The University of Houston is encouraging faculty members who are scared of armed student not to discuss “certain topics” as part of their academic discussions ahead of the Texas campus carry law being implemented on state university campuses.
Jeff, a doctoral student at UH, recently tweeted a photo from a slideshow that was presented to faculty. The slide gave four different instructions, including altogether dropping certain topics from the curriculum.
Slide from recent campus carry dialogue at UH, in response to faculty concerns about dangers from armed students: pic.twitter.com/610RyhDZlf
— Jeff (@JeffintheBowtie) February 22, 2016
“Be careful discussing sensitive topics,” one bullet point read.
“Drop certain topics from your curriculum,” another stated, while the third told faculty members to “not ‘go there’ if you sense anger.’” The fourth bullet point encouraged faculty to “limit student access off hours.”
UH hasn’t yet decided where on campus students will be allowed to carry guns. A group will submit its recommendations for the school’s official gun policies by May 1, the Houston Chronicle reported.
A resolution released by the faculty senate late last year, before the Texas open carry law took effect, said the presence of weapons at the university “threaten” diverse academic communities and discussion.
“Academics know the intrusion of gun culture into campus inevitably harms academic culture,” Jonathan Snow, president of the faculty senate, said.
The Texas campus carry law gives public university students the right to carry on campus, but a decision by the state’s attorney general gives colleges the ability to carve out “gun-free” zones in certain campus locations, with the exception of dorms and classrooms.
Private universities can still opt to ban guns, which two of the state’s largest private schools, Rice University and Baylor University, have already done.
(H/T: Daily Mail)