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With Guns Allowed on Campus, Texas Professors Advised to Avoid 'Sensitive Topics'

The new state law has ignited a debate between college leaders and state lawmakers

In June 2015, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that permits Texans to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. The so-called "campus carry" bill faced stiff opposition from leaders within the public university system, but ultimately passed the Texas Legislature. Lawmakers did include a specific provision that college campuses could designate "gun-free zones." Still, after August 1, students will be protected by the state in carrying weapons on school grounds. Now, state universities and colleges are figuring out exactly how this law will go into effect.

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At the University of Houston, faculty members are being advised to avoid "sensitive topics." Professors there have proposed guidelines that were presented at a recent meeting of the faculty senate. The University of Texas at Austin, widely regarded as the state's top university, has said it will ban guns from dorms, but will allow students to carry them in classrooms. Although public institutions are required to comply with the legislation, private schools can choose to opt out. Rice and Baylor have stated they will not abide by the new law.

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