It’s been a long road for campus carry at the University of Texas. After years of trying, last year the Lone Star legislature joined eight other states in legalizing the licensed carry of concealed handguns at public universities. While most of the other public universities in the state implemented straightforward campus carry policies, complying with the new law without much ado, at UT such policies were adopted only after months of agonizing and no small amount of whining from segments the faculty. Indeed, three UT professors unsuccessfully tried to block implementation of campus carry at the school.
In its filings in the professors’ lawsuit, UT indicated that its campus carry policies weren’t optional, and that faculty members who defied them would face discipline. Nevertheless, a number of UT professors had previously called for defying the law. With fall classes starting today, and all administrative and legal efforts to block campus carry exhausted for now, we’ll see whether any these professors actually have the have the courage of their professed convictions or were merely posturing. (Among others, we’re looking at you Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra.)
If any UT faculty actually do defy the law, we’d like to know about it. We’re talking about actions such as:
Faculty who prohibit lawful concealed carry from classrooms (or require that students promise or represent that they will not carry in class).
Faculty or staff who purport to prohibit lawful concealed carry from their individual offices, but who have not/refuse to provide the required alternative location to meet students who may be lawfully carrying.
Faculty or staff who prohibit lawful concealed carry from locations other than authorized by official UT policies (e.g., from shared offices, departmental offices, etc.).
Faculty or staff who post official 30.06/30.07 notices (not just “no firearms” signs) in locations not authorized by official UT policies.
Advocacy against campus carry doesn’t count – they have free speech rights too, which we fully support. We’re only looking for evidence of conduct that violates the law or UT policy on campus carry.
Reports should be made by e-mail to [email protected]. Please include as much specific information backing up the report (e.g., copies of a syllabus prohibiting concealed carry, photos of illegal signage, etc.), as possible. We will, of course, keep all contributors’ identities confidential. Be careful out there.