California State University adopts travel restrictions

In September, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation prohibiting government employees from traveling to states that allow discrimination on gender identity or sexual orientation.

The California State University Chancellor’s office officially adopted the law on Oct. 18 and has set new travel restrictions to start in January 2017 for the system’s employees.

The law, AB 1887, prohibits any state-funded or CSU funded travel to states such as North Carolina, which has stripped gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination laws and does not allow transgender citizens to the restroom of the gender they identify with.

The new Cal State travel restrictions will prohibit any employee to travel to North Carolina or any other states that might have discriminatory laws in the future using CSU funds or state funds. 

This new restriction may also lead into restrictions on travel from Cal State sports teams to North Carolina. The NCAA has already canceled multiple tournaments in North Carolina for the same reason, including some NCAA Basketball games.

So far, nothing in the California State University system has been canceled. 

“We put the notice of the restriction out early in an attempt to keep campuses from making commitments for travel, conferences, or other events that would happen post-Jan.1,” said Assistant Vice Chancellor of the California State University system Mark Ek. “It’s the same restriction for sporting events, but if there are team commitments that were entered into prior to Jan. 1, then they would fall under the list of exceptions,” he added.

There are exceptions to these new travel restrictions such as enforcement of California law, including auditing and revenue collection, litigation, to meet contractual obligations incurred before Jan. 1, 2017, to comply with requests by the federal government to appear before committees, to participate in meetings or training required by a grant or required to maintain grant funding, to complete job-required training necessary to maintain licensure or similar standards required for holding a position, in the event that comparable training cannot be obtained in California or a different state not affected or for the protection of public health, welfare, or safety, as determined by the CSU or other state agencies.

Artists from all genres have canceled shows or appearances including Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Brandi Carlile.

In some cases, companies like Pepsi, Hewlett Packard and General Electric have also followed suit in boycotting the state. PayPal has gone as far as canceling a plan for a new facility in the state.

“I’m happy that this is a law in the state and glad that the CSU and UC systems have to follow it. California has to make a stand and if it means that one of our basketball or soccer teams can’t play in North Carolina, then so be it,” said sophomore Raniel Palomar. “It provides a great example to other states in the country and hey just like they say ‘Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle.”