South Dakota Board Of Regents Adopts ‘Minors On Campus’ Policy

(Pierre, SD) — Minors visiting South Dakota public colleges will face some restrictions on what events they can and cannot attend. On Tuesday, the South Dakota Board of Regents passed a new policy that will prohibit minors from attending university sponsored events, or external events held on campus. The policy was inspired by a recent drag show hosted by the South Dakota State University Gender and Sexualities Alliance group. Backlash to the show included criticism from state lawmakers and advocacy groups requesting the university not allow children to attend the event that was advertised as family friendly. Republican Representative Chris Karr introduced a bill during the 2023 legislative session to create a policy addressing such events on state-funded property or using state resources. Karr’s bill advanced through the House of Representatives but eventually died in the Senate Education committee.

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