Friday, October 11, 2013
The University of Kansas Faculty Senate has affirmed free speech rights for faculty after a professor was placed on leave following a tweet.
The Faculty Senate statement says in part that the group endorses the principles of First Amendment rights, academic freedom and due process.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the statement didn't mention David Guth, who's been on paid leave after a tweet last month after the Navy Yard shooting. Guth's Twitter post said: "The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you."
The Senate resolution was prompted in part by a statement from a Faculty Senate committee that said Guth's leave appeared to be a professional sanction, which the university denies.