Equality California
Equality and Equal Access in Higher Education | AB 620 | 2011

Equality and
Equal Access in
Higher Education

Bill Number: AB 620

At California’s public colleges and universities, LGBT students don’t always get the support they need. To meet the needs of LGBT students, our state’s schools must provide additional campus services and resources. AB 620 requests the Trustees of the California State University, the Regents of the University of California and the governing board of each community college district to adopt and publish policies on harassment, intimidation and bullying to be included within the rules of student conduct governing their respective segments of public postsecondary education and to designate an employee at each of their respective campuses as a point of contact to address the needs of LGBT faculty, staff and students. The bill also revises the definition of gender to include “gender expression” for purposes of the Equity in Higher Education Act. 

Status: Introduced on February 16, 2011. Passed by the Assembly Higher Education Committee on March 29, 2011, on a 6-2 vote (1 abstention). Passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 27, 2011 on a 12-5 vote, and by the full Assembly on June 2, 2011 on a 51-24 vote. Passed by the Senate Committee on June 22, 2011 on a 7-2 vote. Passed by the full Senate on August 21, 2011 on a 25-13 vote. Passed by the Assembly on September 6, 2011 on a 51-26 vote. Signed by Governor Jerry Brown.


Author: Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego)

Legislative Co-Authors: Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica), Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani (D-Livingston), Assemblymember Rich Gordon (D-San Mateo), 
Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge), Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley),
Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), and Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco).






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