- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A forum at the University of Houston recently warned faculty members to avoid discussing “sensitive topics” around armed students, who will legally be permitted to carry concealed weapons on public Texas campuses after Aug. 1.

A slide shown at a recent discussion of the campus’s new carry law advised professors to “be careful discussing sensitive topics,” “drop certain topics from your curriculum,” “not ‘go there’ if you sense anger,” and limit students’ access during off-hours, according to a photo circulating this week on social media.

The slide, created by the UH faculty senate, is a guide and not the university’s official policy, a spokeswoman told the Houston Chronicle. 

Texas public universities are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the new law, which still allows them to designate gun-free zones on campus, excluding classrooms and dorms.

UH has yet to decide where to allow students to carry guns. A working group is expected to present its recommendations by May 1, the Chronicle reported.

The UH faculty senate late last year passed a resolution opposing the new law.

“The diverse academic communities and free academic discourse are especially threatened by the presence of deadly weapons in teaching, research and living spaces,” the resolution said, the Chronicle reported.


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