state legislative bills
  • 1/24/00 - Opposite-sex visitors bill finds little support at UA
  • 1/26/00 - McGrath's dorm bill passes committee
  • 1/26/00 - Internet access still under fire for UA students
  • 1/27/00 - ASUA attacks McGrath bills
  • 2/3/00 - RHA member to invite McGrath for discussion


  • 9/27/99 - State legislator should get her facts straight
  • 10/5/99 - Constituents shouldn't be secondary to state legislator
  • 1/19/00 - UA doesn't need state to police morality
  • 1/24/00 - Legislature continues to invade university's boundaries
  • 2/4/00 - McGrath visit could bring some explanation

    Letters to the editor:

  • 1/19/00 - McGrath proposal unreasonable
  • 1/20/00 - McGrath proposal unworkable
  • 1/20/00 - Legislation insulting
  • 1/23/00 - Proposals may be warranted
  • 1/23/00 - McGrath is modern McCarthy
  • 1/24/00 - Proposed regulations absurd
  • 1/24/00 - Rights should be protected
  • 1/24/00 - McGrath out of line
  • 1/26/00 - ASUA opposes McGrath
  • 1/27/00 - McGrath proposal has positives
  • 1/28/00 - McGrath bill ignores gays
  • 2/1/00 - Grad students oppose McGrath bills
  • 2/2/00 - McGrath bills insult students

    The people, committees, and organizations:

  • Jean Mcgrath, jmcgrath@azleg.state.az.us
  • The Arizona Legislative Information System, which also provides live legislative proceedings.
  • House Public Institutions & Universities Committee
  • Arizona Board of Regents - ABOR maintains a 'Legislative Summary' web page.

    The bills:

  • [HB 2025] - [overview] - which would 'prohibit students from using the Internet on ... computer terminals for any activity that is not directly related to a specific educational purpose'.
  • [HB 2594] - [overview] - which would prohibit coed dorm floors and opposite-sex dorm room visitors.

    Other media coverage:

  • Slashdot: 'Bills to Restrict Campus Internet Access'
  • WIRED news: 'Campus Porn Imperiled'
  • The Tucson Weekly: The Skinny

    Noteworthy organizations:

  • www.studentadvocacy.org
    An student-rights organization, based at Arizona State University, which is currently focusing on HD 2594.
  • www.eff.org
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a long-standing group created to protect civil liberties with respect to computers and the Internet, covers general privacy and Internet law issues. The EFF server also houses an interesting article, on decoded blocking software blacklists.

    Blocking software information:

  • www.peacefire.org, which was created "...to represent the interests of people under 18 in the debate over freedom of speech on the Internet", has some informative information about blocking software, the way it works, its downfalls, and way to disable major commercial filtering software.

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