What should I do if I teach in a program that is accredited by an outside accreditor who requires that specific values of the profession be covered in courses that espouse a particular position on the matters discussed by HB7?
A review of various accreditation guidelines indicates that many do have equity, diversity, and inclusion values or standards. These guidelines do not necessarily conflict with the statute, which does not prevent instructors from discussing these concepts. An instructor should present the viewpoint as being that of the accrediting body (or other entity) and, if known, should introduce the rationale for the body’s adoption of this perspective on an issue. You should maintain a space for open discussion around the concepts. If you have specific questions about your own disciplinary/professional accreditation standards and how they are reflected in your course content, contact your chair or supervisor for additional guidance.