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KU profs chide school for sanctioning colleague

KSAL Staff - September 29, 2013 6:55 am

The regents passed the current policy in December after a University of Kansas professor posted an anti-NRA tweet on Twitter.

The regents passed the current policy in December after a University of Kansas professor posted an anti-NRA tweet on Twitter.

More than a dozen University of Kansas professors have issued a statement criticizing school officials for putting a colleague on leave after he posted a controversial tweet following the deadly Navy Yard shootings in Washington last week.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports 14 Anthropology Department professors and department chairwoman Jane Gibson signed the statement Friday in support of journalism professor David Guth.

Guth was widely criticized for posting a message on Twitter after the Sept. 16 shootings that said blood was on the hands of the National Rifle Association and added, “Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.”

The professors’ statement says the university’s violated Guth’s right to free speech by placing him on indefinite leave, and that the action has a chilling effect on academic freedom.

Bob Bowser

September 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

The 1st Amendment protects the Right to speak freely. It does NOT eliminate the CONSEQUENCES of free speech.If an employee speaks publicly in a manner inconsistent with an employer’s intended public image, then the employer has a right to extend consequences for that action.
If this employee (Guth) indeed spoke on BEHALF of the employer (KU), then We The TaxPayers (the REAL employers) have a right to extend consequences which should include an extensive suspension of TaxPayer funding for the employer (KU).

Fuchs Mi

September 30, 2013 at 7:54 am

Simply put notations in all their personel files of how each one has reacted to this for later evaluations.

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