University of Colorado Says Professor Can’t Discriminate Against Students Carrying Guns to Class

August 24 2012
by GSL Staff
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Carrying on college campuses is legal in CO and the University of CO has clarified it’s position in regards to the rights of students.

Colorado physics Professor Jerry Peterson allegedly told a colleague that he would cancel any class he found out a student was carrying a gun to.

The Univ. of CO didn’t take his statements lightly and updated their campus concealed carry FAQ page with the following:

Q | Can faculty ask a student who holds a concealed carry permit to report that status to them?

While faculty can ask a student who has a concealed carry weapon permit to report that status to them, or place in a course syllabus the request that students report this status to them, students are not required to provide this information to any faculty member. Any voluntary reporting of concealed carry permit status by a student to a faculty member should be done privately. Faculty should not, under any circumstances, coerce students into complying with their requests or pressure them to answer concealed carry queries.

If you wish to place something related to this in your course syllabus, below is some suggested language:

“Concealed carry of firearms is permitted under Colorado law if you have a concealed carry permit. I would appreciate it if you would let me know this privately during the first week of class. You have my assurance that your concealed carry status will be kept confidential, and it will in no way affect your grade or evaluation as a student. I recognize you are under no obligation to supply me with this information.”

Sounds like Univ of CO administrators are respecting the rights of their students to keep and bear arms.

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